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The Seinfeld Legend Headlines The Chef’s Kitchen Stage
Sunday, October 14th — Chef’s Kitchen Stage — 1:00 PM

Larry Thomas aka “The Soup Nazi” from Seinfeld, one of the most memorable TV characters of all time, is coming to the West Coast Women’s Show! Mark your calendars and don’t miss your chance to be served soup by The Soup Nazi. And, as Jerry said, “Just follow the ordering procedure and you will be fine.

Larry has been an actor for forty years and is a veteran of dozens of Films, TV shows and hundreds of theatre performances. Recently Larry appeared in the film, 108 Stitches a baseball film with Bruce Davison, The Tesla Effect, A Tex Murphy Adventure (a live action video game) and was seen on Arrested Development, Hot Properties, Threshold, Scrubs and a Lexus commercial as a crazed pre-Bugsy visionary selling the idea of Vegas. As far as theatre goes, Larry completed a forty-five city, one hundred and forty show production of Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple-Female Version starring Barbara Eden. Read more…


Eric Braeden
Victor Newman from “The Young and the Restless”
Saturday, October 13th — Main Stage — 3:00 PM

TV legend Eric Braeden aka “Victor Newman” on The Young and the Restless is coming to the West Coast Women’s Show!

Internationally-acclaimed, Emmy Award-winning and People’s Choice Award-winning film and television actor ERIC BRAEDEN is a television icon and arguably the most popular character in daytime history. For over 37 plus years, he has portrayed “Victor Newman” on the #1 rated daytime drama series The Young and the Restless, which has over 120,000,000 daily viewers around the world. The show is syndicated in over 30 foreign countries including Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Greece, India, Israel, Italy, the Middle East, New Zealand, Romania, Slovenia, South Africa, Switzerland and Turkey. Read more…

Presented By ORGANIKA


National Education Trainer for Organika

Chelan Wilkins graduated with honours from the Institute of Holistic Nutrition with a designation of Certified Nutritional Practitioner and is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and the National Education Trainer for Organika.

With over 5 years in the Health and Wellness Industry and current owner of her own nutritional practice specializing in Women’s health, Chelan has gained extensive and valuable knowledge on the power of the healing benefits of whole foods, proper nutrition and supplementation. Chelan believes in empowering others to achieve their optimal health and wellness through fueling their body with nourishing and whole foods and incorporating proper supplementation to prevent setbacks and deficiencies in the body. She is a huge advocate in educating those around her about the benefits of establishing a positive and healthy relationship with food, and its correlation with a healthy digestive tract as well as whole body health. She is a believer and promoter of taking charge of your own health through whole foods, lifestyle and positivity.

Chelan also is a mom to 2 busy daughters, a sports junkie ( triathlon, yoga, mountain biking, skiing and dirt biking), and a food lover (Holistic food chef). When time allows, Chelan is committed to various charitable societies and is a proud member of the WNorth Initiative, supporting equality, leadership, and women’s rights in the workforce.


Founder & Executive Director of Mamas for Mamas

Shannon Christensen (born Kimmitt) was born and raised in Kelowna, BC and lives here with her husband of 9 years and 2 little boys. Shannon is passionate about her friends, family and her community.

With a BA in Psychology and Master’s of counselling psychology, she has a passion for working with marginalized populations and used this drive to start Mamas for Mamas; a registered non-profit organization dedicated to reducing the negative impact of poverty on low income mothers and their families. Shannon has been recognized as a top 40 under 40 recipient, A Woman to Watch, and was a top 3 finalist for Woman of the Year through The City of Kelowna Civic and Community Awards.


Founder of FREE REIGN

FREE REIGN didn’t start because of any one thing, but it all came together after a multitude of perfect storms.

Melanie has been battling widespread chronic pain + unofficially diagnosed fibromyalgia from several injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident in 2014. It just so happened to have occurred 9 days following the birth of her son. The journey that followed both physically and emotionally had at times taken her to some dark, lonely + harrowing places.

One night, she had a dream. While parts of it were foggy in her memory by the time she woke, what she did remember was that she founded a company that was similar to The Cancer Society – but it was for people who suffered from chronic pain. And its name? FREE REIGN. Yes. She dreamed that the name of the organization was FREE REIGN. And in her dream, they used a lot of the simple messages that her husband had left her + she thought “if they could help me, they could help other people, right?” It was so real to her. So much so that when she woke, she thought she actually had to go to work.


Humaira Ahmed
Founder & CEO of Locelle

Humaira Ahmed is a Victoria based entrepreneur with over a decade experience in marketing and a background in Software Engineering.

She is the Founder and CEO of Locelle – a women only social networking app to find friends – which is launching publicly at West Coast Women’s Show 2018!

Born and raised in Pakistan, Humaira was engaged to be married at 15 and 17 to men she didn’t know, escaping those relationships, she has broken many stereotypes.

Humaira is extremely passionate about empowering young girls and women entrepreneurs and encourage them to take a leap of faith and dream big.


Koa Hughes
Entrepreneur, C.O.O of Duffy Baker Construction Corp., Executive & Philanthropist

Koa Hughes is an Entrepreneur, C.O.O, Executive and Philanthropist, who resides in the Okanagan with her spouse and two young kids. Holding a B.A in Psychology and Indigenous Studies, Koa took a different path than she had anticipated after Graduation. Koa is now the C.O.O of a construction company called Duffy Baker Construction. She works alongside her spouse, who is her business partner.

Under the innovative leadership of Koa, Duffy Baker Construction has seen their work load, staff numbers, and revenue more than double every single year; a goal that Koa set when she started as the C.O.O. Koa says that “people hire me for my head, pay me for my heart, and trust me because I use both.” In addition to running an award-winning construction company, Koa is also (a volunteer) Executive member of the Mamas for Mamas team, as well as their Sustainable Living Coordinator; Mamas for Mamas is a registered non-profit organization dedicated to reducing the negative impact of poverty on low income mothers and their families.

Koa’s company has been recognized as the 2018 Business of the Year – Trades, Top 5 People’s Choice for Small Business B.C Awards, and Koa and her partner were featured in Mint Magazine as the 2018 People to Watch. This winter, Koa and her family will be featured on a CBC documentary

When Koa isn’t working, you’ll find her and her kids at the Mamas for Mamas Farm tending to the crops and hens.


Founder of Aim + Glow

Amanda Zaal was just 24 years old when doctors told her she was about to die of a rare brain tumor. With no signs of hope, a physical and emotional battle began within her. Amidst the darkness, an inner spark fought hard to find happiness and health again.

Using her nursing knowledge and new perspective on the gift of each day, Amanda developed a planning system (now called “the Enthusiastic Change Maker”) to help her rediscover living and thriving. Today, six years after her terminal diagnosis, Amanda is a registered nurse, published author, public speaker, and owner of Aim + Glow – a movement to inspire health and wholeness. This is Amanda’s gift to the world as she invites people to journey with her as Enthusiastic Change Makers.