Using donated spaces, we facilitate events that inspire, empower and connect womxn*. Our events include speakers and storytellers, networking and support. After each gathering, we donate partial proceeds to a local initiative benefitting Vancouver’s marginalized communities.
*including two-spirited, trans and gender non-conforming folks
We are striving to create a financially, socially and physically accessible environment for all. All our venues will have wheelchair accessibility and we offer a limited number of sponsored tickets. To apply for sponsored tickets or offer any feedback on ways we can improve on inclusion, visit our Get Involved page.
This is a first for Grace Club - we will have five storytellers including 2 mother/daughter teams and will be featuring a short documentary film created and directed by 18 year old, Journey Smith.
There will be wine for purchase ($5/glass) and proceeds from the bar will go to Out In Schools - an award-winning program that brings films into classrooms to inspire youth and help them step into the challenges and triumphs of LGBT2Q+ communities. Out in Schools promotes a safe and inclusive learning environment free from homophobia, transphobia and bullying and has reached more than 100,000 youth since 2004. They've brought queer film and transformative discussion to 51 of BC’s 60 school districts and are on track to reach them all by the end of 2019! Out In Schools also works closely with governments, school districts, professionals, associations and corporations to ensure that everyone has access to their dynamic presentations.
Bring your cash for the bar and help support this important cause!
Feel free to bring your own snacks and food, but some healthy and delicious light snacks will also be provided by The Practice Studio!
As always, we will be collecting in-kind donations of new and gently used toiletries for the DTES Women's Centre. Please bring what you can!
Please let us know if there is anything we can do to make the evening more inclusive.
Tru Wilson is an articulate and bold fourteen-year-old transgender advocate from Vancouver, BC. Tru first made headlines when she filed a human rights complaint against her local Catholic school board for not supporting her transition. This resulted in the development of the first known policy in any Catholic school in North America that spoke to supporting a child's transition in school. Since then, Tru has become a proud and voracious speaker for trans rights, and in 2015 was recognized by Vancouver Magazine as one of the city's 50 most powerful and influential people. In 2016 she was named Options for Sexual Health’s Sexual Health Champion, and in 2017 her entire family was nominated to be grand marshals is the Vancouver Pride Parade. Tru was also chosen to be a speaker at Vancouver’s 2017 TedX East Van event. Tru continues to share her story to educate and inspire others and show support for members of society who feel excluded… for any reason. Tru and her family are part of BC’s SOGI123 education curriculum and she is an ambassador for Out in Schools and Big Love Ball. Still a growing teen, Tru enjoys cosplay, drawing for hours and playing with her girlfriends next door. But with a proud voice, we expect to hear much more from Tru as she continues to inspire those around her.
Michelle Wilson - Since her daughter, Tru, came out as transgender at the age of 9, Michelle Wilson has become an avid advocate for trans rights. Michelle filed a human rights complaint against the semi-private catholic school their children were attending, when the school refused to support their daughter's transition. Two years later the complaint resulted in the first-known policy in North America that supported gender identity and expression in a Catholic school. Since then, Michelle and her family continue to speak publicly about their story and the importance of supporting your children.
Dr. Grace Lee is a top-level career and life strategist and internationally recognized keynote speaker. An expert in the human brain and human behaviour, Dr. Lee is dedicated to helping women and men achieve greater success, joy, and meaningful contribution in their career and life. Founder of Mastery Insights™, she has an inspirational story of survival and success against odds that resonates across cultures around the globe. Her brand is Mastery with one inspired mission: to empower individuals to discover their hidden advantages and turn their dreams into achievements. She is founder of a premium mentorship program with resources and proven strategies designed from her life’s work and hard-earned lessons to help individuals build the quickest road map to their happiest career and life. She is best known for her unique market posture of extracting ideas from neuroscience research and her cross-cultural experiences, which she uses to inspire people to embrace authenticity and define their own success.
Journey Smith is an 18 year old who has redefined the meaning of hope and resilience. As a graduate of the Whistler Waldorf School, she decided to do a Grade 12 project on HOPE and the role it plays in adversity. In her documentary she talks about the relatable feeling of hopelessness when the world tells her to “just have hope”. She has not only managed to find hope in a hopeless situation but has brought a sense of community to one of the loneliest times in a person's life - the journey through adversity in search of hope. Journey currently lives in Whistler, BC and dreams of spreading her documentary's message all over the country and one day, the world.
From a young age Julie Smith started her 'career' in overcoming obstacles. Drug abuse, an eating disorder, and an attempt to take her own life would frame her teen years. She would go on to become a high school teacher internationally and discovered that she had a great passion for working with teens and helping them through many of the struggles she herself faced. A life turned around brought a husband and four incredible children, but not without further struggle. She has learned about Hope and Resilience through her own life experience and through helping other people of all ages through theirs. Julie is a certified Doula and prenatal educator in Whistler, British Columbia and currently runs a program with Whistler Community Services for young mothers and their babies. She speaks from the heart ... openly and honestly, with a sense of humour about navigating a crazy life raising four teenagers in a world that, at the moment, seems dark and scary. When she is not working, or with her family, you will find her on the mountain, near the ocean or with her friends drinking large amounts of coffee and pondering all the highs and lows that motherhood and life in general bring.