Lighting candle to honour women

Published 12:30pm 3 March 2022

Lighting candle to honour women
Words by Nick Crockford

BPW Caboolture will celebrate the diversity and achievements of women across the world by lighting candles in their honour on March 11.

The International Women's Day breakfast event is at Caboolture Sports Club, Morayfield at 6.30am, with key themes of inclusion, pay equality, education and women supporting women.

Residents across the region are welcome to join BPW (Business and Professional Women) and light candles as a symbol of the honour and respect women deserve. 

President Gail Hudson said the breakfast is an opportunity to participate in the legacy of BPW after founder Dr Lena Madesin Phillips lit the first candle for women over 80 years ago.

“This is a special annual event which is close to my heart. It reminds us all to be thankful and think of others less fortunate than ourselves. I have been a member since 2013 and have not missed a Candle Lighting Ceremony yet.” Mrs Hudson said. 

Guest speaker

This year’s guest speaker is successful businesswoman Allison Haynes, owner of Left of Centre Therapies, which is a Neurodiverse Affirmative therapy service. 

“My belief is that Neurodivergence (ND) is not a disorder, rather a natural variation of the human species, and as such, I do not expect or hope for the clients of Left of Centre to become neurotypical.” Mrs Haynes said.

“With the opening of Left of Centre, my dream grew from not only supporting ND individuals, but by creating a workplace that is actively ND affirmative, welcoming and supportive as well. 

"A large majority of LOC’s staff identify as ND, and we pride ourselves on providing a workplace that celebrates this, by providing a flexible, supportive work environment.”

Gold candle

BPW Caboolture Secretary and Young BPW Representative Sarah Ross is looking forward to lighting a gold candle that represents the future of women in the community.

“I have been a member of BPW for just over a year and am constantly blown away by the camaraderie, friendship and support of the women who are members and friends of BPW Caboolture," Mrs Ross said.

"I have seen every woman given an opportunity to platform themselves, their business and the causes they are passionate about. 

"As a local school Chaplain, I am also greatly appreciative of the way BPW Caboolture sponsor local charities and even provide bursaries to High School students in local schools.” 

Tickets are available for the Candle Lighting Ceremony on Friday March 11. To book visit BPW Caboolture Facebook or call Gail on 0413 122728.

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