Celebrating JourneyWoman’s Anniversary and 30 Years of Women’s Solo Travel

by | Jun 20, 2024

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Featured image: Toasting Evelkyn Hannon at the Bata Shoe Museum, where her red boots are part of the collection / Photo by Camilla Pucholt

Honouring 30 years of solo women’s travel

On June 14, JourneyWoman hosted a 30th anniversary celebration in Toronto, Canada on June 14, 2024 at the Bata Shoe Museum to honour Evelyn Hannon and her iconic red boots. Thank you to everyone who joined us for the open house, and for the presentation of the Evelyn Hannon Solo Travel Award to Joy Fox.  Special thanks to Brenda McCrank for designing our JourneyWoman Award with Evelyn’s red boots, and to Camilla Pucholt for the photographs. 

There’s more to come this year, including the launch of the JourneyWoman Foundation in June, the recipients of the JourneyWoman Awards for Women Over 50 at a global virtual event in September, and our special 30th Anniversary trip to South Africa In November. To see all the activities we’re planning, please visit this page.

Photo Gallery from the event

For more, visit our Solo Travel Wisdom Group on Facebook.

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Toasting Evelyn Hannon (with non-alcoholic sparkling wine! / Photo credit Camilla Pucholt

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JourneyWoman Women’s Advisory Council: Carolyn Ray, Joy Fox, Mary Clark, Mariellen Ward, Libby Wildman / Photo credit Carolyn Ray

Sandy Biback, Joy Fox and Flavia St Clair / Photo credit Camilla Pucholt

Carolyn Ray presenting Joy Fox with the JourneyWoman Evelyn Hannon Solo Travel Award, designed by Brenda McCrank/ Photo credit Camilla Pucholt

Marilyn Lightstone and Carolyn Ray/ Photo credit Camilla Pucholt

Evelyn Hannon’s daughter, Erica Ehm, Carolyn Ray and Lotus Ehm, the newest JourneyWoman team member/  Photo credit Carolyn Ray

Marie-Anne McRae from the Travel Corporation speaking of her friendship with Evelyn/  Photo credit Camilla Pucholt

Marilyn Lightstone sharing memories of Evelyn/  Photo credit Camilla Pucholt

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First time meeting: Joy Fox, Mary Clark and Libby Wildman/  Photo credit Camilla Pucholt

Mariellen Ward speaking about Evelyn’s impact on travel blogging/ Photo credit Camilla Pucholt

Muriel Rosilio and Laura Fairweather, Switzerland Tourism/ Photo credit Kathryn Dickson

Carolyn Ray and Barbara Coutu, Spain Tourism/ Photo credit Carolyn Ray

Women of the JourneyWoman community: Muriel, Beth, Wanda Srdoc, Root44, and Jacqueline Grossman/ Photo credit Camilla Pucholt

Mariellen Ward, Carolyn Ray, Kathryn Dickson/ Photo credit Kathryn Dickson

Long-time JourneyWoman readers in red! / Photo credit Camilla Pucholt

Julia Wong, Wild Women Expeditions, Kateryna Havrylova, Collette, Jacqueline Grossman/  Photo credit Camilla Pucholt

Kristy Van Hoven from The Period Purse, the JourneyWoman Foundation’s first partner/  Photo credit Camilla Pucholt

The JourneyWoman team: Esther, Melissa, Carolyn, Eblen and Lotus/ Photo credit Camilla Pucholt

Libby Wildman signing the JourneyWoman flag/  Photo credit Camilla Pucholt

Jacqueline Grossman with one of Evelyn’s most famous quotes: “You be you!”/  Photo credit Camilla Pucholt

Can’t have a party without a cake!/  Photo credit Camilla Pucholt

JourneyWoman’s 30th anniversary commemorative badges/  Photo credit Camilla Pucholt

Special thanks to our 30th anniversary sponsors and supporters

To learn more about Toronto, visit our Toronto City Guide here. 

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