International Women’s Day Celebration 2017, MARCH 5

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The Assaulted Women’s Helpline began serving women in the Greater Toronto area in 1985. With increased demand in April 2002, we expanded across Ontario. We provide crisis counselling, emotional support, safety planning, information, and referrals to approximately 48,000 callers annually.

The AWHL seeks to break down barriers to service faced by immigrant and refugee women, women living with disAbilities, Aboriginal women, LGBT women, and women of colour. To this end, we emphasize referrals to culturally, linguistically, and community appropriate agencies.

Our services are also available in 154 languages.

We are a multi-disciplinary team that is committed to providing exceptional and respectful service to women who are experiencing (or have experienced) violence, abuse, or the effects thereof. To facilitate effective responses to emerging issues relevant to the women we serve, we maintain a steadfast commitment to working in coordination with community partners and sister agencies. Charitable Registration Number: 127624443 RR0001

Since 1985, our service has positively impacted the lives of hundreds of thousands of women across Ontario. With continued awareness-building our critical services can be made available to more women, ensuring that when a woman reaches for the phone we will be there as a source of support and empowerment.

Our Mission:

To provide free, anonymous, and confidential crisis counselling, emotional support, information, and referrals via telephone to women in up to 154 languages, accessible 24/7, 365 days a year. DONATE HERE

We are pleased to announce that we are sponsoring ANWHR this year, as well. You can visit their representatives inside our bar rail tables. Take Action and join the Movement.

Action Network for Women’s Human Rights (ANWHR) is a Toronto based, volunteer-led Amnesty International activist group. ANWHR campaigns for and supports Amnesty International with a focus on gender issues and women’s rights.

Amnesty International is a global movement of over 7 million people in more than 150 countries working together to protect and promote human rights.

Amnesty international conducts research and generates action on the important human rights issues facing Canada and the world.

Members of Amnesty International in Canada campaign on human rights in a number of countries where the actions of the Canadian government and of Canadians can have the greatest impact.


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A huge shout out to Alyssa Mahadeoand Leanne Benn representing our esteemed media sponsor, The Toronto Caribbean News!

The Toronto Caribbean newspaper is one of the fastest growing and most read (well received) Caribbean community newspapers in Toronto. We are a bi-weekly Caribbean newspaper bringing you news from throughout the community and straight from the Islands. Not only do we have one of the largest distributions, but we are greatly invested in online marketing, getting as much as 160,000 downloads per edition.

We are committed to printing and delivering on time, and are subjected to regular circulation audits ensuring that we keep to our word delivering up to date and credible information.

Though we focus mainly on Caribbean news, our readers are as diverse as Toronto, coming from all walks of life and different ethnicities.

The Toronto Caribbean Newspaper is the only paper in the community that can guarantee a 90% readership!




Sabrina Shyne is the founder and CEO of Dance to Dream Entertainment, a professional entertainment company that believes in empowerment, diverse dance styles and offering a performance of a life time! She has more than ten years of dance experience, ranging in a variety of styles including Hip-Hop, Belly dance ,Latin and Bollywood.

“We are a female dance company that focus on empowerment and specialize in performance!”

She has performed internationally on cruise ships, hotel resorts, nightclubs, events, festivals weddings and has been featured in a number of music videos and backup for various artists.

She is very passionate and hopes to shed light on every person she comes into contact with.

Sabrina Shyne



Performer since age four. Writer since age seven. CEO of Record Label at 15. Rose Cora Perry is the former frontwoman of major label signed act Anti-Hero and has performed at some of the world’s most renowned music festivals.

Bringing audiences of over 500,000 to tears with her emotional sound and sincere performances, Perry has been crowned a well-respected industry pro within Canada’s music landscape. In line with her efforts, in 2011, she was invited to attend the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles as a honourary special guest artist.

She’s graced the covers of magazines, achieved “Top 100” radio singles, conducted numerous guest lectures, served as a Voting Committee Member for the Jack Richardson Music Awards and was elected to represent the “voice of the independent musician” in a three-month expose for Canadian Musician.

In 2010, Perry launched her critically acclaimed debut solo album, “Off Of the Pages” and its associated non-for-profit foundation, MusicSaves, which aims to impart onto troubled youth the healing capacity of music.

2016 marks the triumphant return of Perry’s musical efforts with the highly anticipated worldwide release of her sophomore solo album, Onto the Floor. In conjunction with the album’s release, Perry formed high energy powerhouse duo, The Truth Untold, featuring Tyler Randall on Drums (Blind Mag/Swerve); Perry handles Vocals, Guitar and Songwriting.

Within a mere six months of coming together as a live performance band for Rose Cora Perry’s latest release, The Truth Untold has conquered audiences of 25,000+ , performed at 15 summer festivals and won over crowds of 20-somethings and babyboomers alike.

Rose’s new album, Onto the Floor, is currently hot in rotation on commercial, college and community radio stations worldwide, featured on OneAvenue’s iTunes music app and the music video for Perry’s first single was awarded “Best Pop Rock” Music Video by The Akademia Music Awards.

Rose Cora Perry has three visions she hopes to achieve as an artist:

1) to inspire
2) to provoke thought
3) to relate

Rose Cora Perry / Musician. Media Personality. Model.
HER Records Inc.
#3B-553 Adelaide St N London, Ontario, CANADA N6B 3J6
P: (519)859-2059 F:(519)679-0623
E: [email protected]


A special Shout-out to Nikki Monique for joining us to liven up the day with energizing Piloxing for our Women!

“Monique Kurnath aka NIKKI-MONIQUE is a talented, outgoing & passionate Solopreneur with a Wellness & Fitness Biz that enriches the lives of Women, Children and their Single Parents.

NIKKI-MONIQUE is a Certified Hypnotherapist (C.Ht.), Reiki Practitioner, Meditation Coach and Transformational Speaker with a Specialized Fitness background in PILOXING, ZUMBA and KIDS YOGA.”

“Here is YOUR opportunity to try out a fun high-energized workout from California that involves Pilates+Boxing+Dance called= PILOXING. Time to Be Unique and get Sleek, Sexy & Powerful with NIKKI-MONIQUE !!”

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LinkedIn: Nikki-Monique/Monique Kurnath

12 Fabulous SPEAKERS

“Each number has a meaning, especially when you see the number repetitively. The number 12 is a combination of the numbers 1, which means, “Stay positive” and 2, which means, “Keep the faith.” Together, 12 is a strong message to stay positive, optimistic, and filled with faith . . . because your positive thoughts and faith will create a positive outcome.” Thanks to Doreen Virtue.

rubiena-duarteRubiena Duarte has worked across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and North America both in the corporate sector as well as within nonprofits. Rubiena has over 15 years’ experience in the corporate sector as a senior leader driving diversity and inclusion, employee engagement, empowering women and heading up community upliftment and philanthropic efforts.

She has firsthand experiences of gender bias in the workplace as well as the positive impact of supportive leaders that have been part of her journey. Her outreach work has included supporting women who were survivors of rape and domestic violence in rural Africa as well as heading up a corporate development foundation enabling the empowerment of women in business.

She encourages her two children to become immersed in different cultures and environments and they have experienced living in South Africa, Texas and New York. After many years of travelling she has returned with her family to Toronto, Canada.

Outside of the corporate world Rubiena has led many Personal Renewal Groups in New York and Texas focusing on balance and self-care and she continues to be involved in community upliftment programs.

She spends her time as a writer with her first book on Realizing you are a Superwoman coming out in 2017. Her blog Supermom Adventures focuses on everyday life experiences of women, parenting, making an impact in the world and the importance of maintaining balance

Rubiena also has many of her blog posts published on Huffington Post.

Topic related to “Women Leading the Shift” – Acknowledging that you have made an impact

Wanting to learn more, make changes in your life and having an ambitious drive is admirable. Rubiena will delve into questions related to whether you have taken moments on your journey to acknowledge the impact you are already making in leading the worlds we call our own. Are you celebrating the shift you are already making? She will focus on how women everyday are overcoming challenges whether it is gender bias in the workplace, parenting or even considering whether having balance is realistic.

This topic will have you wanting to change the quote “She needed a Superhero so she became one” to “She needed a Superhero and then realized she already was one.” Rubiena encourages women to realize the impacts and achievements they have made and that they are already leading the shift.


dsc_0235shalini6Shalini Dharna, CPA, CA, LPA, has over 10 years of experience in accounting and finance. Shalini graduated with honors from the University of Toronto with a B.Com specializing in accounting.

Gaining experience at Ernst and Young and BDO, Shalini has served clients from various industries with different needs and requirements. In this role she audited financial statements and provided areas of improvements to business owners.

Shalini also worked as a financial analyst at the Ministry of Education managing a portfolio of child care funding recipients, and being the financial lead in the transfer of the family support programs. In this capacity she developed policies and procedures to evaluate financial statements to ensure proper use of childcare funding.

Shalini’s background experience in financial statement preparation and analysis, combined with her experience in accounting and tax, offers an excellent combination that provides businesses with solutions and strategies that maximizes operational efficiencies while supporting growth and profits. Her goal is to help businesses and individuals succeed in achieving their financial dreams.

Talk: Going green and saving money

Going green may be great for the environment but it can also be great for your financials too. I’ll talk about some going-green ideas you can take in your company that also allows you to keep some green in your wallet.

Dharna CPA Professional Corporation
Office: 905-212-9149 | Cell: 647-285-3240|
5170 Dixie Road, Suite 205. Mississauga. ON. L4W1E3


headshot-june-2016-spring-trip-reillyHelen Snell has worn many hats in her business life, and has truly found her place with her own business that supports her lifestyle and passions. As an Independent Consultant for Arbonne International Helen offers vegan, botanical skincare and health and wellness products and uses this platform to inform people about environmental awareness, plant-based diet, and caring for our bodies with products free from harmful chemicals, fillers, and animal bi-products. Helen has also recently started a blog, Redlines, where she shares her discoveries on health, and the small steps each of us can take to reduce our impact on the environment.

Talk Description: Sustainable Eating – Small Shifts to Huge Impact

A presentation of the environmental impact of our food choices will be discussed. An informative approach from my own journey covering all areas of eating including seasonal menu planning, packaging, food choices, fast food, GMO’s, organics, and plant-based diets and how they affect our environment. Easy steps to move from where you are today to lighten your footprint.


Email: [email protected]

Facebook: Helen Harwood Snell, Arbonne Independent Consultant

Mobile: 416-795-6496

catharine-allanCatharine Allan: My story – self-made woman

Everyone always asks me, “How does a reading work?” I like to do a general reading first before you tell me anything, and see whatever Spirit wants to say to you that day. After that you can ask me any question you like… and I mean ANY question! I begin to self study Astrology in high school and was having strong psychic experiences in my teenage years. Unfortunately, I grew up in a family where this was considered crazy, and I didn’t say anything to anyone until I moved to Montreal, Canada, and teachers and mentors started to appear in my life.

I lived one of those, “when the student is ready the teacher appears” experiences.

I began the Tarot when I was 22 and started to read as a profession by 28. I was exposed to many spiritual paths working in a Metaphysical store for about 13 years, and where my abilities increased exponentially. I realized I was a medium only because the people I kept seeing in readings had passed on. I have also had a lot of experience counselling and coaching people. I ran support groups for women, have done healing retreats, and Vipassana meditation retreats, studied and practice sound healing, chackra cleansing, guided meditation, reiki, Bach Flower remedies, gem stone work, and can clear spirits from your aura and from your home if need be.

I have also taken courses around issues such as addiction, mental health, and forms of abuse and feel very comfortable to help you with this if it is part of your story or of someone you are asking about.

I work with my guides and Arch Angel Michael at all times in the light.

My Talk 2017: Intuition Heals Your Life

We all have intuition and tend to disregard acting on it when it’s about ourselves or our loved ones. When you listen to the subtle messages you will be amazed what situations can be healed. Intuition is holistic, and bypasses or transcends logic most of the time when it is accurate. It asks us to listen and be true to ourselves. When we quiet the mind enough to hear our inner knowing we have true power.


toronto_photography_headshot_nataliecdphotography_marilyn-colourMarilyn Cicuttini helps change toxic homes into safe, healthy havens.

TALK: Green Living: Chemical-free Natural Wellness and Lifestyle.

After realizing her corporate career and typical North American lifestyle was making her sick, she began incorporating Young Living oils to eliminate toxins and return to wellness. Her Holistic Healing approach to health is simple, natural and benefits the whole family. She incorporates Young Living products to promote a lifestyle of no chemicals and no toxins; just a breath of fresh air.

Marilyn understands the pressures of a busy corporate life – battling the stress of multiple work priorities and continually powering through the constant exhaustion. We want to make changes to take better care of our family and home, but have no time to research and implement these changes. Marilyn has the answer to transitioning your family to a toxin-free lifestyle that is not only environmentally responsible, but can also improve the quality of life for your whole family. She is driven to educate and equip women with simple changes that add huge savings time, money and health.

Facebook Page: Blue Spruce Club
Email: [email protected]


picMy Talk: “Integrity, morals and ethics are integral to my beliefs as not only a professional but as a person. We owe it to ourselves to lead honest and true lives – we owe it to those we interact with to be a moral compass when life becomes challenging. Being true to ourselves and others will see wishes and dreams become realities.” – Ameera Ameerullah

Canada Mortgage and Financial Group (CMFG) is an independently owned and operated mortgage company specializing in both institutional and alternative financing throughout Canada and the USA. We also offer a platform for international investors to invest in Canadian real estate. The company’s niche expertise is in construction finance, land acquisitions, residential and commercial mortgages.

CMFG created and launched a builders deposit program early 2016 which benefits not only the borrowers but also builders- this is an exclusive program not offered by any other brokerages in Canada. The company has set a unique benchmark in the mortgage industry under the leadership of the CEO, Ms. Ameera Ameerullah who has made her mark as the Women of Influence among other accolades in the Canadian mortgage industry.

In addition, Ameera is a social worker and human rights advocate whose passion is to improve the quality of life for others. She volunteers her spare time working with abused women and children, the homeless and orphan children. To learn more about Ameera and Canada Mortgage and Financial Group, please visit


me-blonde-enhancedMary Fidilio – My Talk: “For all the reasons that showed up that I couldn’t, was the reason why I did”

I am the founder of MeFirst Interpretative Coaching. In faith & steady pursuit, I have spent numerous years taking curriculums that would contribute to live my purpose as a coach.

I am a Landmark Graduate, Certified Professional Coach (AASCB) & (NCCA). My education includes, Fowler Wainwright International Institute of Professional Coaching, FKA Facilitation, Street Smarts, Public Speaking and more. My expertise is to heighten consciousness, mentor visionaries, teach, motivate & inspire process driven individuals. With over 30 years of corporate practices, I develop leaders.

As an engineer of positive feedback, I also develop great communicators/speakers, seeding greatness & stimulate relationship building. All of which has been created through transformations.

Personal favorite, duplicate, teach, coach & mentor leading by example!


Mary Fidilio – Lives4U Video

Reference – Toronto OBSERVER

Mary Fidilio – LinkedIn

Contact Information: [email protected]
? 416.302.7364

A favorite saying of mine is: Believe – Ask – Receive Amen


Carol Starr Taylor – Author of ‘Life In Pieces From Chaos to Clarity.’

Carol Starr Taylor is an International Best-Selling Author, for her book Life In Pieces from Chaos to Clarity, certified Life coach, Clarity Coach, inspirational speaker, business consultant, NLP Practitioner, Time Line Therapy Practitioner, Hypnotherapist, offers NLP Coaching, and the founder of The Travelling Sisterhood. She received her Honors Bachelor of Arts, with a specialty in Mass Communications. She has made numerous appearances over the years on radio, TV, and in articles.

Carol has been life coaching and consulting, both men and women, for personal, professional, and business development. She founded The Travelling Sisterhood, a growing global community of heart-centered women to inspire and connect women without exclusion. Your vibe attracts your tribe.

As a 30-year entrepreneurial veteran herself, she has advised clients in the areas of motivation, life transformation, relationships, sales training, personal goal setting, and empowerment. Carol is an inspirational and motivational speaker, conducts workshops, creates conferences on a variety of topics, including building a community, personal and business networking, personal relationships and sex, dating after divorce, how to manifest change, self-esteem, self-worth, self-love, weight-loss, how to create your diamond life, dare to dream big, and more. Her particular passion is to ignite, inspire, and create experiences to facilitate personal growth of others within themselves and with each other.

For more information or to contact Carol go to:
FB: @carolstarrtaylorofficial
Twitter: @carolstarrtaylr
IG: @carolstarrtaylor


Diane S. Stoddart, Living Life and Business Marketing

Diane Stoddart was born in Toronto, Ontario into one of the oldest families in Canada. Diane was a single parent of two children for 26 years after an unsuccessful marriage experiencing all the hardships that go with that. She is now re-married. As well as two adult children she has two very spoiled dogs. Her professionalism, life experiences, and warmth come across in her speaking and presentations.

Diane’s passion for caring for people and helping them to succeed has led her on her career path in the corporate world as well as in her own business. Her first successful marketing business, after leaving the corporate world, was called “”. After moving to a different area and working as a Director of Marketing for an insurance company, Diane obtained her license as an Insurance Broker and Financial Advisor. During her years in that profession people were still approaching Diane for assistance in Marketing. So, 7 years ago, Diane decided to leave the business of finance and return to her passion, Marketing. That is when she began her second marketing business “Living Life and Business Marketing”, and, in that business, is passionate about helping others onto the right path to success. As well as being a skilled Marketing Strategist, she has excellent writing, editing, speaking and presentation skills.

Diane has obtained the following certificates: Time Management, Advanced Presentation Skills, Information Systems Technology, Sales as a Service, Marketing, Certified Palliative Care Volunteer, Licensed Insurance Broker and Financial Advisor.

Professional experiences include: Marketing Management and Strategy, Consumer Relations Management, Customer Service Management in Telecommunications, Marketing Strategist and Designer, Director of Marketing, Director of Customer Service, Director of Sales and Marketing, Insurance Broker and Financial Advisor (No longer in that business, returned to Marketing), Editor ‘n Chief for a local Magazine.

Diane’s understanding of various types of businesses is very beneficial in assisting others in their marketing endeavours. Diane always says “Without Marketing, you are invisible”.

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Carmela Lamanna, an Empath, Healer, Medium and spiritual teacher.
My Talk: Raising the Spirit in Self

Growing up in a small town in southern Italy, not understanding anything about spirituality and soul work, but always felt out of place, constantly blaming my self for not doing things “right” according to others, and after many life lessons in my journey, discovering who I am and learning to forgive, has been the biggest lesson of it all.

I have had many life experiences in helping people and also myself. All my life I have had people, friends, and family members come to me with their life problems, as a result they always left with a much better attitude, feeling lighter, and with a sense of empowerment.

(There is much more to life than just being present and showing up to work every day)

A Medium is someone who has the ability to communicate with spirit. This could be in multiple ways or just one of the following: seeing, hearing or feeling the spirits around you. As a medium I have a duty in passing on the messages that comes to me from the spirit realm. READ MORE HERE

Lorree Appleby – My Talk: Forgive your Past, Re-claim your Present and Create your Future with an open heart.

Forgiveness is Freedom!

After enduring years of stress and burn out and realizing her co-dependent relationships were sucking the life out of her, Lorree Appleby took responsibility for her life and a risk by exploring the world of entrepreneurship.

After years of extensive researching, training and massive personal growth Lorree’s pursuit to live her life fully and authentically led her to acknowledging her natural healing gifts and to Radical Forgiveness. Personally trained by Colin Tipping, Founder and Director of the Institute for Radical Forgiveness, Inc., and certified as a Radical Living Master Coach, Lorree is also a Certified Assertiveness Coach an Empath and an Intuitive Light-worker.

Radical Forgiveness is the opposite of Traditional Forgiveness.

It’s instantaneous, easy to do, it follows a step-by-step process and no therapy is required.

Learn how important forgiveness is to raising our vibration in order to create success, happiness and peace in our life and life around us. When we move from fear to love our heart opens and we can authentically live our truth and purpose. Our energy affects everyone around us and forgiveness creates a positive ripple effect to raising the consciousness of the planet. Lorree will share the secret ingredient to forgiving radically and how you can easily get started on your own. Learn more about Lorree and Radical Forgiveness at



Nisreen FodaHypnosis – A Positive Transformation

We offer Life Changing Solutions so that you can have a wonderful, enjoyable and immensely satisfying life that you are meant to have.

Enjoy the magical state of being in a Hypnotic Trance and feeling refreshed and equipped to overcome all challenges.

Do you want to improve your confidence, get rid of a bad habit such as nail biting or smoking, diminish pain, speedup the healing process, reduce stress, manage weight, or any other life solutions? We can help you through hypnosis. Amazing results!

Only 10 % of your actions are governed by your conscious mind, the other 90% is ruled by your unconscious mind. Through Hypnosis we tap into that 90% to bring on the positive changes that you desire.

Let Hypnosis help you harness your own mind power for your benefit.

Let Us Help you Help Yourself!
Besides Hypnosis our services also include Reiki Energy Treatment and Group Guided Meditation, Akashik Record Reading and periodic workshops.

My Talk: “Sowing the seeds of the New World with Compassion and Kindness”.

Women being mothers, daughters, sisters and wives, have always been an epitome of compassion. That’s who we are. Being who we are we can use these qualities to uplift others and lead the shift to better world for all of us.





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