Welcome to the Changemaker’s Market presented by BlueShore Financial, a digital community of over 200 movers and makers who have generously donated their goods and services to benefit the BC Women’s Health Foundation.
Each and every item or service has been generously donated by a BC business owned by cis women, trans folks, non-binary folks, and those across the gender spectrum. You can bid on items, with all proceeds benefiting the BC Women’s Health Foundation and our mission of healthy women everywhere, capable of anything.
We asked our Changemakers a few questions, including Pearl Cicci, a nutritionist, health coach and personal trainer with a passion for educating people about taking care of their bodies..
Tell me a favourite series or movie that you watched during the pandemic?
I did not watch anything during the pandemic actually, I do not consume movies or tv series. I read some amazing books and consumed educational content. I highly recommend the book, Untethered Soul!
Have you started any new hobbies?
Not recently, I have picked up again so I am dancing daily now 🙂
Why did you choose to donate to the Changemaker’s Market?
I chose to donate because I support organizations and people that make a change. Women’s health is also very close to my heart and I directly work with and support women as well, it is so important!
Why does women’s health matter to you?
Similar to above! It matters to me because I am a woman but also because a lot of women are faced with inequalities when it comes to health. Without our health we really have nothing so I believe everyone (women especially) deserves to have good health and have equal access to services to support them.
The theme for International Women’s Day is #ChooseToChallenge. How will you #ChooseToChallenge the inequities that exist in women’s health?
I choose to challenge the inequities that exist in women’s health by empowering them with the tools and knowledge they need to understand how to nourish their bodies. Through my business services I educate and empower women to achieve optimal health. In this way, is a non traditional approach to health care.
Nearly four in ten women report their mental health has worsened since the beginning of the pandemic a year ago. How do you cope with stress related to the COVID-19 pandemic?
I have an extensive routine and have built habits that ensure that I maintain my mental wellbeing. Mental health is extremely important to me and I make taking care of my mental health my number 1 priority. This looks like self care in the form of: meditating, journaling, exercising, eating nourishing foods, connecting with nature, dancing, yoga, emotion work, therapy and whatever else makes me feel good.
What inspires you most about giving back to your community?
The impact that it can potentially make and the lives that can be changed. You also never know the ripple effect that can be made by impacting one person.
What or who is a local shop founded by a woman that you admire?
One of my main inspirations is Vanessa Lau, I am not sure if she counts because she now has an online international business but she is local.
And lastly, one word to describe your legacy?
Bid, connect, create change. Every purchase made at the Changemakers Market is a declaration of your dedication to women’s health and equity in the healthcare system. Go you.
Whether you bid on the Changemaker’s Market from March 14-21, or donate directly — you’re championing change for all women across BC.