In this Issue:
|Truth is NOT Sexy||BPWC AGM||BPWC News|
|BPW Ontario News||BPW International||BPWL BBQ||Wine, Women...||Your Lipstick..|
|Exec Minutes||Notices & Events||Upcoming Events|
Women Moving Forward Program: 2009 - 2010 BPWL Program
On June 13, 2009, BPWL members met to design the 2009- 2010 program. The theme for the year will be Women Moving Forward.
Thank you to the Planning Committee members: Winn Barnett, Linda Davis, Sheila Crook, Doris Hall, Rose Kuchynski, Norma Yau, Carole Orchard, Colleen Sharen, Laura Noble and Lianne Armstrong for designing the program for the year as well as finding and booking speakers.
The following outlines the dates and speakers for the first part of the year. Click here to view details of the location,the entire program and meetings.
- September 15, 2009 - Networking - 1 + 1: Networking From the Inside-OUT. Speaker: Allison Graham, Elevate | Seminars + Strategic Development Inc. and author of "Business Cards to Business Relationships: Building the Ultimate Network".
- October 20, 2009 - Job Search: Then and Now. Speaker: Barb Smith, Job Search Coach. Looking for a job, a career change or rejoining the workforce? This talk will provide key tips on how to get the most from job search and how it has changed overtime.
- November 17, 2009 - Breaking Through the Grass Ceiling: Barriers to Rural Women. The talk will focus on some of the socio-structural challenges to contemporary rural women. Speaker: Helene Cummings, Associate Professor, Division of Sociology and Family Studies, Brescia University College.
As our weather starts to change and the crispness of fall starts to appear in our late summer evenings, a strange transference occurs, a renewal of our commitments to our work-life balance begins as we set up our scheduled activities for the forthcoming school year. This year with the economic downturn, people are still concerned about their future and prudent planning of expenditures is at the forefront of our thinking. In such times our social conscience of issues affecting women should also be a concern.
In June, a number of our club members turned out to plan for our forthcoming dinner meetings. Ideas around key areas affecting women, and needing our attention were generated. And of course, potential speakers to bring us with the latest information related to each came forth. We hope the program will stimulate you to not only come yourselves to our dinner meetings, but also to bring others to join our club.
To date our membership for the 2009-2010 year is at 28 and climbing.
Our club will be a sponsor of a Human Trafficking event to be held in October. An issue near and dear to our hearts, and thanks to Doris Hall who serves on the planning committee, our logo will be prominently displayed at the event. Mark your calendars for this event to be held on October 5, 2009.
We also will be actively working in planning for the 2012 BPW Convention here in London. As host club, Linda Davis and Sheila Crook have agreed to co-chair the planning committee, and will be seeking your input into their creative ideas to sell our city and of course plan a convention that will be long after remembered. One project, to raise funds to support this event, will be the compilation of a cookbook of all the recipes used for our Annual Barbecues. Thanks to Linda Dawson’s daughter we have many photos to choose from to enrich this compilation. Now Laura Noble and I just have to get the ‘meat’ to fill in the recipes. We hope to have this book ready for our December fundraiser. So you might want to consider buying a few copies for seasonal gifts for friends and family.
The Executive committee is also finalizing a letter to the CRTC based on the resolution that our club passed. This resolution was not passed at the national annual meeting, but we feel the issue is of significance to women and will be sending a letter from our club, encouraging other supportive clubs to do the same.
As you can see the Executive Committee has been busy over the summer, and we hope that our efforts will provide you with the environment reflecting the pillars of BPW that draws you into our club and hopefully, makes you want to continue to be active members.
We hope to see you all at our 2009-2010 dinner meetings.
The London and Area Anti-Trafficking Group (LAAT) is presenting an event: The Truth is Not Sexy. BPW London is also sponsoring this event.
Key Note Speaker: Victor Malarek author of The Natashas - Inside the Global Sex Trade and The John's Sex for Sale and the Men Who Buy It.
Location: University of Western Ontario, U.C.C. Council Chambers, Room 315.
Time: 7:00 p.m - 9:00 p.m.
Break Away Faciliators: Victor Malarek, Trevor Hinds (Program Director, Changing Ways, London), John Fenn (Co-founder John Schools, Toronto) and Marty VanDoren (Superintendent - Retired - Human Trafficking Awareness Coordinator.
There will be a discussion of the "industry" that engages women as objects, young boys and girls as cheap labour.
A Mentoring for Success Workshop was conducted on the Friday evening. Gabriella Cononica, 1st Vice President, BPW International (BPWI) introduced the topic of mentoring. Maureen Craig McIntosh, Chair BPWI Mentoring Task Force, shared her mentoring experiences and BPW Calgary’s Mary O’Sullivan-Andersen and Lia Robinson spoke of their club’s mentoring program. Many of the tools discussed will be on the BPW Canada's web Member’s Only section. The mentoring program used by BPW Calgary is very similar to the one setup by Linda Davis during the 2008-2009 BPW London season.
An open session of the mid-term meeting of the National Board of Directors was conducted Saturday morning. Workopolis presented their concept for the BPWC niche-site.
Saturday’s luncheon speaker was Linda Middaugh of Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan. A key part of her talk was the theme of Education = Peace and Education is Empowerment. Also at the Saturday luncheon was the Minister Responsible for the Status of Women, Helena Guergis.
Saturday afternoon began the AGM with greetings from BPWI President Liz Benham and Regional Coordinator Jill Worobec.
Gabriella Cononica presented the International Membership drive: 1 + 1 followed by Joan Macklin, Federation Promotion Co-Chair, and her 1+ 1 presentation how it will be working in Canada and the prizes that can be won by both Clubs and members.
Congratulations to Sheila Crook was appointed, as a representative of Canada on BPW's International Equal Pay Campaign.
This was my first AGM and I encourage others to attend such events as it is wonderful meeting women not only from BPW clubs across Canada but internationally. The experience, the learning, the mentoring, the laughs and yes the work is what BPW is all about – all very rewarding. On a personal note would like to thank Sheila Crook and Karin Gorgerat (BPW Trenton) for their support during the resolution process.
|Dormer Ellis, BPW Toronto (second from right) and Mavis Carlton, BPW Bowmanville (right) were honoured for being long-time Friends of BPW International. From left, Jill Worobec, Regional Coordinator for North America and the Non-Spanish speaking countries of the Caribbean; Gabriella Canonica, BPWI 1st Vice-president and Liz Benham, BPWI President.|
BPW Canada Careers & Workopolis:
BPW Canada has launched a partnership with Workopolis where employers can post jobs and job seekers can search for jobs. Click here to view the new BPW Careers page. There are special offers for both job seekers and employers;
- For job seekers – Even if you are not actively looking for a new opportunity, you can post your resumé in confidence and even be notified by e-mail if a job in your category becomes available. ALL BPW MEMBERS WHO POST A RESUMÉ BEFORE NOVEMBER 15th will be eligible to win a $150 gift certificate from Westjet. We encourage all members to get on-board to make this venture a big success!
- For recruiters – You can post your job ads for free until NOVEMBER 15th. The regular cost is $300 to post one job for 30 days. So this represents a MAJOR SAVINGS! It’s also a big opportunity for you to potentially recruit a sister BPW
member for a job opening in your company. NOTE: This site is open to all women, not only BPW members.
1 + 1: The New Power of BPW:
Message from Federation Promotion Co-chairs Joan Macklin and Terri Parent. At the BPW Canada Annual General Meeting held in Toronto on June 20, 2009, we launched a Federation Promotion Membership Campaign for 2009-2010. The Campaign is called “1 + 1 = New Power of BPW”, and is based on each current member bringing one new member into BPW. We announced that some GREAT PRIZES will be drawn amongst both clubs and members for results achieved. Clubs can win a $250 WestJet gift certificate. Members can win a $250 Westjet gift certification; $100 Radio Shack certificate; $100 Staples gift certificate; a framed painting by Dana.
- Club Mailings June 2009# 10 and 10b- Highlights include updates on the updated application for the W.O.R.K. (Women Offering Resources and Knowledge) with a deadline of December 31, 2009. BPW Canada is a member Gender Equality Architecture Reform (GEAR) campaign to create a new, stronger and consolidated women's entity at the United Nations. Show support of this by clicking here and signing the petition.
- Club Mailing #1, August 31, 2009- Highlights include National President Sue Calhoun's message and summary on the National AGM, Workopolis news, call for resolutions (note: deadline for National submission is March 1, 2010), BPW 2010 Convention will be held in Barrie, Ontario, more on the 1+ 1 Program.
As your Delegates Laura Noble and I are pleased to present the 2009 63rd Annual BPW Ontario Provincial Conference summary report. Click here to view the varioushandoutsprovided across the presentations and workshops.
It was a pleasure to represent BPW London, and I believe you will find that many of the resolution issues/concerns expressed by our membership were very effectively addressed by the BPW London delegation, comprised of Laura Noble, Linda Davis. Norma Yau and myself.
We had a terrific time, on route to to Sault Ste. Marie and back home. In addition, we had a wonderful time reconnecting with BPW Members from across the Province, with our National President and of course engaging in of the social networking that Conference always provides.
Mark your calendars: BPWON 2010 Conference will be in Barrie June 18, 2010 followed by the BPW Canada Nationa Convention on June 19 and June 20, 2010.
Deb Matthew - Government of Ontario Session Highlights - click here to read the report.
Jill Worobec is the new Regional Co-ordinator of North America and the non-Spanish Speaking Countries of the Caribbean. Jill as a Past-President of BPWC and a member of BPW Coquitlam. Doris Hall is one of the region's sub-cordinators.
Click here to read Jill's newsletter some of the information contained is report are: the new BPWI web site, new BPW Clubs in Africa, Russia and other countries, and updates on the Commission on the Status of Women.
Learn more about the North America and the non-Spanish Speaking Countries of the Caribbean region of BPW by clicking here and viewing a pdf version of Jill's presentation at the National AGM in June.
The Annual BBQ was a great success and a lot of fun and great food as these pictures illustrate. Thank you to our Chef Extraordinaire, Carol Orchard for both opening home and being the chef. Carole cannot do this alone and everyone in attendance helped out including: Gord Barnett as bartender and chief bottle-washer, Don McBrearty & Wes Veenstra as BBQ tenders, Linda Dawson as Treasurer, Winn Barnett as fundraiser and Dawson family and Linda Davis as photographers.
We were also furtunate to have members from BPW Cambridge attend the bbq.
BPW Cambridge Members including Lin Buxton and Mary Balfour
BPWL Members and Guests including Cindy Johnston, Doris Hall, Brenda Carpenter and Winn Barnett
We have scheduled the next bbq for the June 15, 2010 !!
On November 19th, Nancy Kirwin, BPW London member, and Sue Regier are presenting the 3rd Annual Wine, Women and Shopping event in support of My Sister's Place.
Location: Hellenic Community Centre
Time: 4:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Event: Wine sampling, shopping, door prizes, giveaways, gourmet dinner and some surprises.
In the past two years Wine, Women & Shopping has raised over $22,000 for My Sister's Place.
Your Lipstick Can Change the World
Changing lives of women and children around the world....Mary Kay will donate $1 from the sale of Mary Kay Creme Lipstick (in shades Pink Passion and Gingerbread) to the Mary Kay Ash Charitable Foundation. Proceeds will benefit the Foundation's efforts to support women living with cancer and address violence against women.
The Your Lipstick Can Change the World program is from May 12 - December 15, 2009.
- Doris Hall reported that Victor Malerek has agreed to talk at the Human Trafficking event on October 5, 2009.
- Laura Noble has completed the emblem inventory. A spreadsheet has been developed to track the inventory and also outlines the contents of the guest packages and new member kits.
- Linda Davis and Sheila Crook, co-chairs of the 2012 National Convention, are touring potential venues.
- Three new members will be inducted, budget approval and mini-review of the London website will be presented.
- Financials were presented and approved.
- Membership is currently at 20 though, Mary McBrearty indicated she is still waiting for several renewals.
- New members will no longer receive printed material at induction vs will receive web links as well as passwords for both Provincial and National Members only sections.
- Planning committee meeting set for June 10, 2009.
- Linda Davis has finished reviewing the feedback forms for the both the Provincial and National resolutions and will forward the information to the original clubs etc.
- Sheila Crook requested that Laura Noble review the web sites at future dinner meetings.
- Winn Barnett has items for next dinner meetings draws.
House & Social
- Jeannette Veenstra will be forwarding her materials to new House & Social Chair, Brenda Feenstra.
District & Provincial
- Linda Davis attended a recent BPW Cambridge meeting and Laura Noble and Sheila Crook attended a BPW Kitchener-Waterloo.
- Doris Hall reported that the International President and International 1st VP will be attending the National AGM.
- Doris Hall has passed her materials onto the new International Chair Colleen Sharen.
- Updates on the Human Trafficking event and 2012 National Convention will be presented at the August executive meeting.
- A review of the forms forwarded to both National and Provincial was completed. The executive clarified who is responsible at the London club for the 2 forms (one is a membership list and one is related to fees). It was decided that the forms will continue to be the responsibility of the Treasurer. It was agreed that Membership should concentrate on maintaining members, promoting the Club, following-up with guests etc. The Treasurer should remain involved with all tasks pertaining to money/fees. A streamlined process for utilizing these forms and a process for posting of the most current forms on the executive web page is to be issued by Laura.
- General fundraising ideas were discussed: golf tournament, Young BPW event, movie night etc.
- There will limited amount of Provincial annual reports available since Provincial is encouraging members to view the web-based version.
- Linda Davis reviewed ideas for potential BPW ON emblems: silk scarf, fleece jackets, golf shirts etc
- London BPW Annual report will be finalized and issued by Carole Orchard in September.
- New members of the Executive were recognized by Carole Orchard and Laura Noble will be providing each with a copy of the BPW Canada handbook.
- Date has been confirmed for the Human Trafficking event: October 5, 2009. The executive approved a donation to this event.
- Doris Hall and Laura Noble will secure the list of potential people for the position of Young BPW VP as Megan Popovic has stepped down.
- 27 members.
- Kim Bewsky-Godin has re-joined the club.
- Laura Noble reported she has updated many of the "Londonized" reports/forms that are archived on the Executive resource page of the London web site, with the BPWL web banner logo.
- Lianne Armstrong announced the program is set for the coming year.
- Megan Popovic’s resignation was accepted with many thanks for all her work.
- London club's CRTC resolution was defeated at the National AGM. Linda Davis let our members know that it was defeated at our next Dinner meeting and that if we wished the London BPW club could forward a letter on their own to the CRTC.
- Sheila Crook reported on the International 1 + 1 Membership Drive as well as the partnership between BPW Canada and Workopolis. This partnership will be outlined at the October dinner meeting. Tips on the BPW web sites will continue throught the year.
- A BPWL BBQ recipe book will be developed as a fundraiser.
House & Social
- Brenda Feenstra reported that one restaurant has booked for our 2009-2010 dinner meetings. She also taked to the restaurant about having a varied menu. The larger room has been booked for the December silent auction.
- The 2010 National Conference will be held in Barrie, Ontario during the same weekend as the Provincial Conference in Barrie.
- Diann Vail's Fall Conference - October 30, 2009.
The theme for the Fall Conference is Marketing Perspectives for Today. Click here for details on tickets and display tables. The conference is all-day event with Julie Simpson, Fund Development Officer with the London Health Sciences Foundation. Speakers include Janet Christensen (Dynamic Awareness), Lynn Sutherland (London Police Services) and Carol Kehoe (Museum London).
- Recession-proof yourself: Fundamentals of Mediation at Munn Conflict Resolution Services (owned by Kathryn Munn, BPWL member).
Learning how to mediate is an asset whether you are exploring a career option related to mediation services or whether you are developing skills for your current job. In addition to positions specifically for mediators, job roles such as human resources, management, and customer service all benefit from the application of mediation skills.
Coming up in spring 2010 is your opportunity to get the mediation training you want in beautiful downtown London, Ontario.
Fundamentals of Mediation is an intensive 40 hour course approved by the ADR Institute of Ontario and completion of the course qualifies for application as a mediator member of the ADR Institute of Ontario. The 5 days of the course are May 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 2010.
Discounted early payment deadline is April 8, 2010.
See www.munncrs.com for more information.
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Upcoming BPW Events
- BPW Kitchener-Waterloo - September 21, 2009. Dinner Meeting topic is Violence Against Women with speaker Sara Casselman, Community Relations Coordinator at the Sexual Assault Centre of the Waterloo Region. Click here for more information and reservation deadline.
- BPW Cambridge - September 28, 2009. Dinner Meeting topic is Making a Difference for Haitians and Dominicans with speaker Julie Kinder. Click here for more details about the event including reservations deadline.
- Sponsored by BPW London: The London and Area Anti-Trafficking Group Event - The Truth is NOT Sexy. October 5, 2009.
- BPW London - October 20, 2009. Dinner Meeting topic is Job Search: Then and Now. Speaker: Barb Smith, Job Search Coach. Looking for a job, a career change or rejoining the workforce? This talk will provide key tips on how to get the most from job search and how it has changed overtime.
- BPWO District Meeting - November 14, 2009. Bringing the Nation to our Door Step. 2012 - Join the Excitement. Details to follow.
- BPW London - November 17, 2009. Dinner meeting topic is Breaking Through the Grass Ceiling: Barriers to Rural Women. Speaker: Helene Cummings, Associate Professor, Division of Sociology and Family Studies, Brescia University College.
- BPW London: Silent Auction and Social: December 8, 2009. Note: this is the 2nd Tuesday of the month vs the 3rd. Donations for auctions can be forwarded to Winn Barnett. Stay tuned for further details.
- BPW ON Provincial Conference - June 18, 2010, Barrie, Ontario. Stay tuned for details.
- BPW Canada National Convention - June 19 - 20, 2010, Barrie, Ontario. Stay tuned for details.
- BPW Regional Conference - Fall 2010, location and dates TBA.
- BPW International Congress - June 17 - 21, 2011, Helsinki, Finland.
- BPW Canada National Convention - June 20 - 24, 2012, London, Ontario.
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