Women’s Day

Women’s Day is going virtual!

Every Wednesday throughout the month of March from 7-8:00 pm

The YWCA St. Thomas-Elgin is part of a world-wide organization that supports women and families by providing services that educate and empower each individual to move forward in their lives.  Since 1902 the YWCA has been providing services and programs that help women, men and youth move from dependency to self-sufficiency, including adult education, employment training, youth leadership, rural recreation, poverty interventions and housing programs.

In order to maintain and continue to meet the growing community needs, each year we must fundraise. Our Annual Women’s Day conference is just one of the ways we do so. We thank all of you who have attended our Women’s Day events in the past and for your continued support.

New This Year

This year may look a little different as we play our role in keeping our staff, volunteers, patrons and presenters safe at home, however we hope you are as excited as we are to join us from the comfort of your home using Zoom online video conferencing as we bring you our first ever virtual Women’s Wednesdays series featuring:






How it Works

Once you have registered for the event you will receive an email notification prior to March 3rd which will include all workshop Zoom links. Workshops will be hosted each Wednesday evening (7-8:00pm) throughout the month of March. Join as many of the workshops as you can!

If you are unable to attend the live workshop, NO WORRIES! Each workshop will be recorded and shared with all participants the following week so that you can re-watch it or catch the ones you’ve missed. For the last two Wednesday evenings (March 24 & 31) there will be two workshop options,  watch one live and watch the other one recorded later!

If you have never used Zoom before, please do not let this deter you from registering as we will provide you with instructions on how to use this user-friendly platform and there will be assistance available during the events.


2021 Bonus

In the past our annual Women’s Day consisted of 3 workshops, lunch and a guest speaker. This year we wanted to provide you with a little bonus! With your flat fee registration you will have access to all 7 workshops plus a special welcome from our Guest Speaker, Angela Nooren.

Registration Fee

$45 per participant (includes all 7 workshops)

Registration Deadline:
February 25, 2021 at 1 pm

March 3 - Guest Speaker Angela Nooren & Introduction to Altered Art with Heather Robinson

How to Dance in a Black Dress With Angela Nooren
Teacher/educator, former counsellor, mother, and podcast creator

Host of the “How to Dance in a Black Dress” podcast, Angela offers support and guidance to people who are searching for the meaning behind life’s most challenging moments. Having survived the loss of her husband and best friend, Angela believes each one of us has our own story of survival to share. In her podcast, she explains how she has found the lessons in her pain, and how each of these lessons has carried her through the rest of her journey.

Angela Nooreen on Facebook

Angela Nooren


Introduction to Altered Art:  Transforming the Ordinary into the Extraordinary with Heather Robinson of gathered

Altered art is an excellent way of recycling and giving new life to all sorts of commonplace items for decorative purposes. Heather will show you some examples and explain some techniques to spark your imagination.

**Demonstration ONLY – supplies will be described in webinar but materials for participants are not required while live webinar is occurring. A recording of the workshop will be available to all participants.**

gathered in Sparta

Creative Solace blog

altered art pieces on table

March 10 - Self Care During a Pandemic with Megan Soloy-Theil ND of Silver Birch Clinic

Stress is inevitable and right now with the current events in the world, almost everyone is suffering from the effects of stress.  Megan will share some simple ways to enhance self-care habits and release tension and worry.

Megan Soloy-Theil ND at Silver Birch Clinic on Facebook

Silver Birch Clinic website

Megan Soloy-Theil with dog on lake

March 17 - Creative Seafood & Solo Secrets with Lauren VanDixhoorn of Solo On Main

Join Lauren as she shares a few secrets from the Solo On Main kitchen, inspiring the inner at-home chef in all of us to create delicious dishes easily prepared using fresh ingredients.

**Demonstrataion ONLY – ingredients will be described in the webinar but nothing is required while live webinar is occurring. Recording will share afterwards with all participants.**

Facebook solo on main 

Instagram @solo_on_main 

Website: www.soloportstanley.com

Seafood dish by Solo

March 24 (option 1) - Yoga Flow for Empowerment with Nicky Rowsome of Soogati Space

Join Nicky in a Yoga Flow for Empowerment, embracing breath and movement to find your true potential. Challenge yourself, persist, grow and strengthen for self-love and confidence. This flow is suitable for beginners and intermediate yogis.

Facebook Soogati Space

Nicky Rowsome

March 24 (option 2) - Interior Décor Tips & Tricks with Shale Holden of Hayhoe Homes

Shale, Hayhoe Homes Design & Marketing Supervisor, is excited to share thoughtful tips and tricks on making your home stand out while still being livable. Including go-to paint colours, staging ideas, collage walls, and an interactive Q&A period.

Instagram @shaleholden or @hayhoehomes


Shale Holden of Hayhoe Homes

Hayhoe Homes Logo

March 31 (option 1) - Indian Snack Food with Anita Waite of Salt & Pepper Meals

Explore the flavours and spices of traditional Indian snacks. Learn from scratch recipes that your guests will be sure to enjoy at your next post lockdown gathering!

**Demonstrataion ONLY – ingredients will be described in the webinar but nothing is required while live webinar is occurring. Recording will share afterwards with all participants.**



Salt n Pepper Meals

March 31 (option 2) - Zumba with ZumbaLee Pat

(aka. Lisa Patrick)

Zumba is a fitness program that combines Latin and international music with dance moves. Zumba routines incorporate interval training — alternating fast and slow rhythms — to help improve cardiovascular fitness. It’s a full-body workout, you’ll burn calories and fat, build endurance, improve cardiovascular fitness, improved blood pressure, adaptable for any fitness level, it’s social and can increase your pain threshold.

Aerobic exercise can reduce health risks, help maintain a healthy weight, strengthen your heart and boost your mood. If you enjoy Zumba, you’re also more likely to do it regularly and experience its benefits as an aerobic exercise. As with any exercise, if a certain movement or position hurts, try to modify the workout to avoid the activities that are painful.

Facebook ZumbaLee Pat

ZumbaLee Pat  ZumbaLee Pat   ZumbaLee Pat

If you have any questions regarding registration, please contact our main office at (519) 631-9800 or email us at info@ywcaste.ca

Liability to Participate

Upon registration for YWCA St.Thomas-Elgin’s Women’s Wednesdays, all participants are acknowledging that YWCA St.Thomas-Elgin is not responsible for any injury, personal injury, or loss of any kind suffered by a participant during, or as a result of, this event. Participants agree that they are aware of their own health and physical condition prior to participating and assume all risks connected to participating. Participants are also aware that these workshops will be recorded and make public. 

Participants are responsible for their own access to a computer or other device with camera/microphone and sufficient internet for participation on the specified dates/times.  This virtual program will be hosted on Zoom.  If you have not used Zoom before, please review information on Getting Started with Zoom prior to registering. 

No refunds will be provided. 


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