May 28 is the International Day of Action for Women’s Health. For over 30 years, this day has been recognized by women’s rights advocates and allies in the sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) movement worldwide. Year after year, women, girls, advocates and allies have continued to take action and stand up for sexual and reproductive rights for what they are: an indivisible and inalienable part of our human rights.
Now, at a time when women’s human rights and particularly sexual and reproductive rights continue to be systematically violated worldwide, mobilization both within and beyond our communities remains essential, in order to resist any rollback on our rights and advance sexual and reproductive justice for all.
Please join Peel HIV/AIDS Network, Punjabi Community Health Services, Peel Committee Against Woman Abuse, and the Black Community Action Network of Peel on May 28; because Women’s Health and Rights Matter.
Throughout the day, we will gather together to discuss issues and opportunities related to women’s health and rights. Exciting and engaging expert speakers will explore a wide range of relevant topics, including culture-based paradigms in reproductive and sexual health rights, structural violence in healthcare, and women’s rights.
Speakers will include:
Aqua Nibii Waawaaskone
Indigenous opening and Truth and Reconciliation Commission
Aqua the singer, songwriter, storyteller, artist, and activist is a strong Anishinaabe Kwe~Indigenous Woman, also known as Nibii Waawaaskone~Water Flower. She originates from North Bay where she was raised by her single Mom Waabishkaasin Kwe~White Stone Woman. Aqua is a two-spirit woman of mixed Ancestry; Ojibwe Métis with French and Scottish heritage. Aqua is committed to sharing Indigenous stories through theatre and is grateful to have had the opportunity to study Theatre Arts at Algonquin and Film at Humber where she received the Board of Governors Award for her dedication to her community and the performing arts . She understands the importance of gathering as a community to share stories and has learned that a beautiful way to bring people together is through live performance. Aqua co-created and collaborated with Cow Over The Moon and other gifted Indigenous artists on a children’s theatre piece to share the creation story of Turtle Island~North America. She composed original music to score the teachings and bring to life our traditions as Indigenous People.
Notisha Massaquoi, Executive Director atWomen’s Health in Women’s Hands
Systemic Gaps in Health Care Services and Challenges
Notisha Massaquoi has been an advocate for women’s healthcare globally for the past 25 years. She is currently the Executive Director of Women’s Health in Women’s Hands Community Health Centre in Toronto, Canada. She holds a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Toronto and is completing her PhD in Sociology and Equity Studies at the Ontario institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto. Her research and numerous publications have focused on women and HIV/AIDS, increased access to primary healthcare for racialized women and health promotion /education strategies for marginalized communities in Canada. She is the co-author of the anthology Canadian Perspectives on Black Feminist Thought. Her work has appeared in such journals as Canadian Woman Studies, Wagadu, Canadian Journal of Infectious Disease and Medical Microbiology; Social Science and Medicine; and the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved. She is also lecturer for the Faculty of Social Work at Ryerson University.
Ilmana Fasih, Associate Manager at United Way Greater Toronto
Panel Discussion on Cultural Based Paradigms and Women’s Health
Ilmana Fasih works as an Associate Manager at United Way Greater Toronto, responsible for the South Asian Advisory Council. With 22 years of experience practicing Gynecology back home, she is a passionate women’s health activist advocating for the empowerment of women in reproductive rights, self care and life choices, including marriage. She also advocates for diversity and inclusion in a multicultural Canada.
In her spare time, she blogs, paints on silk, and uses art as a medium to convey empowerment, peace and diversity.
Tatiana Ferguson, TransFormed Program Coordinator
Transforming Service Provision – A City-Wide Approach to Gender Inclusivity
Tatiana B Ferguson is a Project Coordinator and Sexual Health Educator. Currently, she is working on a research project to better support Trans survivors DV/IPV at Metrac. Since 2014, she has been very active in advocating for the inclusion of Trans people and people of color in community programs and services. She previously coordinated and facilitated a newcomer support group to support LGBTQ Newcomers, Refugees and Asylum Seekers and has worked on a number of community-based research projects that uses art and multimedia. Her
lived experience has fueled her passion and drive to create alternative models of support and inform best practices for system change so that Trans people have a access to a better quality of life.
Nikki Browne, Women’s Community Program Coordinator
Presentation on Women and Incarceration
Nikki Browne is on a mission to construct social and systems change in and around the justice system. She is currently the women’s community program coordinator at PASAN, a community-based health and harm reduction organization that provides support, education, and advocacy to people who are or have been incarcerated provincially and federally regarding HIV, HCV, and whole health. She is also the founder of Nikki Knows, a grassroots initiative that leverages the lived experiences of criminalized young people to build capacity for social change. Through a Nikki Knows project, called Project LUCID, she is currently working towards improving re-entry supports and outcomes for people who are or have been incarcerated in and around the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).
Dr. Gursharen Virdi, CAMH
Women and Challenges in Accessing Mental Health Care Services
Dr. Gursharan Virdee is a psychologist, currently working as an researcher at CAMH. Her research focuses on expanding our understanding of mental health recovery for diverse populations, women, youth and individuals with severe mental illness. She also leads The Collaborative for South Asian Mental Health – a group of researchers and service providers who together are working to improve the mental health of South Asian communities in Canada. As an extension of her interests in culturally appropriate mental health interventions, Gursharan leads a program of research to enhance the mental health outcomes of young South Asian women.
Loly Rico, FCJ Refugee Centre
Presentation on New Guidelines in Proceedings Involving Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression
Loly Rico is the Co-Director of the FCJ Refugee Centre, with over 26 years’ experience welcoming and walking with up-rooted people. Head of the settlement services programme, with expertise in setting up a safe environment for vulnerable populations. She has been immersed in community work and has many years of experience working with newcomers in Canada supporting their integration into Canadian society with dignity. In recent years, she has worked closely with other service providers in the city of Toronto to develop a response model to combat human trafficking and to provide holistic services for trafficked persons.
Baldev Mutta – Executive Director at Punjabi Community Health Centre
Meet the Panel!
Sophia Brown Ramsay – Community Development Manager at BCAN Peel
Sophia Brown Ramsay began her career in the criminal justice system, working primarily with young offenders and women. For the past 15 years, she has worked within the field of community development and engagement, advancing an equity agenda to address services to marginalized peoples. She is a Community Development and Engagement Strategist with a demonstrated track record of building sustainable solutions within diverse communities in Peel region, including bridging connections between various ethnoracial community leaders, non-profit agencies, government, the grassroots movements. Currently, Sophia is the Manager of Community Development for the Black Community Action Network, a network of organizations and allies with a mission to promote equity-focused systems change and community empowerment through advocacy, community organizing and development, leadership development, community education and research.
Shalini Konanur – Executive Director at SALCO
Shalini Konanur is the Executive Director and a lawyer at the South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario (SALCO). As a student at Osgoode Hall Law School Shalini worked at both Parkdale Community Legal Services and C.L.A.S.P. in the worker’s rights division. Shalini has been actively involved in several areas of poverty law reform, including lobbying at the municipal, provincial, and federal level for social assistance, housing, immigration, employment, and family violence reform. Shalini has also spearheaded SALCO`s test case work, challenging issues of racial, gender, and religious discrimination at the Supreme Court of Canada, the Ontario Court of Appeal, the and the Federal Court. Shalini’s work focuses on the promotion of access to justice for racialized communities in Canada and on addressing poverty for SALCO’s low-income constituency.
Zohra Zoberi – Writer/Producer and Executive Director of Bridging the Gap
Zohra Zoberi has been recognized by IAOTP as 2018’s Top Artistic Director of a non-profit organization, Bridging the Gap Productions (Enlightenment through Entertainment). Has won Literary and Performing Arts Awards from the Mississauga Arts Council, and is recognized by the government of Canada for promoting inter-cultural awareness about arranged marriages, rising divorce rates, cyber bullying and sexual harassment. She has also won Woman’s Courage and Ambassador of Peace award.
She is published in over a dozen Canadian and U.S. anthologies as well as has her own poetry book True Colours and Questionably Ever After (plays). Currently working on her third book—her own journey as a Canadian immigrant.
This day is suitable for beginners, intermediate, or advanced meditators.
What you will learn at this workshop
Theory and practice of a variety of meditation techniques that will help you start your own meditation practice. Meditation practice will be complimented by dialogue, movements and breathing exercises.
Meditation is relaxation, awareness and expansion of awareness. The practice of meditation promotes emotional healing and can be helpful for those suffering from a variety of acute and chronic health problems including stress-related disorders, fatigue, sleep problems, chronic pain, anxiety and depression. As the practice deepens we discover our natural self which leads to healing and creative contentment.
Your own lunch, but beverages/snacks are provided for morning/afternoon breaks.
Jivasu is the founder of Naturality movement. Naturality is ‘to live according to our nature’ and ‘to walk our own path’. On the path of Naturality you are neither religious nor spiritual but natural.
By training Jivasu is a medical doctor from India. He with his wife Karen, a Canadian doctor, served on a voluntary basis for thirteen years in the villages of Indian Himalayas.
He earned a diploma in acupuncture from Sri Lanka and McMaster University, Canada. He was also trained in mind-body medicine from Harvard University, USA.
Currently Jivasu is teaching Naturality based programs in Canada and India and other countries. He is an instructor in mind-body medicine and acupuncture training courses for health professionals in McMaster University, Hamilton.
He is the author of many books including: Naturality and Meditation: A Path of Relaxation, Awareness and Expansion of Awareness.
- If you are associated with an organization that promotes mindfulness, please feel free to bring along promotional material to be displayed on a community partners table.
- Please cancel your ticket if it turns out you cannot make it, this will open a place for someone else.
MUCH2CELEBRATE IS PROUD TO PRESENT AND INVITE YOU TO JOIN US FOR OUR FIRST ADULTS ONLY CRUISE, THE LOVE BOAT CRUISE ~ LOVE, SEX & LASTING RELATIONSHIPS …
Singles and couples! Set sail with us for an elegant ride along Toronto harbour, all the while enjoying a scenic cruise past some of T.O’s most famous attractions. Take in the tranquille beauty of the harbour from the deck of the lovely Yankee Lady IV as you enjoy the spectacular city skyline, meaningful conversations, fantastic music, delicious food and beverages, all in great company.
While onboard, have unique access to the sought-afterToronto-based Sexologist, Dr. Jessica O’Reilly founder of Sex with Dr Jess. She will teach you just how to transform your relationship and rekindle the spark and sizzle in your love life as you learn these 4 things:
- The science of passion.
- The 3 most important conversations for hotter sex.
- The formula for intimacy.
- A few fun techniques.
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Dr. Jessica O’Reilly, PhD, Founder of Sex With Dr. Jess
Dr. Jess is a sex and relationship expert, author, keynote speaker, television personality and host of the Sex with Dr. Jess podcast. She holds a PhD in human sexuality with a focus on education. Her practical relationship advice reaches millions each month via mainstream media outlets and she travels extensively across the globe to work with couples (including royalty and presidential candidates) to transform their relationships from good to great.
PERFORMANCE BY: Danielle Ray, Singer & Songwriter
Danielle Ray is a singer & Songwriter from Toronto who began singing in church at just 7 years old. At 15 she began writing songs and singing at talent shows around Toronto and New York. Her passion for music eventually landed her a 2 year Asian tour and also had her singing for legends like Ashford & Simpson, Freddy Jackson, Alicia Keys, Tracy Morgan, and DMX just to name a few.
Danielle is a wife and mother of 2 and is passionate about ministering to people through song.
MUSIC PROVIDED BY : DJ Lissa Monet, Co-founder of LuxeLife Sound
There’s no mistaking, DJ Lissa Monet rocks parties . And although she’s somewhat selective of the events she spins at, she’s pretty versatile and open minded about the events she is hired for. Lissa has been influenced by such musical legends as Jay-Z, Beyonce, Frank Sinatra, Aaliyah, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Phil Collins, Hall & Oates mixed along with music from her Caribbean upbringing and a unique passion for reading album liner notes.
EMCEE: Elizabeth Correia, Founder of Elizabeth Correia Enterprises
Elizabeth is the founder of The D.e.v.a In You Group, a self-development and leadership company for women and youth, a motivational speaker, Transformational Life Coach and Founder of Toronto Street Projects, Elizabeth lives her life with purpose. As an entrepreneur, she has built a partnership with The Toronto District School Board, Dufferin Peel Catholic School Board and many community organizations as a speaker and workshop facilitator.
Elizabeth brings her audience a unique perspective on issues many of them face each day. She inspires individuals to live each day re-creating who they were born to be, therefore, enhancing their quality of living and becoming leaders of their own future.
Come set sail with us aboard THE YANKEE LADY IV
1:00 PM – BOARDING
1:30 PM – DEPARTURE
1:30 PM – WELCOME & LUNCH (live performance during lunch)
2:25 PM – KEYNOTE PRESENTATION and Q&A
3:40 PM – MIX & MINGLE (Raffle prizes will be awarded during mix & mingle)
4:40 PM – CLOSING REMARKS
4:45 PM – DISEMBARK
TICKET PRICE: $50 (includes meal)
ATTIRE: Fun & Fabulous
Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?
19 years and older with government ID.
What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
Yankee Lady IV Located at 539 Marina Quay West on the west side of Quay West Marina at the foot of Bathurst St. in the Portland St. Slip.
Directions for Yankee Lady IV:
Yankee Lady IV coming from the West or Northwest: Take the QEW or 427 to the Gardiner eastbound, exit at Lakeshore Blvd. Continue east along Lakeshore Blvd. to Bathurst St. Turn right and then turn left at the lights on to Queens Quay, continue to the first driveway past the inlet and turn right. Yankee Lady IV is docked at the end of the pier on the right. There is a Harbourfront parking garage at this location. Please note there is limited parking due to construction on the parking lot.
Coming from the North: Take the Don Valley Parkway southbound to the Gardiner Expressway west and exit at Spadina, and take the Lakeshore Blvd exit, continue west on Lakeshore Blvd. Turn left at Dan Leckie Way then turn left at Queens Quay then right on the first driveway. There is a public Parking garage at this location. Please note there is limited parking due to construction on the parking lot.
Coming from the East: Take Lakeshore Blvd. west turn left at Dan Leckie Way then left at Queens Quay and right at the first driveway. Please note there is limited parking due to construction on the parking lot.
Via Public Transit: Take the subway to Union Station and take the 509 Streetcar to Dan Leckie Way Walk south to the water’s edge. Yankee Lady is the large white boat farthest from the street.
A Note Regarding Parking: At all times there is limited parking at the waterfront. While there are parking lots adjacent to both of our ships, there is no guarantee that there will be space. Please come early. There is additional parking at the Metro Convention Centre (entrance on Lower Simcoe St) and two lots near York St.
How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Kindly send any questions via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What’s the refund policy?