Women who have overcome challenges in their lives share their stories in the Luncheon Keynote Address. Attendees say, “She was inspiring”, and “Her story was very personal but one that we could all relate to”.
Our Keynote Speakers have included:
- Karen Fehr, a self-employed cabinetmaker with over 35 years in the construction industry.
- Renee Racette, LLB, MA, JSD, is a Cree First Nation and Métis lawyer who is still “overcoming society’s lies about women”. With a keen interest in Aboriginal and human rights, Renée assists the Malahat Nation in economic and community development strategies.
- Fran Hunt Jinnouchi, who left school in Grade 8, was a teen mother, and now, working toward her PhD, is a successful business woman. She was the inaugural Director of the Office of Indigenous Affairs at the University of Victoria.
2016 Imagining Possibilities Keynote Address
Fehr – to – Fantastic: Transformation! – Karen Fehr
Karen Fehr is a self-employed cabinetmaker who has been in the construction industry for over 35 years, from cottages to million dollar mansions. In the midst of personal and family tragedy, Karen realized that to overcome obstacles she needed to develop a set of tools and techniques that would help her correct the course of her life. In this presentation, Karen shares how personal events altered her main goals in life and led to the transformation into the person she wanted to become and who she is today.
2015 Imagining Possibilities Keynote Address
Untruths to Ignore: Overcoming Society’s Lies about Women! – Renee Racette
Renee Racette is a Cree First Nation and Métis woman from Cowessess First Nation and the Lebret Métis of Qu’Appelle Valley. Teaching in Saskatchewan’s north led Renee to law school, graduate school (M.A. in Indigenous Governance) and her SJD (a post graduate degree in law). She now works as in-house legal counsel for Malahat Nation assisting in their economic and community development strategies. Renee has a keen interest in aboriginal and human rights law. Share in Renee’s experiences of overcoming society’s lies about women.
2014 Imagining Possibilites Keynote Address
Holding Onto the Dream – Fran Hunt-Jinnouchi
Fran Hunt-Jinnouchi is First Nations from Northern Vancouver Island. She specializes in aboriginal adult education and community development and has a BSW, MAdEd and is a PhD candidate. Fran has owned businesses in eco-tourism, consulting and the restaurant industry. She has also been an elected chief and leader in post-secondary education, and is a tireless educator, role model and visionary leader with a “business sense second to none”. Join us as she shares her journey from leaving school at an early age to seeing her dreams bear fruit.