Institute for Women in Leadership

The Sophia Series

The Sophia Series will inform you of depth and richness of women’s wisdom in its many forms.
All Sophia Lectures take place in the Brescia Auditorium. Parking is Free.

The Sophia Series International Women’s Day Lecture

Thursday 5 March 2015, 7:30 p.m.

Theresa Ducharme & Jessica Matten

Indigenous Women Breaking Barriers: A Mother and Daughter’s Story

Brescia University College Auditorium
Admission: Free Will Donation, Free Parking

Theresa Ducharme is the CEO/Founder of Lemon Cree Fitness and Wellness programs. She approaches fitness and wellness from a mind, body and spirit perspective. Her business Lemon Cree teaches people how to exercise, shop for healthy food and cook wholesome meals. She regularly brings her knowledge and expertise to remote First Nations and is expanding her service in northern Ontario. Theresa also worked for the Native Women’s Association of Canada and was part of the original Sisters in Spirit, a team working with the families of and raising awareness surrounding missing and murdered Aboriginal Women.

Theresa’s daughter Jessica Matten also works with her on Lemon Cree initiatives, however she is more widely known as an actress. She developed a small cult following in North America for her performance in the starring role of Elle-Maija Tailfeather’s short film, “A Red Girl’s Reasoning” that is in the process of being made into a feature length. The film premiered at various festivals in Canada and the United States, taking home awards for “Best Canadian Action Short” at the prestigious ImagineNATIVE Film festival, winner at the Crazy 8s Film Festival, Vancouver International Film Festival, LA Skins Film Fest in Los Angeles, and nominated at the American Indian Film Institute in San Francisco 2012. She also has a recurring role on the Gemini Award winning TV show, “Blackstone” this 2015.

As well, Jessica will be a guest speaker on a youth panel with Stevie Wonder this fall 2015. While at the same time, Jessica and Lemon Cree are currently in the process of developing one of the first Native American-owned franchised D-League basketball team for the NBA in Rochester, New York.


The Sophia Series seeks to:

  • Present speakers with expertise in: leadership, the environment, activism, the arts, politics and spirituality.
  • Present you with women who boldly engage in our current cultural experience and bring positive transformation to our rapidly changing world.
  • Honour women’s historical and ongoing contribution to our local and national landscape.

Why “Sophia”?

The series derives its name from layers of meaning that align with Brescia’s mission and vision.

  • Sophia is the Greek word for wisdom.
  • Sophia is the personification of Wisdom in the Hebrew Scriptures.
  • Sophia is often symbolized by a dove, which is also imaged in Brescia’s logo (a tree is another of her symbols).
  • The feminine personification of wisdom is a cross-cultural phenomenon that can be found within other world religions and spiritualities.