A graphic from DMCL celebrating International Women's Day which features several female hands stacked on top of each other and graphic elements overtop.

International Women’s Day 2024

March 8, 2024

Every year on March 8, the world comes together to celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD)—a day dedicated to honouring the many achievements of women, having conversations about the biases and discrimination they face, and furthering efforts to create a diverse, equitable, and inclusive world. It serves not only as a day of celebration but also as a crucial reminder of the strides made toward achieving gender equality and the journey that still lies ahead.

This year, the theme is “Inspire Inclusion,” a powerful message encouraging everyone to foster an environment where every person, regardless of gender is included, valued and heard. It emphasizes the importance of creating an environment where diversity is not just recognized, but celebrated, and challenges us to consider how we can all contribute to a more inclusive world.

At DMCL, this means celebrating the incredible women in our communities and joining in on the conversation about how we can all #InspireInclusion. Today, we’re spotlighting a few local women-led and owned businesses that have been nominated by staff, clients and friends of DMCL for their amazing achievements and contributions to our communities.

Highlighting these remarkable women, serves as a reminder that gender equality is one of the most effective ways to build healthier, more prosperous, and more inclusive communities.

Stefanie Curtis

Stefanie Curtis is the CEO and Founder of Pace Creative Group, an award-winning, women led, B2B marketing communication agency. Since 2013 Pace Creative has grown from a 2 person shop to now employing about 20 people and grossing $2m in revenue.

Sandra Christian

Sandra Christian is the founder and president of Creative Kids Learning Centers. Creative Kids Learning Centers takes pride that their centers are operated and managed by Sandra, who is active in the day-to-day operations and has provided excellent childcare services to her community since 1996.

Jill White

Jill White is the president of the MAKR Group of Companies. She is passionate and committed to providing access to play for children globally. To date, the teams she leads have provided access to play for millions of children with over 10,000 projects.

Evaleen Jaager Roy

Evaleen Jaager Roy is Immediate Past Chair of the Beedie School of Business Advisory Board at SFU and former Chair of the Board of Governors of SFU and Emily Carr University of Art + Design.  Currently the principle of Jaager Roy Advisory Inc, she is a Business in Vancouver (BIV) an Influential Businesswoman award winner, as well as a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. Evaleen’s extensive involvement in various community-building initiatives and her notable achievements across multiple sectors underscore her role as an advocate for positive change.

Erin Alexander

Erin Alexander is a mentor at We-BC, a non-profit that provides support for women across BC to start, develop, lead, and grow their own businesses. She is also a limited partner of the Women’s Equity Lab—a group of successful women who share expertise, insights and perspectives to make smart investments in new businesses, and a Certified Investor Q&A™ Advisor who is working to help more women access venture capital. Erin’s participation in women’s equity initiatives highlight her commitment to supporting women in business and fostering entrepreneurship across BC.

Dr. Julie Wilson

Founded in 2015 under Dr. Julie Wilson’s leadership, Terra Nova Medical Clinics has grown to care for over 50,000 patients. Supported by a dedicated team of more than 25 healthcare professionals, the clinic has received the Stevie 2023 Award for Development and Promotion of Women, with Julie Wilson celebrated as one of WXN Canada’s 100 Most Powerful Women.