We are happy to announce our next Sparkfly event on Thursday, October 16th at The Art Way. The theme of our evening will be “unconditional giving” and we are thrilled to introduce two Vancouver women who we believe exemplify, embrace and share this concept in their lives. Meet our speakers:
Honoured as one of Vancouver’s “Remarkable Women“, Shehnaz Cavey has been advocating for oppressed and marginalized people from a very young age. As soon as she was able, she volunteered her time, and by the age of twenty, she was helping to coordinate conferences, lead seminars, and speak on behalf of the oppressed and marginalized – paying particular attention to the lives of women, children, and the elderly. During the day, Shehnaz works as a high school English teacher. When not teaching, she volunteers in her West End neighbourhood as a pro bono mediator, board, and committee member. She devotes much of what she does to nurturing wholeness and understanding amongst others, and continues to do what she can to help strengthen the bonds of healthy community life.
When Tara was in her early 20s, she started researching how to become a surrogate. She knew she did not want to be a parent, yet desired the life experiences of pregnancy and child birth. What she discovered, in short, was that she was not “qualified.” Fast forward 15 (ish!) years and a random series of events, Tara was introduced to two wonderful men who desired to be fathers. With eggs from one of the future-father’s sisters, together they became #TheCircus and a healthy baby was born this past spring. Along this journey Tara has met with a lot of curiosity, bafflement, some judgement and skeptics, and loads of support.
Join us for an evening of inspiration as we listen to these women share their stories and what compels them to perform acts of unconditional giving in a seemingly self-centric world. Learn how these ‘gifts’ have changed their own lives and those around them.