Weekend Passes on sale

 - by Shirley

Weekend Passes are now on sale for the Vancouver Island Baby Fair taking place Sept 30 & Oct 1 at Pearkes Arena in Victoria! They are $6+gst (cash only) until Friday, Sept 29th at the following locations:

Bellies In Bloom Maternity (Royal Oak Shopping Centre 4489 Viewmont Ave)

Momease Baby Boutique (1581 Hillside Ave)

Mothering Touch Centre (975 Fort St.)

Sailor Jack Consignment (424 Craigflower Rd.)

Thistle & Wren (1292 Gladstone Ave)

TJ’s The Kiddies Store (3045 Douglas St. Parking off Larch St.)

Online here.

You can also get your tickets at the door (cash only) September 30 & October 1 at Pearkes Arena for $10/Weekend Pass or $8/Day. Kids 12 & under are free!

Entrance to the fair includes all the talks & performances on the main stage. See you soon!


Call for Main Stage submissions

 - by Shirley

Each year we provide a great line up of entertainers and speakers at the Vancouver Island Baby Fair and we welcome submissions for a chance at a spot on the main stage at the upcoming event September 30 & Oct 1 at Pearkes Arena in Victoria.

Professional educators and speakers on topics ranging from pregnancy through preschool may submit their proposal until July 30, 2017. From birthing preparation, to tips on breastfeeding, navigating new parenthood or the toddler years, we are open to your great ideas!

How to send in your submission?

Keeping in mind that presentations are up to 20 minutes long, please submit a title, a paragraph (or so) outlining the topic, and the speaker’s credentials. Please include some ideas on how you can promote your presentation to your networks.
Talks on the main stage must not be an infomercial for your company, but rather educational or entertaining. Please also indicate in your proposal if the speaker is available on Saturday Sept. 30 or Sunday Oct 1, or both days. You must not be offering this presentation elsewhere on Vancouver Island within 60 days of the Baby Fair.
Deadline: Please submit your proposal by July 31, 2017 via email to the Vancouver Island Baby Fair producer.

Note: A Photo, bio & topic description will be listed on our website & promoted in our show guide & through social media. Unfortunately, we are not able to use all the proposals we receive and sometimes get duplicates of speaking ideas. We will contact you if you have been chosen at which time we will require a photo & write up for our website.

Baby Fair named Canada’s Top Mom Entrepreneur!

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We just got some AMAZING NEWS! Shirley Broback, producer of this weekend’s Vancouver Island Baby Fair, has just been named the SavvyMom Mom Entrepreneur of the Year! Here’s the press release going out to the local media today:

Vancouver Island Baby Fair Steals the Show – Named Canada’s Top Mom Entrepreneur in the SavvyMom Mom Entrepreneur of the Year Award

For Immediate Release
September 23, 2009

VICTORIA, BC – Shirley Broback, the producer of this weekend’s Vancouver Island Baby Fair, has just been honoured with the 2009 SavvyMom Mom Entrepreneur of the Year award. Broback was chosen out of 317 nominees from across Canada in the contest run by SavvyMom Media (

“Winning the SavvyMom Entrepreneur of the Year award is such a fantastic opportunity,” says Broback. “I’m looking forward to streamlining some of our processes, hiring some much needed help, and gearing up to expand our event even more.”

She found that participating in the SavvyMom Entrepreneur of the Year Award was a great reason to reach out to all of her contacts – suppliers, clients, friends and family alike – which helped grow awareness of her business in the critical time leading up to the 2009 show, which happens this weekend, September 26 & 27 at Pearkes Recreation Centre in Victoria. Since its inception in 2007, the Vancouver Island Baby Fair has grown to include an event in Nanaimo and Victoria each year, with the aim to “celebrate the growing family” by bringing together shopping, resources and entertainment for families ranging from pregnancy through preschool.

“Our event benefits not only women and their families who visit the fair gathering valuable resources and who are celebrating this fantastic transition in their lives, but it also provides a unique marketing opportunity to the businesses and organizations that participate, many run by other mom entrepreneurs,” Broback said.

Recognizing moms’ united desire to find balance in their hectic lives and provide what is best for their families, the SavvyMom Mom Entrepreneur of the Year Award celebrates moms’ ability to take matters into their own hands. “Each one of the nominees has successfully developed a product or service that fills a need in the marketplace – and despite the economic challenges of the past year, we didn’t see a drop in the number of nominees. The mom entrepreneur movement is still going strong,” says Sarah Morgenstern, co-founder of SavvyMom Media.

SavvyMom Media is the trusted resource for time-crunched moms across Canada, delivering tried and tested practical solutions to everyday dilemmas. SavvyMom’s bi-weekly email newsletter reaches 35,000 moms across Canada. More information on SavvyMom Media and its subsidiary programs can be found at and

Media Contacts:
Shirley Broback, Baby Fair Producer: 250-686-5693
Minnow Hamilton, SavvyMom Media: 416-418-6261

Underpants for a Cause: ‘A’ News coverage

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Our friend Charlotte Wood-Dobson leaves today on a trip to Africa with Watoto. Over the past month, Vancouver Island Baby Fair producer Shirley Broback helped Charlotte reach out to the community for donations of new underpants for girls in Gulu village. Read the full story here.

‘A’ News reporter Astrid Braunschmidt (who also travelled to Uganda recently) did a story on Charlotte and Shirley’s efforts:

We’ve been nominated!

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Vancouver Island Baby Fair has been nominated for an Early Years Community Appreciation Award, an initiative of Play Victoria. Parents and caregivers of children up to age 5 voted in an online poll to nominate their favorite places, organizations and businesses who they believe support them and their children. We were nominated in the category “Favourite Source of Parenting Information.”

We are so proud to be recognized as an important resource for the parenting community in Greater Victoria. Thank you!

For a full list of nominees, you can visit the Play Victoria website.