If you were in Toronto, ON this past weekend, you may have noticed that the streets were a little busier than your average Toronto weekend (and no, we are not referring to the annual zombie walk!).
The group of individuals we are referring to is the creative, inspiring and talented women (and men) from across Canada who came to Toronto for Blissdom Canada ’12 – an annual Canadian social media conference for women.
Diva International Inc. had the privilege of being both a sponsor and exhibitor at this year’s event. We talked to close to 500 women (and some men too) about The DivaCup, met a diversity of bloggers (from moms to teachers, to knitters, to cooks…the list is endless), and although each had a different story to tell, they all shared one common passion – writing.
For those that were not at Blissdom, we wanted to share some of our favorite moments, many of which were spurred from our discussion with bloggers, so that you too can be inspired and know what women are talking about within the Canadian “blogosphere”.
We had the opportunity to talk (and learn from) Annie Urban from PhD in Parenting who shared about her experience visiting Bangladesh with Save the Children and their project “MaMoni”, a project that provides health support to children and mothers. The team from momstown.ca came by our booth, and showed us the true meaning of Diva in our “Diva Bliss” photo booth! momstown.ca provides support to moms via parenting tips, encouraging words and lots of events to connect moms with kids 0 – 6!
One of the most insightful bloggers we met was Nadine Thornhill from adorkableundies.com who, as a sexual health educator, is opening up conversations about all those things we want to know, but may be too shy to ask about: sex. Our team also met Karen Snider from Red Cross Talks who was excited about the many benefits The DivaCup could provide for women working in the field and Sherrie Mae Guthrie from Good Karma Baby, who is not only a blogger, but also an educator, athlete, mom and creative female voice in Canada.
Sherrie also won our “Diva Bliss” gift basket worth over $300 including a Kobo Reader with a hot pink case (Diva Style) – Congrats!!!
Overall, the weekend’s microsessions, guest speaker series, meet and greets and parties were a great reminder to the Diva Team about how much women can accomplished when they join together in partnership and personal testimony.
The weekend was really about a group of women (and some men too!!) coming together to empower and encourage one another with innovative social media tools, ideas and interests.
Of course there were some true “Diva Bliss” moments at Blissdom Canada ’12: Road Rally Bliss, the Microsoft Welcome Party at The Courthouse, the Third Annual Costumes and Karaoke Party and Sunday Excursions (CN Tower EdgeWalk anyone?)!
And let’s not forget the many “Diva Bliss” moments captured on film at our Diva Bliss photo booth which gave conference attendees the opportunity to express their inner Diva through costume and words (of course)! Within minutes of setting up the photo booth, one thing we quickly learned, these Divas are not camera shy!
Here is just a glimpse of a few of our favorite “Diva Bliss” photo booth moments: