By KRIS MANUEL
“The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, a figure that she carries or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman must be seen through her eyes because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.” – Sam Levenson
The Centre Wellington Women’s Expo was for all women, whether they were mothers, sisters or wives.
On Feb. 10, hundreds gathered to celebrate women in all their roles and to provide information on ways to improve their lives – including their spiritual, mental, emotional and physical health.
“We rarely take time to focus on our own needs and the idea behind this expo is for women to start really thinking about themselves in terms of their health,” said Jennifer Vettor, a certified coach practitioner at Anchor Wellness, which provides personalized nutrition and wellness coaching. The company held its second expo in Fergus’s Centre Wellington Community Sportsplex.
The event tried to help women feel better about themselves.
“Love your life is not just our tagline, it’s what we truly want for each and every person who has came today who has opened their minds to new ideas, fresh perspectives and a willingness to grow,” Vettor said.
All proceeds from admission and raffle tickets went to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, which focuses on educating people about preventing heart disease and stroke.
“Heart disease and stroke are the leading causes of death in women yet many of us are not even aware of this threat,” Vettor said.
Vettor and her colleague, Kerri Williamson, started this non-profit expo a year ago. Both had loved ones who died from stroke, Vettor’s father and Kerri’s grandfather. So, they wanted to put all their energy toward raising money for the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
With 50 vendors and several presentations, performances and demonstrations throughout the event, there was always something new to watch, and many willing to share their information about nutrition, fitness and other products and services.
Charles Cicciarella, author of Life is a Fat Onion, shared his inspirational story at the event about losing approximately 160 pounds and changing his life and health for the better.
“It’s great how everybody gets together with one thing in mind, which is basically health,” Cicciarella said about the expo.
The vendors donated prizes for the raffles, which included the chance to win free classes or gift baskets.
As the day ended, Vettor reminded everyone in the room that taking care of their well-being is something that should not stop.
“Self love is the path to self care, to better health, to gratitude and to limitless joy, so I encourage you to love yourself just a little bit more.”
For more information on the Centre Wellington Women’s Expo, visit www.cwwexpo.weebly.com.