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Jill Argue
Contact Info: 250.878.8226 cell
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Member Since: 2017
Profession:

Senior executive duties included handling administrative, management, marketing and accounting for a number of businesses.

Bio:

After 35 years of being an entrepreneur, developing a franchise company of seafood restaurants, investing and growing over 20 businesses, Jill is looking forward to sharing and building investment opportunities for women and enhancing and protecting women's economic empowerment.

Sharing Skills:

Skills to Learn: computer, writing, research, advocacy

Skills to Share: gardening, mentorship, business solutions

Favourite Words of Wisdom:

Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can. Arthur Ashe


Winn Barnett - President
Contact Info: 519.471.7227 185 Hunt Club Dr London , Ontario N6H 3Y8
Web Site: www.marykay.ca/wbarnett
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Member Since: 2009
Past Executive Positions: House & Social Chair, Fundraising Chair 
BPW Recognition Awards: 2015 - BPW Ontario Provincial Leadership Award
Company: Mary Kay Cosmetics - Senior Sales Director
Description: I take the frustration and mystery out of the purchasing of skin care and cosmetics by taking a teaching approach. Celebrate the women you are!
Bio:

Winn has lived in London for over 20 years and is married with 4 adult children and 2 grandchildren. She has a University Degree in Math and love challenges. Winn loves the outdoors, reading and sewing and of course meeting new people

Sharing Skills:

Skills to Learn: Gardening, Piano.

Skills to Share: Sewing, Make-up application.

Favourite Words of Wisdom: If you think you can't you are right!
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Leanne Beattie
Contact Info:

519.652.8717 - Work
519.671.8717 - Cell

2386 Main Street,
P.O. Box 156, Lambeth Stn
London, ON N6P 1P9

Web Site:

www.edwardjones.ca
Leanne's Facebook Page

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Member Since: 2017

Company: Edward Jones Investments: Founded in 1922, a full-service investment firm managing over $1 trillion in client assets, with 40,000 associates in Canada and the U.S.

Description:

Professional financial advisor with 27 years in the investment industry – from advisory to management. Expertise in investment management, tax and estate strategies with tax and legal professionals, protection and retirement strategies to help clients realize their financial goals and dreams.

The most enjoyable part of my job is being able to change lives.

Bio:

Area Wings/Bridge Leader for Eastern Canada
Certified Investment Manager (CIM)
Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute (FCSI)
LLQP (Life Insurance Qualification)
PFP (Professional Financial Planning)
Married 30 years with two daughters (21 & 18)
Enjoy travelling, reading, renovating, cooking

Sharing Skills: Skills to Share: Time management & organization, technology
Favourite Words of Wisdom:

Always shoot for the moon. If you fall short, you’ll still be a star.

Leanne Beattie

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Mary Beth Bezzina - Membership Chair
Contact Info:

519.671.7716

Web Site:

notables.com

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Member Since: 2014
Company:

Founder of MyNotables, Occupational Therapist

Description:

Mary Beth is an occupational therapist and entrepreneur. Her business enterprise, MyNotables, is a simple sharable note and to-do list app that requires minimal effort and time to learn, set-up and use. It aims to free up the energy of its users so they can think about and do more of what the love.

Bio:

Mary Beth has lived in London since coming to Western in 1980. She is a true Canadian nature-lover, and passionate about her volunteer work in Rwanda. She is married to Vince, has two grown children and a happy grandson named SJ.

Sharing Skills:

Skills to Learn: Marketing, French, gardening

Skills to Share: Start-up know-how, Web-based education, collaborative team work, back-county camping

Favourite Words of Wisdom:

Shine your Light and eminate the Truth of who you are!

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Brenda Carpenter
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Member Since: 1995
Provincial Board: South West Ontario District Director; Past: Secretary
Past Exec Positions: President

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Linda Davis
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Member Since: 1993
Provincial/National Board:

BPW Ontario - Current: Public Affairs Chair and Emblems Chair. Past - BPWO President

BPW Canada - Current: First VP 

Local Past Exec Positions: Personal Development Chair,  Resolutions & By-Laws Chair, Past-President, Membership Chair
Bio: Linda has been employed in the public sector since 1986. She believes education is the key to socio-economic independence and equality for women. In April 2015, Linda was appointed to the Minister of Labour's Gender Wage Gap Strategy Steering Committee.
Sharing Skills:

Skills to Learn: Gardening, Guitar, Spanish, French.

Skills to Share: Golf, Hiking.

Favourite Words of Wisdom: Live Life with No Regrets
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Kelsy Gill
Contact Info: Business: 519.433.8155
Web Site: smglaw.ca
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Member Since:  2017
Company: Szemenyei MacKenzie Group LLP, Associate
Description:

Civil litigation lawyer with a focus on commercial litigation. Licensed to practice in the Province of Ontario and the State of Michigan.

Bio:

Born and raised in the Kawartha Lakes region. A current member of Thames Valley Toastmasters. Loves travelling, trying new foods, and spending time with family and friends.

Favourite Words of Wisdom:

Don't ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who come alive. ~Howard Thurman

Kelsy Gill SMG

Doris Hall
Contact Info: Business:519.858.5125; Res: 519.473.3505
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Member Since: 1987
National/International Board:

Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs) Project and Canadian Coalition to Empower Women (CCEW)

National Past: President, Chair: Chair of WEP's/CCEW Committee

International: Constitutional Advisory Committee

Local/Provincial Past Exec Positions: President BPW London
President BPW Ontario
Secretary & Treasurer BPW Ontario, District Director

BPW Recognition Awards:

2014 - BPW Ontario Distinguished Member Service Award

2013 - BPW International Woman of the Week

2006 - Ontario Government: 20 Year Volunteer Service Award with BPW

Recognition Awards:

2016 - Leading Women and Girls, Building Communities, Ontario Award Recipient

2008 - Leading Women Building Communities, Ontario Award Recipient

Company: Sumagen Canada Inc.- Administration Manager
Description: Sumagen is a drug development company, Phase I clinical trials for a prophylactic HIV and developing an HCV vaccine.
Bio:

Graduate of UWO; Community leader, mentor and champion of Women’s Empowerment Principles and equality for women and girls. Member of London Anti-Human Trafficking Committee to combat Human Trafficking; Toastmaster ACB, CL;, Member of Clergy for ECKANKAR

Sharing Skills:

Skills to Learn: To play the violin/fiddle; write for publication; learning languages (Spanish).

Skills to Share: Proofreading; computer skills; BPW mentor with over 30 years experience; networking and business connections; real estate, law, picture framing; meeting and conference planning, speaking and presentation skills.

Favourite Words of Wisdom: Be the best that you can be in whatever you undertake and do not encroach on others or their property.
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Manda Ivezic 
Web Site: mandalawoffice.ca
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Member Since: 2016 - Young BPW
Description:

Lawyer practicing mainly employment law, contracts and commercial law, wills, powers of attorney, and administrative law.

Favourite Words of Wisdom:

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.

Everything you need is already inside you.


Andrée Lamy
Contact Info: 519.630.5650
Web Site: www.mosaicwealth.ca
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Member Since: 2017
Company:

Mosaic Wealth Management - Owner/Financial Planner
Mosaic is a Fee Based Financial Planning company

Description: Andrée is a CFP with nearly 20 years of experience in financial services.  In 2016 she founded Mosaic Wealth Management to provide clients with objective financial advice.  Advice that empowers them to fulfill their goals with knowledge, confidence and peace of mind.
Bio:

Certified Financial Planner
Canadian Investment Manager
Member: Canadian Association of Farm Advisors
Member: 100 Women Who Care - Sarnia Lambton

Sharing Skills:

Skills to Learn: Social Media

Skills to Share: Estate planning, investment advice, financial planning, insurance needs analysis, french.

Favourite Words of Wisdom: "For what it's worth: it's never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There's no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you're proud of. If you find that you're not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again." From the movie, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
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Anita Looby
Contact Info:

463 McGarrell Drive, London, ON N6G 5K7
519.274.9335

Web Site: Anita's LinkedIn Profile
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Member Since:  2017
Business/Profession:

Community/ Volunteer Engagement. Volunteer Engagement encompasses recruitment, interviewing, screening, training, placement and mediation. I am proficient in verbal and written communication, presentations, problem solving and strategy development.

Sharing Skills:

Skills to Learn: advocacy, social media, current social issues

Skills to Share: book recommendations, networking opportunities, proofreading, word smithing

Favourite Words of Wisdom:

The greatest gift you can give others is to fulfill your potential, so that you can show them how to fulfill theirs. Hal Elrod

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Barb MacTavish
Contact Info: 3669 Carolinian Drive, Alvinston, ON -  519.870.3985
Web Site: www.stonetownpromotions.com
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Member Since: 2017
Company: Stonetown Promotions, Co-Owner
Description: Stonetown Promotions operates in the promotional and apparel product industry.  The company provides branded products to companies seeking marketing assistance to help promote their company or reward their employee’s and associates.
Bio: Barb was born and raised in Watford, Ontario.  Her family operates a five  generation family farm outside of Glencoe.  She has three grown children.  In addition to running her business, one of the great joys of her professional life has been to serve as a mentor for young ladies between the ages of 16 to 19, competing in their Fair Ambassador Competition.  This program seeks to build confidence and awareness to improve self esteem to young rural girls.  Because of the success of the program,  a second  program was implemented to focus on girls ages 11 to 14.
Sharing Skills:

Skills to Learn: Networking

Skills to Share: Marketing, Organizing Charity Events, Fashion Shows

Favourite Words of Wisdom: The Sky is the Limit!
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Eva Main, CFP, CLU, CH.F.C.
Contact Info: Sun Life Financial,
1705 Moffatt Avenue, London, ON N5W 2A2
Phone: 519.473.8000 x 221
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Member Since: 1987
Past Executive Positions: District Director - BPW Ontario
Treasurer - BPW London
Company: Sun Life Financial -Financial Advisor
Description: 26 Year career as Self-Employed Estate/Financial Consultant with Sun Life Financial
Bio: Past Pres. - London Estate Planners
Past Pres.- Life Underwriters Assn. (Advocis)
Life Member - Million Dollar Round Table
Past Pres. - London Learning Disabilities Assn.
Board Member - Correctional & Justice Services (Salvation Army)
Participant - 100 Women Who Care
Member - Wise Moves
Sharing Skills:

Skills to Learn: Social Media

Skills to Share: Expertise in Estate/Financial Planning, Life/Mortgage/Health/ Disability Insurance, Investments, Budgeting.  "All investments - large or small - require professional advice to determine the best strategy for EACH INDIVIDUAL investor."

Favourite Words of Wisdom: God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.
 Eva Main  

Kari Martene - House & Social Chair
Contact Info: 170 Hamilton Road, London, ON N6B 1N5; 519.518.6353
Web Site: www.melekare.ca
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Member Since: 2015
Past Executive Positions: Public Relations Chair
Company: MeleKare
Description: Home Healthcare Store, specializing in medical products such as Ostomy Supplies, Tube Feeding Supplies, Incontinence Supplies, Mobility Aids, Rehab and Therapy Aids, Bathroom Safety Supplies, Medical and First Aids, Urological Supplies
Bio:

Kari opened her business in 2012.  The focus for the home healthcare store was personalized customer service and exceptional product knowledge and support.  She has 1 employee and looks to expand nationally by 2020.

Sharing Skills:

Skills to Learn: Public Speaking

Skills to Share: Customer Service

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Mary McBrearty - Treasurer
Contact Info: 519.657.5148  ; Unit 16 - 189 Homestead Cres London, Ontario
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Member Since: 2004
Past Exec Positions: Treasurer, Resolutions/By-Laws Chair, Secretary
Company: Meyer's The Coat Store - Vice President
Description: Retail Store - Fine Outer Wear: 234 Dundas Street, London, ON - 519.434.8444  
Sharing Skills: Skills to Share: Japanese Embroidery; golf.
Favourite Words of Wisdom: Let's just do it and get it done.

Karen Moffatt 
Contact Info: 519.476.2228
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Member Since: 2010
Past Exec Positions: Membership Chair, Public Relations Chair
BPW Recognition Awards: 2014 - BPW Ontario Provincial Leadership Nominee
Company: Westervelt College - Instructor Police Foundations Program
Description:

Teaching at one of London's privately owned colleges with 130 years of service to the community. Founded in 1885, it offers Diploma programs in fields of Business, Healthcare, Law, Service, and Information Technology.

Bio:

Completed a rewarding, exciting and diverse 30 years of policing with the O.P.P. Then pursued her entrepreneurial side and became the owner of Better than Flowers Gift Baskets which she ran successfully for 6 years. She currently volunteers on the Board of Directors for Victim Services Middlesex County.

Sharing Skills:

Skills to Learn: Another language, PhotoShop, Apps

Skills to Share: Communications, leadership, law enforecment, marketing, networking and German language.

Favourite Words of Wisdom: The only difference between try and triumph is a little umph.
Karen Moffatt

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Kathryn Munn
Contact Info: 519.660.1242
Web Site: www.munncrs.com
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Member Since: 1999
Past Exec Positions: Membership Chair, Programs Chair
BPW Recognition Awards: 2010 - BPW Ontario Provincial Leadership Award
Company: Munn Conflict Resolution Services
Description:

Kathryn specializes in the prevention, management and resolution of conflict. Mediator, Arbitrator, Lawyer, Facilitator.

Struggling with Conflict?  Want to learn to mediate? Join our mediation courses.

Favourite Words of Wisdom:

Relationships are all there is.  Everything in the universe only exists because it is in relationship to everything else.  Nothing exists in isolation. (Margaret J. Wheatley)

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Laura Noble 
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Member Since: 2006
Past Exec Positions: Treasurer, Membership Chair, Public Relations Chair, House & Social Chair, President, Fundraising Chair
Provincial Board: Editor
BPW Recognition Awards:

2016 - Ontario Government: 10 Year Volunteer Service Award with BPW 

2014 - BPW Ontario Provincial Leadership Award

2011 - BPW International Woman of the Week

2010 - BPW Canada National Leadership Award

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Carole Orchard 
Contact Info: 475 Ambleside Dr., London, ON, N6G 4W9, 519.667.4878  
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Member Since: 2004
Past Exec Positions: Programs & Projects Chair, Resolutions & By-Laws Chair, 1st Vice President, President
BPW Recognition Awards: 2012 - BPW Canada National Leadership Award
Company: Western University Professor
Description: Nurse Educator and researcher
Bio: Carole Orchard is a strong advocate for social justice. She emulates this in her work with BPW as well as through international projects she has and is currently involved with. Her current research work focuses on helping to move a new delivery of care model into the health system.
Sharing Skills: Skills to share: Leadership, team building and gourmet cooking.

Sandy Kirkwood-Pearce CPA, CGA, LPA, CITP, ACIS
Contact Info: EPR Trillium LLP, Chartered Accountants
18-540 Clarke Rd. London, Ontario N5V 2C7 519.453.1400  ext. 101
Web Site: www.eprtrillium.ca
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Member Since: 1996
National: Auditor
Past Exec Postions: Membership Chair
Company: EPR Trillium LLP, Chartered Accountants
Description: Partner: EPR Trillium LLP, Chartered Accountants
Bio: Sandy Kirkwood-Pearce, CPA, CGA is a member of BPW-London since 1996. She is a professional accountant and has earned the CITP - Certified International Trade Professional designation. 
Favourite Words of Wisdom:

Success is not measured by what we have. It is about who we are and what we give.

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Colleen Sharen
Web Site: colleensharen.wordpress.com
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Member Since: 2007
Past Executive Position: International Chair
Company: Associate Professor, Brescia Unviersity College
Description: Brescia University College is Canada's only women's university. Professor Sharen teachs marketing, entrepreneurship, and leadership. 
Bio:

Before joining Brescia's faculty, Colleen taught for the Schulich School of Business, York University in Toronto. Colleen holds a BA from Wilfrid Laurier University, and an MBA from Richard Ivey School of Business, Western University.

As a former senior management team member in large international companies, such as General Mills, Kraft and smaller start ups such as Grocery Gateway, Colleen has been instrumental in developing successful programs that met or exceeded anticipated outcomes. She now uses her extensive expertise in consumer marketing to help small and medium enterprises in strategy development and marketing.


In addition to her extensive business and teaching experience, Colleen is committed to giving back to her community. She has been involved with a various not-for-profit organizations.

Colleen Sharen

 


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Nancy Sutherland
Contact Info: 300 Wellington Street, Unit 100, London, Ontario N6B 2L5; 519.642.0990 x 225
Web Site: www.sunshine.ca
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Member Since: 2012
Company: Chief Executive Officer, The Sunshine Foundation of Canada
Description:

Sunshine began in London ON almost 30 years ago and is now a national children's charity providing Dreams and DreamLifts for children ages 3-18 with severe physical disabilities or life threatening illnesses.  We receive no government funding or United Way grants.  To date we have served 8000 children from coast to coast to coast.

Bio:

Nancy is a transformational leader who has spent her career in building strong, competitive organizations in the not for profit and private sectors.  Her passion for making a difference has led her to executive level positions in Human Resources and the charitable sector.

Sharing Skills:

Skills to Learn: Online Marketing

Skills to Share: People Management

Favourite Words of Wisdom Success is to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children.--Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Lisa Switzer
Member Since: 2017
Web Site: www.mercer.ca
Company: Mercer - Senior Associate
Description: Mercer helps create more secure and rewarding futures for their clients and employees — whether designing affordable health plans, assuring income for retirement, or aligning workers with workforce needs.

Jeannette Veenstra
Contact Info: 519.661.6449  
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Member Since: 2003
Past Exec Positions: Treasurer, Program Chair, House & Social Chair
Company: London Police Service
Description: Administrative Assistant, Human Resources Branch
Bio: Jeannette has been married to a London Police Officer for over 32 years and has 2 fabulous daughters. Her spare time is devoted to singing with London Pro Musica and has served on their Executive as President. Her and her husband are also big Disney fans!

Norma Yau - Secretary, Personal Development and Programs Chair
Member Since: 2001
Provincial Board: Past Treasurer
Past Exec Positions: Treasurer, Secretary - BPWL
BPW Recognition Awards: 2012 - BPW Ontario Provincial Leadership Award
Company: Retired Licenced Insolveny Trustee
Sharing Skills:

Skills to Learn: Knitting.

Skills to Share: Piano Playing, Singing.

Favourite Words of Wisdom: If someone else can do it, I can too!

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BPW London

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Joined BPWL - 2010

"BPW has gone beyond my expectations.  When I was newcomer to the city and becoming an entrepreneur, I wanted more than a networking group.  I wanted to be part of a group of dynamic women that made a difference in the lives of other women.  Since joining I have experienced personal growth, business support and friendship."

Joined BPWL - 1999

"What I like about BPW is that it's so much more  a networking group. Along with the networking, I have supported advocacy on behalf of women, learned a lot  and made friends in my own community, across Canada and internationally."

Joined BPWL - 2012

"I belong to several business and networking groups but I particularly enjoy BPW as the members are diverse, approachable and supportive with a common shared interest in women’s issues."

Joined BPWL - 1987

"BPW has opened the door to numerous opportunities to expand my horizons and grow as a person and a respected leader. It has allowed me to express my concerns for the oppression of women through resolutions and meetings with government. It has expanded my experiences through attending international meetings and participation at the United Nations, Commission on the Status of Women in New York. Most important it has been my vehicle for many lasting friendships." 

Joined BPWL - 2001

"I joined BPW London during a work transition time and found encouragement in hearing stories from other women about their employment changes.  BPW’s mandate is friendship, growth, encouragement, and assistance – I have found all these from the women I met who are now my friends." 

Joined BPWL - 2014

"I immediately felt at home from the first meeting I attended. BPW drew me in, giving me the opportunity to quickly become socialized, valued, and a loyal member. I love being part of a community of such diverse, passionate, energetic and interesting women!"

Joined BPWL - 1995

"As a long time member I can't say enough good things about BPW. BPW members have helped me to be more confident, assertive, and not afraid to try new things. By taking on different Board and Committee positions you learn many transferable skills, all at your own pace and preference. BPW Ontario and Canada both offer a line of training modules on a variety of personal development skills. Your world will open up as you become exposed to issues, ideas and many different presentations facilitated by knowledgeable speakers. I love the fact we have a National Convention and an International Congress. I enjoy the opportunity to travel and have made many long distant friends. I would recommend joining BPW to any woman, who wants to widen her horizons, she will not be disappointed."

Joined BPWL - 1987

"I joined the BPW London in the 80's as I began my career as a Financial Planner and have been very proud to be part of this amazing Club.  I have sat on the local Board and sat as the local representative on the Ontario Board.  Being part of this Association has enabled me to learn information/details of the diverse careers of the many members.  It has also gained me many friends and associates over these many years.  I support the political action of this Club locally, provincially, federally and internationally.  We still have not achieved women's rights for all and need to continue to work towards that goal.  Please consider joining and adding your name to Women's Rights."

Joined BPWL - 2009

"Being part of a very diverse, supportive and inspiring group of women is very informative and provides opportunities for growth and learning."