Change the Ratio Waterloo Region: Moving from Talk to Walk

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Kitchener Public Library

85 Queen St. S.

Kitchener, ON N2H 2H1


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Change The Ratio Waterloo Region is back again for the third year in a row! Join us in celebrating International Women's Day with our free event featuring short informative talks from a wide array of speakers.

Explore practical ways we can actively work towards intersectional gender equality - as individuals, in our communities, and in our region.

Speakers include:

  • Samantha Estoesta Williams - Community Organizer & Diversity Advocate
  • Erica Lee Garcia - Engineers of Tomorrow, Engineers Without Borders Canada
  • Jane Grey Mitchell - Regional Councillor, Region of Waterloo
  • Dr. Shohini Ghose - Professor, Physics and Computer Science & Director, Centre for Women in Science (WinS) at Wilfrid Laurier University; Vice-President Elect, Canadian Association of Physicists
  • Nikita Larter - Advocate for Indigenous Youth
  • Violet Umanetz - Sanguen Health Centre & The Community Health Van
  • TK Pritchard - Male Allies Program Educator with the Sexual Assault Support Centre of Waterloo Region

We will be sharing follow-up material based on the speakers' talks with attendees to facilate further engagement and inspiration!

Event Details:

  • Held in the theatre at Kitchener Public Library - Central Branch
  • Doors open for registration, conversation, & snacks at 5:45 PM
  • Speakers start promptly at 6:30 PM
  • There will be one brief break
  • After-party begins at 8:45 PM at TWH Social (2 1/2 blocks away from KPL Central, straight down Queen St.)

Please note: This event has sold out out in past years so even though it's free, we encourage you to reserve your spot -- don't wait to grab your ticket!

International Women's Day 2018 Campaign Theme:

"Now, more than ever, there's a strong call-to-action to press forward and progress gender parity. There's a strong call to #PressforProgress motivating and uniting friends, colleagues and whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive.

Collective action and shared responsibility for driving gender parity is what makes International Women's Day successful... Whether through a global conference, community gathering, classroom lesson or dinner table conversation - everyone can play a purposeful part in pressing for gender parity."

#ChangeTheRatioWR #PressforProgress


What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

By public transit: There are numerous bus lines through downtown Kitchener, and the #8 stops right on Queen.

By car: There is coin operated street parking in the immediate vicinity, as well as a surface pay lot directly to the east of the library (access off Queen by Ahrens). Paid underground parking is available as well (access off Queen).

The library is an accessible venue; please contact organizers if you have any concerns or special needs.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No, we will have a list on hand for registration.

Is my ticket transferable?

Yes, provided you let us know with 24 hours' notice.

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?

Yes. As long as you have the name that is registered you may enter with that ticket.

I couldn't get a ticket; is there a waitlist?

We will have a waitlist when the event sells out; additionally we will be releasing any unclaimed tickets at 6:15 to those waiting at the door.

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Will there be food and drink available?

We will have light snacks and water available (please bring your own water bottle as we wish to avoid plastic bottles and will not be providing them). You may also join us for the after-party at TWH Social and eat there.

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