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Lighting a virtual Spark

This year’s annual Spark conference in Fort St. John will look very different this year.
Jeanette Johnson (right) speaks on a panel about failure resiliency with Nadya McLean, Jennifer Moore, and Sarah McVanel at the Spark women’s leadership conference on May 16, 2019.

This year’s annual Spark conference in Fort St. John will look very different this year.

After being cancelled last spring due to the pandemic, the professional development conference for women in the Peace Country returns for a one-day virtual format on May 12.

This year’s theme is ‘Navigate the Now’, with speakers including Trisha Miltmore, Stephanie Staples, Pamelia Barnum, and Paul Krismer, who will talk about communication, business development, and leadership. Program sessions will focus on body language and positive emotion skills, adapting to change, and personal well-being.

“Learning how to navigate the level of change thrust upon us in the past year has pushed many people to their limits,” organizers said. “ReVISIONING our perspectives, our strategies, and our expectations to survive and thrive in this new environment is vital.”

Organizers say a number of registration spaces have been sponsored and are being made available to those with financial difficulties in taking part.

“A number of spaces have been made available, through the generous donation of sponsors, who understand that financial pressures are real for many members of our communities and wanted to ensure they still have the opportunity to access this important professional development event,” organizers said.

Applications are open until March 12. More details about the conference will be released in early March.

For more information on the speakers, and registration, visit

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