Here's what's happening for International Women's Day

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Community organizations in Timmins have prepared a few events in celebration of International Women’s Day (IWD).

It is marked annually on March 8.

In the past, the Timmins and Area Women in Crisis (TAWC) has hosted a dinner honouring 10 women who have overcome adversity and contributed to the community.

This year, the organization is hoping to honour at least 30 women each day starting on March 8. Until March 3, TAWC is accepting nominations of extraordinary women who deserve recognition.

The selected women will receive gift boxes with self-care products, all made by local women.

“We wanted to make it a little bit extra special,” said Caroline Martel, TAWC’s manager of programs and services. “We wanted to honour women who’ve gone above and beyond during the pandemic … like frontline workers and health workers, teachers. If anyone knows anyone who’s really stepped up this year, we really want to hear their stories and nominate them.”

Nomination forms can be found here or by emailing TAWC.

Ellevive will host a free virtual meeting with Quebec singer Nathalie Simard on March 8 and 9. Simard will share her personal journey and testimony from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

The event is held in partnership with a Sudbury-based Centre Victoria pour femmes, Fem'aide and the Office of Francophone Affairs at Laurentian University. For Ellevive’s and Centre Victoria’s clients, an exclusive activity will be offered on March 10.

For another virtual event on March 8, the Timmins Chamber of Commerce has invited Erin Elofson of Pinterest Canada.

Elofson is an innovator, project manager and head of the Canada, Australia and New Zealand region at Pinterest, which is a visual discovery engine where users share images and find inspiration and ideas.

At the event, she will talk about women in leadership roles, the importance of having a curated digital presence and female parity on governing boards.

The event will be held via Zoom from noon till 1 p.m. It costs $25 plus tax for chamber members and $40 for general admission. To register, click here.

Dariya Baiguzhiyeva, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter,