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PoMoArts turning blue for global movement empowering young women

This is the third year of the BC Girl Guides' campaign that encourages solidarity and friendship.
The Port Moody Arts Centre (PoMoArts) is located on St Johns Street.

A Tri-Cities landmark is set to shine a special shade of blue this evening (Feb. 22).

PoMoArts — located at 2425 St Johns St. — is one of several B.C. buildings acting as a "guiding light" for girls everywhere while also raising awareness on young women's empowerment.

Also known as the Port Moody Arts Centre, the facility, one of more than 40 across the province, is participating in the third annual global Girl Guides campaign, #ShineYourGuidingLight.

The blue lights are set to shine when darkness settles over the Tri-Cities later tonight.

Wednesday is also World Thinking Day, which encourages "international friendship" in recognizing the struggles of girls and women, such as inequality, access to education and others.

"Here in British Columbia, we have thousands of girls and women who are members of Girl Guides of Canada," said Diamond Isinger, B.C. provincial commissioner with the Girl Guides of Canada, noting the organization is encouraging local residents to show their support by adding blue lights of any kind to their home.

"We have Girl Guide programs in nearly every community in B.C. and our girls/volunteers light up their communities year-round through leadership, community service, and efforts to create a better world, by girls.

"Girl Guides is a safe space for her to be curious, adventurous, and confident."

Isinger adds there are 10 million Guiding members around the world.

For more information on World Thinking Day, you're encouraged to visit the Girl Guides' website.