Over 200 women celebrated themselves and achievements

last week in Abbotsford for International Women's Day





n Friday, Abbotsford Community Services (ACS) held its sixth annual Ladies’ Night, bringing together more than 200 immigrant and refugee women for a celebration in honour of International Women’s Day.

"Our clients look forward to this event all year,” said Community Connections coordinator Andrea Loewen. “The ladies we work with have stories filled with hope, pain, perseverance, and resilience. This evening is a chance for all of us—guests, volunteers, and staff—to come together and celebrate our stories and cultures together.”

The Community Connections Program at ACS supports newcomers with a wide range of settlement needs including life skills classes, social activities and connections with volunteers through a friendship-based matching program designed to build relationships and a sense of community.


Performances at the event included hip-hop dancing by Yobdee Marazzi and Chinese traditional dancing by Dream Maker Dance Studio. The evening also featured dinner, dessert and break-out sessions that included chair yoga, jewellery making, art, DIY body scrubs, hair styling, bhangra, and Zumba. Free childcare was offered for women who attended.

The event received support from a number of local businesses and organizations, and the space was provided by Central Heights Church.


About Abbotsford Community Services
Abbotsford Community Services (ACS) is a non-profit, multi-service, community-based social service agency. With more than 40,000 people coming through the agency’s doors each year, ACS provides over 90 programs and services to people in need. In operation since 1969, Abbotsford Community Services strives to foster community well-being and social justice through positive action and leadership, while embracing diversity and promoting inclusion. Find out more about ACS at abbotsfordcommunityservices.com. 


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