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This long standing gala dinner has been recognizing and supporting women for over 109 years.

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Keynote Speaker - Dr. Lauryn Oates - Executive Director of CW4WA (Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan)

In 1996, at age 14, Lauryn read a newspaper article describing the new regime in Afghanistan called the Taliban, and their treatment of women and girls. She wrote up a petition demanding that the world respond to the Taliban’s misogynist policies, and has continued this work ever since, advocating for the empowerment of women and girls through the right to education. Lauryn has worked on the design and delivery of education programming throughout the developing world, with a variety of agencies such as UNICEF, USAID, WUSC, the Nike Foundation and others. She is Executive Director of Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan, a charity that has trained nearly 10,000 teachers, and which runs a network of village libraries and basic literacy classes for girls and women who missed out on their educations under the Taliban, called Afghanistan Reads, which was recognized by The Library of Congress in 2017. She’s worked to make educational materials accessible to teachers in their own language through several translation projects, and the creation of the first online library for teachers in Afghanistan, Darakht-e Danesh (‘knowledge tree’), which was awarded a Presidential Citation by the American Library Association for Innovative International Library Projects, in 2018. In 2008, The Globe & Mail named her as the first of Ten Canadians to Watch in 2009. In 2013 she was awarded a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal by the province of British Columbia, and also received the Royal Roads University Annual Leadership Award. Coverage of her work in Afghanistan has been featured in Elle, Ms., Trek, Vancouver Magazine, The National Post, 24 Hours, Chatelaine, Canadian Living, The Calgary Herald, Edmonton Sun, The Times Colonist, The Province, among others. Lauryn holds a BA Honours in International Development Studies from McGill University, a MA in Human Security and Peace building from Royal Roads University, and a PhD in Language and Literacy Education from the University of British Columbia. She has twice been awarded a Social Science & Humanities Research Council award for her scholarship, and currently teaches graduate students in the School of Humanitarian Studies at Royal Roads University.

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Soup: Vegan Mushroom Bisque: porcini cream

Entrée: Sesame-Crusted Chicken: shiitake mushrooms, potato-scallion cake, miso sauce

Dessert: Chocolate Pate: dark chocolate, macerated berries, ginger crème anglaise

If you have dietary needs please email info@thedinnerpartyiwd.ca

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