Karen Mason, Master of Ceremonies

Karen Mason, Certified Financial Planner, has been in the financial services industry since 1994.  Karen has been operating her successful independent financial planning practice, Mason Financial, since 2007.  Known for her public speaking engagements, organizing community events and volunteering, Karen has set herself apart as a respected leader in the Sooke business community.  Karen loves living in her oceanside town with her husband of 25 years, 2 sons and 3 dogs.  Her passions include painting, horse back riding, politics and spending time with her family. 

Laurel Karjala, Speaker

At 70 years young – Laurel Karjala is just getting ramped up! Laurel has been an artist since she was a child. She feels incomplete if she isn’t drawing or painting! She was told by her parents at a young age that there was no money in being an artist and so it was put on the back burner until her 2 daughters were in middle school. She couldn’t ignore the call of the artist and the ache inside of her any longer. She enrolled in Art School and it changed her life, although couldn’t do it full time as she had to support her family financially. She’s stopped and started and doubted herself, with a boat load of excuses such as; too busy with family, no place to work, too tired, too scared to begin, can’t afford it, and the list goes on. She’s had her own one-woman art shows and lives her creative life by surrounding herself with art and art making. Her condo / studio is a gallery of drawings and paintings filled with an organized jumble of art books, pencils, paper, paints, brushes, canvas and easels. Now as an artist’s coach, Laurel brings a rich and broad range of experience to her work with people who want to thrive through their art and art making (without the excuses and stories that keeps them from tapping into their passion!). Laurel loves working with women who have that burning need to pursue the joys of drawing and painting and gives them the courage to create and use their visual voice.

Benny Martin, Speaker

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Shanda Wright, Speaker

Shanda is an island girl through and through. She has built an international real estate and construction company specializing in helping Canadians invest in Texas, flipping real estate. She has now worked on millions of dollars worth of projects and runs them all with her own blood sweat and tears. She went from having a “good J.O.B.” to having a life she’s now living out loud. She has traveled the world, is debt free, and loves helping people define success for themselves.

Alice Bracegirdle, Speaker

Alice Bracegirdle is a wife, mother, maverick entrepreneur and champion of the Feminine. In 2007 she founded Bellyfit® Enterprises Inc., now the world’s leading holistic fitness system for women and a channel through which she brings her unique brand of holistic movement & empowerment to the mainstream. As Bellyfit® CEO she trains and mentors hundreds of Bellyfit® Instructors in over 20 countries around the world and as a devoted mother and wife she is deeply committed to elevating the art of homemaking and strives to cultivate beauty and sacred devotion in everything she does.

Jada Bohmer, Speaker

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