G Day Vancouver 2018!

Monday, May 7, 2018

The Polygon Gallery – North Vancouver, BC

We are thrilled to be having the 5th G Day Vancouver at the beautiful new Polygon Gallery in North Vancouver.

Please join us for a creativity-filled day featuring some of G Day’s most popular Presenters. We are especially thrilled to have Vanessa Richards returning as our MC.

G Day 2018 Presenters:

More coming soon!

Exterior view of polygon gallery with snowcapped mountains in the background.
Vanessa Richards

Vanessa Richards, born in Vancouver, is an artist and community engagement facilitator. Her work focuses on creativity and participatory culture as central to civic and personal well-being. It explores the question, “What can life become when we turn more often toward each other than away from each other?” She is the founder and song leader for the Woodward’s Community Singers, a drop-in, no-cost, low-barrier choir, and director of Creative Together, a song based facilitation process. She volunteers on the City of Vancouver Black History Month Citizen’s Advisory and the Hogan’s Alley Working Group and has been a Big Sister. In May she began working with 312 Main, Vancouver’s new centre for Social and Economic Innovation as the Director of Community Engagement.

Saleema Noon

Saleema has been teaching in the field of sexual health, empowerment, assertiveness training, internet safety, healthy relationships, body image and self-esteem for many years. Step-mom to two teenaged girls, she is the creator of the popular iGirl and iGuy Empowerment Workshops for 9-12 year olds. Saleema’s work and expert opinions have been featured in Canadian LivingChatelaine and Today’s Parent magazines along with several other national publications and television outlets. She is the recipient of the Options For Sexual Health’s Educator of the Year Award. In 2011, Saleema also received the YWCA Vancouver’s Women of Distinction Connecting the Community Award and is a member of the Order of British Columbia. Her book for parents, Talk Sex Today, was released in September 2016 and the Saleema Noon Foundation was launched in 2018.

Anna Soole

iMatter Program Manager, iGirl Facilitator
Saleema Noon Sexual Health Educators

Anna was forever changed as a young girl when an experience taught her about the ways that girls are socialized to give their power away through their body language, tone of voice and sense of self worth. At that moment she decided it was her life purpose to share the assertiveness, media literacy and empowerment skills she had learned.

Today, with over 15 years of professional experience, she is a seasoned facilitator, certified assertiveness coach and experiential educator specializing in empowerment, sexuality, social justice, healthy relationships, body image and self-esteem. Anna is of Métis of the Cree, Ojibwe, Lakota First Nations, French, Celtic and German heritage, and is dedicated to creating a safe, diverse and inclusive environment in which to educate, energize and inspire. Her favorite thing to do in the entire world is facilitation that incorporates her love for theatre, art, music, nature, talking circles and people.

Ashley Wiles

Ashley Wiles is the Founder and Head Coach of Sole Girls, Youth Speaker, Life Coach, 3xIron(wo)man, Ironman 70.3 World Championship competitor, Girls in Sport Consultant and Mental Health Advocate! Ashley started running at 5 years old, and now competes around the world.

After seeing Amanda Todd’s video in 2012, she created Sole Girls, an organization with programs and activities for girls ages 5-7 and 8-12 to build their confidence, connect with mentors and combine that with a love for physical activity. Sole Girls has empowered over 3000 girls in the past 5 years and Ashley was named top 10 young entrepreneurs to watch in Vancouver by the Globe and Mail and top 5 motivators in Canada by Impact Magazine and recently the Most Inspiring Coach in North America by Brooks Running. She has spoken at TedxKidsBC, Rogers Arena, SheTalks as well as schools in Canada and abroad! Sole Girls was named top 5 small businesses in BC with a Community Impact by Small Business BC.

Alix Dunham

Alix Dunham is the leader of North Vancouver’s Pink Petal Ballet where she has taught 200+ girls a week for the last 17 years. She saw a need for Girls with Grit after witnessing her own kids’ generation struggle with anxiety-related issues and recognizing that these kids need some tools to help make it through. Her strength is being able to talk to girls as peers and have open and frank discussions with them about what is happening in their lives. Her background in teaching, yoga and parenting gives her a unique skill-set to make the program inclusive, educational and lots of fun.

Theresa Tree Walsh G Day Vancouver Oct 2015 Presenter
Theresa "Tree" Walsh

Tree is a mover, shaker and groover who has been a teacher, leader and facilitator of dance for over 19 years. Her mission is to inspire people of all ages to live more joyfully by encouraging them to enthusiastically express their essence through movement.


Tsitsayxemaat, Rebecca Duncan, is of Squamish and Musqueam descent of the Coast Salish Peoples. Rebecca has devoted her life to preserve the Squamish Language, Salish weaving and Cultural teachings that have been handed down to her from her late Papa and his Papa and so on and so on since the beginning of time.

Rebecca specializes in cultural activities including Language Games (TPR), Traditional Song & Dance, Traditional Cooking, Weaving, Traditional Health & Wellness, Indigenous History and Storytelling.

Rebecca has performed worldwide promoting Language and Culture, representing Coast Salish people and practicing protocols with Song and Dance sharing history with storytelling and weaving workshops to empower our people.

No matter where you are from, it is so important to know your history, your culture, and your ties to the land. U Siyam.

Elisa Lee
Elisa Lee is the founder of Fire & Flower, a rite of passage program for girls 12-14 to transition into young womanhood through mentorship, ceremony and nature connection (fireandflower.wordpress.com). After experiencing a life-changing women’s initiation in 2012, she completed a master’s degree in Environmental Education specializing in women’s rites of passage. Elisa has been promoting people’s personal development in collaboration with nature for the past 15 years and is a specialist teacher in wilderness education, a self-care facilitator, and a gender empowerment guide. She draws on teachings from Joanna Macy, Animas Valley Institute, The School of Lost Borders, The Haven, Nonviolent Communication, and her personal sacred experiences in the wild.

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