About

The Young Women’s Discovery Society (YWDS) is managed by a Board of Directors, who volunteer their energy, heart and time to provide programs for young women to become confident, responsible, inspired and live authentic lives.

The needs and desires of girls today, as well as the vision and mission of the YWDS, are our guides.  We are dedicated to expand and build this organization beyond our lifetimes.  Our focus is to create experiential, fun, and transformational workshops and programs.

Members of the Board

Marielle Smith, Founder, Director, Facilitator As one of the original co-founders and leaders of a 1997 “higher purpose” project called ‘The Young Women’s Weekend’, the experience left me with a profound desire to create something for and with young women. My dream came true by creating an organization whose legacy will provide the space for young women to harness their potential as leaders and empower them to live authentically. Young women are influenced by so many things, especially social media and their peers. My intention for this Society is to produce events that allow girls to embrace who they are – trailblazing young women who trust in themselves. They are precious to our world….and they are our future. We must give girls the space to be heard, a place to learn, the freedom to discover who they are, and an opportunity to live their dreams.

Sara Philips, Director, Facilitator After a challenging and lesson-filled adolescence, I am honoured and excited to be part of the Power Journeys to help young women connect further to themselves, feel centred in their beingness and inspire the confidence, strength and clarity needed to navigate the world successfully. I have worked as a teacher for ten years and a healer for three and have seen how important this is and am continuously humbled by the opportunity to share what I know and to learn from the wisdom that the younger generation has to share with us.  I am grateful to be a part of their journey.

Belinda Leppa, Director   I believe that part of my life’s purpose is to guide young women to their greatness and help them discover what lights the fire within.  There is nothing more fulfilling for me than to watch young women blossom before my eyes and feel the excitement as they radiate their newly discovered awareness of self.  To follow is easy, to lead takes courage.  I am amazed at the courage of the girls that attend our weekends; they inspire and teach me lessons of Self beyond anything I could have imagined.  I feel honoured to be in their presence.

Jason Smith, Director, Manager As the sole male in this troop, I am often distanced from and uninvolved in the specifics and details of producing the workshops, although I manage the men’s team that participates during a critical part of the event.  I am, however, acutely aware of my love, duty and obligation to the women in my life and the young women that choose to embrace the experiences offered to them. As old fashion or cliché as it sounds, I hold close to my heart the sense of duty and honour that a man has for the women in his life. It is from this place that I hold the YWDS and the young women it impacts.