Although our event is sold out, the celebration persists with the Women in Sports Auction! Beginning on February 22nd, 2024, at 10 am, you and your friends can participate by bidding online to support the Women’s Centre of Halton’s mission to empower women in our community. Every contribution from the auction directly furthers this meaningful cause. Don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate women’s accomplishments in sports and make a positive impact! Bid with your friends on a selection of 19 auction items: www.32auctions.com/IWDSPORT
“Women in Sports: Inspiring Inclusion” is officially SOLD OUT!
We’re proudly hosting a powerful celebration for International Women’s Day, focusing on the empowering theme of “Inspiring Inclusion” for Women in Sports. This inclusive event, open to all, will feature high-level female athletes sharing their achievements and insights, promoting diversity in sports through speeches, panels, and Q&A sessions. Connect, learn, and be inspired by their journeys. Enjoy our autograph station, exciting giveaways, and celebrate the resilience of women in sports. Together, we’ll #InspireInclusion, challenge stereotypes, and empower future female athletes. Don’t just watch history, be a part of making it!
What to expect
Tessa Bonhomme (Keynote Speaker)
Olympic Gold Medalist and SportsCentre Anchor
Tessa Bonhomme is a former Canadian professional ice hockey player who won Olympic gold at the 2010 Vancouver Games. She played defence for Canada’s national women’s team from 2004 to 2013, winning seven World Championship medals including gold in 2007. She has since pursued a broadcasting career with SportsCentre as a sports reporter and analyst.
Dr. Sabrina Razzack
Assistant Professor, Kinesiology & PE, University of Toronto &
Canadian Lead at Centre for Sport and Human Rights
An award-winning curriculum writer and creator of “Beyond a Boundary,” a web platform aimed to engage educators, parents and organizations seeking curriculum designed to provide diverse perspectives and understandings of the world. Her PhD thesis examined the intersections of physical activity, sport, social movements, media, race, gender, class and culture.
Olympic Gold Medalist
Current member of the Canadian women’s national ice hockey team who has played for the Ohio State Buckeyes in the NCAA and the PWHL Toronto. She made her Olympic debut at the Beijing 2022 Olympics, where she won the gold medal. She is known for her passion for promoting the inclusion of women in the sport.
CEO Anishinabek Nation & Former Lacrosse Player
A community leader who played lacrosse at Brock University and has led the launch of a lacrosse program for Anishinaabe women and girls with the aim of indigenous empowerment through sport. She has a background in sports administration and development and is currently a part of a nonprofit organization called Anishinabe Baagadowewin.
Special Olympic Bronze Medalist & Amateur Golfer
A golfer since the age of 8, having won multiple national and provincial championships she went on the be awarded the Bronze medal during the Special Olympics 2023 in Berlin. Golf is Natasha’s “happy place” as it gives her confidence and a way to manage her sensory issues.
Canadian Ice Hockey Player & 3x World Champion
A member of the Canadian national team and the PWHL Toronto, and represented Canada in the 2022 Olympics. Bach was the first Boston University women’s ice hockey program player to score more than 100 goals. She played in the CWHL with the Markham Thunder and received the CWHL’s 2018-2019 Rookie of the Year award.
Canada’s U18 Ice Hockey Gold Medalist
She led Canada to a gold medal at the 2023 IIHF World Women’s U18 Championship, where she broke multiple records, including the fastest hat-trick from the start of a game, the fastest three goals, and the most goals scored by a Canadian in a single tournament! In the 2024 Championship, she set another record, the most career goals by a Canadian!
Martial Arts Instructor
A two time black belts passionate martial arts instructor and student who has been in 1st place for 3 years running! Giselle is a strong advocate for women learning self defense through free self defence classes and hopes to pass on her experience and knowledge to the younger generation.
Moezine (Moe) Hasham
Founder and Executive Director of Hockey 4 Youth
Moe is on a mission to foster inclusion for newcomer and at-risk youth through Hockey 4 Youth and an experiential learning program called T.E.A.C.H (Technology, Entrepreneurship, Arts, Community giving, Healthy active living). Moe has a background in corporate philanthropy, community outreach, volunteer management & non-profit development.