Special Event: Tea & the Truth – Real Mothers Sharing Real Stories

$85 per person 

100% of ticket sales and funds raised by this event will be donated to the Pacific Post Partum Support Society.



The Secret Garden invites you to a special after-hours event on October 18th. Featuring special guest speaker Shona McGlashan, Chief Governance Office at Mountain Equipment Coop (MEC), this event will celebrate motherhood and raise awareness for the local nonprofit Pacific Post Partum Support Society!

Guest Speakers

Shona McGlashan, Chief Governance Officer at MEC

The Chief Governance Officer at Canada’s leading outdoor retailer, MEC, Shona McGlashan has over twenty years’ experience in senior governance and policy roles on both sides of the Atlantic. A member of MEC’s executive team, she is responsible for MEC’s governance, corporate reporting, and privacy portfolios.  Shona was previously the Executive Director for the Vancouver Police Board and, before emigrating to Canada, worked as a clerk in the UK Parliament, providing professional and procedural support for investigative committees of MPs, the Speaker, and the House of Commons Commission.

Shona has a passionate interest in mental health based on her own experiences of depression during pregnancy and postpartum  depression. Outside work, Shona reads constantly; geeks out over Shakespeare, Homer, and gender politics; practices yoga; and tries to keep up with her two now elementary school-aged kids.

Kathy and Erin Wyder, Co-owners of The Secret Garden Tea Company

Kathy and Erin Wyder are co-owners of The Secret Garden Tea Company, a thriving teahouse in Vancouver’s Kerrisdale neighbourhood. Since opening their doors 22 years ago, The Secret Garden has been fostering community and connection, one teacup at a time.

For Kathy and Erin, raising young children while building a successful business was no easy task. Kathy experienced postpartum depression after her second child, and both she and Erin went through many struggles as well as joys while juggling motherhood and entrepreneurship. At this event they’ll share some of the vital lifelines that helped them make it through the early years at The Secret Garden.


About the Pacific Post Partum Support Society

Pacific Post Partum Support Society has been supporting mothers and their families experiencing postpartum/perinatal distress, depression and anxiety for over 45 years.

The program started in 1971 as a grass roots initiative when a small group of women began meeting at the Vancouver Crisis Line office to share their experiences and support each other around postpartum issues. Today, the nonprofit organization helps 4,000 mothers and their families each year.

At this event we’ll also hear from beneficiaries Leah and Aaron Burns, who credit the Society for helping their family through postpartum depression. Even if you can’t make this event, we encourage you to make a donation to PPPSS and support mothers and their families across the Vancouver lower mainland!

Event Details

100% of ticket sales and funds raised by this event will be donated to the Pacific Post Partum Support Society. 


The Secret Garden was built with the mission to connect people and foster community. We invite you to join us to hear real stories about motherhood, connect with your community, and celebrate the fact that we’re in this together!

During this evening event, you’ll be treated to a wide array Secret Garden treats including savoury appetizers, desserts, tea, sparkling wine, and sparkling cider.

You’ll also have the opportunity to have complementary photo portraits taken by local artist Andrea Paterson, and enter a drawing for a free High Tea for 4 at The Secret Garden. And at the end of the night you’ll receive a gift bag filled with more Secret Garden goodies to take home!