Women ben­e­fit from hope-filled event

Truro Daily News - - COLCHESTER COUNTY - LYNN CUR­WIN lynn.cur­[email protected]­daily.com @truro­daily

TRURO, N.S. – Es­ther Lysacov­sky will share her story of find­ing hope dur­ing a dif­fi­cult pe­riod, when she speaks at the up­com­ing Women of Hope event, March 7.

“I came through dif­fi­cul­ties and be­came a stronger per­son be­cause of that,” she said. “I’ll be talk­ing about it to en­cour­age women who are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing dif­fi­culty. This is an event to make women feel re­freshed and en­cour­aged.”

Lysakavsky grew up in Truro and re­turned to the town last June, af­ter 12 years in On­tario, where she of­ten spoke at events.

“This is my first speak­ing en­gage­ment since re­turn­ing home and I’m look­ing for­ward to it,” she said. “I know there are a lot of peo­ple go­ing through dif­fi­cul­ties and we want to reach out to them.”

Her speech, “Mov­ing from hope­less­ness to be­ing hope­ful,” is part of the event be­ing held at First Bap­tist Church. A sur­vivor of abuse and poor life choices will share her story, and there will be mu­sic, time to work on a craft, en­joy a light lunch and so­cial­ize.

“As a church, we’re start­ing to take se­ri­ously the fact that we’re in the down­town community for a rea­son,” said Ruth Tonn, as­so­ciate pas­tor at the church.

“Peo­ple have a lot of is­sues and we want to be a church they can de­pend on. We want to of­fer friend­ship, car­ing, joy and hope. There’s a place, and a per­son, and op­por­tu­nity for them.

“Women of Hope is an af­ter­noon of women com­ing to­gether to spend time in community and friend­ship, and it’s open to any woman who wants to come. I hope peo­ple will en­cour­age each other there and spread it beyond that.”

One way par­tic­i­pants can share en­cour­age­ment is to make a card, take it with them and present it to some­one else.

“We can all use more hope in our lives,” said Lysakovsky. “I think this is a great way to help pro­vide it.”

Women of Hope is be­ing held at First Bap­tist Church, 759 Prince St. on Satur­day, March 7 from 2-4 p.m. There is no charge to at­tend but peo­ple are asked to pre­reg­is­ter by email­ing [email protected] fbct.ca or call­ing 902-8934241.

CONTRIBUTE­D

Es­ther Lysakovsky will be key­note speaker for Women of Hope, be­ing held at First Bap­tist Church. Women of all ages are in­vited to at­tend.

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