It is a one-day conference to celebrate the courage of women who are moving forward in their lives. These women can come from many different walks of life and have chosen to move beyond their circumstances. Our goal to provide participants with new tools and motivation to continue to move forward in their lives.
Women Moving Forward is a not-for-profit grass-roots one-day annual conference for women who have embarked on a journey of transition from a life of abuse, neglect and pain towards a future of hope, health and happiness. We are partnered with One Spark, a registered Canadian charity with a vision of a world where no woman faces financial barriers to living a life free of violence.
We are holding the non-profit event which is FREE to the first 100 women who register.
A light breakfast and lunch will be provided for these ladies. We will also have information tables with other non-profit organizations that support and sponsor women to move forward with their lives. (e.g. Scarborough Women’s Centre). The entire event will be run by volunteers, including speakers, trainers and coaches and will be funded by donations, sponsorship and various fundraising events.
We are passionate about our FIFTH annual event and know we can make a major positive impact for these women.
Cindy Stradling has developed unwavering resilience through her journey and has developed this program to show others how they can too. As a single mother with very little education Cindy has faced many difficult life challenges and has developed the mental fortitude to keep going no matter what. She returned to school as an adult and at times worked three part time jobs to make ends meet. If she can do it so can you.
In getting from there to here Cindy has shined shoes, waited tables, cleaned houses and was a parking lot attendant, while building her business. Undeniably, she knows firsthand what resilience is. Her program is filled with real life stories and examples of how having the right mindset, anything is possible. Cindy inspires others to be their personal best and become a SELF Defined woman.
Samra Zafar is a multiple award winning, top graduate of the University of Toronto, a Public Speaker on women’s rights, a mother, and a social entrepreneur. Samra was recently elected as an Alumni Governor on the Governing Council of the University of Toronto. She is one of 8 highly distinguished alumni to serve on the highest governing body of the University. She is the youngest person to have ever received this honour.
As a public speaker on several prominent platforms and media outlets, Samra shares her story of success after escaping abuse, advocates for women’s rights and empowers women to pursue their right to live a life of respect and dignity.
Samra is the founder of Brave Beginnings, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping women with disadvantaged backgrounds build their lives through personalized mentorship and support, as well as raise awareness against social injustices that hinder women’s advancement. Her passion is to motivate and empower people to believe in themselves, achieve their goals and reach their full potential, no matter what the circumstances might be.
Sandra Filetti is a professional educator of 29 years, and is Vice-Chair of Educational Projects with the Social Action Committee of Durham Region. She is a subject matter expert on the topics of victim experience and intimate partner violence (IPV), and has been a victim advocate for the past 20 years. With a unique insight in the area of IPV, Sandra has developed and delivered presentations that educate the community on how to empower and support victims and their families.
As a professional speaker, facilitator and mentor, Sandra has impacted and inspired a broad range of individuals and groups. Her expertise and dynamic presentations are sought after by Police Learning Centres, Mediators, Victim Services, and University and College faculty and students.
Sandra facilitates an interactive session leading to an understanding of how to recognize and achieve dignified, respectful and equal relationships. Participants not only gain perspective on past experiences, but develop strategies to shape their present and future.
Ultimately, Sandra believes that education is the road to empowerment, moving forward, and coming out the other side.
An international speaker and coach, Andrea comes from a background that has always included educating and empowering aspiring leaders. She is the game changer changer. She has served over 1000 customers and clients in the GTA, spoken to over 9,000 people worldwide, been on TV shows, and shared the stage with media tycoons, multi-millionaires and A-list celebrities. The person you see on the big stage is the same humble person you’ll meet at a coffee shop. She stands for authenticity, integrity and fun. Andrea helps high-achieving, open minded entrepreneurs and sales professionals who are ready for a breakthrough by giving them an unfair advantage in their industry… all through winning communication that has helped some of her clients grow their business up to 400% within a few short months. Her client’s favorite phrase is “Work with Andrea before spending any more money on marketing.”
Deniece Bell is an educator, a fitness enthusiast, a certified personal trainer, as well as a certified Dancepl3y instructor. Deniece’s love for fitness and wellbeing was initiated at a very young age when she was introduced to the sport of track a field. This passion and interest shaped much of her formative and young adult years, where she became an NCAA, All American, 400m hurdler, at Syracuse University. Shortly thereafter, Deniece began her teaching career, at the elementary level, and 14 years later, she still finds herself working in this realm. In addition, to student well-being, Deniece is passionate about generally helping others (young and old) achieve their desired states of wellness, through individualized and small group fitness activities.
You can often spot her on weekends in a local park, working with 4 to 6 of her keen clients on their squats and mountain climbers; or you might also catch her on a Sunday afternoon, at the gym, teaching a Dancepl3y class to a group of women of all ages. Deniece embodies generosity, dedication, and energy, all rolled up with a thirst for lifelong learning. She is constantly seeking new opportunities to share these values, along with her positive energy, with her community.
Terri Segal is an Expressive Arts Therapist, Facilitator, and Educator who is dedicated to sharing the therapeutic value of creative expression through Group Drumming and Expressive Arts workshops. For the past 10 years, Terri has studied and taught West African Drumming and World Percussion. She is a trained Expressive Arts Therapist and Drum Circle Facilitator. Terri participated in HealthRhythm’s Group Empowerment Drumming Facilitator Training Program, Village Music Facilitator Training Program, holds a BA Honors in English from McMaster University, and is a graduate of Expressive Arts Therapy from The CREATE Institute in Toronto.
PANELIST: Personal Presence and Brand Management
PANELIST: Know Yourself – Get Into Action
PANELIST: Mind Body Connection, Personality Styles
PANELIST: Loving Yourself, Developing Self Worth
PANELIST: How to let go of the past to make more space for love
PANELIST: Worklife Balance/Productivity
PANELIST: Post trauma – journey to self discovery & survival skills
To register, submit this form call Cindy At 416.290.5227
For general inquiries and to confirm your eligibility please send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
REGISTRATION IS A MUST ~ ONLY THOSE REGISTERED WILL BE ADMITTED