Village Women's Conference

Career, family, friendship, identity. All the moving parts of our lives can leave us lost and unsatisfied.

We need to ask ourselves: Is there a true and better way to be human? What is true success, identity, purpose, and what is truth?

There is a true way to be human — a divine design that God intended for the entire human race. But humankind took a wrong turn and began to wander, lost. What if we discovered what it meant to be truly human and aligned ourselves with the truth?

You’re invited to discover that with us at the 2019 Village Church Women’s Conference on Saturday, November 16.

Registration

Date: Saturday, November 16
Time: 12:30pm – 9:30pm
Location: Bell Performing Arts Centre – 6250 144 St, Surrey, BC

Tickets: $42 each

Register Today!

Event Schedule

Saturday November 16th

12:00pm – Doors open — Marketplace open, Check-in
1:00pm – Session 1
2:40pm – Break
3:00pm – Session 2
5:00pm – Dinner Break — Several food trucks will be on site, but feel free to go off site for dinner as well. Check out our list of local restaurants below
7:00pm – Session 3
9:30pm – Dismissal

Keynote Speakers

Rebekah Lyons

Rebekah Lyons is a national speaker and bestselling author of You Are Free: Be Who You Already Are and Freefall to Fly: A Breathtaking Journey Toward a Life of Meaning. An old soul with a contemporary, honest voice, Rebekah reveals her own battles to overcome anxiety and depression—and invites others to discover and boldly pursue their God-given purpose. Alongside her husband, Gabe, Rebekah finds joy in raising four children, two of whom have Down syndrome. She wears her heart on her sleeve, a benefit to friends and readers alike. Her work has been featured on Good Morning America, CNN, Huffington PostThe TennesseanPublisher’s Weekly, and more.

Anu George

Anu has 9 years of leadership experience with International Justice Mission. During her time with IJM, she worked extensively to impact the justice system by collaborating with state and local governments in India. Anu oversaw the training of more than 17,000 police, government officials, and NGOs, among others, on the rescue and rehabilitation of individuals trapped in slavery and bringing criminals to justice. As a result of Anu’s leadership, 7,500 individuals have been rescued from forced labour slavery.

Outside of IJM, Anu has served as the Head of the University of Aberdeen School of Law (Indian Campus) and has taught law and management. Anu and her husband, Sachin, recently relocated from Delhi, India and live in London, Ontario.

Erin Clark

Instagram: erin.e.clark.

Erin is married to Mark Clark. Together they have three girls — Sienna 13, Hayden 10 and Isabella 8. Erin shares her life as a pastor’s wife, mom, homeschooler and Christ-follower through her Instagram and blog with humour and authenticity. She has a passion to see women reach their full capacity in Christ.

Anne Miranda

Instagram: @miranda_anne4

Anne’s personal background is rooted in social justice. She developed Crime Prevention Programs for youth under the Attorney General’s Office in British Columbia. She also loved her time in the classroom as an Educator teaching Spanish and English. Currently she directs Women’s Ministries at Village Church in Canada. Born and raised into a Lebanese heritage, Anne understands the challenges and beauty of being first generation Canadian.

Interviews

Chrissy Adkins

Instagram: @chrissy_m_adkins

Chrissy is originally from the UK. From an early age she was involved in missionary work to Romania where she saw firsthand the love of Jesus transforming lives. In the UK, along with her husband David, she was involved in 2 church plants, leading community groups and ran an organization for 10 years that took the gospel into secular schools proclaiming Jesus through music and multimedia. In Canada, she has been fully involved with Alpha and church planting.

Josh Kruse 

Josh is a Psychologist and Pastor of Counselling at Village Church.  He is married to Rachael and they have two boys and two girls ages 16, 15, 11, and 9.  Rachael graciously supported Josh in getting a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy and a Masters and PhD in Clinical Psychology at Biola University. They created the Village Marriage Course as Josh is passionate about healthy marriages and healthy relationships in general.

Elaine Tan Comeau

Instagram: @easydaysies and @elainetancomeau

Elaine Tan Comeau knows the ups and downs of being a mom entrepreneur. She launched her product line and company from off her kitchen table two days after her third baby was born. She went from being a school teacher to accidentally inventing a children’s product, to CEO and Founder of one of Dragons’ Den  favourite pitches, Easy Daysies, which incited a bidding war among all five Dragons. She has been featured in Forbes, Macleans, CBC, FOX, CTV, Canadian Business Magazine, and the Financial Post, to name a few. Elaine loves supporting women in business through speaking on stages, through her podcast “Elaine’s Kitchen Table… the Business of Real Life”, as the Lead Ambassador of Mompreneurs Western Canada, and through her Best Seller book, “Sell Your Passion”!

Lisa Frers

Instagram: @hulagirlaloha and @fromsisterstosisterlife

Lisa is a daughter, wife, mother, sister and friend. She lives with Greg, her husband of 26 years and two of her three sons Grayson and Kai in South Surrey, BC. Lukas, her third son recently moved to attend college in Arizona. Lisa’s life as a mother is full, spending much of her time driving her kids, attending their events and then trying to sneak in a coffee with a friend once in a while. On top of that, Lisa works full time in advertising as a national sales manager and absolutely loves it! Since Lisa has so much free time, this past year Lisa and her sister launched a blog for working women going through those middle years. A blog that is raw and real and not afraid to talk about the harder things that happen as we age and as those around us age. Lisa loves Jesus and shares her faith and what it means to her honestly and naturally.

Vicki Yeats

Instagram: @vjyeats

Vicki recently retired from the BC Provincial Government after 30 years of public service. Her business expertise comes from the corporate area, at a senior level, leading several teams and large projects. Vicki also serves in her local church including Women’s Ministries, and Chairs several Committees and Boards. Vicki lives in Langley, has been married for 34 years and has two adult children and two grandchildren.

Kyla Thomas

Instagram: @kyla.j.thomas

Kyla was born and raised in a non-Christian home and came to faith in her late 20’s. She’s passionate about helping other women break the chains of their past and seek freedom and healing in their lives through the power of Jesus Christ. Kyla and her husband, Aaron live in Abbotsford and enjoy spending time exploring new coffee shops, trying new recipes and walking their dog Goji.

Tanis Jorge

Instagram:@tanisjorge

Tanis Jorge is a serial entrepreneur who has co-founded four successful tech companies over the last two decades. Her businesses in both the Identity and Data sectors have disrupted the financial and regulatory industry worldwide. Tanis is a wife, and mother of two boys, both of whom she currently homeschools in between her other projects. Tanis has a passion for international aid, and is currently focusing her time and resources on assisting victims of sex trafficking in Nepal.

Other Voices

Alicia Chinchilla

Instagram: @itsachinchilla

Alicia Chinchilla is the definition of a level 2 enneagram, extroverted energizer bunny,  who has a love for all things people, especially young people. She loves being able to lead this next generation along side her husband Michael, who is the Youth Director for our Village Church Surrey location. Alicia can most often be found meeting up with people at all hours of the day for coffee, singing her heart out no matter where she is or stuffing her face with donuts.
She currently works for Signal Hill, a non profit Life Education Society, as one of their value project presenters, who’s goal is to help young people thrive, discover, and experience their unconditional value and to value every person. She is truly passionate about seeing peoples lives transformed by Jesus.

Kenzie Korzan

Born and raised on the west coast, Kenzie Korzan’s love of the performing arts was fostered by gracious mentors and teachers from a young age. Her further studies at the Berklee College of Music ignited a passion for creativity in and through the church. This passion led her to Village Church, where she was brought on as Vocal Director in 2016. With the support of her husband Nate, she currently leads the worship teams at Village’s Langley South location.

Shylo Sharity

Instagram: @shylosharity

Shylo Sharity is a worship leader at Village Church Surrey. She is also a country singer-songwriter, and a Trinity Western communications graduate. She enjoys writing both Christian and country music, and has just released her first country single. The creative aspect of leading is what she strives for most. Reaching out to the congregation through song and prayer is an honour that she takes great joy in. Shylo says that her best day is a Sunday.

May Anne Then

May Anne Then moved to Vancouver in 2010 to pursue a degree at UBC, and found her home away from home in the Dunbar Heights Church community where she serves as their Administrator and in many other roles. She is currently pursuing her Masters of Divinity as an Immerse Student. Her ties to her family in Asia drives her heart to serve locally – wherever she is –  with the world in mind, firmly believing that everyone has a role to play in God’s great mission.

Skye Sealey

Skye writes candidly about what it’s like to be a single woman following God, having a voice of influence and all the lessons of trust that she has learned along the way. She loves Jesus, sunsets, dancing with no rhythm, the ocean, new socks and making people laugh.

Adrienne Neufeld

Instagram: @adrienneneufeld

Adrienne Neufeld is a youthful and hilarious stay at home mom of two. Six years ago moved across the country with her next door neighbour, high school sweet heart and husband. Not knowing what she was going to do for work, she tried every job under the sun not finding one that was fit for her. Now being a full time mom she loves encouraging others through the use of social media as a way to take life less seriously and make people laugh while embracing the messiness of life.

Sienna Clark

@siennaclarkmusic YouTube:Sienna Clark siennaclarkmusic.com

Sienna is a 13 year old songwriter. She loves singing, acting, writing, and playing ukulele, piano, and guitar. When she’s not writing music, she loves musical theatre, writing novels, going to youth group and hanging with her friends! This past summer Sienna released her first EP album, Take All of Me.

Marketplace Vendors

Mercy Ministries

Their residential program is voluntary, Christ-centred, and completely free of charge to young women ages 19-30 who are facing life-controlling issues, including addictions, self-harm, depression, physical and sexual abuse, unplanned pregnancies, and eating disorders.

Learn More

International Justice Mission

They have one mission -- to end slavery in our lifetime. IJM works all around the world to free people trapped in slavery, and also protect the poor in the developing world from forced labour slavery, sex trafficking, sexual violence against children, citizenship rights abuse, land theft and more.

Learn More

Mackie's Place

Mackie's Place encourages, engages and equips youth who are at risk through an after-school hub/program. They share a meal every evening they are open and use the platform to build the kids employment skills, community engagement and build lasting relationships.

Learn More

City Dream Centre

City Dream Centre's focus is on the underprivileged and marginalized in our community. Our purpose is to make those that feel invisible feel visible, bringing value and dignity in a practical way. A place where hope, dignity and value exist for everyone.

Learn More

Wagner Hills Ministries

Is a community that offers residential care, recovery, and counselling for women (and men) in need of healing from brokenness and addictive lifestyles. Their program is aimed to help heal mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually through a relationship with God and others.

Learn More

SA Foundation

The SA Foundation is a Christian organization that exists to provide an avenue of escape for women and their children once rescued from sexual exploitation and human trafficking. They provide long term recovery programs, focused on refuge, restoration and reintegration for women to truly find freedom after slavery.

Learn More

Volunteer

If you’re interested in volunteering at this event, click here to let us know! We have lots of different roles available and we’d love to have you on the team!

FAQs

How can I register? 

Click here to register online. Participants are required to pre-register for the event.

Where is conference held?

Conference is held at Bell Performing Arts Centre, 6250 144 Street, Surrey, BC.

Where do I park? 

The Bell Performing Arts Centre has ample parking in front of the theatre and in the overflow parking which is located on the corner of 61A Avenue and 144 Street.

Will I have Wifi access?

Yes, the venue has open Wifi.

Can I use my smartphone during the conference?

We would love for you to be present and enjoy the content created for you during the conference program. You are of course welcome to use your phone. Remember to capture the moments and use the following hashtags when posting on social media. #trulyhuman #vcwomen #thisisvillagechurch

What should I expect? 

We are waiting in anticipation of what God has planned for our time at Village Women’s Conference 2019!

On Saturday afternoon arrive by 12:30pm for check-in. You will receive a stamp for entry and exit from the venue.

A marketplace will be set up in the school cafeteria. So be prepared to purchase trendy merch and useful resources for your spiritual growth.

All the events of the conference will take place in the main theatre.

Is there childcare?

Childcare will not be provided.

Is there food on site?

There will be coffee, tea, and water throughout the conference and food trucks will be onsite during the dinner break. However, we encourage guests to make dinner plans with old or new friends off site if you’d prefer. You’ll find a list of local restaurants below!

What is the cancelation policy if I can’t make it?

Tickets are non-refundable, however they are transferable. If you do not have a specific person to transfer your ticket to, it will be allocated to someone requiring sponsorship. Please notify us if this is your case.

I can only attend a portion of the conference. Can I receive a discounted rate?

Tickets are all inclusive for the full day. There is not a discounted rate for only being able to attend for part of the day.

How can I apply for a sponsorship to attend conference?

Sponsorships are limited and based on a first come, first served. We do all we can to accommodate requests, but there are no guarantees. Requests can be submitted to women@thisisvillagechurch.com.

If you would like to sponsor a ticket, or two, or ten, please fill out this form. Thank you so much for giving someone the opportunity to attend Conference this year!

What is included at the Marketplace?

The Marketplace highlights local organizations that are making a difference in our region. Organizations such as: Dream Centre, Mercy Canada, Mackie’s Place, Wagner Hills and International Justice Mission.

Who do I contact if I have additional questions?

Connect with our event coordinator by emailing women@thisvillagechurch.com.

Food Truck Options on-site

Taste of Heaven
Taste of Heaven, a food truck with a purpose. We love great street-style food and bringing people together – the two key ingredients to our story! Prepared on the spot, with fresh, locally sourced ingredients, we serve mouth-wateringly tasty, gourmet sausages in a bun. Meal options are available too, with a variety of all natural potato chips and a selection of hand-brewed sodas. With three sausage options (including vegetarian) created by our Taste of Heaven chef, we guarantee you’ve never tasted sausages so good. But don’t take our word for it. Tasting is believing!

The Rolling Cashew
100% plant based gourmet cuisine and pastry. On top of being amazingly healthy, plant-based food offers a sustainable way of living in sync with our planet. With everything being homemade, our food will delight every person that just loves to eat.

Tacofino
We are inspired by the bold flavours and back alley BBQs we have encountered while hitting up surf destinations all over the world, and the tortilla is a beautiful vessel to bring it all together. We strive to make you feel like you are recharging on a beach every time you enjoy our food. And of course we love to support local farmers. It’s all about having our meat clean and keeping the oceans happy.

Local Restaurants

Call ahead to make a reservation:

West Village Café
5620 152 St #160, Surrey
westvillagecafe.ca

Brown’s Social House Restaurant
15260 56 Ave, Surrey
brownssocialhouse.com
(604) 579-0299

The Chopped Leaf
100 – 15161 – 56th ave, Surrey
Option to order online and pick up
choppedleaf.ca
(604) 574-0024

Tawara (sushi)
15153 56 Ave, Surrey
tawara.ca
(604) 574-5353

White Spot
15157 BC-10, Surrey
whitespot.ca
778-574-5772

Chopsticks on Pho
15325 56 Ave #101, Surrey
chopsticksonpho.ca
778-574-1884

A&W
15280 BC-10, Surrey
aw.ca
604-574-1982

Subway
15141 56 Ave #10, Surrey
subway.ca
604-575-2424

Tim Hortons
15255 #10 Hwy, Surrey
locations.timhortons.com
604-575-8338

McDonalds
15145 #10 Hwy, Surrey
macdonalds.com
604-575-6310

Starbucks
15161 #10 Hwy, 108 Panorama Village, Surrey
starbucks.ca
604-575-0664

Big Ridge
5580 152 St, Surrey
mjg.ca
604-574-2739

Rocky Mountain Flatbread
5570 152 St #105, Surrey
rockymountainflatbread.ca
(604) 372-1297

Spice Kings
102, 15325 56 Ave, Surrey
spicekings.ca
604-372-0033

Fresh Street Market
15127 #10 Hwy, Surrey
shop.freshmaket.com
604-575-1488

Freshii
5717 152 St – Unit 104, Surrey
(778) 592-8930
freshii.com/ca/en-ca/home