Kootenay Women's Conference

When women gather, incredible things happen!!


Bringing Kootenay women of all ages and stages together for a day of celebration, inspiration, change-making, and building community.

Sunday, March 15, 2020

9 am - 7 pm

Capitol Theatre

Nelson, BC 

2020 Ignite Kootenays 

The purpose of this conference is to bring women together to celebrate who we are, and inspire us to become who we want to be.  It is dedicated to showing women their worth and power, while at the same time creating a community of inclusion and friendship.  Imagine hundreds of women united under a banner of sisterhood and empowerment.  When women gather, incredible things happen! 

Sharing the love and abundance that comes to us is an important part of the Ignite philosophy.  Proceeds from the conference will go toward a scholarship for a local Kootenays high school student, and to Nelson's Aimee Beaulieu Transition House.  So in addition to being part of an incredible day, filled with amazing women, prizes, food, gift bags, and more, you will be giving back to your community. Win/Win!


Our Speakers

Joan Alexander

Spiritual Director

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Joan is a certified Spiritual Director, Labyrinth Facilitator and Dream Interpreter.   She describes herself as an Advocate, Activist and Empath. She and her wife Elizabeth share their Castlegar home with a big orange cat and a small orange dog. 


Angie Olson

Eve Ridler

Active Education


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Angie & Eve have taken their love of health and wellness and combined it with their education in fitness, nutrition, hormones, and mindset to develop a program that sets them apart in the Health and Fitness Industry. Using the tools, they have acquired over the years, they have created a one-on-one coaching program to help people reach their goals while maintaining a healthy lifestyle.


Christine Esovoloff

Black Press Media

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Christine is a mom, sales executive, writer, and gratitude enthusiast.  Her journey has taught her that the biggest hurdle to success is almost always fear, and that accountability and empathy are key ingredients when it comes to achieving our dreams.


Tricia Veltri

Core Level Healing

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Tricia is a holistic counsellor, specializing in helping women heal from toxic relationships, heartbreak and trauma.  She truly loves what she does, and is honored to help women heal. When she’s not busy working, she enjoys reading, traveling, laughing out loud with friends, and spending time with her wonderful boyfriend and adorable cat.  Tricia believes that whatever makes you weird is probably your greatest asset.


Shannon Silvermoon

Spirit & Soul Healing

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Art has always been an important part of Shannon’s life.  Growing up in an unstable environment, art was something she could always turn to.  That method of coping has developed into a talent that Shannon now loves to share. Her work is displayed throughout the Kootenays, and she has hosted many public painting projects and intuitive art workshops.  


Rauni Naud

Financial Advisor

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Rauni has been in the financial planning industry for almost 20 years.  Throughout her career, she has received many awards, including Business Person of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, and more.  An outdoor enthusiast, Rauni’s backyard is her sanctuary, where her cat, Marble (aka “The Princess”), follows her like a dog.  


Richele McEwan

Arrow Dance Studio

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Richele McEwan is a professional dancer and choreographer, the founder of Arrow Dance Studio, and the creator of WILD. She is passionate about living a courageous and wholehearted life and helping others to do the same. 


Emma Calles

Kootenay Savings

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Emma grew up in the Kootenays, and she is an active community volunteer.  She has been a firefighter, a Girl Guides leader, and has ran school breakfast programs.  She loves children, helping others, gardening, and being out in the wilderness. Emma is a Senior Solutions Advisor at Kootenay Savings, and is currently pursuing her business degree.

Lauren Hazel

Keynote Speaker

Lauren Hazel


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Lauren Hazel is a Mother, Wife & Matriarch of a blended family. She has been a Stay-at-Home Mom, a Single Mom, a Working Mom and now she is an Entrepreneur Mom and a Step-Mom.  Through her coaching practice, she helps women connect to their own great potential and achieve their dreams. She knows that women can have it all… nurturing relationships, strong family bonds, confidence AND an awesome career!  

Lauren is an inspirational speaker, traveling all over British Columbia to empower women at conferences and festivals. When she’s not coaching or travelling, Lauren loves time at home, enjoying books, historical dramas, dancing, cheese, chai lattes and caring for her plants.


Our Presenters

Lisa Matthews

Combination Healing

Lisa supports Highly Sensitive People who feel overwhelmed in their day-to-day life to nourish their nervous system & soothe their spirit. 


Lisa is a Registered Craniosacral Therapist with a background in nursing and is the owner of Combination Healing. She makes custom blends of Handcrafted Flower Essences for soul and psyche wellness. Lisa weaves together healing for your physical, emotional, and spiritual health, recognizing the wholeness that is found when we treat all parts of ourselves.


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Taya Lamb-Paul

LaPaul Hair Spa

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Taya is a wife, a mother, an alopecia warrior and ironically, a salon owner. Her journey as a hairdresser, while being authentic with alopecia, has gifted her a strong voice to the power of image.

Taya is a born and raised Kootenay girl, looking to spread awareness and gratitude everywhere she turns. When she is not behind the chair, she can likely be found with a coffee in hand, humming a tune.


Amy Harborne

Her HQ

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Amy’s passion for growth and helping women has led her on a fantastic journey.  Last year she followed her entrepreneurial heart and opened Her HQ in downtown Castlegar. Her HQ is a personal growth hub and co-work space for women. Her passion is coaching women to realize and step into their true potential, both personally and professionally. Amy has the magic to help you align with your purpose and have fun in the process. 


Rebecca Voros

MC for the Day

Bold Abundance

Rebecca grew up on a cattle ranch in Southern Alberta.  That isolated location, along with an early diagnosis of Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, cultivated in her a big imagination and an intense resilience that has served her well throughout her entire life.  She’s been an organizer of events for as long as she can remember, from elaborate tea parties for stuffies, to birthday parties for teenage friends, to PAC fundraisers at her daughters’ school.


If life has taught Rebecca anything, it’s that nothing is impossible.  With focus, hard work, and determination, you can achieve any goal. Passionate about bringing this message to the world, she hopes her conferences will empower women and challenge them to go after whatever life they desire. 

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Doors open, Registration & Mingling
Meet new ladies
Afternoon Session


Who's ready for a fabulous day?
Morning Session
Snack Break
Catered by...Kootenay Bakery!!



Welcome Back One More Time

Who's inspired?

Evening Session

*Lisa Matthews

*Tricia Veltri

*Taya Lamb-Paul

*Shannon Silvermoon

*Rauni Naud



Enjoy Nelson's Extensive Cuisine Options
Welcome Back
Who's Full?


Closing Remarks

See you next year!!

*Amy Harborne

*Christine Esovoloff

*Special Performance

*Richele McEwan

*Eve Ridler & Angie Olson

*Joan Alexander

*Special Guests

*Emma Calles

*Keynote Speaker:

   Lauren Hazel


Our Sponsors & Donors

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Tickets & Venue

Capitol Theatre

421 Victoria Street

Nelson, BC V1L 5R2


The Capitol Theatre in Nelson, BC is a 400-seat restored movie and vaudeville house. It now serves as the region's premier cultural entertainment venue.

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