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Two Inspiring Tales From SheTalks YVR 2017

Pictured Above: SheTalks Founders Natasha Raey and Barinder Rasode at SheTalks YVR 2017

When a woman can make choices in a safe environment, her power multiplies. As I enjoyed the SheTalks talks at Centre Stage at Surrey City Hall accompanied by two 19-year old young ladies, I knew that each woman’s story was empowering my teens in a unique way. They heard stories of getting past sexual abuse and partner abuse; of success in career against all odds, of fighting cancer or lupus doggedly; of living the life of a transsexual; of addictions in loved ones; and of making choices through strife. Vani Guglani and Sona Singh felt inspired to make their own life choices in the face of adversity, and so did I.

The SheTalks morning began with Mayor Linda Hepner’s address on Audiovisual, and then took off to each of the 16 stories of empowered women.

In one of the three food and drink breaks as I talked to one of the speakers, I realized – these ladies needed to be heard as much as we the audience of 200 women (and occasional men) needed to hear them. I couldn’t possibly fit all 16 stories here, so I chose to write two stories chosen by my teenage daughter here.

1. Jen Marchbank

Jen Marchbank

Jen Marchbank

Jen Marchbank, well-known feminist and Professor Gender Equality at SFU Surrey, was fostering for years when she decided to go against the proverbial tide and become a biological mother. “Consider my situation: I was 33, single, with endometriosis, and a lesbian. Not the usual set of ‘how to get pregnant’ factors,” she says.

Jen made us laugh as we followed her journey of grit and faith. She chose to go through artificial insemination for two years, chose to deny invasive tests (amniocentesis) during pregnancy, and brought her baby son into her feminist world by following through her choices. Women must make choices themselves to make sure an environment exists within which other women can make choices. “I got to choose because of my own set of knowledge but also because generations of women have worked to ensure that an environment exists within which other women can make choices.”

2. Ish Rasode

Ish Rasode with me at SheTalks YVR 2017

Ish Rasode with me at SheTalks YVR 2017

13 year old Ish Rasode, cofounder Barinder Rasode’s daughter, concluded the day with her personal story of how she handled bullying. “The she talks committee comes to my house on Sunday mornings at around 9 or 10 and most often I come down with bed head and my pajamas on,” Ish laughs.
One Amazing Mom that Barinder is, she helped Ish survive the upshot of her mayoral campaign. Kids would call Ish ugly, annoying, a witch or a white wash (whatever that means). Ish made that username to her spam account – “Life of a white wash” or a white girl dipped in brown chocolate.
“I have never heard my mom say anything bad about anyone, She does not gossip and she always asks me to look at how the other person is feeling. Sometimes people take advantage but she says that is on them. At the same time she has taught me to be strong,” Ish says about her powerhouse mom.

“SheTalks has really changed me to see how many women feel and that no matter what no one is alone. There’s always someone,” says Ish. While I can’t write all 16 stories we heard on March 4, I can tell you that each of the 16 stories were superbly inspiring. My teen daughter and her friend came back inspired to live their choices and fight negativity with all we have in us. It was one amazing Sunday.

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She Talks Founders Natasha Raey and Barinder Rasode at SheTalks YVR 2017

Pictured Above: SheTalks Founders Natasha Raey and Barinder Rasode at SheTalks YVR 2017

When a woman can make choices in a safe environment, her power multiplies. As I enjoyed the SheTalks talks at Centre Stage at Surrey City Hall accompanied by two 19-year old young ladies, I knew that each woman’s story was empowering my teens in a unique way. They heard stories of getting past sexual abuse and partner abuse; of success in career against all odds, of fighting cancer or lupus doggedly; of living the life of a transsexual; of addictions in loved ones; and of making choices through strife. Vani Guglani and Sona Singh felt inspired to make their own life choices in the face of adversity, and so did I.

The SheTalks morning began with Mayor Linda Hepner’s address on Audiovisual, and then took off to each of the 16 stories of empowered women.

In one of the three food and drink breaks as I talked to one of the speakers, I realized – these ladies needed to be heard as much as we the audience of 200 women (and occasional men) needed to hear them. I couldn’t possibly fit all 16 stories here, so I chose to write two stories chosen by my teenage daughter here.

1. Jen Marchbank

Jen Marchbank

Jen Marchbank

Jen Marchbank, well-known feminist and Professor Gender Equality at SFU Surrey, was fostering for years when she decided to go against the proverbial tide and become a biological mother. “Consider my situation: I was 33, single, with endometriosis, and a lesbian. Not the usual set of ‘how to get pregnant’ factors,” she says.

Jen made us laugh as we followed her journey of grit and faith. She chose to go through artificial insemination for two years, chose to deny invasive tests (amniocentesis) during pregnancy, and brought her baby son into her feminist world by following through her choices. Women must make choices themselves to make sure an environment exists within which other women can make choices. “I got to choose because of my own set of knowledge but also because generations of women have worked to ensure that an environment exists within which other women can make choices.”

2. Ish Rasode

Ish Rasode with me at SheTalks YVR 2017

Ish Rasode with me at SheTalks YVR 2017

13 year old Ish Rasode, cofounder Barinder Rasode’s daughter, concluded the day with her personal story of how she handled bullying. “The she talks committee comes to my house on Sunday mornings at around 9 or 10 and most often I come down with bed head and my pajamas on,” Ish laughs.
One Amazing Mom that Barinder is, she helped Ish survive the upshot of her mayoral campaign. Kids would call Ish ugly, annoying, a witch or a white wash (whatever that means). Ish made that username to her spam account – “Life of a white wash” or a white girl dipped in brown chocolate.
“I have never heard my mom say anything bad about anyone, She does not gossip and she always asks me to look at how the other person is feeling. Sometimes people take advantage but she says that is on them. At the same time she has taught me to be strong,” Ish says about her powerhouse mom.

“SheTalks has really changed me to see how many women feel and that no matter what no one is alone. There’s always someone,” says Ish. While I can’t write all 16 stories we heard on March 4, I can tell you that each of the 16 stories were superbly inspiring. My teen daughter and her friend came back inspired to live their choices and fight negativity with all we have in us. It was one amazing Sunday.

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7 events for you to check out in Surrey June 10–18

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There's so much to do in Surrey (Oleg Mayorov / Shutterstock)

Looking for something to do? Well, you’re in luck! There is so much to do in Surrey this week.

 

June 10: Seniors Week

Visit the Historic Stewart Farm on June 10 from 11 am to 2 pm for Seniors Week. There will be live music and performers, heritage activities and demonstrations, tours of the 1894 farmhouse, samples of delicious homemade treats, and activities in recognition of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Address: Historic Stewart Farm, 13723 Crescent Road

 

June 11: Magical QUIRK-E Tour

QUIRK-E (Queer Imaging and Riting Kollective for Elders) is hosting numerous spoken word and video performances at the Museum of Surrey on June 11 from 2 to 4 pm. There will be cartoons, videos, short films, songs, a scene from a play, stories, and poems. This event is 14+. 

Address: Museum of Surrey, 17710 56a Ave

 

June 11: Car-Free Day

Car-Free Day is coming to Surrey Saturday, June 11. This event will turn 137 street into a car-free paradise with tons of local merchants, musicians, and family-friendly activities like balloon twisting, jugglers, and face painting. There will also be a beer garden (for the grown-ups) and plenty of food trucks. 

Address: 7380 King George Blvd

 

June 16–19: Strawberry Tea on the Farm

If you missed Seniors Week, then you can visit the Historic Stewart Farm from June 16–19 for strawberry tea on the veranda. There will also be ice cream and other treats for you to enjoy. Tickets cost $18.20 and you can register for them online or by calling 604-501-5100.

Address: Historic Stewart Farm, 13723 Crescent Road

 

June 17: Youth Pride Dance

Youth ages 13 to 18 are welcome to attend the Youth Pride Dance, an inclusive and welcoming event to celebrate Pride. There will be dancing (of course), games, snacks, and prizes for the most creative outfits. LGBTQ2S+ and allies can attend this event. Registration for this free event is available online

Address: Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre, 13458 107A Avenue

 

June 18: International Picnic Day

Visit Hazelgrove Park for International Picnic Day on June 18 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Bring a packed meal and your friends and family to enjoy an evening full of fun activities. There will be mini-golf, storytime, different fun park activities, and different vendors from the Cloverdale Farmers Market. This event is free and open to all ages. 

Address: Hazelgrove Park 7080 190 Street

 

June 18: Surrey Fest

This year is the 22nd anniversary of Surrey Fest! Head over to Holland Park from 11 am to 4 pm to enjoy music, prizes, vendors, and more! This event is free but expect it to get busy. 

Address: Holland Park, 13428 Old Yale Rd

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What’s going on for Pride in Surrey 2022

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Here’s a list of some great events happening to celebrate Pride month (City of Surrey)

June is Pride Month, and there are plenty of events happening in Surrey to help you celebrate. So, check out our list of some of these must-attend events. 

June 9: Surrey’s LGBTQ2S+ History

 

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Learn about the history of Pride in Surrey from a panel of LGBTQ2S+ community leaders in an online discussion on June 9 from 6:30 to 8 pm. This event is a collaboration between Surrey Archives, Youth for Change, Sher Vancouver, and Surrey Pride. This event is free to attend and open to all ages, but registration is required. You can register online

Address: Virtual

 

June 11: Magical QUIRK-E Tour

QUIRK-E

QUIRK-E (Queer Imaging and Riting Kollective for Elders) is hosting numerous spoken word and video performances at the Museum of Surrey on June 11 from 2 to 4 pm. There will be cartoons, videos, short films, songs, a scene from a play, stories, and poems. This event is 14+. 

Address: Museum of Surrey, 17710 56a Ave

 

June 17: Youth Pride Dance

Youth ages 13 to 18 are welcome to attend the Youth Pride Dance, an inclusive and welcoming event to celebrate Pride. There will be dancing (of course), games, snacks, and prizes for the most creative outfits. LGBTQ2S+ and allies can attend this event. Registration for this free event is available online

Address: Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre, 13458 107A Avenue

 

June 22: Drag Queen Cash Prize Bingo

Head over to the Central City Taphouse and Kitchen on June 22 from 7:30 to 9 pm for Drag Queen Bingo. You can email president@surreypride.ca to register and for more information. 

Address: Central City Taphouse and Kitchen, 13450 102 Ave

 

June 25: Surrey Pride Festival

 

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The Surrey Pride Festival returns this year on June 25 from 4 pm till 9 pm at the Plaza at Central City Mall. Expect performances from Jesse Schult, Jason Qiu, Short Notice, Reckless (a Bryan Adams Tribute Band), and plenty of drag performances from the likes of Justin Abit, Jaylene Tyme, and Jolene. Expect a full evening of activities and fun. 

Address: 10153 King George Blvd

 

For more information on these events and everything else happening this Pride, visit surreypride.ca

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Car-Free Day makes its way to Surrey

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There will be plenty of delicious food, music, and family-friendly activities (Josh Howard / Unsplash)

Car-Free Day is coming to Surrey Saturday, June 11. This event will turn 137 street into a car-free paradise with tons of local merchants, musicians, and family-friendly activities. 

Stores that are located alongside 137 street will open up patios onto the street, while there will also be plenty of other vendors and food trucks like Gary’s Kettle Corn, Tornadopotato, Wakwak Burgers, Japadog, JJ’s Hot Cobs, Taco’N Todo, The Little Snowflake Factory, Lemon Heaven, and Roasted Revolution.

This year’s event will host performances by Ashleigh Ball, daysormay, Meltt, NADUH, The Jins, Peak, Á’a:líya, Tess Anderson, DESTINEAK, Vancouver Street Dance Festival, City Entertainment, Robin Reddy Show, Mom Bop, Matt Hen, and more!

 

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There will also be family fun activities like balloon twisting, jugglers, and face painting alongside some more grown-up activities like a beer garden.

Car-Free Day is organized by Translink and aims to educate people on the future of transportation. As the name suggests, people are encouraged to take transit, bike, walk, car-share, car-pool, or use other methods of electric transportation. There are bike racks on the sidewalk to park your bike but there will be no street parking for those who choose to car-share or car-pool. 

Car-Free Day takes place Saturday, June 11 from noon until 8 pm.

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You can help design a mural for SFU Surrey’s 20th anniversary

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Mural Mosaic Project
SFU is looking for input from community members for the theme of these 2 murals (SFU / https://www.sfu.ca/surrey/news-and-events/news-all/campus-news-and-updates/submit-your-ideas-for-mural-mosaics-at-sfu-surrey.html)

To celebrate SFU Surrey’s 20th anniversary, SFU is bringing the Mosaic Mural Project to their Surrey campus. 

This project will take multiple individual paintings and place them together to make one large mural. A similar type of mural can be seen on the side of the Newton Recreation Centre. 

 

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SFU will be partnering with different artists from the Mosaic Mural Project alongside staff and students to create these two new art displays, and they are asking SFU community members for help on the theme. Plus, anyone who submits their idea will be entered into a draw for a $25 SFU Bookstore gift card. 

The mural is expected to begin in Fall 2022 and submission for ideas will close on June 12 so be sure to get your ideas in soon. You can submit your ideas here.

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Cloverdale Market Days are back!

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Cloverdale Market Days are happening on the last Saturday of every month (@cloverdalemarketdays / Instagram)

After being cancelled for the last 2 years because of COVID-19, Cloverdale Market Days are making their comeback this Saturday, May 28. The market will be open from 10 am to 3 pm and will have up to 150 different vendors and food trucks. There will also be three stages for live musical performances. It will take place all along 176 street in downtown Cloverdale. 

This is a great opportunity to support local artists and businesses who have been struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The first market will be held on May 28 but there will also be four more on June 25, July 23, August 27, and September 17 in case you can’t make the first one. 

Local eateries like The Henry, Hawthorne Beer Market, and The Vault will also have sidewalk patios open for people to sit down and relax. 

The market will be open rain or shine and the streets will be closed from dawn until 4 pm for set-up and clean-up. 

Cloverdale Market Days

Address: 176 street between 56A and 58 Ave

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