Joan E. Athey, owner of Peaceworksnow Productions. Arnold Lim Photo

Women in Business 60s+ Milestone Woman Joan E. Athey

Victoria’s Joan E. Athey is owner of Peaceworksnow Productions, curator of the travelling exhibition Give Peace A Chance, and manager of the photo archives of Gerry Deiter, whose images give the most comprehensive look at John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s 1969 Bed-in for Peace in Montreal.

Athey is involved with Slow Food Vancouver Island and the Move Adapted Fitness and Rehabilitation Society, giving those with physical disabilities a safe and encouraging place to move their bodies and and improve their quality of life in a specialized fitness centre.

Victoria News: What have you learned as you mature that you’d like to share with a ‘younger you’?

Joan E. Athey: Find ways to maintain your confidence, no matter what. When challenges come in business or personal life, have a few joyous and successful memories embedded in your brain like a life preserver.

VN: If you weren’t in your current career, what would you be doing?

JEA: Writing mystery books involving treasure, magic and synchronicity.

VN: What do you like about being a woman?

JEA: The natural ability to want to meet others and find out about their lives. It used to be called gossip.

VN: The one thing you’d like to do better?

JEA: Business administration

VN: Your guilty pleasure?

JEA: Cocktails and small plates.

VN: What is your proudest achievement?

JEA: Penetrating Yoko Ono’s bureaucracy to get her to write an essay for my book Give Peace a Chance.

VN: For what traits would you like to be remembered?

JEA: Generosity of Spirit

VN: What do people look to you for guidance about?

JEA: How to navigate the stormy waters of human relationships – work and love. Both men and women seem to find something to cling to in my words.

Just Posted

Canada Women’s Rugby 7s Team land at home after series triumph

Next stop at Langford offers Olympic qualification

PHOTOS: Green Party Leader Elizabeth May says ‘I do’ on Earth Day

May and John Kidder got married Monday morning in Victoria

Two-sailing waits continue Victoria to Tsawwassen

Backlog continues despite extra sailings over Easter

Saanich soccer player survives bout with flesh eating disease

Harinder Sandhu picked up the disease after soccer game

Second earthquake in less than two hours strikes off Vancouver Island

The first earthquake happened at 1:27 p.m., the second at 2:44 p.m.

Homeless activists outside Notre Dame demand ‘a roof too’

Wealthy people have donated millions to effort to rebuild cathedral after devastating fire

B.C. VIEWS: NDP’s lawyer show is turning into a horror movie

Court actions pile up over pipelines, car insurance, care aides

United Way opens grants to help charities tackle social issues

Charities north of the Malahat can apply for grants $2,000 to $20,000

POLL: How often does your family use BC Ferries?

Navigating the lineups for BC Ferries is a way of life for… Continue reading

Crime Stoppers most wanted for Greater Victoria for the week of April 16

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Sri Lanka invokes war-time military powers after nearly 300 killed in Easter bombings

Sri Lanka’s minister of tourism says 39 foreign tourists were killed in the Easter Sunday attacks

Man’s body found in popular Cowichan Valley hiking area

Police say death not suspicious after discovery in Stoney Hill area overlooking Saltspring Island

Multiple sailing waits as BC Ferries deals with Easter Monday traffic

89 extra sailings had been added to the long weekend schedule

Most Read