Salty Woman X Empress 1908 Gin presents: Breaking Through
The Drake Hotel
1150 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1J3, Canada
SALTY WOMAN 3: BREAKING THROUGH
Join our third Salty Woman meet-up where we bring in women of influence to share their stories and invite others to break the silence and speak up and celebrate the achievements of our fellow sisters here in Toronto.
You look at so much going on in the world and it’s amazing how quickly events surrounding women issues have helped create stronger communities. It’s important to realize how far we’ve come as a group and the topics we are now able to talk about that would never have been spoken aloud before.
On Monday, September 30, join us at the Drake hotel as we sit down with three fantastic women in a panel discussion on how they are breaking boundaries and driving change. Sponsored by Salty Paloma and Empress Gin, we’re proud to donate all ticket sales to the Dandelion Initiative, a non- profit supporting community-led action to end sexual violence, by survivors for survivors.
We invited the founder of the Dandelion Initiative, Viktoria Belle, to tell her story on creating safer spaces in bars through her safer bars and spaces program. Joining her is Hassel Aviles, food and beverage consultant and founder of Not 9 to 5, addressing mental health and addiction in the hospitality space. We’ll also have Aden Abebe, creator of Virgins the Series, a comedy series featuring East African women in the forefront and visualizing the struggle of adulthood as millennials and the conversation of love and relationships as virgins.
Rather than your regular panel-style event, we will have a guided open conversation while hearing the stories of our selected speakers. We'll spend some time to understand the judgement we face as women and the need to break through boundaries, both within society as well as within ourselves.
TICKET INFO: $25
Entry into the 2-hour long panel discussion and networking event, with a complimentary welcome drink by Salty Paloma x Empress 1908 Gin.
Empress 1908 Gin, an award winning Canadian gin inspired by the beautiful tea service at the iconic Empress Hotel in Victoria, BC. Empress 1908 Gin is 100% natural. It is infused with the vibrantly-hued butterfly pea blossom, added for its subtle earthy flavour but resulting in a singularly distinct expression - an impossibly lush and vivid indigo blue.
100% of ticket sales will go to the Dandelion Initiative, formerly known as the sexual assault action coalition, a non profit created by survivors of sexual assault and violence for survivors of sexual assault and violence.
Drinks + networking + talks by strong and ambitious women in the city to share their stories and work with you on fighting against your own negativity and finding inner strength to pursue your passions.
630-7: arrival, drinks and networking
7-7:30 introduction and welcome message
7:30-8: panel discussion
8:30-9: open q&a
Event will be hosted at the North Lounge in the Drake Hotel, (1150 Queen St W).
Space is limited.
Special thank you to our friends at Scandaleuse Photography who will be snapping pics all night long!
We are honoured to feature 3 fantastic women driving change and starting to talk about hard topics.
VIKTORIA BELLE: A survivor, LGBTQ community member and Romani woman, she began her work in the early years community and developed a deep connection with community, families, survivors and children. She has a deep devotion to survivor centric programming and research, her commitment to creating safer spaces in the bar, hospitality and live music industry has created prevention and accountability for gender based violence in the industry.
HASSEL AVILES: Food and beverage consultant and founder of not9to5.org, a Canadian organization focused on mental health and addiction in the hospitality, food and beverage industry.
ADEN ABEBE: Mental Health programmer for Kitchen Table Talks, bringing together youth and elders in intergenerational conversations on mental health over injera and creator of Virgins The Series, a comedy series that follows four 20-something year-old East African women as they stumble through adulthood as millennials and love & relationships as virgins.
ABOUT SALTY WOMAN:
Founded by Amanda Chen of Salty Paloma, the Salty Woman project is a one year creative commitment to showcase the work of entrepreneurial women in Toronto that are impacting social change.
Our last two Salty Woman events raised $625 for the Barbra Schlifer Clinic, a local non-profit that offers legal representation, professional counselling and multilingual interpretation to women who have experienced abuse.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Check out saltywoman.ca and follow @saltywomanto on Instagram.
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