Central Hastings News
By Sue Dickens
Marmora — “We’ve got everything, mind, body and spirit, celebrated,” said Rev. Janice Chrysler, the inspiration and organizer of a week filled with events that culminate with International Women’s Day (IWD), March 8.
For Chrysler the support of the Municipality of Marmora and Lake with an official declaration and ribbon cutting ceremony brought the event to the forefront in the community.
Gathering at the Marmora Historical Foundation for the ribbon cutting on March 1, women celebrated the local theme #WomenJustWanttoHaveFun
Marmora’s Deputy Mayor Linda Bracken and Coun. Elaine Jones joined Rev. Chrysler to cut the ribbon and begin the festivities.
“I have been celebrating International Women's Day in Marmora for six years expanding it three years ago to include all the businesses with the municipality's declaration,” said Rev. Chrysler, spiritual growth facilitator, Mindful Journey.
To show their support and participation businesses displayed large purple and white bows on their storefronts.
The gathering at the foundation during the official first day, gave women the opportunity to socialize and network with coffee, cookies and celebration.
Rev. Chrysler said mini sessions, vendors, food and more at the Marmora Community Centre on Saturday, March 4, reflect not only the local theme, but IWD’s campaign #BeBold For Change with Healing Circle Spiritual Growth class members hosting a community meditation.
On Sunday, March 5, a free essential oils workshop facilitated by Michele LeRoy of Young Living Oils, Feeling Kit ... Inner Child Journey, at the William Shannon room brought more women together.
Tuesday, March 7, was a celebration of the wisdom of the crone, a women’s night only event hosted by Mindful Journey which “looks at the beautiful and inspiring wisdom of the female elders through ritual, meditation and laughter.
“Our meditation will be sure to help you let go of those nasty things that keep you from feeling happy,” said Rev. Chrysler, acknowledging “the fabulous energy of women ... we want them to feel worth and value.”
March 8 marks International Women’s Week celebrated globally, “hoping to forge a better working world — a more inclusive, gender equal world.”
In conclusion Rev. Chrysler asks, “What are you doing to change your life, the community, the world?”