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Celebrating International Women's Day 2024

Celebrating International Women's Day 2024

Friday, March 8

A global day to honour the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women and to rally for gender parity in our communities and around the world.

We are thrilled to invite you to an inspiring afternoon filled with insightful discussions and empowering stories from community leaders who are paving the way for change.

Office of the President and Vice-Chancellor

Event details


Date & time

Friday, March 8, 2024


2:30 pm Registration and doors open
3 pm Program begins | Facilitator: Dr. Alisa Webb, VP-Students
4:30 pm Reception


Student Union Building
Abbotsford campus


This event is free and open to everyone, but seating is limited — RSVP early to secure your spot.




Meet your 2024 panelists

Dr. Shahana Alibhai


Dr. Shahana Alibhai is a TEDx speaker, family physician and mental health advocate. As a lead physician at one of British Columbia’s largest youth health centers, much of Dr. Shahana’s career is focused on those struggling with their mental health. Her insights are highly sought after and she has been featured in multiple major media including CTV and Global. Dr. Shahana has been privileged to work with New York Times Bestselling author Adrian Gostick in order to publish her own book, “Feel Better” to be released in May 2024.



Eryn Braley


Eryn Braley is nehiyaw (Cree) and a member of Saddle Lake Cree Nation in Treaty 6 territory. After earning her BSc in biology from UFV in 2019, she went on to complete a Master of Public Health from UBC. In her career, Eryn works to advance the inherent rights of Indigenous Peoples to health and wellness by dismantling Indigenous-specific racism within the healthcare system. In recognition of her truth and reconciliation work, Eryn was the 2023 recipient of the UFV Young Distinguished Alumni Award.


Dr. Bonnie Henry


Dr. Bonnie Henry was appointed as British Columbia’s Provincial Health Officer in 2018. As BC’s most senior public health official, Dr. Henry is responsible for monitoring the health of all British Columbians and undertaking measures for disease prevention and control and health protection. Most recently Dr. Henry has led the province’s response on the COVID-19 pandemic and drug overdose emergency.

Dr. Henry’s experience in public health, preventive medicine and global pandemics has extended throughout her career. She served in a number of senior roles at the BC Centre for Disease Control and Toronto Public Health, including as the operational lead in the response to the SARS outbreak in Toronto.

She has worked internationally with the WHO/UNICEF polio eradication program in Pakistan and with the WHO to control the Ebola outbreak in Uganda and has been actively involved in mass gathering health planning in Canada and internationally.


Ray Kelly

Ray Kelly


Ray Kelly, a graduating student pursuing a Bachelor of Arts with a French major, a Global Development Studies minor, and a TESL certification, has been a longstanding advocate for the 2SLGBTQIA+ community. Currently serving as the President of the UFV Pride Collective, they aim to promote Queer inclusivity and safety on campus. In recognition of their efforts, they were awarded the Sher Vancouver Emerging Youth Leader Award. Their volunteer and internship work with organizations like UN Refugee Agency, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Red Leaf Canada reflects their passion for social justice. Post-graduation, Ray aims to further prioritize Queer inclusion and competency within educational spheres.


Dr. Alisa Webb

Panel facilitator

Dr. Alisa (uh-LEE-suh) Webb is the Vice President, Students and an Associate Professor of History at the University of the Fraser Valley in British Columbia, Canada, as well as the BC Provincial Coordinator for the NASPA Region V Advisory Board. She holds a BA, an MA, and a PhD in History, as well as certificates in post-secondary teaching and in University and College Administration. She has significant experience in transfer, articulation, and student mobility; program and curriculum development and renewal; policy revision and design; experiential and portfolio learning; student transition, support, and success; and university leadership and administration. 

Driven by a passion for holistic student success, development, and support, she has sought roles and positions that enable her to improve the university experience and system for students. Whether as a faculty member; a first-year experience coordinator; a department head; an associate dean; or as VP Students, she has placed students and their needs at the core of her work. As a leader she takes a people first approach, blending aspects of democratic, relational, and authentic leadership with strategic thinking, collaboration, and team empowerment, all while emphasizing the importance of transparency, collaboration, trust, and accountability. 


Learn more about International Women's Day

Did you know this initiative began in the United States in 1909? The United Nations officially recognized International's Women Day in 1977. This day is now observed worldwide to recognize women's achievements and acknowledge the challenges they continue to face in the quest for gender equality.

Visit the International Women's Day website to learn more about #InspireInclusion, the worldwide theme for IWD 2024.

Visit the official IWD website

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