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Friday March 7th, 2014

Westin Whistler Resort & Spa

Thank you to all of our sponsors, donors, guests and volunteers!! This year's Kathy Barnett Luncheon with keynote speaker Theresa Laurico was a truly inspiring event.

With the theme of Empowering for Change, RMOW Mayor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden, Sophie Lui of Global BC, and Theresa Laurico delivered some powerful messages about building social enterprise as we celebrated International Women's Day.

KBLL Speakers

Congratulations to our 2013 Kathy Barnett Leadership Grant Recipients:

Shana Murray, Howe Sound Women's Centre. Shana will using her grant to resume her courses in Child and Youth studies at the University of Victoria.

Clare O'Brien, Sea to Sky Invasive Species Council. Clare will be using her grant for courses in leadership, nonprofit management, and fundraising.

KB Grant Recipients 2014

Special thanks to photographer Joern Rodhe. Check out the photos from the event here

Read our Blog about the event

Check out the profiles of our Lunch Mentors who are offered unique mentor experiences

The Kathy Barnett Leadership Luncheon is a fundraiser for the Kathy Barnett Memorial Endowment Fund. This year's luncheon raised over $11,000 for the fund!


TheresaGUEST SPEAKER: Theresa Laurico

THERESA LAURICO is a passionate social entrepreneur, media talent and global leader. She is the founder/producer of the annual SociaLIGHT Conference in Toronto and Vancouver, focused on empowering and inspiring startups, entrepreneurs and small business owners with an emphasis on the triplebottom line “People. Planet. Profit.”

Laurico is a seasoned media producer with several national television series, commercials, music videos and international broadcast experience for clients like CTV, Muchmusic, HGTV, Rogers and Citytv. Laurico is the recipient of severalawards and accolades. Most recently, she was the Lean Startup Machine winner, nominated by the Toronto Board of Trade for Business Excellence as “Startup of the Year” and the recipient of a leadership award from former Lieutenant Governor, the Honourable Hilary Weston.

Projects she has created include national campaigns that have resulted in supplying medical supplies in the Philippines, housing resources in Kenya, local support in Peru, and 208 eye restoration surgeries in Tibet.

In 2014, Laurico has partnered with Taylor Conroy of Changeheroes.com and launched the SociaLIGHT Changehero Challenge which aims to raise 1 million dollars to build 10,000 schools and educate over 100,000 children in developing countries through the Free The Children Charity. Laurico has been featured in theHuffington Post, TechVIBES, PROFIT, YOU Inc. and Forbes.

Theresa's Story:



SophieEVENT HOST: Sophie Lui, Global BC Morning News Host

Sophie Lui sets her alarm for 2:30am — as co-host of the Global BC Morning News. Her favourite part of the job is the opportunity to learn something new everyday. She loves that she has an occupational excuse to call just about anybody to ask just about any question. Sophie was born and raised in the Lower Mainland and has been a news junkie for as long as she can remember. She attended BCIT and graduated from the Broadcast Radio program. From there, she worked at several news radio stations like CKNW, CKIQ-Kelowna, and CFAX-Victoria — before turning toward television news at CHEK TV in Victoria. She has been with the Global BC family for several years and co-hosts the Morning News alongside Steve Darling. Sophie’s hobbies include travelling, listening to music, reading, and procrastinating.



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