FOR ALL EVENTS
A gathering of 90 women and men hailing from countries around the globe came together on 5 March 2015 to celebrate International Women’s Day via the theme of “Exploring Tolerance in a Time of Intolerance: Building Bridges from Women’s Perspectives.” The evening included a fabulous dinner, folk dancing and talks from four diverse, articulate and intelligent women.
The event was led by The Ven. David Selzer who served as the MC, Feyza Celik who offered a provocative greeting on behalf of IDI and The Rev. Karen Coxon, who served as the moderator. The speakers who challenged the audience to look at intolerance and considerations for moving forward included Joan McKenna, Acting Superintendent, Criminal Investigations Unit of the Ottawa Police Service, Brenda Merckley, Secretary of the Bridlewood Community Association, Dr. Susan Braedley, Professor in the School Social Work and the Institute of Political Economy at Carleton University, and Mine Khan, Member of the Turkish Muslim faith community. The Djerdan Folk Dance Group delighted the audience with their talents and beautiful interpretation of Turkish folk dances.
The evening concluded with birthday greetings and cake for one of the participants and a bake sale of several delightful Turkish delicacies. The proceeds from the sale were donated to Chrysalis House, a safe house for women and their children in Kanata.
The highly successful International Women’s Day event, a first of its kind for IDI-Ottawa, promises to become an annual event for the IDI-Ottawa and the entire Ottawa community.
Marianne Wilkinson, Councillor, Kanata North
Angela Sumegi, Professor, Department of Humanities and Religion, Carleton U
Marianne Williamson, Author and Writer
Lori Beaman, Professor, Department of Classics and Religion, uOttawa
The.Rev. Jane McCaig, Incumbent Priest, St.Thomas Anglican Church