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International Women’s day event aims to break the bias

The event was hosted by the Kitimat Chamber of Commerce this year’s theme was breaking the bias.
A panel of women shared their experiences and thoughts during an International Women’s Day panel at the Hirsch Creek Golf and Winter Club. From left to right, Crystal Smith, Brianna Ritchot, Alexandra Dandie, Maryann Ouellet, Claire Rattée, Maggie Hall.

A panel of women spoke about their experiences during an event held at the Hirsch Creek Golf and Winter Club to help raise awareness regarding issues that women face.

The event was hosted by the Kitimat Chamber of Commerce on International Women’s Day (Mar. 8).The theme of this year’s event was breaking the bias.

The panel featured women from around the community including, Crystal Smith, Chief Councillor, Haisla Nation, Brianna Ritchot, owner of Cable Car Creations, Alexandra Dandie, Superintendent Carbon, Anode Rodding Shop, Maryann Ouellet, Manager of the Kitimat Humane Society, Claire Rattée, Owner/Artist Arcane Arts, Maggie Hall, District of Kitimat Director of Economic Development and Communications.

Laurel D’Andrea, Executive Director of the Kitimat Chamber of Commerce says it’s important to support International Women’s Day, especially in a small community that is industry heavy like Kitimat.

“One of the things I think about is, women in business and the predominant rules that they normally play and now that they’re stretching and that they’re doing things that they normally wouldn’t do,” she said.

The panel was moderated by Kitimat Chamber of Commerce President, Tracey Hittel and he also spoke about the importance of recognizing women in the community.

“It’s something that we should acknowledge, women in business are becoming leaders in our community and we want to make sure that continues”

During the panel, Crystal Smith shared some of her own struggles she experienced, such as covering up her tattoos.

“What I want do to is push against the grain constantly, you’re not supposed to do this as a chief councillor you’re not supposed to do this as an elected member, well I’m human too,” she said.

The entire event was live-streamed at the Kitimat Chamber of Commerce’s Facebook and can still be viewed there.

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Christian Aspostolovsky

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Born and raised in Kitchener Ontario before I found my way up to northwest B.C. working at a small radio station as a news reporter.
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