Nicola Valley Women’s Fair, Merritt, BC
A place for women to get together with friends and family.
“A Place to forget all the pressure and responsibilities at home and have a day to unwind.” Ellen Miller
Nicola Valley Women’s Fair is a wonderful idea in bringing people and different vendors together. Therefore, people will have a chance to see the different businesses in the community all in one place.
Curious as to how the Nicola Valley Women’s Fair came about, I decided to do an interview with Ellen Miller from Miller’s Farm. Ellen is the brains and brawn behind the making of the first Nicola Valley Women’s Fair come about.
Miller’s Farm in Lower Nicola BC photo credit Ellen Miller
(MB) I understand that this is the first Nicola Valley Women’s Fair?
(Ellen Miller) Yes, this is the first Nicola Valley Women’s Fair.
(MB) What made you decide to put on a women’s fair?
(Ellen Miller) I was involved with the Business & Professional Women’s Group (BPW) in the Fraser Valley in the past. BPW promotes the rights of women across the world as well as encourages young women to be the best they can be. They are advocates for health, safety, and learning opportunities of women and mentor wherever they can. I would like to see more opportunities here in Merritt for women to be able to promote themselves and their business or ideas.
(MB) And can you tell us what the Nicola Valley women’s fair all about?
(Ellen Miller) The Nicola Valley Women’s Fair is a day for women to get together with their friends, family, workplace companions and just relax and take a day to pamper themselves. To forget all the pressure and responsibilities at home and have a day to unwind.
Sounds so exciting. Hope you are all just as excited as me.
(MB) What can we expect to see at the Nicola Valley women’s fair?
(Ellen Miller) At the Women’s Fair you can expect to see vendors representing health, beauty, fitness, clothing, jewelry, financial advice, home decor, flowers and so much more.
(MB) Did you organize and put on this women’s fair or is it affiliated with something else?
(Ellen Miller) I organized the women’s fair on my own. I love planning events and then watch as people enjoy them.
If you want to get involved in the women’s fair contact Ellen Miller at Miller’s Farm
(MB) When is the Nicola Valley women’s fair.
(Ellen Miller) The fair is on March 30th 2019 from 10 am to 4 pm.
(MB) How much is it to attend the Fair?
(Ellen Miller) Admission is by donation to the Nicola Valley Food Bank.
(MB) Where will the Nicola valley women’s fair be held?
(Ellen Miller) The Nicola Valley Women’s Fair is being held at the Merritt Civic Center at 1950 Mamette Ave, Merritt, BC V1K 1R6
Front of the Merritt Civic Center Merritt, BC
(MB) Will there be food at the fair?
(Ellen Miller) Yes, Mary’s Catering will be running the kitchen to provide everyone with some delicious treats.
(MB) I understand you have quite a few vendors for the first Women’s Fair. Can you tell us who they are?
(Ellen Miller) We have 31 vendors coming to the fair along with four guest speakers.
Our very own Mayor Linda Brown and MLA Jacquie Tegart will be onsite at 10 am to give the opening remarks for this great event.
Guest Speakers at the Nicola Valley Women’s Fair include
Friday March 29th
Please join us. RCMP representative Tracy Dunsmore along with Tracy Auclair from Merritt Victim Services will be on site to speak about Domestic Violence. Room 4 at the Civic Center from 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm.
Saturday March 30th
Morgan Sparrow – Tips and tricks for a healthy lifestyle. Morgan discovered her passion for inspiring healthy living at a young age. She views health very important as a whole and finds purpose and passion impacting others in all aspects of their wellness. She is passionate about inspiring other women to live their best lives and empowering them to become capable of achieving all goals and dreams.
Photo credit Morgan Sparrow
Leslee Lucy – Sunlife Financial – Planning your finances. Leslee is a certified Financial Planner with 20 years of experience with Sunlife Financial.
“I live and work in Merritt, B.C. – You don’t plan your finances – you plan your life. Whether by choice or circumstance, more and more women are taking charge of their money. I will give you a few simple steps to planning your finances and what to look for in a financial planner. If you don’t take care of your self – who will?” Leslee Lucy
Joleen Morrison – Benefits of growing a garden. Joleen is no stranger to gardeners of Merritt and will be happy to tell you the health benefits of gardening. She is a graduate of U.N.B.C. with a Bachelor of Science majoring in Natural Resource Management, wildlife and fisheries.
Photo Credit Ellen Miller
Sheri Simson – Keen Fit Walking Poles – How to be fit! Sheri is a Health and Fitness Ambassador. She will be sharing with us how by just “Walking” she lost over 50 lbs. Sheri will also be demonstrating the secret techniques she uses to tone and sculpt her arms, stomach and back. Want to know how 30 min can make a difference? Sheri will also be talking about that, so you don’t want to miss out.
Photo Credit Sheri Simson
Here are some of the Vendors that will be in attendance.
Sandy Labermeyer – Ki Essentials, Reflexology, Ellen Miller – Fused Glass, Jacquie Hall -Scentsy, Sue Thomas – Juice Plus
Amy Douthwright – Custom made Tees, tank tops, baby items, Alycia Kempf – Seacret, Molly Toodlican – Watkins, Kathleen Courtoreille – Kathy’s Epicure Selections, Nicole Neufeld – Photography, Michelle Bacon – Bear Essential Apparel, Jamara Joyal – Massage Therapy, Megan – Akasa Yoga Studio
Bath bombs, soap, lotions and more. You won’t be disappointed. Photo Credit B’s Bath
And a few more vendors
Pauline Ouellet – Hand Painted Jewelry, Julia Ahlin – Banana Bellem, N.V.I.T., Dawn Demuriak – Silk Flower Designs, Planet Women Ladies Fitness, N.V. Paddleboard, Primerica Financial, Vicki’s Petals and Flowers, B’s Bath products, Florine Walkem – Native Arts, Deadman Valley Botanicals, Sara Vigh – Mortage Specialist, 31 Gifts, T.O.P.S., Susan Riddle – Home Decor, Double Take Beauty Bar, Young Living Essential Oils.
I have one more question.
(MB) Do you plan on having a Nicola Valley women’s fair every year?
(Ellen Miller) I plan on making this an annual event. There are already have ideas for next year to increase the speakers, provide mini learning experiences and add more categories – ie: wedding planners, mobile clothing vendors, resource information etc. I don’t want the event to take on the role of a craft fair. It needs to be a day of learning, having access to programs and resources available in this area, pampering and relaxing.
Thank you Ellen Miller for speaking with me about this wonderful event.
The Nicola Valley Women’s Show is coming up on March 30th, at the Merritt Civic Center from 10-4. You won’t want to miss this! Lots to see and learn. I am really looking forward to this event and hope to see a lot of familiar and new faces.
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Nicola Valley Women’s Fair