If you want something done right, do it yourself.
That maxim certainly holds true for Sheri Boyce and Bernadette Feakes, the pair organizing the second annual Balanced Life Experience wellness conference, which is being held at Assinboia Downs (3975 Portage Ave.) on Sat., Oct. 5.
"One of the things I enjoyed seeing last year was building the community and building relationships," said Feakes, a mother of two from East Kildonan. "I love to see that sort of success, beyond the expected success of an event like this."
Feakes and Boyce, who calls Elmwood home, met six years ago on a "healthy living" Facebook group and found out they had a lot in common beyond their interest in health and wellness.
"I have two children, she has one," Feakes said, adding that both women hold down day jobs. "Both our oldest are born a few days apart, 15 almost 16. My youngest, he’ll be 11."
The inaugural Balanced Life Experience event was held over two days in October last year. Hosting it all on one day this year will allow more vendors to attend and cut costs, Feakes explained.
The event focuses on a broad definition of health and wellness, and features interactive workshops, discussion groups, and presentations along with retail and service vendors. All the vendors and presenters are from Manitoba.
"We have a workshop room, a main stage, and we’ll have a tent in the facility with discussion groups," Feakes, who also teaches yoga and zumba, said.
Wellbeing and mental health, spirituality, and body positivity will feature prominently throughout the day, both on the main stage and interactive discussions and presentations throughout the exhibition.
"We wanted the focus to be more interactive and fun, to create a community and build some lasting memories," Feakes said. "We hope to showcase local talent from here in Winnipeg."
The Balanced Life Experience will also be raising funds for local charities. A raffle will benefit Winnipeg Harvest, while proceeds from a 50/50 draw will go towards for Ksen’s Kittens and Inspire Community Outreach, who will also have a booth at the event.
Feakes said that they decided to hold the event, which is run by volunteers, at Assiniboia Downs because of how accessible the facility is.
"There are no staircases, it is the perfect venue for an event, with ample free parking," she said, adding that the event is sponsored by The Wellness News and Best Western Plus.
The Balanced Life Experience will run from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Oct. 5. Admission to the event is $5. Visit www.balancedlifewpg.ca for more information, including a complete schedule. To volunteer, email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Updated on Monday, September 16, 2019 at 9:06 AM CDT: The URL for Balanced Life Experience's website was corrected. We regret the error.