Retired CUPE 728 member and founder of the Surrey IWD event holds flyers from the first and current events.
SURREY – Women’s marches in Vancouver for International Women’s Day and to bring attention to women’s issues had been held for many years. In 1995, Ursula Kernig, a CUPE school custodian, felt that Surrey was big enough to have their own IWD event. She thought an indoor celebration closer to home would attract more women from the community. Kernig founded the IWD planning committee which began with four members who organized the first annual IWD celebration in 1995.