The 29th Annual Lakedell Women’s Conference was held Apr. 24. It was a great success with guests arriving early for some coffee, muffins or donuts. Wetaskiwin Tim Hortons helped out with supplying some of our goodies!
Speakers from Brentridge Ford (Richard Leslie), World Financial Group (Melody Woods) and Grandview Valley Greenhouse (Gail Johnson) giving the attendees valuable information in smaller groups throughout the morning.
We were then highly entertained by Virginia Denham! In fact her short talk left the ladies in stitches and many want her to come back in the future for a longer comedic speech!
I am sure glad we had such a gracious emcee in Susann Stone to offer up your comedy Virginia. Susann-you continue to do a great job as emcee each year, thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to make this happen.
Everyone had a wonderful lunch prepared by volunteers including committee members Colette Fiveland, Janet Stone, Gladys Sundquist and Bonnie Wilson (I also was told that Lori Fipke makes the perfect rice). Thanks to all of you!
As the lunch was wrapping up Marcy from the Clothing Store entertained and informed the ladies with a fashion show and presentation. The attendees were happy to see the new fashions as well as have the Clothing Store part of the program.
We moved onto doing a charitable act which was tying blankets to donate to the Ronald MacDonald House. This was well received and the ladies were very quick tying the blankets! Again I have to thank the volunteers who helped out previously by cutting and preparing the blankets for the big day.
Rounding out the afternoon we were entertained by the fabulous Cathy O’Lay who, with her classic London Piccadilly accent checked glasses, plates and even a couple purses to give a few ladies the best (or the worst) reading of their lives – depending on their sense of humour.
Our early morning start meant things wrapped up soon enough that guests could pop out and enjoy our local shops and take advantage of the goodies they had in their guest bags.
Our day could not have been possible without sponsorship from MNP, Brentridge Ford, Village Auto Wash and Essentials Spa and Wellness.
We were able to give out door prizes thanks to Carianne Hill of Peters Insurance, Eco Cafe, Village Pizza, FCC, Grandview Valley Greenhouse, The Clothing Store and World Financial Group. Lots of lucky ladies yesterday!
There is no way I could have decorated the hall to look anywhere near as beautiful as the ladies from the Village Emporium did. The flamingos were a hit.
Our committee of volunteers that help out before during and after the women’s conference is amazing. Thanks to Janet Stone, Colette Fiveland, Gladys Sundquist, Bonnie Wilson, Susann Stone, Tracy Crawford (for keeping your wine glasses full), Jessica Strachan (for squeezing you all into the group photos), Jaycee Thomson (you will all benefit from her ideas in the near future), Lori Fipke and Kelly Gray. Thank you all so much!
Each year there is a survey passed out to the guests for them to leave comments and we had a lot of positive feedback this year and we want to thank everyone who took the time to fill them out. FCSS Wetaskiwin is also a supporter of our Lakedell Women’s Conference and we thank them for their contribution.
-Submitted by Lakedell Ag Society