Stephanie is the Outreach Coordinator with Kootenay Coop Radio. She is also one of the hosts of Kootenay Morning, (the news and current events show on KCR).
"I was stunned watching the recent US presidential election play out the way it did. As a reporter, it fascinated me. As a woman and a feminist, it frightened and saddened me.
In Washington, DC, the day after the Presidential Inauguration, the Women’s March on Washington will send a bold message to the new US government on their first day in office, and to the world that women's rights are human rights.
I want to be there to report on it.
Women's voices need to be heard. The world needs to hear their stories, their hopes and their fears. We are women - Hear us Roar!
I do not have the means to personally finance this trip to Washington DC because of my low income. I am employed in a part-time position at a non-profit co-op.
My goal in reaching out to the community with this gofundme campaign is to pay for my travel expenses to Washington, DC. (flights, airport shuttles, taxis, accommodation, and travel insurance)
I will be representing 100s of other women I know who can't go for numerous reasons: family or job commitment, economics, or physical disability.
Any money raised above my goal of $2200 will be donated to the Nelson and District Women's Centre and Kootenay Coop Radio.
Thanks for any support you can give me." - Stephaine
"We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us." - www.womensmarch.com
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Kootenay Coop Radio is 97% sure we are sponsoring the Polar Bear swim this year at Lakeside Park, Nelson, BC. Will you be jumping in the lake this year, or do you want to come cheer people on? Thanks to BC Ambulance Service and Nelson Search and Rescue for committing to being on the scene. And Friends of Kootenay Lake Stewardship Society for signing up to help out.
Please remember to bring a donation, to help ensure this event can continue in years to come.
Warm chili or hot chocolate served at 11:30am. Plunge at noon! Tropical music supplied by KCR's very own Pineapple Man.
Swim tips:Wear shoes that you can wear in the water.
Bring a blanket or towel to lay down on the snow. It will be easier to change your clothes.
If you have a heart problem - just watch!
Children must swim and stay with an adult.
Please leave your dog at home.
Do not drink - alcohol does not warm you up - it accelerates hypothermia.
Do not stay in the water longer than 15 minutes. Body heat is lost 25 times faster in water than in air.
Do not remove your clothing until swim time. The swim will be started by a siren.