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Herstory in Focus

Join us for this year’s virtual Herstory in Focus

November 26, 2020 | 7PM | ONLINE

Our Herstory in Focus Silent Auction is now LIVE! Click here to access.

Thanks to the generosity of community members, businesses, and artists, we have an amazing line-up of auction items available this year!

Please note: All bids over the fair market value (FMV) are eligible for a charitable tax receipt (less FMV). Bid high knowing your dollars directly support women and children in the Downtown Eastside!

About the Event

Herstory in Focus is the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre’s 5th annual gala, aiming to raise support and awareness for the work of DEWC and celebrating the strength and resilience of the women we serve.



Reserve your spot at this year’s event! Ticket purchases will directly benefit the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre’s essential services.

We are now facing unprecedented times.

Due to COVID-19, Herstory in Focus 2020 will be a virtual event. This evening will include incredible speakers, performers, stories, and as the highlight of the night, women of the community performing in a fashion show, expressing their style and inner power. The event will also include an online silent auction, which will be opened for bids a week before the event.

Our fundraising goal this year is $50,000, which will directly support our meal program and drop-in centre, which has continued to support up to 500 women daily throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. 

We are honoured to feature performances by:

  • Women of DEWC: Featuring in our annual fashion show, women of DEWC will share their own personal stories, style, and empowerment on the DEWC stage.
  • Wildflower, Women of Turtle Island Drum Group: Wildflower, Women of Turtle Island Drum Group is a hand drum group, to heal from trauma, find their voices and stand strong in their power through drumming and singing.
  • PIQSIQ: Kayley Inuksuk Mackay and Tiffany Kuliktana Ayalik are Inuit style throat singers performing ancient traditional songs and eerie new compositions.
  • Marisa Gold: Marisa Gold is an empathetic dance artist and poet with a passion for all things soulful. With a BFA in dance (SFU), certificate of completion from The Ailey school Independent Study program (NYC), and The Graham school 2017/18 Intensive (NYC), Marisa has trained in a wide variety of Modern/Contemporary styles.

We hope to see you (from a distance) on November 26, 2020 as we honour and celebrate the many herstories of strength and resilience in our community.

Thank you to our sponsors!

Friends of DEWC:

  • BC Federation of Labour
  • CDM2 Lightworks
  • Dupuis Langen
  • Desjardins
  • My Sister’s Closet (BWSS)
  • Yes Audio Visual Vancouver
  • Vancouver Community College (Fashion Program)