Vancouver celebrates women’s contributions to local food on International Women’s Day

March 5 2013

Celebrating international womens day

The City of Vancouver and Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation will mark International Women’s Day with a reception to celebrate and acknowledge the 2013 Remarkable Women honourees.
When: Friday, March 8 at 7 pm 
Where: VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre, 5151 Oak Street, Vancouver 
Who: 2013 Remarkable Women honourees
The Remarkable Women poster series began in 2008 and recognizes Vancouver women who have served their community in an exceptional way.

This year’s series honours the contributions of Vancouver women to our local food communities. Remarkable Women honourees come from diverse backgrounds and represent different aspects of local food, food production, food security, food policy, education and research.
Featured on the posters are:

  • Ilana Labow, Co-founder/Director of Fresh Roots Urban Farm Society, food educator
  • Debra George, Tsleil-Waututh First Nation, mother, educator and community food preparer
  • Jill Weiss, instrumental in starting Cottonwood Community Garden, the first accessible community garden in Vancouver
  • Joyce Rock, Co-founder of the Downtown Eastside Kitchen Tables Project
  • Margo Murphy, culinary educator, creator of a student-led catering company
  • Maricela Medina Espinoza, community volunteer for the Cocina Latina program for Latin American youth
  • Meeru Dhalwala, food advocate, restaurateur, founder of the multicultural fundraiser Joy of Feeding for UBC Farms
  • Mohinder Sidhu, community volunteer, leads Food Skills for Families programming
  • Shirldene Reynolds, childcare and community event chef, educator and gardener
  • Jerilyn Sparrow, Musqueam First Nation, mother, tradition teacher, and healer
  • Suzanne Jacobs, Shayla Jacobs, Sandra Jacobs, Shawna Jacobs, Andrea Jacobs, Shelly Jacobs-Thomas, Jade McGarvey (Jacobs), Chantelle Peters, Julie Peters, Sarah Massey, Arlene Guerrero, Ida Baker Hasler, Katie Mathias, Squamish First Nation women who contribute food for traditional events
  • Stephanie Lim, leads local community based food programs, community gardens, roof top gardens

The 12 Remarkable Women posters will be displayed in Vancouver community centres, libraries, schools, and other public buildings leading up to International Women’s Day. Selection of the Remarkable Women is done by a staff committee from nominations on an established theme received by December 1st.
In addition, workshops are being held from March to May at community centres around the city giving community members the opportunity to create their own posters and celebrate a Remarkable Woman from their life.

Learn more about the Remarkable Women program

Remarkable Women

From 2008 to 2014, the Remarkable Women poster series honoured local women who made significant contributions to arts, culture, sports, and community.