Last summer YWCA Muskoka turned up the volume on women’s voices. We brought together a group of women from different backgrounds to share stories about their successes, their challenges and the lessons they’ve learned along the way. Stories of tenacity and grit. This fall 2020, we are thrilled and honoured to once again present She Talks Muskoka.
On November 6, 2020 a group of remarkable and accomplished women will share their stories to a wide-reaching online audience across Muskoka and beyond. Funny stories. Poignant stories. Heartbreaking stories. Stories that open hearts and minds. Stories to carry with you for years to come.
If the cost of the ticket is a barrier to attending please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. All inquiries are confidential!
for the Evening
Krishma is a community builder, activist, and lifelong learner. She specializes in workshop facilitation for participants of all ages. Her work spans a variety of subjects including: art-based social wellness, social media marketing, and public speaking. She has worked with YWCA Muskoka as a project coordinator and communications expert, and is currently volunteering with YWCA Canada for their Young Women’s Leadership Program. Krishma leads with authenticity and values inclusive spaces that allow for women and youth to build the skills they need in order to succeed. She is a firm believer that everyone has the potential to thrive in a safe and supportive environment. Krishma has a decade of community theatre experience and has trained in competitive improv with the Canadian Improv Games. Self-expression, leadership, and storytelling are the foundation of her personal and professional lives.
Meet our Storytellers
Dr. Jill Andrew
Dr. Jill Andrew, PhD is the MPP for Toronto-St.Paul's, the NDP Culture and Women's Issues Critic for the Official Opposition. Jill is also a member of the legislative Committee on Public Accounts.
Jill is the first Black and Queer person to be elected to the Ontario Legislature and reportedly in Canada. Jill was named Best MPP - First Runner Up by NOW Magazine Reader's Choice Awards. Jill is also a member of the Ontario NDP Black Caucus—a first of its kind in the province. Jill is also co-founder of Body Confidence Canada and is an award-winning educator and former columnist.
As the co-founder of #SizeismSUCKS and Body Confidence Awareness Week, Jill advocates to end size, weight and appearance-based discrimination and bullying. Her first Private Member's Bill is for the establishment of an Eating Disorders Awareness Week across Ontario.
Jill holds a Master’s degree in women and gender studies from the University of Toronto, New College and her PhD from York University’s Faculty of Education. She was also a proud member of CUPE 3903 and OSSTF District 12. Jill's PhD dissertation explored the trifecta of racism, sexism and fat hatred experienced by Black women in the GTA.
She is a community co-owner of Glad Day Bookshop – the world’s oldest LGBT bookstore – and supports organizations across the GTA that prioritize Black and racialized communities, youth, women, the arts, LGBTQ2+ communities and chronic health advocacy among others.
Jill is passionate about documenting, celebrating and advocating for people's human rights and their right to social, cultural and economic access.
Catherine Cole celebrates 30 years as an entrepreneur and business owner of The Great Vine Health Food Store in downtown Huntsville.
She is Muskoka’s health food guru, a Fellow of the British Institute of Homeopathy, a radio host of Food for Thought on 88.7 The Bay FM, a theatre director, public speaker and a writer/producer with CBCs Doc Mentorship Program.
She is passionate about creating community, empowering her customers through education, outreach and meaningful connection.
Catherine is eternally hopeful, curious and grateful.
Considered by Ambassador Magazine as Canada's Rising Star, Yvonne shares how we can teach people to Just Show Up for themselves and others so they are empowered and resilient when grief and life's challenges arrive; Grief being whatever makes your heart ache: Divorce, Diagnosis, Job loss, end of life and now a global pandemic.
Using heart and humour she shares her message across Canada helping people of all ages learn to take care of themselves and others.
She is an award winning author of the book Love Your Life to Death and a celebrated TEDx Speaker.
Additional information and resources can be found at www.loveyourlifetodeath.com
With every book purchase leading up to and during the event, Yvonne is happy to donate 25% to continue to support YWCA Muskoka. Purchase the book here and in “Note to Seller” add: "YWCA"
With every purchase of Yvonne's Get Ready for Grief online program Yvonne will donate 50% to YWCA Muskoka to support all the great work they do for women and girls. Just add "YWCA" in the "How did you hear about us" section: https://programs.loveyourlifetodeath.com/
Lead, Health Transformation & Strategic Communications, The Centre For WISE Practices in
Indigenous Health Women’s College Hospital
Founder / Creative Director: ROAR Creative Consulting Agency
Selena (Cree, French Canadian-Settler | She/Her) is a direct descendant of the Woodland Cree peoples of Lac Laronge, Treaty 6. A people and purpose-driven shapeshifter-interdisciplinary, she’s a mama-bear to two magnificent humans, with a partner who is a loving and supportive central fire-keeper holding steadfast for the ride. Sister, friend and community-centred; she is currently Lead of Health Transformation & Strategic Communications for The Centre For WISE Practices in Indigenous Health at Women’s College Hospital.
As Owner/Creative Director of ROAR Creative Agency, Selena is passionate about elevating First Nations, Inuit and Métis stories, leadership, perspectives and voices in healthcare, education, community and digital media, and nurturing Indigenous-led partnerships. A Digital Publishing Awards & National Magazine Awards nominated writer and editor Selena has been producing content for acclaimed publications for over 15 years (CBC, Babble Media, Disney, United Way’s Local Love, Today’s Parent, The Mighty, Quill & Quire), she strives to build bridges renegade style, self-taught in artful practices and digital illustration.
Mentored by other Indigenous trailblazers across industries and communities, Selena applies strengths-based governance frameworks to all initiatives she collaborates on. In her current healthcare and education leadership role during these Covidien times, Selena works to close health gaps experienced by systemically marginalized, neglected and targeted groups.
Clearly, she doesn’t like rules, and advocates for action by implementing anti-racism and cultural safety training education—cornerstones to culturally safe care and self-determined institutional transformation—as core principles connected to her endeavours.
Amy Sky is an award-winning Singer-Songwriter with 12 solo cds to her credit. Her most recent is Liv On, a collaboration with Olivia Newton-John and Beth Nielsen Chapman to support those seeking healing from loss.
A multi-talented artist, Amy has also written for dozens of other stars such as Anne Murray, Reba McEntire, Diana Ross, Heart and Roch Voisine.
Winner of three SOCAN awards, Amy has also been nominated for three Junos, East Coast, West Coast and Canadian Independent Music Awards.
For her work as a mental health advocate - she was honored with the CAMH Courage to Come Back award in 2006 and the MDAO Hero/Inspiration Award in 2009.
Since 2009, Amy has been growing a health and wellness network with Arbonne. She is one of the company’s top ranked Consultants globally.
Amy lives in Toronto with her husband, singer-songwriter Marc Jordan.
Join Amy’s upcoming virtual live-stream concert on November 22! Tickets available here
Silent Auction bidding begins on Oct. 31!
Bid online! Thanks to local businesses from all over Muskoka who support YWCA Muskoka. They have donated items that we think you'll like and will help you get your Christmas shopping done without any fuss!
October 31 at 9:00am
November 6 at 11:59pm
One of our featured items: Sail Away With Me
Handcrafted driftwood sailboat by Muskoka artist Daniel Gallant using driftwood he collects while exploring lakes and rivers in Northern Ontario. Each vessel is carefully painted and sealed to enhance and protect its natural beauty.
Connect Virtually with Friends!
Meet the She Talks Muskoka Committee! Each member shares why they got involved this year.
When you lift up women and girls, all of society benefits. Women’s stories, opinions and contributions are long overdue for the spotlight.
SheTalks connects us through storytelling and humanity. It to me is a big representation of who we are as an organization and I just love this event so much!
So happy to be part of an event that amplifies women's voices and experiences! She Talks Muskoka is a unique opportunity to celebrate one another!
In times of uncertainty, sharing stories of tenacity and grit is affirming and inspiring. That's why I am involved in She Talks Muskoka: to uplift and create a stronger sense of community
She talks is a wonderful opportunity to grow, learn from and work with powerful and inspiring women!
When women talk we are empowered; when we share our stories we are heard. That’s why I volunteer on the She Talks Committee.