Women Showing Courage, Determination, Boldness

Saturday October 19th – Oak Bluff, MB (Oak Bluff Recreation Club)

Saturday November 2nd – Brandon (Sokol Holl)

Registration fee of $25. This includes snacks, lunch, door prizes, multiple speakers and display tables.  This is an ideal opportunity for WI promotion and recruitment so we encourage everyone to invite a friend.

The day will run from 9:00am – 4:00pm, with registration starting at 8:15.

Women Showing Courage, Determination, Boldness MRWD 2019

Women’s Success Stories.

Not the stories about a woman with 5 children, a leadership job or politician. But the life experiences of women who lost their husband and took over the management of the farm, immigrated and built up a Canadian life, were addicted and came out of it.

We all have odds against us, but how did these women cope with it, and what can we learn from it?

Manitoba Rural Women’s Day is a day for women; to learn and laugh and make new connections. Manitoba Women’s Institute is the host of this day. There will be a gathering in the East in Oak Bluff on October 19th and a West event in Brandon on November 2nd. Every women or girl is welcome.

It is necessary to register in advance as there is lunch provided for a cost of $25. The day includes speakers, door prizes and display tables to learn more about the topic.

Display Tables

More information to come!

Manitoba Rural Women’s Day Sponsors 2019

More information to come!

Speakers for the day:

Lynne Miller

Lynne Miller

Lynne has enjoyed the pleasure of growing up on the prairies. Where else can you find wide open spaces, endless wheat fields and beautiful sunsets? She was born in Scotland and immigrated to Canada at seven years old with her family. She grew up on the family dairy farm near Forrest, then spent a year in Prince Edward Island where her family moved in 1996, before returning to the Brandon area by herself and settling near Rapid City with her husband in 2009. Much of her life has been spent riding and showing hunter/jumper horses and ponies. Once an Equine Canada judge, she is now giving back as a volunteer for the Canadian Pony Club and Little Saskatchewan River Pony Club recently formed by herself and two neighbours.

After completing the Rural Development and Applied Counselling programs at Assiniboine Community College, she was employed as the Outreach & Marketing Coordinator for a private eating disorder treatment centre for 12 years. In 2010 she joined Sutton-Harrison Realty and have juggled a busy career as an award-winning REALTOR® ever since. Her days are filled with helping her clients with their real estate investments, viewing homes, reviewing home inspections, negotiating contracts, putting up sold signs or handing over keys to new homeowners. As a primarily rural REALTOR®, she is often on the road traveling to different towns, acreages and farms.

At the end of the day she comes home to her supportive husband Mike and their beautiful daughters Laney and Libby on their own piece of prairie paradise where their girls are sharing her love for horses.

Judy Klassen

Judy Klassen

Judy is an elected Member of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba for the constituency of Kewatinook since being elected in 2016. Judy and her husband Jason have six children. She grew up in a remote fly-in Northern reserve and has spent over ten years working and living in an urban area and completing post-secondary education. For Manitoba to succeed, we have to bring many Northern communities out of the third world and onto a level playing field with the rest of Canada. Judy believes it is her duty to help as many people as she can because she was helped by many people in order to become who she is today.

Maria Christine Diores

Maria Christine Diores

Christine is of Filipino descent and Permanent Resident from Russell, Manitoba. She had been with Russell and District Veterinary Clinic as Animal Health Tech since June 2011. A veterinarian who have served her country for the majority of her career life but now an immigrant who braved enough to change the course of her life and for her children and family.  Teena as she is fondly called by her friends and co-workers, has been involved a lot her community; have led the Filipino Association in their area, and have been a member of Manitoba Women’s’ Institute Silverton Branch since 2013. Her struggles as a migrant worker, widow and a single parent to three young children, and still fuelled by her passion to serve in any ways and she has seen that venues through WI, and a firm believer on the common phrase ‘everything happens for a reason” …and for whatever the reason is – how the heck would I know!

Anna Hunter

Anna Hunter

Anna is a first-generation sheep farmer and wool mill owner in Eastern Manitoba, Treaty One Territory. Anna, her husband Luke, and their two sons moved to Manitoba from Vancouver BC where she owned a community-based yarn store in 2015 with the desire for a deeper connection to the source of her food and clothing.  She started a small sheep farm, raising Shetland sheep for their beautiful wool, along with chickens and pigs. In 2018 they established a small-scale wool processing mill- the only one of its kind in Manitoba- to process wool and fibre for themselves and other farmers. Anna is passionate about building community and connecting rural fibre farmers with urban consumers, fibre artists and crafters. Anna believes that regenerative agriculture and climate beneficial food and clothing is integral to moving forward as farmers, fibre artists and Manitobans. To learn more about Anna and her farm/wool mill check out www.longwayhomestead.com

Viola Fleury

Viola Fleury

Viola spent her first 9 years living in the core area of Winnipeg with her family. Her family relocated to Dauphin, Manitoba in 1976. She graduated with a grade 12 diploma from the Dauphin Regional Comprehensive Secondary School in 1986. She received her Bachelor of Education from the University of Manitoba in 1992 and has been teaching formally and informally ever since. Viola believes education opens doors and people are never “too old” to be educated or learn.

Viola is teaching in the Mature Grade 12 Program at Sioux Valley Dakota Nation. She is a lifelong learner and learns as much from her students as she hopes they are learning from her. She has always been passionate about her community and has been a member and leader on many committees and boards for over 25 years wanting to give back to the community.

Viola currently resides on an acreage north of Carroll, Manitoba with her husband Kenneth and 17 year old child Jay. Viola loves the peacefulness and beauty of living in the “country” and hopes to always be living with nature and away from urban areas.

Viola is teaching in the Mature Grade 12 Program at Sioux Valley Dakota Nation. She is a lifelong learner and learns as much from her students as she hopes they are learning from her. She has always been passionate about her community and has been a member and leader on many committees and boards for over 25 years wanting to give back to the community.

Viola currently resides on an acreage north of Carroll, Manitoba with her husband Kenneth and 17 year old child Jay. Viola loves the peacefulness and beauty of living in the “country” and hopes to always be living with nature and away from urban areas.

Diane Hrychuk

Diane Hrychuk

Diane was born and raised in Ethelbert Manitoba and now lives on a farm in Fork River with her husband. From 1968 – 1998 Diane competed in wheelchair sports, as an amputee. She first played wheelchair basketball at the 1971 Pan American Games. In 1976 she shared a world record in javelin. She won a total of 113 medals through her athletic career, 62 gold, 21 of which were won at international competitions. She was inducted into the Ukrainian Hall of Fame in 1988 and then in 1997 and was inducted into the Wheelchair Basketball Hall of Fame.

Genella Macintyre

Genella Macintyre

Genella is an author, international trainer and consultant and President of Partners in Discovery Ltd.  Genella’s focus is to improve the quality of personal and professional living. She helps organizations, large and small, determine what needs to happen to develop a productive, profitable and psychologically safe workplace. Her background includes experience in human resource management, executive leadership, personal and executive coaching, individual and family counseling and program development and evaluation. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Specialist) degree from Brandon University and a Master of Arts degree in Applied Psychology from the University of Saskatchewan. She also has certificates in Coaching and Mediation Skills. Genella has authored a book on stress management and a book on enhancing “soft skills” in leaders as well as having launched a children’s book called “Tucker Times: The Chase”.

Manitoba Rural Women’s Day is an annual event, which started in 2016, with a different focus each year.

We encourage women of all ages, members and non-members, to attend for the purpose of discussing issues important to women and families. This is intended to be a day of learning, networking, inspiration, and opportunity to open your mind to new ideas and feel empowered. This event provides rural women the opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with other women.