Over 150 people attended the All Our Sisters Luncheon at the Coast Bastion on May 8 to raise funds to expand Samaritan House.
The luncheon, which was also a call to action to end women’s homelessness on Vancouver Island, featured author and activist Susan Scott as the keynote speaker. In addition, Susan moderated a pre-reception discussion between Nanaimo City Councillor Sheryl Armstrong and VIP guests.
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Nanaimo City Councillor Sheryl Armstrong (left) responds to a question from Susan Scott (right). Susan interviewed more than 60 women facing homelessness in Canada for her 2007 book All Our Sisters, which prompted Canada’s first and second conference on women and homelessness.
VIP attendee Eva Hilborn asks Sheryl Armstrong a question.
The discussion on women’s homelessness continues after ICCS Executive Director Violet Hayes (far right) finishes her remarks.
Snuneymuxw elder Geraldine Manson opens with a blessing.
VIP attendee Bobbi Bub reads her new copy of All Our Sisters.
The discussion was lively throughout the luncheon.
Violet Hayes (right) hugs Susan Scott (left) after introducing her.
Susan Scott’s keynote speech included dispelling the “homelessness is a choice” myth.
Attendees listen to the keynote speech.
Ronell Bosman, ICCS Samaritan House program director (left), and Michelle Authier, ICCS operations manager (right).