Empowering people became one of our priorities during the pandemic. We recognized outstanding efforts and achievements of local Latin American women through our initiative SheLatina with diverse events and a special gala. Members of the community also provided support to our physical and mental health, and we created new projects revolving around this pillar. These will take place in 2021.
We had the pleasure of meeting the President and representatives of the Indo Latin American Chamber of Commerce on their visit to Vancouver. Based in New Delhi and representing Latin America in India, their mission involved getting to know and connecting with the Latino community in Canada, exploring opportunities and building bridges between India and Latin America through Canada.
Location: Latin Plaza Hub
Latin American women shared with us their journey on how to become leaders and create impact on business and community in British Columbia. There was a round table discussion about topics such as Latin American entrepreneurship, female leadership, becoming a woman influencer, and maintaining a balanced lifestyle.
We created meaningful connections with our Latincouver community, and our 2020 Women Committee was introduced. This was a celebration event for women to learn the secrets on how to become successful in their chosen area while sipping a glass of wine.
We held our annual general meeting (AGM) in which all community members are invited to attend and can ask questions. A report on our activities and finances was given, and members of the Board were introduced.
Sandra Jara, a Colombian and certified yoga teacher, supported the physical and mental well-being of our entire Latino community in Vancouver, BC, and anywhere of the world. This class was designed for everyone: those who practice yoga regularly and those who were discovering it.
Location: Facebook Live
We meditated together for 30 minutes with Sandra Jara to start the day with positivity! Sandra Jara, Colombian certified teacher, supported the physical and mental well-being of our entire community via our Facebook page.
Location: Instagram Live
Anais (@anais_batrizz) helped people who spent a lot of time sitting in front of their computers to release a little muscle tension and have better physical and mental performance. Stretching at the workplace helps reduce fatigue, improves posture, releases stress, and helps with muscle coordination and balance.
Latincouver’s theme in 2020 was “Celebrating Latin American Women: Leading transformation in the new decade!” Our aim was to shed light on the contributions of local women and to recognize the work of all female volunteers who collaborated in our organization. Our business and cultural programs included this transversal theme, and we also had the special events described below.
SheLatina wanted residents to have some fun online. In our ultimate FRIENDS trivia night, attendees met some new friends.
Speaker: Patricia Gonzalez
The single most important factor to achieve success in any area of your life is your mindset. Throughout history, some of the most influential people had to overcome great challenges, yet what set them apart was their ability to believe they could make a difference. During these unprecedented times, we are being called to Rise Up over the difficulties and discover the opportunities that are opening up. There isn’t a better time to reinvent yourself and aim for the life you really want.
This webinar showed easy and practical ways to feel in control of your day and your life. Attendees were able to connect to the practices that separate those “lucky” ones who can thrive under any circumstances from the ones who feel lost and powerless. Plus they connected with others and discussed how to feel inspired, take action and stay motivated.
Speakers: Alexia Diaz, Evelyn Quintero and Ana Maria Posada
This was a workshop providing tools and education on the importance of caring for each part of our being. Those beliefs and expectations of who we believe we should be were put aside, and we explored the essence of who we are, creating an image that reflects confidence and our inner beauty.
Partner: Her International
Latincouver, in partnership with Her International, brought an innovative and hands-on workshop for personal development to adolescent girls in Canada.
The skills practiced in this workshop educated and empowered girls around topics such as online privacy, worthiness and grounding techniques. Expert panelists talked about the things that matter to girls during these challenging times.
Girl Power! was intended for ALL girls aged 12-16, self-identified girls, and gender non-conforming youth. All participants received a certificate of completion after attending 2 sessions.
Speakers: Laura Ochoa and Francisco Higareda
We celebrated the contributions of Latin American women in a Virtual Gala Celebration. After a year-long of amazing events, women who contributed to our She Latina edition were recognized in an inspiring live event. With live entertainment and surprises, attendees interacted directly with our Latin American community guests in our networking space.
In a series of workshops, Argentine-Canadian award-winning author and educator Silvana Goldemberg helped attendees unlock their creative potential. We discovered the wonderful world of a writer and learned techniques, rules and tips for creative writing.
For 11 participants which included courses on Essential Skills, Occupational Language, LGBTAQ2S essentials, 11 weeks certified IT program, Canadian workplace preparation, and job coaching.