By Cynthia Chevrefils
On Saturday April 27th the Bibliotheque Allard Regional Library held its annual Kickass Women’s day Event. The Library teamed up with The Interlake Eastern Health Authority (IERHA) to program this event.
This year they had 2 presentations, one was a brief overview of Cannabis and its effects given by Shelley Senkow from the Addictions foundation of Manitoba. The other was Meals in Jars given by Alisyn Makowski, Dietitian, IERHA. They also had a Guest speaker from Survivors hope Crisis Centre, on The Value of Self-care and the ways trauma can impact us.
This year the event had over 20 vendors and a few activity sessions such as massage therapy, foot reflexology, mini-manicures, and paraffin wax-hand treatments (which were a big hit). This year’s event ran from 10am-3pm in the Ecole Powerview School gym.
The attendance at this year’s event had a 33% increase from the previous year, organizers are encouraged that they are reaching new people each year.
The money raised from this event helps the library fund free programs through out the year such as TD Summer reading Club, Eggstravaganza, Halloween Cookie Decorating, & Storytime and more.
Kelly Murray, Head Librarian at Library Allard said that the Kick Ass Women’s Day has the added benefit of generating interest in the Library. “Not all people in the library are aware of what the library can contribute to their lives,” she said. “This event is away of reaching out to them.”
Already for next year the library potentially has 2-3 speakers lined up but have yet to confirm them. The Library would like to gear the speakers to events that are happening within the community, so it speaks to the needs of the community at the time.
This event would not be possible without its sponsors and all the volunteers, it takes a lot of work to make it happen. Kelly and staff work hard all year long to get events like this and other programs in the library going and keep growing every year.
Great job ladies, keep up the good work and can’t wait to see what have in store for next year’s event.