Photos from Indo-Canadian Women’s Achievements IWD event

by Shannon Skinner on March 22, 2015

I received these additional professional photos taken at the event I spoke at last weekend, celebrating Indo-Canadian women’s achievements for International Women’s Day. I wanted to share them.

That’s me pictured (below) with the Consul General for India, Mr. Akhilesh Mishra and his lovely wife, Reeti Mishra (seated); and standing in the back are Bhavna Bhatnagar (in red and gold) and the event producer, Mokshi Virk (in black):

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Thank you for the basket of goodies:

Shannon pic at ICACI

I am so in love with the colours of India. Pictured with Anju Mahotra:

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The Minister of Status of Women, The Hon. Kellie Leitch:

ICACI with Minister

Attendees enjoying themselves:

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And a very special THANK YOU to Mary Tripi, owner, The Private World of Mary Tripi salon, for making my hair presentable for the event.


A night celebrating Indo-Canadian women

by Shannon Skinner on March 15, 2015

I had the opportunity to speak last night at the Indo-Canadian Arts and Culture Initiative’s (ICACI) gala celebrating International Women’s Day and the achievements of Indo-Canadian women. I got a traditional dress for the evening, which I must say, was a hit!

It was great to meet The Hon. Dr. Kellie Leitch, Canada’s Minister of Labour and the Status of Women, who was in attendance and said a few words in honour of International Women’s Day and her new initiatives for women and girls.

Minister of Status of Women (The Hon. Dr. Kellie Leicht)

A number of awards were handed out to some extraordinary women for their accomplishments. There was traditional dance performances, music and (my favourite) traditional Indian food. We were joined by the Consul General of India, Mr. Akhilesh Mishra and his lovely wife, and my friend, Reeti Mishra.



The “hero” award recipients are:

Arts and Culture – Anu Vittal, Artist and Poet

Diversity – Puja Amin, Founder, Sanskriti Arts

Performing Arts – Vandana Vishwas, Musician

Media – Anjum Nayyar, Founder, Masala Mommas

Entrepreneur – Renu Mehta, Founder and President, Imagebuilderz

Community Leadership – Deepti Aurora, Philanthropist

Congratulations to all!

There were entertaining Bollywood performances by Sanskriti Arts, and singing by Vandana Vishwas and Raghbir Chauhan.

Here is Mokshi Virk, Director, ICACI on stage with the young dance performers and our lovely emcee:

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Selfie with talented artist and friend, Bhavna Bhatnagar…


And a very special THANK YOU to Mary Tripi, owner, The Private World of Mary Tripi salon, for making my hair presentable for the event!

More photos to be posted soon – the professional ones! :)

Always uplifting to celebrate women’s achievements….



Girlfriend Spring Weekend Getaway at Horseshoe Resort

March 9, 2015

Grab Your Girlfriends for a Spring Weekend Getaway! Gather your besties for a weekend of fun, food, fitness, wine tasting, dancing and bonding. Introducing a girls’ only weekend trip at Ontario’s Horseshoe Resort on April 17-19th. It includes an opening Women, Wine & Chocolate reception, four fitness classes, gourmet breakfast, workshops hosted by Women in Biz Networking, […]

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Upcoming event celebrating Indo-Canadian women

March 9, 2015

I am honoured to be a guest speaker on March 18th at this fabulous gala celebrating Indo-Canadian Women in the Greater Toronto Area, in support of the Indo Canadian Arts & Culture Initiative.…/indo-canadian-arts…/ Shannon

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This International Women’s Day, be thankful for the UN

March 6, 2015

On this International Women’s Day, I am thankful for the United Nations and its important work around the globe. The United Nations, which celebrates its 70th anniversary this year, touches the lives of every woman – and in every aspect of her life. I recently had the privilege of visiting the United Nations European Headquarters […]

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Got the February blahs? Try these.

February 24, 2015

Canadians know how challenging the month of February is. March is not much better. After months of low light, shoveling snow and enduring frigid temperatures (unless you live in Vancouver, in that case, stick it!), we start to get cabin fever from hibernating. Something I have noticed in my own life is that after hanging […]

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Modern take on Mozart’s Don Giovanni

February 22, 2015

Last night, I had the pleasure of seeing Mozart’s Don Giovanni, the Canadian Opera Company’s current production and one of the most beloved operas ever, at the Four Season’s Centre in Toronto. The last time I saw Don Giovanni, opera’s famous “bad boy,” was more than a decade ago in Prague, where Mozart first performed it, which had […]

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Falling in love with India

February 13, 2015

Enjoyed a great night last night of celebrating the food and culture of India, at an event hosted by India Tourism, Vasco Travel, a Toronto-based travel company in the Indian inbound tourism market, Air Canada, and Canadian Travel Services, at the Novotel hotel in Toronto. There are many reasons to fall in love with India. I love Indian […]

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What’s Cookin’ at United Nations Geneva

February 11, 2015

Something is cooking at the United Nations Geneva. The United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland has recently published a unique cookbook, Recipes for Peace, Rights and Well-being, which shares the secrets of many “recipes” for its peace and humanitarian initiatives that have changed the world, combined with superb recipes from some of Geneva’s most celebrated chefs. The […]

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Do you have burnout? Listen to your heart.

February 6, 2015

So you had passion for your work. Now, you feel stressed, overwhelmed and a lack of joy you once felt for your job, career or business. The bounce in your step has turned into a drag. Your creative juices are no longer flowing and you have stopped creating all together, and all you think about […]

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