BPW Saskatoon is thrilled to announce that Zoey Roy is joining our inspiring line-up and will be performing an original slam poetry piece at this year’s Accessory to a Change on June 7, 2018!
Zoey Roy is a poet, community-based educator, community engagement consultant, author, speaker, filmmaker and social entrepreneur based out of Saskatoon. She holds a Bachelor of Education from the University of Saskatchewan and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree at Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy where she focuses her research on youth justice.
Zoey is passionate about enabling people to reach their potential by eliminating barriers. Her Cree-Dene-Metis roots and career as an artist give her a unique insight into working with Indigenous and Canadian youth in pursuit of relationship building and reconciliation. Zoey has been working with the National Arts Centre’s Music Alive Program in Saskatchewan since 2016, and she has collaborated with 75 classrooms to produce collective stories. Her passion, experience, and knowledge in storytelling, artistic expression, and community engagement provide children and youth with a platform to heal holistically and communicate authentically in a safe space.
Zoey has received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, the National Aboriginal Achievement Award from the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples, a Woman of Distinction Award in Saskatoon, the 3M National Student Fellowship from the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, the Indspire Award, the Indigenous Graduate Leadership Award and is Saskatchewan’s Top 40 under 40 in 2018 for her innovative approaches to Community Engagement and Education. She is the author of two books, homecoming, a poetic memoir, and The Voyageurs, a children’s book exploring Canadian history through a Métis lens (set to release summer 2018). She is also a Community Engagement Consultant with Three Things Consulting and a Film Producer with Soul Datta Productions.
ABOUT ACCESSORY TO A CHANGE:
Education is one of the most critical areas of empowerment for women and a vital means to ensuring that we have more choices over the kinds of lives we wish to lead. However, many women face significant financial barriers or difficult circumstances that inhibit them from pursuing the training and learning opportunities they wish to experience. It is for this reason that Business and Professional Women of Saskatoon launched a bursary program dedicated to addressing the unique challenges that women often face in pursuing post-secondary education. For more than 60 years, we have been providing financial support to the women in our community in order to help them achieve their personal and professional goals.
In order to extend our impact and support even more women, BPW Saskatoon is very pleased to present Accessory to a Change! The aim of this third annual sparkly soirée is to raise $10,000 in support of our bursary program for mature and Aboriginal women in Saskatoon and beyond. These bursaries have a tremendous effect in the lives of the women who receive them and with your generosity and support, we are certain we will be able to reach our goal.
The festivities will take place at the Sheraton Hotel on Thursday, June 7 2018, with cocktails beginning at 5:30 pm. This year’s event will feature an inspiring keynote talk from philanthropist and entrepreneur, Sara Agah Franti, as well as a stirring slam poetry performance from Zoey Roy. Via our famous strolling dinner, guests will experience a variety of tantalizing food stations and also have the opportunity to do some purpose-driven shopping at the silent auction, which will be filled to the brim with bling, beauty, and other coveted items. This fun and fabulous evening is a highlight on the Saskatoon event scene as we come together to create meaningful change and new opportunities for women in our community!
Accessory to a Change Co-Chair