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2018 Women's Conference set for March 23

By Monique Massiah, Strathmore Standard

Relax, enjoy a day filled with shopping, guest speakers, entertainment and door prizes during the 2018 Women's Conference.


“The focus is Women's Wellness,” explained Wheatland Family and Community Support Services Lynn Walker. “We want them to be able to come out and have fun,” she said.

The conference will be held on March 23 at Hope Community Covenant Church and is the creation of Wheatland FCSS in partnership with Strathmore FCSS, Wheatland Further Education Society and Alberta Health Services Addictions and Mental Health.

The conference will be held from 8:30 a.m. To 3:15 p.m.

Throughout the day, there will be door prizes, guest speakers, a catered lunch and refreshments, entertainment and shopping opportunities.

The conference will feature 20 vendor booths and a number of guest speakers throughout the day.

“We are kicking the day off with a session on meditation. We want to get everybody mellowed out and be nice and relaxed and get rid of some of that excess baggage. The theme of this whole conference is simplifying your life,” she explained.

“Right off the bat we want to simplify what they are carrying around for baggage and get rid of some of that for the day,” she said. The session will be hosted by Sacred Wins Holistic Healing for Women.

Following the session there will be a break before two conjoint sessions, one on downsizing and declutter and another on healthy eating hosted by community and Primary Care Network diaticians.

During the afternoon, there will be two concurrent sessions, one on active living and a presentation on heart mapping. Hopefully the weather is favourable, if so participants will be going outside to learn all about nordic walking.

Members of the addictions and mental health team will be demonstrating heart maps.

“Everybody will have an individual laptop and they will see some of the techniques to calm yourself down and make yourself more relaxed,” said Walker. The program will demonstrate the physical effects on the computer for participants to review.

“We end the day with our keynote speaker who is Lori Gibbs, and she is known as a Human Anti-depressant,” said Walker.

“She's supposed to be able to give your some tips with humour. A lot of people who have seen her have said she's just fantastic, so we've put her at the end of the day so everybody could leave on a positive note,” she said.

Vendor booths include spa, and yoga, jewelry, Epicure, and decorating ideas. “It's just a wide gamut of things to choose from,” said Walker.

Pre-registration is accepted at WFCSS Highway 1, RR1 Strathmore by phone at 403-934-5335, or at Strathmore FCSS at 116 3rd Avenue Strathmore. The cost of registration is $30. The cheques are payable to Rural Health Partnership.


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