Leading Moms

Fiona Douglas-Crampton on Being Brave

Fiona Douglas-Crampton believes in the importance of having mentors and in being a mentor to others. Having grown up on a hobby farm in Southern Ontario with five siblings and a barnyard full of animals, Fiona’s early life was shaped by her parents’ inspiration and mentoring. Today, she regularly coaches people in career transition and delivers workshops on career search and relationship building for women in the job market.

Before becoming the CEO of the Minerva Foundation in September 2011, Fiona’s roles included Director of Membership Marketing and Executive Director of the Women’s Leadership Circle at the Vancouver Board of Trade, and Acting Director of Fund Development at YWCA Metro Vancouver. She is also currently a mentor with the YWCA and the Vancouver Board of Trade

Fiona resides in Deep Cove, North Vancouver, with her husband Dan, her two children and their dog.

About the Minerva Foundation

With a mission to elevate the visibility, influence and contribution of women leaders, the Minerva Foundation has helped to create and fund programs that have assisted more than 3000 women and girls across British Columbia since its inception in 1999. Learn more about how the Minerva Foundation is changing lives and empowering women by visiting its web site and following them on Twitter at @MinervaBC.

Diana Stirling and Shannon Ward

Shannon Ward and Diana Stirling are the authors of Babyproofing Your Business, teaching entrepreneurs how to build wildly successful businesses without sacrificing themselves or their families. These moms, entrepreneurs and change-makers have figured out that work-life balance is a myth and redefining success is the key to living an amazing life. They have been extensively quoted, listed and ranked since they tore down their 7-figure business and rebuilt it on a new business model called Pretirement that earns them freedom, financial gain and fulfillment.

Nicole Bridger Fashion Show

Nicole Bridger showcased her Fall 2012 collection in a fashion show at Leading Moms 2012.

Born and raised in Vancouver, Nicole received her BAA in fashion design from Ryerson University in Toronto ON. During an internship in London with Vivienne Westwood, Nicole learned the art of sculpting, draping and layering fabric. It was here that she began to realize that her talent for fashion design could also be used as a vehicle for positive social change.

In 2006, Nicole aligned herself with Chip Wilson, the owner of Lululemon. Together they founded Oqoqo, a pioneer in the North American eco-fashion market. After her experience nurturing the growth of Oqoqo, Nicole was poised to unite her passion for high fashion and eco-consciouness, and in 2008 she founded Nicole Bridger Design.

Nicole is the embodiment of Nicole Bridger Design. A mother and social entrepreneur, Nicole strives to make positive contributions to her community and environment through the products she creates and the people she connects with. She is fuelled by a desire to create clothes that make all women feel beautiful and unique.

 

Tracy Theemes

Prior to co-founding Sophia Financial Group in 2009, Tracy Theemes gained valuable international experience with Smith Barney, a US brokerage firm. Tracy is a believer that “we are stronger together than apart” and regularly participates in activities and events that promote and support financial literacy.

Prior to co-founding Sophia Financial Group in 2009, Tracy Theemes gained valuable international experience with Smith Barney, a US brokerage firm. Tracy’s has a Masters degree in Counselling Psychology.

She is a Certified Financial Planner, is insurance licensed and is a Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute. She is also a Financial Divorce Specialist. Before becoming a financial advisor Tracy spent 10 years in management with an international play equipment company. She founded, then sold, a specialty children’s furnishing company based in the US.

Tracy is a believer that “we are stronger together than apart” and regularly participates in activities and events that promote and support financial literacy.

In this video, Tracy shares some real insight on being good enough (yes you are!). And yes she raps too.

Eaton Arrowsmith’s Sandra Heusel

The Communications Director for Eaton Arrowsmith School, Sandra Heusel has involved in the field of special education for the past 15 years, as a teacher and an educational consultant, in order to support students with learning disabilities and attention difficulties.

One of the founding staff members of the Eaton Arrowsmith Schools, Sandra finds tremendous joy in watching students students strengthen their learning capacities by rewiring weaker areas of the brain.  As communications director, Sandra reaches out to the public to shares stories of life changes made possible through the Arrowsmith Program and the incredible learning environment  that can be found at these schools.

Sandra loves spending time with husband and two young children….usually at the playground!

About Eaton Arrowsmith School

Located at sites in Vancouver, White Rock and Victoria, Eaton Arrowsmith School is modeled after the Arrowsmith School in Toronto which has been operating successfully since 1980 using the Arrowsmith Program to address the underlying causes of students’ learning difficulties and learning differences by strengthening learning capacities.

Gurdeep Stephens Sings Her Grandfather’s Song

The Leading Moms audience was treated by a spontaneous performance from Ratana Steven’s daughter Gurdeep Stevens.

Pamela Martin and Christine Pilkington Open Leading Moms 2012

Recognized across BC as the anchor of CTV News, Pamela Martin is well-versed in the issues that affect and impact the people and communities across the province and in this video reflects about her life as a mom and broadcaster.

Christine Pilkington is the Publisher of VancouverMom.ca and Founder of the City Mom Now Network. You can find out more at www.vancouvermom.ca and www.citymomnow.com.

This presentation was delivered as the opening for Leading Moms 2012, an event attended by 130 moms on October 3, 2012, in Vancouver. For more information about Leading Moms visit www.leadingmoms.ca.

Screening of Mina Shum’s Hip Hop Mom

Our Leading Moms 2012 audience was treated to a screening of Hip Hop Mom, Mina Shum’s comedic take on how moms of the world can stay true to themselves while raising a family.

When two alpha supermoms dispute over a parking spot, they quickly reveal their secret identities and it’s a hip hop mom dance battle royal! We are thrilled to announce that we will be showing Hip Hop Mom, a short by filmmaker Mina Shum. The film is an irreverent ode to moms everywhere.

With multiple awards, including the Berlin, Toronto and Sundance film festivals and the Genies, Shum has written and directed three feature films, “Double Happiness” (1993), “Drive, She Said” (1997), and “Long Life, Happiness, and Prosperity” (2003). She is currently developing her fourth feature film, “Two of Me” with Brightlight Pictures.

On Hip Hop Mom, Shum comments: “I have felt the need to express my irreverent, irresponsible self at times. And when I do, I’m so aware of the ‘mommy me’ and the ‘not so mommy me’. And both sides have to find their expression or we end up losing our true selves.”

Dina Goldstein on Inspiration

Dina Goldstein’s images of power, beauty, celebrity, the disenfranchised, the persecuted and the fantastical have graced the pages of magazines throughout the world.

Goldstein is acclaimed for her many photography projects, especially the evocative Fallen Princesses series. By recreating classic fairy tale settings, Goldstein exposed with wit, irony and satire and the fallacious nature of female archetypes within the modern world.

Based in Vancouver, Goldstein, mother of two lovely girls, shoots around the globe, bringing her unique sensibility to images of the human condition.

Find out more about Dina at www.dinagoldstein.com.

Dina delivered her talk via pre-recorded video.

Kim Graham-Nye

Kim Graham-Nye is the ultimate gMum.

Canadian-born and Australian-bred, Kim is as passionate about babies as she is about the planet. As co-founder and president of gDiapers, the ecodorable diaper that is both cute and biodegradable, Kim combines her love of both into one earth friendly, family-centered company. Named one of Fortune Magazine’s top 10 Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs in America in 2011, Kim has proven that with a little creativity business and family can go together better.

Kim delivered her her talk virtually via pre-recorded video.

Leading Moms 2012 – Breakfast

Leading Moms 2012 started bright and early, with a networking breakfast courtesy of Nature’s Path Foods.

 

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Thank you to Jenn Di Spirito Photography for sponsoring our event photos.

Jenn Di Spirito is a contemporary child and family portrait photographer who believes every mama needs a beautiful portrait with her little ones.

“Over the past 5 years, my approach has evolved into an experience that pampers mothers, celebrates their role in the family, helps them go into their photography session feeling confident and beautiful and, of course, gives them beautiful wall art as a result – both of their littles and together as a family.”

Leading Moms 2012 – Welcome and Morning Keynote

Our MC Pamela Martin kicked off the morning with a personal story as a trailblazing broadcaster. Organizer Christine Pilkington, CEO of Crisp Media Inc, welcomed guests. Keynote speaker Premier Christy Clark told a hilarious story about hemming her son Hamish’s pants moments before leaving to shuffle the cabinet.

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Thank you to Jenn Di Spirito Photography for sponsoring our event photos.

Jenn Di Spirito is a contemporary child and family portrait photographer who believes every mama needs a beautiful portrait with her little ones.

“Over the past 5 years, my approach has evolved into an experience that pampers mothers, celebrates their role in the family, helps them go into their photography session feeling confident and beautiful and, of course, gives them beautiful wall art as a result – both of their littles and together as a family.”

Leading Moms 2012 – Morning Program

Our morning program started with Sandra Heusel of Eaton Arrowsmith School, followed by the “Pretirement ladies” Diana Stirling and Shannon Ward. Dr. Gail Murphy shared her trials and tribulations managing tasks. Natalie Angell-Besseling recounted her path to opening a birthing centre in Uganda. Ratana Stephens of Nature’s Path Foods shared her wisdom, and her daughter Gurdeep Stephens spontaneously sang a few couplets from her grandfather’s song. World Hip Hop Mom Monica Morong got us moving and shaking with her smooth beats.

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Thank you to Jenn Di Spirito Photography for sponsoring our event photos.

Jenn Di Spirito is a contemporary child and family portrait photographer who believes every mama needs a beautiful portrait with her little ones.

“Over the past 5 years, my approach has evolved into an experience that pampers mothers, celebrates their role in the family, helps them go into their photography session feeling confident and beautiful and, of course, gives them beautiful wall art as a result – both of their littles and together as a family.”

Leading Moms 2012 – Lunch and Fashion Show

We were treated to a yummy lunch, sponsored by the McJac’s Roadhouse Grille in White Rock. Luckily, we could relax outside the Planetarium and enjoy an early-October sunny day. We came back to a screening of Mina Shum’s Hip Hop Mom short film and were treated to a peek of Nicole Bridger’s Fall 2012 collection.

 

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Thank you to Jenn Di Spirito Photography for sponsoring our event photos.

Jenn Di Spirito is a contemporary child and family portrait photographer who believes every mama needs a beautiful portrait with her little ones.

“Over the past 5 years, my approach has evolved into an experience that pampers mothers, celebrates their role in the family, helps them go into their photography session feeling confident and beautiful and, of course, gives them beautiful wall art as a result – both of their littles and together as a family.”

Leading Moms 2012 – Afternoon Program

Tracy Theemes kicked off the afternoon with her talk on being good enough – she even performed a spontaneous rap. Dr. Carol Friedrich-Fong dispelled some common myths about biotechnology. Minerva Foundation CEO Fiona Douglas-Crampton closed the day with sage advice on being brave. We closed the day with some prizes and some lucky guests were shuttled home courtesy of Chevrolet.

 

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Thank you to Jenn Di Spirito Photography for sponsoring our event photos.

Jenn Di Spirito is a contemporary child and family portrait photographer who believes every mama needs a beautiful portrait with her little ones.

“Over the past 5 years, my approach has evolved into an experience that pampers mothers, celebrates their role in the family, helps them go into their photography session feeling confident and beautiful and, of course, gives them beautiful wall art as a result – both of their littles and together as a family.”

At Jenn Di Spirito Photography, your session is more than just a way for you to capture a moment in time – it’s a celebration of who you are today.

BC Government: Premier Talks with Leading Moms

A video produced by the Government of British Columbia including Premier Christy Clark’s impressions of the day.

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