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Business Professional Women in Abbotsford


Join us for a fun and informative event centered around raising awareness and sharing information on women's heart health!

Check out photos from the event on our Facebook page!

Date: February 19, 2016
Time: 6 - 9 pm
Location: Phoenix Lounge, Abbotsford BC
Tickets: members $35, guests $40

Healthy appetizers served throughout the night.

BPW Members - Purchase the tickets for your guests at the member price!

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Why You Should Join Us

Credit: The Heart and Stroke Foundation

Please make the time to join us at this fun and inspiring event.

As the Heart & Stroke Foundation puts it,

The Truth is...

Its-all-about-the-heart-womanThe Truth Is, no woman needs another health lecture. We hear the same messages day in, day out: Eat better. Eat different. Less processed. Move more. Work less. Sleep more. Worry less. Breathe deeper. At every turn, we're bombarded with advice on how to be healthier and happier. It's not lost on us. But most of us are too buried under an avalanche of to-do's to carve out any real time for ourselves.

The Truth Is, we put ourselves last. Always have. We're the caregivers. The ones making sure that kids are fed and curfews are met. That aging parents take their medication and keep their doctor's appointments. That the boss looks good in front of the board. That birthday presents are bought and wrapped and shipped. That everyone and everything gets taken care of at any hour–even if our own heath suffers.

The Truth Is, there's only so much time in a day. Prioritizing ourselves would be easier if we weren't always racing to soccer practices and dance lessons. Grocery shopping and carpooling. Meeting with tutors and dentists and plumbers. Walking the pooch. Feeding an army. Having late-night meetings with clients, or planning a date night if you can squeeze one in. There aren't enough hours in the day, but we try our best.

The Truth Is, we don't have to be last. The trick isn't getting everything off your list – it's putting yourself at the top and working your way down. Because the rewards are so worth it: like living long enough to meet the (nice) girl your son finally brings home. Being there for graduations, weddings. Having coffee and long walks at the country cottage you've always dreamed of. Watching your new granddaughter wrap her tiny fingers around yours for the very first time.

The Truth Is, it's time to shuffle our priorities so we're one of them. Heart disease and stroke is a leading cause of death for women in Canada. But that can change if we turn some of that love and attention our own way, and start making ourselves a priority.



Janet Vink | Certified Nutrition Coach

Janet Vink is a practicing Certified Nutrition Coach. She believes that sustainable wellness is reachable for everyone. Through adaption of diet and meal planning, Janet guides clients to a healthy lifestyle. A nutrition coach can be defined as a life coach meets nutritionist.

Janet has been a lover of running since she could walk. Some of her proudest accomplishments are completing the 125km Canadian Death race with running partner Susan, completing the 3 Day TransRockies Run in Colorado, qualifying for the Boston Marathon, and being the top woman overall of the 5 Peaks trail running series (2009) at age 46. She teaches run clinics for Peninsula Runners and is the Race Director of Run for Water.

Janet will speak about incorporating exercise with healthy eating.

Lara Tisseur | Registered Acupuncturist in Training

Lara Tisseur is currently studying at the International College for Traditional Chinese Medicine in Vancouver, to become a Registered Acupuncturist. She is interested in helping people achieve healthier lives, sustainable wellness plans and a peaceful balance in their lives.

She received a BA at SFU in Environmental Studies in 2007 and shortly thereafter became interested in pursuing studies in health. She received light training in biofeedback with Body Talk systems, which led her to explore and immerse herself in traditional Chinese medicine.

Lara has a passion for yoga, hiking, healthy cooking and new smoothie recipes. She looks forward to sharing the benefits of Chinese Medicine with us and helping us discover healthy and alternative medical therapy choices.

Marlyce Friesen | MD, DABIM, FRCPC

Dr. Marlyce Friesen was born and raised in rural Nebraska. She obtained her Bachelors of Arts degree from Tabor College a small Mennonite College in Kansas where she met her husband Art who is a Canadian. She and her husband received their Doctor of Medicine degrees from Washington University School of Medicine located In St. Louis, Missouri. Residency training in Internal Medicine was taken at the Toronto General Hospital and in London, Ontario. During her Residency one year was spent practicing family medicine in Alliston, Ontario where their first son was born.

After completion of their Residency Specialist training in 1977 Art and Marlyce moved to BC where Art began his Cardiology practice at Royal Columbian Hospital and Marlyce began her practice as Medical Director of the YMCA Healthy Heart Program which is a Cardiac Prevention and Rehabilitation Program in New Westminster.

The YMCA Healthy Heart Program was the first such program in British Columbia. Shortly after moving to BC their second son was born. Marlyce also practiced hospital based Nephrology (Kidney Medicine) for over 20 years at Royal Columbian, Surrey, and Abbotsford Hospitals. She retired from Nephrology but continues to work in Cardiac Prevention and Rehabilitation.

Marlyce has been involved in Cardiac Prevention and Rehabilitation on provincial and national levels and has served on the Board and as President of the Canadian Association of Cardiac Prevention and Rehabilitation organization and contributed to the national Guidelines for Cardiac Rehabilitation.

She and her husband received the YMCA Canada Peace Medal, the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal, and the Cam Cody Foundation Award of Distinction. Marlyce received the YMCA President's Award of Excellence for outstanding leadership in Cardiac Rehabilitation in Canada and the YMCA Healthy Heart Program Marlyce has volunteered with a number of local non-profit organizations and recently retired from Chairing the Board of the Communitas Supportive Care Society.

Over the years Marlyce and her husband have brought humanitarian aid, taught medicine, and fostered many valuable friendships in developing countries including China, Romania, Ukraine, D. R. Congo, and Serbia.

Marlyce enjoys gardening, embroidering, listening to classical music, and spending time with her two grandsons.

Marlyce currently runs a recovery clinic for heart attack survivors in Surrey, BC.

Marlyce will be reviewing important aspects of cardiovascular disease which is currently the number 2 cause of death in North America. Atherosclerosis the disease which causes the majority of cardiovascular disease will be described. Risk factors for atherosclerosis and ways to prevent this illness will be discussed.

Theresa Nicassio | PhD, Published Author, Registered Psychologist, Gourmet Raw Food Chef, Raw Nutrition Educator

Dr. Theresa Nicassio is a Registered Psychologist, Gourmet Raw Food Chef, Raw Nutrition Educator and mother of two. A health, environmental and humanitarian activist, she is deeply concerned about growing global food, ecological and health crisis.

While in her mid-thirties, Theresa began to experience chronic health problems, leading her to explore how food could heal as well as harm. Her determination to create meals that she and her whole family would enjoy resulted in these delectable, easy-to-prepare recipes. Feeling more alive at 50 than at 35, Theresa is excited to share her discoveries so that others might also be empowered in their quest for health and delicious living.

Theresa will speak about Living from the Heart with a focus on Acceptance, Kindness & Gratitude.


Event Schedule

6:00 p.m. Doors Open
6:10 - 6:15 p.m. Welcome & Opening Remarks
6:15 - 6:45 p.m. Speaker #1
6:45 - 7:15 p.m. Speaker #2
7:15 - 7:25 p.m. Break
7:25 - 7:55 p.m. Speaker #3
7:55 - 8:25 p.m. Speaker #4
8:25 - 8:30 p.m. Thank You Speakers
8:30 - 8:50 p.m. Red Dress Fashion Show
8:50 - 9:00 p.m. Thank You for Attending & Closing Remarks



Red Dress Fashion Show

Credit: The Heart and Stroke Foundation

The Red Dress is the official symbol of The Heart Truth campaign ran by the Heart & Stroke Foundation. It's feminine, strong and confident, capturing the spirit of the cause in a symbol that women across Canada can identify with and feel proud of. The Red Dress represents women's courage and passion and their power for change as they share the truth with others and raise awareness about the importance of heart health.

Women can show their support by purchasing a Red Dress pin from the Heart & Stroke Foundation. Red Dress pins are striking conversation-starters that help women to share the truth with others. For every pin sold, 100 per cent of net proceeds are contributed to the campaign.

Each year, the Red Dress symbol comes to life on the runway as top Canadian fashion designers create original red dress designs in celebration of women and heart health awareness. The Heart Truth Fashion Show takes place in March. The events are star-studded affairs, with top designers unveiling original red dress creations modeled by some of the country's most celebrated women.

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