Real Women. Real Success. Celebration in Victoria



Real Women. Real Success


Real Women Real Success

The Victoria branch celebrated International Women’s Day with their second annual Real Women. Real Success celebration on March 6th, 2013. With support from the Raymond James Canada Foundation, the event raised $6500.00 for the YWCA of Victoria and brought together women from across the region for a day of discussion, motivation and support.

Attendees heard from some of British Columbia’s most successful women as they discussed their accomplishments and revealed the commitment and focus it took for them to reach their goals. The discussion was led by the team of Raymond James women financial advisors in Victoria: April Dorey, Lisa Hill, Dee-Ann Mayburry and Sybil Verch. Guest speakers included: Karen McCoy (certified trainer, nutritionist, and athlete), Dagmar Hungerford (author, former CBC Radio host) and Dr. Verna Tunnicliffe (Professor, Biology Department and School of Earth & Ocean Science at the University of Victoria).

The event was emceed by Robin Farrell, a morning show host from 107.3 KOOL FM – one of the event’s sponsors.

“I speak for all of us when I say each of us has had to overcome our own challenges to succeed in this business,” said Sybil Verch. “Working in a male dominated industry hasn’t always been easy. Currently only about 15% of advisors are female, so we still have a long way to go. It’s empowering to get a few hundred women together at one event to encourage and support one another. Together we can make a difference!”

Congratulations to all who were involved. For more information on the event, visit