Houston celebrates International Womens Day

International Women’s Day March 7 was celebrated by 102 registered guests who enjoyed an international food-themed meal and each other’s company at the Houston Seniors Centre.

Debi Smith, who has now organized this event for two years, described the meal as an appreciation of international cuisine.

“We had everything. There was Chinese fried rice, Vietnamese wraps and dessert from the Dutch community,” she said.

She acknowledged main sponsors being Canfor Forest Products, Dungate Community Forest and Sullivan Motor Products as well as many other local businesses.

Donations in support of the local food bank were welcomed at the door.

“This event has been growing over the years and this year’s was quite something,” Smith said of the attendance.

She credited Naomi Himech with building up the event for five years before then passing the organizational effort to herself last year.

Seven women were nominated for Woman of the Year 2018 with Evelyn Jaarsma being selected to hold that title.

“People were required to say why the person they nominated should be chosen and these were all read out,” Smith said.

Jaarsma “received an absolute stunner of roses from Blooming Arrangements,” she noted.

With two years of organizing the event now behind her, Smith said she’s committed to another three years after which she will pass along the duty to someone else.

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