Reflect: Syzygy Launches
June 15, 2017
Post-Syzygy’s inaugural gathering, the founders sit down to reflect on how their idea for a women-centred support network blossomed into a real-life community event.
Kailah (K): Syzygy launched! What’s changed about you?
Marijke (M): A new level of confidence in myself and our vision for Syzygy. I left the West Coast when I was 17 for Ottawa and now I've been in Toronto for the past four years. Because of this I have always felt transient. Without being fully rooted in one place, torn between three homes, it felt like my sense of community was being pulled in multiple directions. Thirty minutes into the first gathering, I looked around, and I felt truly rooted in a community.
M: What about you? What is the value of Syzygy for your own personal life?
K: I think I’ve always craved sisterhood without knowing it consciously. The more we talked about Syzygy, the more I realized that I needed Syzygy. We’re at the beginning of what I hope will be a really incredible space for women to grow and learn alongside each other.
M: After the first gathering, Syzygy went from a concept to a sisterhood. What do you think is risky about using a word like sisterhood?
K: Is it risky?
M: I don’t know. Is it?
K: Maybe the idea of women gathering is risky. I think there’s always risk when you start something like a community, especially for women. There’s a lot of conversation around feminism right now, which is great, but there’s that risk of coming across cliche or as if we’re just jumping on a bandwagon. However, we’re doing this because we see a need for it. We know there’s a need for genuine community between women and that’s reason enough for me.
So, we’ve had our naps and had some individual time to process. It’s been about one month since we launched. What’s going through your mind?
M: What’s next? What’s next? What’s next? How can we grow this vision to support the women of Syzygy in new and creative ways at gatherings and during the in-between? Did the women who attended feel this little jolt of joy when they saw the event photos for the first time? Clearly a lot is going on in my mind! I believe to question is to grow and so I am in a continual state of questioning, but it all boils down to... how can Syzygy continue to grow to best serve the women of Toronto?
K: I hear you. I feel the same. I’m already thinking about the next gathering, but I’m also feeling really accomplished. We launched. Syzygy is out there. This is an amazing feeling that hasn’t gone away yet.
M: So, what’s next for us in your perspective?
K: What isn’t next? Haha. Okay, so the biggest thing is getting ready for our next gathering, but we’re also in the process of building out our website, expanding our brand, taking care of the business side and bringing on more collaborators.
M: I can't wait for the next one!