Conference Showcases Impact of Women & Mothers

VANCOUVER, Nov. 10, 2015 /CNW/ - HIPPY (Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters) Canada and the B.C. Association of Family Resource Programs present the conference Mothers as a Catalyst of Change: Inspiration from Around the World on November 25 to 27, 2015 at the SFU downtown Vancouver campuses.

"Mothers change the world for the better and we have the data and stories to back it up," says Deborah Bell, president and CEO of HIPPY Canada. "We can demonstrate exponential impacts in politics, economics, environmental sustainability, early childhood development, community health and family wellbeing."

She adds, "Empowering and engaging mothers and women in the process of change is the key to combatting tough challenges of our time—including poverty, social inequality and the reduction of violence, and environmental destruction—lies with empowering and engaging women in the process of change. We all applauded the new female cabinet appointments in Ottawa last week. For us, this signals the possibility of big change."

Four thought-provoking keynote speakers will outline how women are changing our country and the world.

  • Sally Armstrong - human rights activist, celebrated Canadian author and journalist
  • Judge Marion Buller - B.C.'s first Indigenous female judge
  • Dr. Adrián Cerezo – sustainability expert, with a focus on raising children to impact environmental health
  • Al Etmanksi – social innovator and community organizer

"The conference," said Bell, "will bring together inspiring thought leaders and practitioners who work every day to empower women and families and who demonstrate practical skills to create social innovation.

Registrants and participants include social service agencies, women, grandmothers, Aboriginal and immigrant-serving agencies and anyone interested in bringing new innovations to their roles as parents, change-makers and citizens.


For further information: To arrange interviews contact: Darlene Gage, Cell: 604-728-9027, Email:, Conference webpage : or


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