Please join us for an evening of networking at the inaugural Women in Emergency Management Social Night.
First and foremost, we’d like to extend a massive “THANK YOU” for your interest in the event. We are so excited, proud, and motivated by the extremely positive response the evening has received.
HOW POSITIVE, YOU ASK?
Registration for the event went live on January 30, 2019. The invitation to the event was shared only through email and private social media exchanges. In less than 24 hours, we had over 30 women sign up to attend. In the two weeks that followed, we reached capacity on our Eventbrite page twice. We are very happy to announce we have 55 spots reserved and will be able to comfortably accommodate an additional 10 women!
The purpose of our email today is to provide some additional information on the event including confirmed speakers and venue.
The Women in EM Social Night will be a celebration of women emergency management professionals, our accomplishments, and an opportunity to collectively envision a future for women in our field.
Networking is about sharing, supporting, and strengthening each other. The goal of the event is to connect and empower women emergency management professionals through an evening of networking and discussion. We are very happy to welcome the following Speakers who will help guide the conversation. These women are leaders in our field, advocates for women empowerment, and most importantly, our mentors, teachers, colleagues, and friends.
- Dr. Aaida A. Mamuji (Assistant Professor & Area Coordinator, Disaster & Emergency Management, York University)
- Katrina Grantis (Field Officer, Golden Horseshoe Sector, Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management)
- Lori Latendresse (Health, Safety, Emergency Planning Associate, County of Northumberland & Part-Time Faculty, Emergency Management Program, Fleming College)
- Sophia Craig-Massey (Manager, Emergency Plans and Operations, Regional Municipality of York)
- Sonia Singh (President, IAEM-Canada Ontario Region & Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, City of Markham)
Our greatest challenge in planning the Social Night was sourcing an appropriate venue. We needed to find a space that was large, private, and centrally located. It was a tall order that no restaurant or hall was willing to offer for free. After meeting and speaking with over 10 venues, we settled on a place that has hosted a number of Emergency Management events across the years: Harry Crowe Room at York University (109 Atkinson College).
Our selection of Harry Crowe honours the following commitments:
- A large, quiet, private room for 60+ guests
- No cost for room booking and no cost to attend
- Proximity to highways 401, 407, and 400
- Low-cost parking
- Accessible by TTC
- The ability of attendees to bring outside food and drink
Please note that there will be light refreshments and coffee/tea served. Attendees are welcome to bring outside food/drink into Harry Crowe. There are a number of tasty fast food options in close proximity (e.g. Aroma, Subway, Osmow's, Amaya Express, etc.)
We want our inaugural event to set the tone for a bright future with continued events and networking opportunities. As such, it was important for us to offer this initial event free of charge. We will be distributing a short survey following the event to understand how we can better serve Women in EM for future events at new and exciting locations.
CAN’T MAKE IT?
As a courtesy to those individuals who may be waitlisted, if you have registered and are no longer able to attend, we kindly request that you cancel your reservation on Eventbrite. If you are not able to attend the event, but wish to be involved in future events, please send your name and contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will ensure you are added to our communication list.
Thank you again for your support of the Women in Emergency Management Social Night.
Can’t wait to see you there!
109 Atkinson College