Learning to Lead Like a Boss: Lafarge

Learning to Lead alumna, Andria Coulbourn, was recently invited by Lafarge to experience a day in the life of a senior level executive, as part of Minerva’s Face of Leadership™ initiative. Lafarge’s General Manager, Lincoln Hyne, led Andria from the Executive Boardroom to the construction site, providing insights on the paving and construction industry, as well as Lafarge’s leadership approach.

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Women on their Way: Tiffany Melius

Tiffany Melius is an alumna of Learning to Lead™ (2014), and Follow a Leader (2014), and is currently the Executive Director of New View Society, as well as the Principal Coach and Founder of Force of Nature Coaching. On her experience with Minerva, Tiffany says, “I was looking for a bit of direction in my life and career, and a woman at work was involved with Learning to Lead. She suggested I apply and I thought, ‘Why not?’. Little did I know it would be a life changing experience!”

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Give and Receive: Win a two-night stay with Nita Lake Lodge

At Minerva, we believe in the healing power of nature to help women tap into their strength. Will you support our Indigenous Roots girls as they embark on a 21-day expedition across Vancouver Island? As a thank you for your generosity, we’ll be giving away one 2-night stay at the Nita Lake Lodge in Whistler, including a 3-course dinner for two at Aura restaurant.

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Welcome to Team Minerva: Jackie and Devon

Say hello to the newest members of Team Minerva, Jackie Dagg and Devon Wong. Jackie joins us after 19 years at the Vancity Community Foundation, while Devon recently relocated back from Singapore. We sat down to talk former lives over hot tea and coffee on a cloudy Thursday morning.

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Women on their Way: Carol Driver

Carol Driver is an alumna of Women Leading the Way™ (Cohort 6) and is currently the Manager, Online Auction Operations at Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers. She started at Ritchie Bros. in 2010 as a Supervisor of Online Global Bidding, which was a bit of leap for her as she came from a customer service background. However, after a few short years she was tasked with taking on their Customer Service group as well as their Online Bidding team.

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Indigenous Roots Program Launches

Last week, Minerva launched Indigenous Roots, Canada’s first outdoor leadership program for Indigenous girls. This ground-breaking initiative began with a five-day retreat at beautiful Camp Squeah, nestled in the mountains of Hope. Girls ranging in age from 13 to 18 gathered for this first of many adventures to come.

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Remembering Russ Cook

Russ will be remembered by the Minerva family for his inspirational leadership, humour, generosity and the undeniable courage he showed in asking the right questions. His greatest gift was the space he made for others – for women and those who didn’t know the same privilege he did.

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Jen Schaeffers on the ‘Post-Feminist’ Myth

For her first speaking engagement as Minerva’s new CEO, Jen Schaeffers recently sat on a panel at Hycroft called ‘Women Working Together: A Vancouver Women’s Group Symposium’. The questions posed to the panel were profound — peering into the state of modern feminism and the role of women’s groups, moving forward.

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Cocktails and conversation with an icon.

Join colleagues, business and community leaders for a dynamic evening in support of the Minerva Foundation for BC Women.

Enjoy a glass of wine while you mingle and network over canapés, learn about the good work that Minerva is doing to promote gender equality in BC, and be inspired by Margaret Trudeau’s personal stories and practical approach to choosing a healthy, happy and secure future.

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Symbia Barnaby on courage and leadership.

At our Promote Her annual fundraiser in November, Symbia Barnaby (pictured on the right, with Minerva’s Lisa Tallio) took to the podium for what became the pinnacle of the evening. Her vulnerability, paired with the strength to share it, transformed a room full of listeners. We came to understand what Minerva’s Combining Our Strength™ Initiative is really up to, with her clear testament to the impact it’s had on her life.

We were fortunate to record her speech, to share it with you now:

“Good evening ladies and gentlemen. Bonsoir Mesdames et Messieurs. I was born Mi’kmaq, but adopted and raised Haida, in the city of Prince Rupert.

I am a nurse; I am an artist; I am an advocate for marginalized people. I have six children, who I’m now raising on my own – three of them with special needs, one of them in particular has autism.

I was asked to come and share with you how Combining Our Strength™ has made an impact on my life. So I’m going to give you a little timeline, and start about a year and a half ago, and then introduce the pieces that lead me to be here today.

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