These comments are copied from my facebook, youtube, and email.. I have tried to maintain journalistic integrity.. I am simply attempting to show the truth without prejudice ..
First off I was simply attempting to reach these women with my message of equality.. I was attempting to communicate with them .. to show them how they were promoting inequality by placing higher value on other people that have wealth and influence in society.. also I am attempting to communicate with them that I wish to network with them and that I need their help to promote my book and message through their connections .. networking and publishing connections. What I have learned is that there is an intense prejudice in Kelowna.. or in the Okanagan due to how I have been treated as an individual without wealth or social connections by the women below and by their networking organizations such as Kelowna Women in Business.
In the last comment by Melonie Dodaro..she says that she did not know who I was until I commented on her facebook .. yet she was one of my first followers on Twitter .. I found KWIB through her online social connections to them as she was a member of the board in June 2012..I also tweeted her..and she answered me.. KWIB’s lawyer emailed me with their address when I named them when I filed my claim against them and another networking organization .. to the BC Human Rights Tribunal..due to prejudice against the sexuality of my book and website.. since she networks very closely still with KWIB it is highly unlikely that she does not know me.
As you will…come to your own conclusions..
From me.. Gracie Ackerman to Okanagan Women’s Magazine
I picked up and read your magazine at the local walk-in clinic.. I think you have the wrong woman on the cover. The Postpartum Hotline saved my life a few years back when I had just had my son. My now ex husband was having an affair on me and my sister was passing way from brain cancer..I was on the phone with these ladies often..and when I didn’t check in they called me. I think a woman promoting selfless acts of kindness deserves the recognition you bestowed upon a woman that all ready has everything. I don’t see the woman on the cover as a truly empowered woman as she was, and still is given a huge hand up by the men in her family. She was given the land, the education and the opportunity..she didn’t have to work for these things herself..although she maybe working the family investments..and land she is not a woman waging war on her own..as she seems to be very much daddy’s little girl or even princess.. you wrote about her juggling work and family..but I am sure given her income level and opportunity that she has nannies and maids that help her with her domestic chores..
I am wondering if she paid you to be put on the front cover and to be made the cover story to help promote her winery? Or is that your magazine only promotes the most affluent in our society? I do not believe that this woman represents the average Okanagan Woman..this is the title of you magazine ..so why are you not promoting us? It seems that you have given us an unreasonable role model to live up to.. how many women are given big chunks of land to groom into successful wineries? I don’t believe that your magazine promotes woman’s empowerment..as it seems the title of one of your articles says ( handing over control) bad choice of wording I fear.. I would like to see you write about and promote empowered women.. women who have made it or who are attempting to make it..without daddy’s help.. or without being fully indorsed by male money..
I take up issue with most of the magazines in the Okanagan as they seem to promote affluence.. intense wealth and greed.. there seems to be little substance. intellectual thought or any depth included in most of the articles..and then when you do have a great cover story you past it by making it secondary to write an article that is shallow at best.
To conclude.. Okanagan Woman does not represent Okanagan Women
Okanagan’s Women’s Magazine reply to me
Sadly, I had no option but to remove your post. You are entitled to
your opinion, which I am happy to print, but your comments were a personal
attack on a woman who graciously consented to being featured in Okanagan
Woman magazine. Your language was aggressive and had a bullying tone. I will
not tolerate that.
I am very glad that you were able to receive the support you needed from The
Postpartum Hotline. We featured Tascheleia Marangoni, the founder of the
Postpartum Depression Awareness Project in our SheRoes section because of
her dedication to perinatal mood disorders. We hope that story encourages
others suffering from post partum depression to seek out PPDAs services and
know they are not alone. I’m sure you will agree that this is not a shallow
or fluffy subject.
We published a story about a woman who lost her mentally ill son and her
crusade to find him and to help others in similar situations. I don’t think
her story is shallow or fluffy. Are Wendy Bosma and Tascheleia Marangoni
“real women” by your definition?
Okanagan Woman magazine celebrates ALL women, regardless of their financial
situation. The Okanagan is comprised of women from all walks of life and we
celebrate them all.
The cover model is chosen based on the merits of the photo. We believe a
beautiful woman in a beautiful dress and gumboots, walking in an orchard is
very symbolic of Okanagan women. Jennifer Turton-Molgat was born and raised
in the Okanagan and has inherited the same strong work ethic of her
ancestors. She runs a successful winery and gives back to the community
through The View Cares: Red Shoe Program which raises funds and donates
thousands of bottles to charity and community events. Surely, that isn’t
There is no shortage of deserving, wonderful Okanagan women; but there is
only room for one of them on the cover. We believe we made an excellent
choice and we are thrilled that Jennifer Turton-Molgat allowed us to use her
I see that you have a lot of passion to change the world. You CAN effect the
change you want to see, however, you might be more effective by offering
kind, honest criticism, rather than hostile, vehement remarks. Our Facebook
page allows readers and fans to inform, inspire and celebrate women from the
Okanagan. It is not meant for individuals to make judgemental and cruel
comments about ANY woman. For that reason I removed your post.
Okanagan Woman is not trying to be perfect. We are simply a small business,
doing our best. Remember, be kind – you never know what other people are
My Posting on Melonie Dodaro’s face book
I am not one of your friends; you blocked me on twitter for simply saying that one of your tweets didn’t help small business; that it could only be meant for large corporations how was that comment worth blocking me over? It was not a personal attack on you; I simply stated that the information was not useful to me.. How is it that someone that uses her voice to make a living will not allow me to have a voice or an opinion? I have been treated very unfairly by you and the networking community that you call your friends and business associates.. as I have been labeled as ( inappropriate) I have been shut out of the networking community..and even on social networking you all block me. Your a hypocritical and going by your actions of socially shunning me due to the sexual nature of my work ( sacred sexuality and the Goddess archetype) you all seem to be very sexually immature and lacking in sexual education or understanding arts and culture as my book and photography are also considered to be such. I have simply wanted to learn how to market my book and to find a platform to speak about my work.. simply by your actions and by the actions of others that you network with you are in need of this new information. It is simply a new culture.. a new way to look at sexuality and women’s sexuality ..all issues pertaining to equality. You have all treated me with prejudice and with inequality by shutting me out.. I am like the colored woman be told to get to the back of the bus were I belong.. this is prejudice due to my artistic expression of sexuality and also it is religious prejudice ..as it seems you are all Christian owned and operated business that network together. To many fundamental Christians the Goddess may seem satanic..this is also a lack of understanding. I use Carl Jung`s archetypes to help take the sigma away from the Goddess.. You are all sorely misunderstanding the meaning behind my work. I am sure now you will take me off your facebook..but at least I have had my say and have not been silenced by you via social networking before I could.. Like I said ironic that you promote social networking and face to face networking while shutting me out..just because I don`t fit into your mold.
Melonie Dodaro’s reply to me on her Youtube Video.. I do not have an exact copy of my comment to her as she deleted it.. but it was something like
“ At least I am open minded enough to use your information to help me with my linkedin profile and not be prejudiced against your information by the way you treat me.”
Melonie Dodaro’s reply to me via youtube that I couldn’t reply to because she blocked me off of youtube, twitter and facebook.
Gracie I am glad you enjoyed my video. Yes I have blocked you from Twitter & now from Facebook due to inappropriate comments. Until today I had no idea who you were or what you do until your personal attack on my Facebook profile. I use social media to provide value and build positive relationships. Anyone who is negative, critical or just plain nasty I absolutely block. I wish you nothing but success with your business but will not allow my personal profiles to used for negativity of any kind!