Join us for

OFFA’s 3rd Annual International Women’s Day Special Event
in partnership with The ZONTA Club of Oakville!
Enjoy a VIP Experience or Film Fan ticket option available!

It will be an evening filled with Live Music, Special Guests, Dynamic Women, Food, Beverage, a Silent Auction, Film Q&A and so much more!

Sponsored by Capstick McCollum & Associates, Alex Irish and Associates, Hibberd Orthodontics, Caju Multimedia

OFFA and the ZONTA Club of Oakville are proud to create an inspirational, entertaining, awareness-raising and fun local event for International Women’s Day 2023! Join us Wednesday, 1st March, at 6:15 pm at Cinemas to celebrate! Guest emcee and Oakvillian Carole Bertuzzi-Luciani will host the evening, along with special live performances by international electric violinist Eva Potoczy and award-winning singer/songwriter/actress Simone Miller.

Together, we are thrilled to bring awareness to celebrate International Women’s Day 2023, and support Shifra Homes, a maternity home for homeless, pregnant young women.

OFFA has curated an inspiring and exceptional international, critically-acclaimed film that highlights issues related to conservation and equality for women, as well as the special bond of mothers and daughters.

The film Blueback, from Australian Directing/Producing team Robert Connelly and Liz Kearney, is based on a book by Tim Winton, and tells a beautiful story of the love between a mother, a daughter, and a groper fish, while dealing with issues related to environmental destruction by poachers and developers. The film stars Mia Wasikowska, Radha Mitchell, and Eric Bana, and highlights the incredible bond between a mother and daughter, forged by both women’s keen desire to protect the inhabitants of the pristine blue oceans on the Australian coast where they live. A virtual Q&A will accompany the screening.

In addition, with the purchase of a VIP Ticket to the event, you will also have access to a virtual screening of another uplifting comedy/drama with the dual theme of mother daughter relationships, and women working together to enact positive change. Love Sarah, from acclaimed British Director Eliza Schroeder, tells the story of a young woman fulfilling her mother’s dream of opening her own bakery in Notting Hill, London with the help of an old friend and her grandma. This beautiful, inspiring film will be available virtually for seven full days following the IWD event to all VIP pass purchasers.

Enjoy Live Music!

To compliment this year’s IWD Film screening, you will enjoy live instrumental music in the theatre lobby from international Electric Violinist – Eva Potoczny, as well as a special pre-show performance in the theatre from award-winning Vocalist/Actress/ and past OFFA IWD Virtual performer – Simone Miller.

Silent Auction

Silent Auction items will be on display in the lobby of
Bidding opens at 6:15 and closes at 9:15
Please BID high and BID often!
All proceeds going to support Shifra Homes


Shifra Homes is the only operating maternity home in the Halton Region, providing a safe haven for young, homeless and pregnant women. They provide shelter, support and resources so the women can live without stress or fear while pregnant. Their programs provide access to specialized service providers and therapeutic rehabilitation programs enabling their success. What makes their initiative unique is that they not only serve these young mothers, but are in effect creating a healthy child and concomitantly a healthy Halton!

For more information, please visit

Enjoy the Ultimate VIP Experience

You can purchase a VIP ticket for $69

(inclusive of taxes and fees, with partial proceeds going to Shifra Homes)

Your pass includes:

  • wine and/or beer
  • popcorn and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Screening, Q&A, performances, and special reserved seating in the theatre
  • individually boxed sandwich, seasonal crudites with dip, gourmet cookie, fruit (dairy-free/gluten-free,/vegetarian option will be available)
  • Silent Auction 6:15 pm – 9:15 pm
  • Exclusive virtual screening of Love Sarah, available for 7 days following the event.
  • 20% off Offa’s limited edition VIP Festival Pass for the June 2023 Festival which includes all GALA screenings, parties, and early access to film list and bookings

Regular Tickets

Regular tickets can be purchased for $30

(inclusive of taxes and fees)

And include the following:

  • Popcorn and a non- alcoholic beverage
  • Screening, Q&A and performances
  • Silent Auction 6:15 pm – 9:15 pm
  • 10% off Offa’s limited edition VIP Festival Pass for the June 2023 festival which includes all GALA screenings, parties, and early access to film list and bookings


Carole Bertuzzi Luciani


Carole is a long time resident and volunteer of Oakville, wife, mother of three grown children and grandchildren.  She has spoken to hundreds of thousands of North Americans during her 35 + year career as a professional speaker. Although her topic range is varied, her style remains consistent. She delivers important and usable life lessons in an entertaining manner through the creative use of props, sharing anecdotes and high energy. Regardless of the message, Carole sprinkles each with a taste of her humorous perspective.  As a speaker, she has been described as motivational, inspirational, entertaining and fun thus describing herself as ‘Moodivational.’ You can’t help but ‘get the message’ while you are enjoying yourself … the learning is painless. Her goal is for you to leave her session feeling better than you did when you walked in … invigorated, enthused and excited to glean the upbeat and uplifting elements of life. Carole is equally excited about being a part of our big event … with the added bonus of being able to enjoy her favourite popcorn ~!!~


Eva Potoczny

International Electric Violinist

Mother of 2 energetic boys. Married to her best friend. Eva studied music and arts in Poland. Played in numerous orchestras in Europe and in Canada. For the past 17 years she has focused on fashion as her main career. Music and fashion have always intertwined in her life.
Eva is passionate about music. She loves how it has the ability to connect people, brings joy to people lives, and can elevate vibrations and energy to any kind of celebration or event.

Simone Miller

Award Winning Singer/Songwriter/Actress

Simone’s love for the arts was evident when she would take every opportunity to act and sing wherever she could and to whoever would listen.
Simone’s life in the spotlight began when she made appearances in shows like The Big Fun Crafty Show (Universal Kids) and Snapshots (CBC) as well as starring in commercials for major campaigns including Loblaws, The Shopping Channel, Plan Canada and The Wall Street Journal. Other credits under Simone include Space Dragon and Kim (SORTATV).
Her first big break came when she was cast as the lead Raign Westbrook in the CBC Kids Digital Original mystery and adventure series; Detention Adventure. Since then she has been cast as young “Dorinda Clark” in the Lifetime movie “The Clark Sisters” (executive producers include: Queen Latifah, and Mary J. Blige) the hilarious “Workin Moms” Indigo in the animated series “Pinkalicious”, and most recently “Run The Burbs”, where she plays Mannix!

The Zonta Club of Oakville

The Zonta Club of Oakville is a local chapter of Zonta International, which is a leading global organization of professionals empowering women through service and advocacy. Zonta members worldwide recognize women’s rights as human rights, providing resources to support women to reach their full potential, and not live in fear of violence.

Zonta Club of Oakville has served our community for fifty years, supporting a variety of local women’s charities, scholarships and women’s health at the Oakville Trafalgar Hospital. They host various fundraisers and events such as Zonta Celebrates International Women’s Day, which is now in its fifth year.

Zonta is hosting a Silent Auction from 6:15 to 9:15 pm in the lobby at cinemas. Funds raised will be donated to Shifra Homes. Please Bid, and help an inspiring charity.

For more information about the Zonta Club of Oakville visit and


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