February 24, 2011
London, ON – Bestselling author Adria Vasil will share the story of her rise to national acclaim as Canada’s “Green Dear Abby” at the International Women’s Day lecture of the Sophia Series at Brescia University College on Thursday, March 3, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.
In a lively lecture entitled, “How women are leading the charge to protect our planet – and how you can, too!” Vasil will tell the audience how to detoxify themselves and the world around them.
Vasil has been writing the practical and quick-witted ECOHOLIC advice column for NOW magazine in Toronto since 2004 and has authored two bestselling books based on the column: ECOHOLIC in 2007, and ECOHOLIC HOME in 2009.
“Our homes are ground zero for a lot of green crimes,” Vasil says. In a CBC Radio interview after Earth Day on April 28, 2010, she talked about how Canadians bring numerous dangerous chemicals into our homes on and in the products we buy, which is not always the fault of the consumer.
She reported that products with labels making green claims have increased by 176 per cent in two years. However, one study revealed that 98 per cent of manufacturers of products sold in big-box stores are misleading the public in claiming that their products are environmentally-friendly. Vasil advises consumers to ask, “Is this green claim to good to be true?”
Vasil has been an advocate for the earth, women’s issues, and human rights since her teens. You may have seen or heard the author on The National, CBC Newsworld, Canada AM, Global, BNN, MTV Canada as well as countless print and radio publications promoting green living.
The Circle Women’s Centre is sponsoring Vasil’s lecture and an information and volunteer fair featuring local eco-organizations and volunteers from 6:45 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in the foyer of the Brescia auditorium.
Everyone is welcome to attend the IWD lecture and information fair on March 3. Those present will also get a sneak peek at a fashion show that will be part of the EcoFeminist Vendor Fair to be held at Brescia on Saturday, March 5, 2011. The Circle and the Sexual Assault Centre London are co-hosting the event to make available socially-conscious clothes, accessories and resources from local sustainable-fashion businesses.
Free parking will be available and donations will be gratefully accepted at the door for both events. For more information about the IWD lecture, please visit www.brescia.uwo.ca/thecircle. Facebook users may learn more about the EcoFeminist Vendor Fair by visiting www.facebook.com/TheCircleWC.
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Brescia University College, Canada’s premier women’s university college, is affiliated with The University of Western Ontario. The 1,100 women registered as either full- or part-time students at Brescia study a wide variety of subjects in Arts, Social Sciences, and Foods & Nutrition in an empowering, compassionate, student-centred, and invigorating environment. Degrees are granted by Western. The Catholic College welcomes students from all backgrounds and values diversity. For more information, please visit www.brescia.uwo.ca
For additional information, please contact:
Kim Young Milani Director of The Circle Women’s Centre E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 519.432.8353, ext. 28385