Olympian shares her story for International Women's Day

Coquitlam hall of famer and track star Leah Pells will talk about finding balance at March 8 event hosted by the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce

Finding balance for a better world is the theme of this year’s International Women’s Day.

Whether it be gender balance in the boardroom or juggling work and family for better balance, balance is necessary for communities to thrive, according to the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce, which is hosting this year’s IWD lunch on Friday, March 8 at Westwood Plateau Golf and Country Club.

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In keeping with this year’s theme, Leah Pells, a three time Olympian and Coquitlam Sports Hall of Fame inductee, will be speaking on finding balance in an increasingly stressful world.

Pells, a former track star, is also a survivor of mental health issues, who overcome her upbringing in a household of addiction, abuse, and poverty to become an accomplished athlete. Today, she is a School District 43 school counsellor and registered clinical counsellor determined to use her experiences to help others.

The keynote address will be followed by a panel discussion of three local women of influence who will speak about how they attempt to find balance in their own lives.

The Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce International Women’s Day celebration will take place on Friday, March 8 from 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Westwood Plateau Golf & Country Club. Tickets are available for Tri-Cities Chamber members for $55 +GST and non-members at $80+GST. Tables can be purchased at $420 +GST for members and $580 +GST for non-members. For more information and to register, please visit www.tricitieschamber.com.

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