Vankleek Hill, Ontario — The “Yes, Women Can!” (Au Féminin Pluriel!) biannual trade show took place in a packed Community Centre in Vankleek Hill, on April 14, 2013.
More than 73 exhibitors coming not only from the town itself, but also from Alexandria, Hawkesburry and area, and as far as Montreal and Lachute, took part in what was the second edition of the fabulous show.
The 46 workshops, demonstrations and presentations delighted the crowd who was more than happy to spend a dreary Sunday afternoon mixing and mingling indoors with other women, and a few men, sampling products and hearing all about what the merchants had to offer.
“The show was well marketed, and organized. The diversity of the vendors was great, I enjoyed the day with all the amazing lady entrepreneurs”, said Cornwall resident and auctioneer extraordinaire Theresa Taylor. “The belly dancers added feminity and illustrated the “Yes woman can” at all ages, and shapes. Nice touch!”
“The Review” a local independently owned newspaper in operations since 1893 is the driving force behind the show.
“The event began six years ago when the female staff members began talking about organizing a women’s show”, says Louise Sproule, publisher of The Review. “Every person sitting around the table seemed to have skills that would fit into our event, from sales, graphic design, presentation, translation and organizational skills. Plus, we recognized that many of The Review’s clients were women. So it seemed like a perfect fit,” Sproule says.*
The Seeker Chicks themselves are no strangers to organizing women’s events. In 2012, in conjunction with Variety 104 and Tickle your Fancy, they organized the “I am Woman” show, a one day event that amassed more than $8,000 for SASS for women.
“We know all the work that is involved in creating a show of this magnitude”, said Seeker Chick Julia. “We wish to congratulate The Review on a terrific and successful event.”
*Quote taken from the official “Yes, Women Can!” program book. Visit the review at http://www.thereview.ca