Inspiring women and men are featured at our fundraising luncheon annually. This year, we hosted a panel of powerful, local women, including Laura Poland, General Manager at Mayfair Shopping Centre, Sybil Verch, Senior Vice President, National Director, Wealth Management, Raymond James Ltd., and Penny Sakamoto, Publisher of Black Press. Insights about women’s empowerment in business, social responsibility, and how they work to support efforts to end violence against women inspired the crowd.

We are thankful for our dedicated event emcee, Robin Farrel, who leads our International Women's Day community for the past few years with such talent, vivaciousness and wit. Learn more about Robin below:

Robin Farrell (Co-Host of the Morning Show at Ocean 98.5)

Robin Farrell is an award-winning broadcaster with 18 years of morning show experience - 13 of which have been spent here in Victoria. She was a recipient of the "Morning Show of the Year" award at the Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards in 2013, and was a nominee for the Vancouver Island Top 20 Under 40 Business and Community Achievement Awards in 2013. Robin rode the 2010 Canadian Cancer Society Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock as a media rider raising money for pediatric cancer research, and was a nominee for the 2016 National Philanthrophy Awards in Victoria for Co-Founding and Co-Chairing the Cycle of Hope Society - a 5 year fundraising project that raised awareness and inspired hope in families living with ALS.

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