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BPW London September 2009 Newsletter - Women Moving Forward

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.

  • December 8, 2009 - Silent Auction & Social: Last Minute Stocking Stuffers & Gifts. Guests, friends, spouses, significant others welcome. N.B. This is the 2nd Tuesday of the month. Cost is $30 for members and guests. To contribute an auction item contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Click here to view the entire program.

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President's Message: Carole Orchard

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.

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The Truth is Not Sexy - Human Trafficking Event - October 5, 2009


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.

Click here to view flyer with further details.  Learn more about the LAAT by checking our their web site.

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BPW Canada AGM (June 19 - 20, 2009) Delegate Report by Laura Noble

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.

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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.

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BPW Canada News - Workopolis, 1 + 1 and Club Mailings

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:

  • 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.

Note: Any attachments mentioned in the Club Mailings can be obtained in the Members Only Section of the BPWC web site. If you do not know your login, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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BPW Ontario News - The 63rd Provincial Conference, May 2009 - by Sheila Crook, Delegate

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.

BPW London Club

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.

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International News - Reports from the BPW North America and Caribbean Region

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.

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Summer BPWL BBQ

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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

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BPW Cambridge Members including Lin Buxton and Mary Balfour

BPWL Members and Guests including Cindy Johnston, Doris Hall, Brenda Carpenter and Winn Barnett

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We have scheduled the next bbq for the June 15, 2010 !!

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Wine, Women & Shopping- November 19, 2009

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.

Tickets sell fast for this event and it is first come, first served....For tickets contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.519.852.3431.

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.

Sue and Nancy are accepting donations for door prizes (value $50+) and contributions to goodie bags. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.at 519.471.8726 or Nancy at 519.852.3431 to donate.

Click here to read full details of the event.

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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.

For more informationcontact BPW London member, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 519.471.7227. Learn more about the Mary Kay Ash Foundation.

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Executive Meeting Minutes

Below is a summary of the May, June and August 2009 London Executive Minutes. At the end of each summary there is a link to the complete version of the minutes.

May 2009

Business Arising

  • 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.

Dinner Meeting

  • Three new members will be inducted, budget approval and mini-review of the London website will be presented.

Financial Reports

  • Financials were presented and approved.

Membership

  • 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.

Programs/Projects

  • Planning committee meeting set for June 10, 2009.

Resolutions/By-Laws

  • 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.

Professional Development

  • Sheila Crook requested that Laura Noble review the web sites at future dinner meetings.

Fundraising

  • 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.

National

  • Doris Hall reported that the International President and International 1st VP will be attending the National AGM.

International

  • Doris Hall has passed her materials onto the new International Chair Colleen Sharen.

Complete May 2009 Minutes

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June 2009

Business Arising

  • Updates on the Human Trafficking event and 2012 National Convention will be presented at the August executive meeting.

Membership

  • 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.

Fundraising

  • General fundraising ideas were discussed: golf tournament, Young BPW event, movie night etc.

District/Provincial

  • 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

Other

  • 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.

Complete June 2009 minutes

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August 2009

Business Arising

  • 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.

Membership

  • 27 members.
  • Kim Bewsky-Godin has re-joined the club.

Public Relations

  • 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.

Programs

  • Lianne Armstrong announced the program is set for the coming year.

Young BPW

  • Megan Popovic’s resignation was accepted with many thanks for all her work. 

Resolutions

  • 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.

Professional Development

  • 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.

Fundraising

  • 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.

National

  • The 2010 National Conference will be held in Barrie, Ontario during the same weekend as the Provincial Conference in Barrie.

Complete August 2009 minutes.

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Notices & Events

  • 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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BPW London October 2009 Newsletter - Women Moving Forward

In this Issue:

New Members/YBPW GEAR: U.N. News BPWC News
BPW Ontario News BPW International What a Girl Wants! WWS - Door Prizes Your Lipstick..
YOU Breakfast Reality of Pornagraphy Exec Minutes Notices & Events Upcoming Events

BPW London Sponsors Education Forum on Human Trafficking by Doris Hall 1st VP BPW Canada

victormalarek The Johns

Victor Malarek, author of The Natashas – Inside the Global Sex Trade and The John’s: Sex for Sale and the Men Who Buy It.

Victor Malarek is a Toronto-based TV reporter who makes documentaries for W5. He recently published his latest book on human trafficking, The Johns: Sex for Sale and the Men Who Buy It.

BPW London was a major sponsor of an educational forum at The University of Western Ontario on Monday, October 5, 2009. It was a huge success with standing room only. Attendance surpassed 200 people, including several men which, according to Malarek, is a very promising sign, as it is the demand side of the business that needs to be addressed if we hope to end sexual exploitation. The program included Victor Malarek as keynote speaker and a panel with John Fenn, founder of The John Schools in Toronto, Trevor Hinds, Program Director for Changing Ways and Marty Van Doren, Superintendent (Retired), Human Trafficking Awareness Coordinator with the R.C.M.P. Topics covered were human trafficking and the law; masculinity and entitlement, and how pornography drives human trafficking.

“Legalizing or decriminalizing the sex trade is a poor policy response to its underlying social forces,” says Malarek. According to him, “90 percent of sex workers worldwide---including those in Canada---did not choose to do it. They are either trafficked, or are tethered to the work by addictions or extreme poverty.”
Instead of decriminalization, Malarek suggests a multi-front battle against “modern-day sexual terrorism”: reform the johns; change male attitudes about women; enforce anti-trafficking laws; and give vulnerable women the opportunity to get decently paying jobs outside prostitution.

In part, Malarek blames the proliferation of exploitative prostitution—especially the prostitution of trafficked women from the developing world—on North American male anger at feminism and the equality of women. Men need to stop kidding themselves. Victor Malarek’s book makes it clear that “when men buy sex, they perpetuate the system that enslaves millions of women and children.”

Malarek says that “men who resort to prostitutes for sexual pleasure are losers who should spend more energy on a meaningful relationship rather than blaming women for their sexual failures and turning to prostitutes over whom they can exert their power.”

The event was hosted by the London and Area Anti-Trafficking Group (LAAT) which is working to increase awareness of human trafficking in London and area, and finding ways to help victims of involuntary servitude.

Please visit LAAT’s website at www.laat.tk

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2012 National Convention, London, ON Update

  • Convention Title: Doris Hall, National First VP and BPW London Member, has tentatively set her theme for 2010-2012 as BPW – Our Journey Continues - “Yours, Mine and Ours to Create”.

    Given BPW London is hosting the 2012 National Convention, June 20-24, 2012, your convention co-chairs, Sheila Crook and Linda Davis,would like the BPW London Membership to provide input into the 2012 Convention Title that will compliment the President Elects’ theme and reflect what convention participants can expect when they come to the 2012 National convention.

    In the next couple of days all BPW London members will be emaileda surveyasking for yourconvention titleinput.

  • Convention Committees: The co-chairs and Doris Hall have been quite busy for the past few months and very soon will be setting up their committees. Mary McBrearty will the Convention Treasurer. Click here to view a list of all committees and a brief description. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.for more information on how you assist.

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Welcome New Members & Young BPW Update

  • BPW London Executive is proud to announce we have 8 new members!
  • Welcome & Congratulations: Kim Bewsky-Godin, Cheryl Fanni, Carrie Hart, Leanne Kuchynski, Angela Ye Liu, Caley Lunan, Justine Mbabazi and Barbara Stahlke.

    Kim and Carrie are returning members and Leanne, Angela and Caley are Young BPW members.

    Stay tuned to the next newsletter for bios on each new member.

  • Young BPW Update: Lisa Wittur is BPWL's new Young BPW VP. Congratulations to Lisa.

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Exciting News from the UN! And a Step Forward for Women Around the World

GEAR (Gender Equality Architecture Reform) has finally been approved by the General Assembly at the United Nations. GEAR is the new entity, a consolidation of four existing women’s entities into a single body at the United Nations. The four entities to be consolidated are:

  • U.N. Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM)
  • The Office of the Special Advisor on Gender Issues
  • The U.N. Division for the Advance of Women
  • The International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (INSTRAW)

The General Assembly has expressed strong and unanimous support in adopting a resolution on September 14th, 2009, to create this new entity which will be headed by a new Under Secretary-General. Women and their allies have been advocating for this consolidation for three years to provide a stronger, better resourced agency on gender equality of women’s empowerment. GEAR is expected to be operation by the time of the Beijing + 15 Review at the Committee on the Status of Women in March 2010.

Member states must also address in a timely fashion all the outstanding issues required for the entity to begin operations, including the mechanisms for governance and oversight. Donor countries need to pledge the substantial funding ($1 billion) to support the proposed strong field operation that the entity must have to be successful in fulfilling the promises made by governments and the UN to the world’s women. Women around the world have waited for the United Nations and member states to fulfill the promises made since the first International Women’s Year in 1975, the adoption of the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) thirty years ago.

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BPW Canada News - Workopolis, 1 + 1, New Club

  • BPW Canada Careers & Workopolis:

    Deadline to enter your name in the draw for a $150 gift certificate from Westjet has been extended to  November 30th. Submit your resumé at BPW Canada Careers for a chance to win.

    For employers: post your job ads by November 30th for FREE!

    Posting resumés and posting jobs is open to ALL, not just BPW members.

  • And More Chances to Win: 1 + 1: The New Power of BPW:

    BPW International 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. 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.

    Learn more about this campaign by clicking here. Note: you will need your National Login to open the page.

  • Welcome BPW Mission

    On October 16, 2009 a Chater Ceremony was conducted in Mission, B.C. Welcome Mission to BPW Canada. There are 24 chartered members of this new club.
BPW Mission
BPW Canada president Sue Calhoun (far left) and BPW-BC president Connie Friesen (far right) with the newly-initiated BPW Mission members.

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BPW Ontario News - Call for Resolutions, President's Message, Power of Women Event, Provincial Council of Women of Ontario

  • Deadline for Provincial resolutions is January 31, 2010. The Call for Resolutions was announced in the October 2009 Ontario Provincial President's Message. Contact BPWL's Resolutions Chair, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.for more details.

  • Provincial President, Carol Kollar, publisher the October 2009 President's Newsletter. Highlights include: BPW Barrie will be hosting both the 2010 Provincial Conference and National Convention, 2009 BPW ON Conference news as well as the Call for Resolutions. Click here to read Carol's complete message.

  • Provincial Council of Women of Ontario (PCWO)Semi-annual Meeting and Brief Presentation: November 16 & 17, 2009. Theme: Housing/Homelessness & Health. This semi-annual meeting will be held at the Legislative Building, Queen's Park. List of attendees must be provided by November 13, 2009 for security purposes. For information on registration, times, hotels etc, click here.

  • BPWON Member Offer to The Power of Women: Experience the Power of Women Leadership event November 30, 2009 in Toronto. Special: Buy 1 ticket and get 1 complimentary ticket. Partial list of speakers: Tina Brown, Campbell Brown, Lisa Daily. Reserve tickets at 1.866.883.6568. Click here for complete details.

Mark your calendars: BPWON 2010 Conference will be in Barrie June 18, 2010 followed by the BPW Canada National Convention on June 19 and June 20, 2010.

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International News - Reports from the BPW North America and Caribbean Region

Jill Worobec, Regional Co-ordinator of North America and the non-Spanish Speaking Countries of the Caribbean recent newsletter highlights include: the new Federation of Enterprising and Professional Women USA, participation in the Organization of American States and News from BPW St. Maarten, Soualiga, Grand Cayman and Haiti. Click here to read the full newsletter.


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Canadian Liver Foundation Event - What a Girl Wants!

What a Girl Wants: Celebrating Women, Health and Handbags!

The London Chapter of the Canadian Liver Foundation is highlighting the importance of liver health through an exciting new event called What a Girl Wants. An evening celebrating women, health and handbags taking place at the Elsie Perrin Williams Estate on November 5, 2009. What a Girl Wants will feature a live auction of designer and one of a kind handbags, a silent auction of luxury items, gourmet tapas and entertainment. The guest speaker is Heather Fisher, Canada’s second longest living liver transplant recipient and organ donation advocate. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased online at www.whatagirlwantslondon.com or by calling the Canadian Liver Foundation at 519.659.0951.

As the fourth leading cause of death by disease, liver disease threatens the lives of more than two million Canadian men, women and children. At the Canadian Liver Foundation we work hard to encourage research and provide educational programs geared towards the medical community, patients, their families and the general public.

Download event flyer.

To learn more visit www.whatagirlwantslondon.com.

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Wine, Women & Shopping- November 19, 2009 - Door Prizes etc

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.

Sue and Nancy are now accepting door prize donations (value $50+) and goodie bag contributions. For more information or to donate, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.at 519.471.8726 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.at 519.852.3431.

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.

Click here to read full details of the event.

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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.

For more informationcontact BPW London member, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 519.471.7227. Learn more about the Mary Kay Ash Foundation.

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Breakfast for YOU - Empowering YOUth - February 4, 2010

Youth Opportunities Unlimited, invitesBPWL to join us Thursday, February 4, 2010 for the 4th Annual Breakfast for YOU Empowering Youth. This important fundraiser will take place at Hilton London, Grand Ballroom.

Click here to learn additional information.

Watch this website for informtion on when on-line registration opens. Contact Christine Dirks 519.432.1112 ext. 351.


The London Abused Women’s Centre and The London Anti-Trafficking Group Presents The Ugly Reality Of Pornography

Featuring: Dr. Robert Jensen, author of Getting Off: Pornography and the End of Masculinity witha screening of the documentary The Price of Pleasure: Pornography, Sexuality & Relationships*.

Date: Thursday, November 26, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. (followed by a book signing)

Place: London Convention Centre Theatre

Cost: Pay what you can with a suggested donation of $10 general public; $5 for students

Seating is limited .

Click here to view flyer.

*The documentary contains scenes of sexual activity and aggression from pornographic videos. This event is open to only those individuals over the age of 18.

For further information, call Megan Walker, Executive Director, London Abused Women’s Centre, 519.432.2204, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Executive Meeting Minutes

Below is a summary of the September 2009 London Executive Minutes. At the end of the summary there is a link to the complete version of the minutes.

September 2009

Business Arising

  • Doris Hall reported that the Human Trafficking event on October 5, 2009 is moving forward and that BPWL will be able to information table at the event.
  • Linda Davis and Sheila Crook, co-chairs of the 2012 National Convention, reported that the Hilton Hotel has been selected as the venue for the National Convention. Members will be asked to vote on the Convention theme. A presentation on the Convention will be occur at the next dinner meeting and throughout the year Linda & Sheila encourage members to join the various Convention committees.

Financial Reports

  • Financials were presented and approved.

Membership

  • Membership is currently at 30.

Public Relations

  • Laura Noble reported she is working on the BPWLad for the BPW Ontario annual report.
  • Work continues on the Executive portion of the BPWL site.

Programs/Projects

  • Handouts outlining the 2009-2010 Program were reviewed.

Resolutions/By-Laws

  • Linda Davis, Doris Hall and Carole Orchard are in the process of forwarding a letter to the CRTC on behalf of BPWL. The letter is regarding the National resoluiton that was defeated at the National AGM. The letter will be forwarded to other clubs to forward to the CRTC.

Professional Development

  • Sheila Crook will review the International 1 + 1 Membership drive at the next dinner meeting.
  • Tips on the BPW websites will continue.
  • Sheila Crook will request members to volunteer to join 2012 National Convention committees. She will present it as a "Stepping UP to 2012". Committees will gear up in 2010.

Fundraising

  • Winn Barnett has items for next couple of dinner meetings draws.
  • Carole Orchard reported the BPWL BBQ fundraiser cookbook is underway.
  • Winn will briefly mention the Christmas fundraiser at the September dinner meeting.

House & Social

  • Laura Noble reported that she will have the guest packages ready for the dinner meeting.

National

  • Laura Noble will give a short presentation on BPWC and Workopolis at a future dinner meeting.

Dinner Meeting

  • Induction of new member Kim Bewsky-Godin is planned.
  • Members will be informed of the CRTC letter, 1 + 1 program, Stepping Up to 2012 and Christmas fund raising event.

Complete September 2009 Minutes

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Notices & Events

  • 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).

  • Dinner and Make-Over - November 11, 2009 - BPWL Member Winn Barnett presents .

    Three course meal buffet,full instruction on your skin care needs and make-over with the latest looks. $20 must purchase in advance - registration deadline November 9, 2009. Information and Registration contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.: 519.471.7227. Click here to download flyer for additional information.

  • 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.

As a BPWL Member, if your business has an upcoming event or notice,This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for inclusion in the next newsletter by the last day of the month. It's FREE and great way to promote your business' workshops, upcoming events etc.

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Upcoming BPW Events

  • BPW Cambridge - October 27, 2009. Dessert Meeting topic is Single Moms and Their Refugee Children with speaker Rimah Al Ramahi. Click here for more information and reservation deadline.

  • BPWO District Meeting - November 14, 2009. 9:00 a.m. - Noon.Successful Event Planning. Kitchener-Waterloo. Registration deadline: November 11, 2009. to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.: 519.451.9080.Click here to download flyer.

  • BPW Kitchener-Waterloo - November 15, 2009. Dinner meeting topic is Owning Our True Power-Filled Self. Speaker: Sylvia Plester-Silk. 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Click here for more details.

  • 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. Click here to download the meeting flyer.

  • BPW Cambridge - November 23,  2009 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.  Dessert Meeting topic is Young Women Breaking the Glass Ceiling on Women’s Boxing at the 2012 Olympics. Speaker is Mandy Bujold a two-time Pan Am Games Champion in the world of Women’s Boxing. Click here to download the flyer and view registration information.

  • BPW Toronto - November 29, 2009. 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. High Tea with Sistering Organization. BPW Toronto is celebrating it's 100th Year! Click here for more details on this event.

  • BPW London: Silent Auction and Social: December 8, 2009. Note: this is the 2nd Tuesday of the month vs the 3rd. Donations for auction can be forwarded toThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..Guests, friends, significant others invited. Cost $30 for members and guests. Stay tuned for further details.

  • UN Commission on the Status of Women 54th Session (CSW54) : March 1- March 12, 2010. CSW54 marks the 15th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women and our UN Representatives have advised that we could expect up to 10,000 women taking part in next year's milestone. Click here to read more details on registration and accomodations.

  • BPW ON Provincial Conference - June 18, 2010, Barrie, Ontario, Horseshoe Resort. Click here to download the flyer. National Convention begins on June 19, 2010.

  • BPW Canada National Convention - June 19 - 20, 2010, Barrie, Ontario, Horseshore Resort. Stay tuned for details.

  • BPW Regional Conference - September 23 - 26, 2010, Las Vegas. Stay tuned for details.

  • BPW International Congress - June 17 - 21, 2011, Helsinki, Finland.

  • BPW Canada National Convention - June 20 - 24, 2012, London, Ontario.


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BPW London January 2010 Newsletter - Women Moving Forward

In this Issue:

Fundraising Success Menopause:Musical New Member Promo
Advertising Opp BPWC News BPW Ontario News N.A Region News YOU Breakfast
BPW Cambridge Healthy Bones Conf. Exec Minutes Notices & Events Upcoming Events

New Member Profile - Kate Hall- Merenda

BPW London has two new members: Karen Hurley and Kate Hall-Merenda. Welcome Karen & Kate.

This month we are profiling Kate Hall-Merenda.

Kate is a Professional Integral Coach™ who supports individuals in getting to where they want to be in any aspect of their life or profession. 'Integral Coach' is a trade-mark in Canada owned by Integral Coaching Canada Inc, and licensed to Kate Hall-Merenda.

Kate's company is Future Creations. She was raised and educated in London and then lived in Ottawa for 27 years and recently returned to London.

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2012 National Convention, London, ON Update - New Chairs & Tomboy Tools - "Celebrating Into the Future"


Mary McBrearty as Convention Treasurer, Laura Noble as Secretary/Communications Chair and Linda Dawson as Fundraising Chair have joined the Convention Planning Committee.

50% of all Sheila Crook's profits from her sales of Tomboy Tools to BPW members and associates will be donated to the BPW London fundraising efforts for the BPW 2012 National Convention. A Tomboy Tools Fundraiser page has been added to this web site. Check out the page for more information on Tomboy and the fundraiser or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The next steps will be looking for members for Registration, Promotion and Decorating Chairs as we prepare for the pre-registration, invitation and hospitality events at the 2010 National Convention this coming June.

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.& This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 2012 National Convention Co-Chairs, thank you for your support and participation as we Step Up to 2012.

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Silent Auction and Social Success - Congratulations to BPWL Members & Guests

BPWL's December fundraiser was a great success. Thanks to members, guests and those that donated weraised more money this year than last. Congratulations to all.

Congratulations and thank you to BPWL's Fundraising Chair, Winn Barnett, for a terrific job organizing theevent.

The evening was a lot of fun with an excellent meal (thank you to House & Social Chair, Brenda Feenstra), lots of terrific auction items and Holiday piano tunes by Norma Yau.

Special thank you to all donators including Mark's Work Warehouse, London Masonville, 1737 Richmond Street owned by John Whatley.

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Menopause the Musical - Fundraiser for BPW London and Friends of Olivia - February 27, 2010

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Excursion Details:

  • Depart pick-up point at 2:00 p.m. (there will be two different pickup point options: London & Tillsonburg) - February 27, 2010.
  • Voyageur Limo (Luxury Coach) will provide transportation to Toronto with complimentary wine and cheese for the trip!
  • Theatre ticket for Winter Garden Theatre's presentation of "Menopause - the Musical" (It's hilarious! - check out their web site).
  • Returning to pick up point around 11:00 - 11:30 pm.
  • Price: $125/ticket includes all of the above!

This is a joint fundraiser. A portion of each ticket sold by Friends of Olivia will dontated to that organization and a portion of each ticket sold by BPW London will be donated to BPWL. You don't have to be a member of Friends of Olivia or BPW to join us!

So, this is an excursion for women, about an issue all women will experience to some degree or another; so we might as well laugh about it!!

Tickets are sold on first come, first serve basis and all payments are due upon ordering of tickets. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.to book your tickets!

Click here to download all the details of the excursion including payment methods.

Learn more about Friends of Olivia.

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BPWL Membership Promotion

Do you know anyone who is considering joining BPWL? Now is a great time to save a bit of money with the current membership promotion.

New members joining BPWL between January 1 and April 30 2010 who pay $165fee will have their membership expire April 30, 2011. Regular membership fee for joining during this period is $70 and then $125 annual renewal is due May 1, 2010. New members can take advantage of the promotion and save $30!

For more information contact the Membership Chair, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Advertising Opportunity - BPW Ontario Annual Report by Carol Kollar, BPWON President

At the Interim Board meeting in November 2009, we discussed what purpose we wanted the Annual Report to have.

It was decided that we will use the Annual Report as a marketing/sponsorship tool and it will be ready to be handed out at the Provincial Conference this year for June 18th, 2010.

The format will change and there will be a lot more advertising space available. The various Clubs should distribute the report to libraries, doctor’s office, dentist offices etc - wherever we can provide information on BPW to the public. The costs for the ads have not changed (range from $85-$150 formembers)and it will provide exposure for the advertisers in the book and also on the BPW Ontario website.

All ads must be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., our Annual Report Editor. The money for the ads are to be sent to Norma Yau, our Provincial Treasurer. All the instructions are posted on the BPW Ontario website under 'Annual Reports'.

Please remember that it is important to have the ads sent to Kim Beatty no later than March 15, 2010.

Should you have any questions please feel free to contact myself, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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BPW Canada News - Winter Newsletter & Club Mailing, Leadership Award and 1 + 1

  • The following are highlights from the Winter Newsletter andDecember and late December Club Mailings: Top 10 Things To Do in 2010, Call for Nominations and more below.

    Associated attachments for each Club Mailing can be found on the Members Only or Public sections of the BPW Canada website.

  • Convention 2010: Things are progressing well with the organization of Convention 2010, which will be held June 19-20, 2010 at the gorgeous Horseshoe Resort in Ontario, about an hour north of Toronto (www.horseshoeresort.com). We are "doing something different" here, and the Convention will be held the same weekend as the Ontario provincial conference. So Ontario sisters - come for one, stay for both! We are working out a very attractive registration package that will make it affordable for all our members. A reminder that 2010 is BPW Canada's 80th anniversary so we will be celebrating and reminiscing about the things we have accomplished in the past 80 years. Plus we will be providing lots of opportunity for BPW members to network with their sisters from across the country. It is not too early to book your room. Be aware that the G8 is happening at nearby Deerhurst Resort shortly afterwards, and the Horseshoe may get the overflow (journalists etc) so better safe than sorry, book your room now. There are ways that YOU, as a BPW member or club and/or as a business owner can get involved: grab bags, advertising in Convention workbook etc. Contact National President, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., for further details.

  • W.O.R.K. monies now available -National has just been notified that additional funding may be available from W.O.R.K. (Women Offering Resources and Knowledge), for events or projects completed before April 30, 2010. Click here for the application.Only programs or projects of an educational nature are eligible - not advocacy or marketing or purely social activities, and applications must be received by February 10, 2010. Details and application forms are on the National website at www.bpw.ca or by email: Fran Donaldon, National Co-Chair Personal Development:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • The 2010 Leadership Awards will be presented at BPW Canada’s 42nd Biennial Convention at the Horseshoe Resort north of Barrie, ON on June 19, 2010. For information on these awards and an application to nominate someone, download this pdf document. If you would prefer the document in Word, please contact Committee Chair Linda Prafke directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Deadline for nominations is January 30, 2010.

  • Congratulations to BPW Sudbury Member, Vicky Kotab, who has been appointed to the BPWI Health Standing Committee and the Expert Advisers Group.

  • Win: 1 + 1: The New Power of BPW:

    BPW International 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. 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.

    Learn more about this campaign by clicking here. Note: you will need your National Login to open the page.

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BPW Ontario News - Call For Nominations, Archives Update, Sudbury Videoand more

The following arehighlights from BPWON President Carol Kollar latest mailing: Call for Nominations (2010-2012 ON Board), Steps to Creating a Resolution and Membership Growth Retention Tool. Our archives are located at York University and click here to read how you can access these archives and also how to donate materials to the archive.

Click here to read Carol's complete mailing.

BPW Sudbury Video - Carol Kollar

BPW Sudbury has made an awesome video for BPW Sudbury, but I believe every Club can use it. It tells about BPW no matter what Club you belong to.

I would like to congratulate the Sudbury Club for the great job in putting the video together and to share the video with every club across Canada.

Click here to view this video.

Mark your calendars - BPW ON Provincial Conference - June 18, 2010, Barrie, Ontario, Horseshoe Resort. Click here to download the flyer. National Convention begins on June 19, 2010.

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Latest News from Jill Worobec - Regional Coordinator - North America and Caribbean Region

The North American Regional Meeting will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA September 23 to 26th, 2010. It will be hosted by EPW-USA who will hold their annual general meeting immediately following. The Young BPW International members will have their International meeting in conjunction with the regional meeting. We will celebrate BPW International’s 80th birthday together with a gala banquet.

Click here to read Jill's complete newsletter.

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Breakfast for YOU - Empowering YOUth - February 4, 2010

Youth Opportunities Unlimited, invites BPWL to join us Thursday, February 4, 2010 for the 4th Annual Breakfast for YOU Empowering Youth. This important fundraiser will take place at Hilton London, Grand Ballroom.

Click here to learn additional information.

Registerat theYOU web site.

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BPW Cambridge - InThe News

Mandy Bujold, Amateur Boxer and Olympic hopeful, was the guest speaker at the 23 November 09 BPW Cambridgemeeting. Women's boxing has beenapproved as a recognized Olympic sport for the 2012 Olympics.

Click here to read the article about the eventpublished in the December 29, 2009 Cambridge Times.

BPW November 23 2009Cambridge

In Photo: Wanda Agar, Mary Balfour, Kay Crawford, Margaret Graham, Karen Egoff, Mandy Bujold, Hermina Richter, Lin Buxton, Phyllis Hemingway, Vivian De Winter, Elisabeth Clare

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Healthy Bones: Babies, Boomers and Beyond - March 6, 2010

The London & Thames Valley Chapter of Osteoporosis Canada Education Conference for 2010 topic is Healthy Bones: Babies, Boomers and Beyond.  

Date: March 6, 2010 - 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM.
Location: Brescia College
Contact: Teresa Cristiano-Flanagan, Chair, London and Thames Valley OsteoporosisCanada, 519.457.0624.
Cost: $10 at the door
Parking: Free

Speakers: Dr. Patricia H. Watson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Depts. of Medicine and Physiology & Pharmacology, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Western Ontario.

The plan is to have the two speakers give lecture-style presentations and then end with a panel discussion with the speakers and THREE panelists who either have or are at risk of being diagnosed with the disease.

We are looking for your help in finding the three individuals, preferably at different stages in their life (i.e., a young adult, a middle-aged adult, and an older adult),to participate in the panel.

Contact the London and Thames Valley OsteoporosisCanada,if you are interested in taking part or know of someone who meets the required criteria.

Make sure to mark the date in your calendar and make a point to join the Conference.

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Executive Meeting Minutes

Below is a summary of the November and December 2009 London Executive Minutes. At the end of each summary there is a link to the complete version of the minutes.

November 2009

Business Arising

  • Lisa Wittur has accepted the postion of Young BPW VP.


2012 National Convention Update

  • Sheila Crook reported the results from the Stepping Up to 2012 forms distributed at the October dinner meeting, there were 15 BPW London members noted as helping BPWL Step Up and this is a great indicator of a healthy club. Also all members who completed the form identified they are willing to help prepare for the Convention.

Fundraising

  • Winn Barnett has approached several members to assist at the December Silent Auciton.
Financial
  • Mary McBrearty reviewed that audit for 2008-2009. There were no discrepancies

Membership

  • Membership is at 34.
  • Rose Kuchynski continues to follow-up with dinner guests.
  • 5-year pins will be presented at the April dinner meeting.

Public Relations

  • Laura Noble reported that roughly half of all the “hits” on our website are persons going directly to it and the other half split between Google, and from the link on the BPW Canada web. We do get some from Networking Today website as well.

Resolutions

  • Doris Hall reported that she had been in contact with Mandy Heyninck (aformer BPWLmember who is a lawyer) to see if we should be concerned about the new divorce law being considered by the government. At this time Mandy Heyninck does not feel that the law will be passed. We will continue to monitor the situation.
  • Carole Orchard mentioned a concern regarding the plan to cut money to fund medical clinics in low cost housing complexes. This topic could be developed into a future resolution.
  • Doris Hall mentioned the concern about missing aboriginal women and the proposed law to legalize prostitution as two possible future resolutions.

Professional Development

  • Sheila Crook will prepare a personalized response to the members who completed the stepping-up survey at the last dinner meeting. This mailing is expected to be issued in January.

District/Provincial

  • Linda Davis announced that Lin Buxton, BPW Cambridge, will be taking the position of District Director. An Assistant DD is needed and it is hoped that this position will be filled by a BPWL member.

National

  • Doris Hall sent a letter and signed the petition against the upcoming HST.

Complete November 2009 Minutes.

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December 2009

2012 National Convention Update

  • A new secure section will be added to the BPWL website for the 2012 Convention Chair materials. After the Convention this area will be used for a Members Only section of the web.

Fundraising

  • Carole Orchard has completed the recipe book. The book needs to be formatted for printing and Laura Noble will research prices and also CD's.

Membership

  • 36 Members
  • Rose Kuchynski presented two new members for vote. Karen Hurley and Kate Hall-Merenda memberships were approved.
  • Mary McBrearty presented a membership promotion that will take place from January - April 2010.

Professional Development

  • Sheila Crook, along with the Pay Equity Commissioner has reworked our module on Pay Equity and it will be ready in January 2010 for review. She will then present some single point lessons on Pay Equity to the monthly dinner meetings during the 2010-2011 season.

National

  • Doris Hall reported that she has sent letters on the gun register to the MP’s and to the leaders of the National political parties. BPWC will be presenting a brief to the Canadian Government on this topic.
Complete December 2009 minutes.

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Notices & Events

  • Glamour Shots - January 30, 2010. BPWL Member Winn Barnett along with Tammy Gould, Photographer, are combining their talents for a Glamour Shot Portraits. Click here for more details
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  • Dinner & Makeover - February 10, 2010. BPWL Member Winn Barnett presents a three course meal buffet,full instruction on your skin care needs and make-over with the latest looks. $20 must purchase in advance - registration deadline February 5, 2010. Information and Registration contact Winn Barnett 519.471.7227. Click here to download flyer for additional information.

  • 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.

As a BPWL Member, if your business has an upcoming event or notice,This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for inclusion in the next newsletter by the last day of the month. It's FREE and great way to promote your business' workshops, upcoming events etc.

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Upcoming BPW Events

Note: BPW London meetings are the 3rd Tuesday of the month. Reservations are due to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by the prior Friday.

  • BPW Cambridge: January 25, 2010. Meeting topic is Starting Up A Business The Second Time Around with speakers Mark and Cindy Gerber of Oakridge Acres Country Meat Store. Click here for more details.

  • BPW London: February 16, 2010. Dinner meeting topic is Voluteerism in Third World Countries. Speaker: Cora McNamara, Nancy Campbell Collegiate Institute. The talk will focus on the how the student population becomes involved in world-wide social issues and often visit different countries to inspire and learn. Topics of interest include "the equality of men and women, elimination of prejudice, substance abuse, and unity in diversity." Click here to download the flyer.

  • BPW London: February 27, 2010. Menopause the Musical - Fundraiser for BPWL and Friends of Olivia. Click here for details to purchase tickets.

  • UN Commission on the Status of Women 54th Session (CSW54) : March 1- March 12, 2010. CSW54 marks the 15th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women and our UN Representatives have advised that we could expect up to 10,000 women taking part in next year's milestone. Click here to read more details on registration and accomodations.

  • BPW London: March 16, 2010. Dinner meeting topic is Workplace Environment: Bullying, Violence. Speaker: Barb MacQuarrie, Community Director, Centre for Research & Education on Violence against Women and Children, The Faculty of Education, The University of Western Ontario.

  • BPW ON Provincial Conference - June 18, 2010, Barrie, Ontario, Horseshoe Resort. Click here to download the flyer. National Convention begins on June 19, 2010.

  • BPW Canada National Convention - June 19 - 20, 2010, Barrie, Ontario, Horseshore Resort. Stay tuned for details.

  • BPW Regional Conference - September 23 - 26, 2010, Las Vegas. Stay tuned for details.

  • BPW International Congress - June 17 - 21, 2011, Helsinki, Finland.

  • BPW Canada National Convention - June 20 - 24, 2012, London, Ontario.


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BPW London November 2009 Newsletter - Women Moving Forward

In this Issue:

Silent Auction News Menopause:Musical BPWL Resolutions
BPW & EI: Lobbying CPP Changes BPWC News BPW Ontario News U.N. - CSW54
YOU Breakfast Reality of Pornagraphy Exec Minutes Notices & Events Upcoming Events

New Member Profile - Cheryl Fanni

As reported in the October 2009 issue, BPWL has 8 new members! This month's issue is profiling Cheryl Fanni.

In 1998, Cheryl started up Imperial Nour Arabians breeading Egyptian Arabian horses. Cheryl also works for Equity Associates as Certified Financial Planner and independent insurance broker specializing in insurance, estate, retirement and tax planning.

Cheryl lives in Parkhill with her husband, horses and dogs. She also is a dog agility trainer.

Welcome, Cheryl!

Cheryl Fanni

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2012 National Convention, London, ON Update - The Title by Sheila Crook and Linda Davis: BPW 2012 Co-Chairs

The BPW 2012 Winning Title is ... "Celebrate into the Future"

Special thanks to everyone who took time to participate in the "Name the 2012 National Convention Survey". Your creative feedback helped to streamline the draft concepts presented and provided a wealth of ideas to be incorporated into the actual Convention Program of events.

Celebrate into the Future very effectively captures the essence of your collective feedback and will work very well with Doris Hall's President's two year theme BPW -Yours, Mine, Ours to Create (starting in June 2010). However, what is really exciting is the synergy that your feedback created and the many additional ideas that will be incorporated across the convention program and special events. As suggested by survey respondents the invitation to Convention will include an inviting "Come Celebrate into the Future". In addition, just to list a few, you will find that many of the tweaked terms such as Trail Blazers; Lead, Learn, and Live; Strive, Share and Play; Road to Resolution and Look out Future HereWe Come are expected to be incorporated in some fashion into the convention program and special events.

We are confident a graphic artist can now create a vivid image that will see the Convention Title leap from the page as it conveys the concepts associated with celebrating our contributions to the advancement of women through time, while simultaneously inspiring a fresh new portal to the future.

The creative spontaneity of BPW London members is certain to make the 2012 National Convention one that will be long remembered.

We thank you for your passion and look forward to the excitement of the next two years.

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Silent Auction and Social - December 8, 2009

BPWL's December fundraiser is fast-approaching. Last year was a great success and a lot of fun! To make this year another success we need donations for the silent auction. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 519.471.7227.

Winn will accept items at the November dinner meeting or contact her and arrange a drop-off time and location prior to December 8. If you plan on bringing your donations the night of the event, please notify This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.prior to December 8, with a description of the item and an estimated value .

Note: this social is the 2nd Tuesday of the month versus BPWL's usual 3rd Tuesday of the month.

Guests, friends, significant others are invited. Cost is $30 for all. Our House & Social Chair, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., promises a very Merry Dinner will be served. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. are due by December 4, 2009.

Stay tuned to your email for more information on the evening.

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Menopause the Musical - Fundraiser for BPW London and Friends of Olivia

menopausethemusical

Excursion Details:

  • Depart pick-up point at 2:00 p.m. (there will be two different pickup point options: London & Tillsonburg)
  • Voyageur Limo (Luxury Coach) will provide transportation to Toronto with complimentary wine and cheese for the trip!
  • Theatre ticket for Winter Garden Theatre's presentation of "Menopause - the Musical" (It's hilarious! - check out their web site).
  • Returning to pick up point around 11:00 - 11:30 pm.
  • Price: $125/ticket includes all of the above!

This is a joint fundraiser. A portion of each ticket sold by Friends of Olivia will dontated to that organization and a portion of each ticket sold by BPW London will be donated to BPWL. You don't have to be a member of Friends of Olivia or BPW to join us!

So, this is an excursion for women, about an issue all women will experience to some degree or another; so we might as well laugh about it!!

Tickets are sold on first come, first serve basis and all payments are due upon ordering of tickets. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.to book your tickets!

Click here to download all the details of the excursion including payment methods.

Learn more about Friends of Olivia.

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BPWL Resolution Report by Linda Davis, BPWL Resolutions Chair

The London Club is currently working on the following resolutions:

  • Sisters In Spirit funding– The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) is working in collaboration with other Aboriginal women’s organizations and the federal government to improve the human rights of Aboriginal women and address the violence facing Aboriginal women, in particular the high rates of missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Canada. This is a five-year research, education and policy initiative done through activities in various areas and will address violence against Aboriginal (First Nations, Inuit and Métis) women, particularly racialized and/or sexualized violence, that is, violence perpetrated against Aboriginal women because of their gender and Aboriginal identity. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.is working on a potential resolution to ask for increased governments funding in support of this initiative. For more information visit http://www.nwac-hq.org/en/background.html.

  • Changes to the Family Law Act – On Nov. 24, 2008, Ontario Attorney General Chris Bentley introduced a multi-faceted family law reform package aimed at better protecting the rights of women, children and families in times of family breakdown. These proposed changes were prompted by the death of 7-year-old Katelynn Sampson in August of 2008. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.is working with, local lawyer and former BPWLmember Mandy Heyninck, to investigate this issue.

  • Access to health care for the marginalized population – many people living at or below the poverty line do not have a regular doctor and are therefore forced to attend walk-in clinics or emergency rooms. A pilot project in London saw Nurses and Nurse Practitioners with offices located in subsidized housing areas and as a result this population was able to meet their health care needs and be pro active therefore, reducing the overall strain on the health care system. The funding for this project has not been renewed and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.is working on a resolution to address this and other marginalized population’s access to adequate health care.

  • The fight against the legalization of prostitution – On October 6, lawyers for Terri-Jean Bedford, Valerie Scott and Amy Lebovitch argued for Canada's current prostitution laws to be thrown out. Currently the Criminal Code of Canada prohibits communication for the purpose of prostitution. It also prohibits keeping a common bawdy house for the purpose of prostitution. The three women involved in the case are calling for prostitution to be decriminalized.

    This is a fight that has been fought before but with the newest big business of human trafficking, decriminalizing prostitution may make Canada a haven for human trafficking. In the countries that have already legalized prostitution the average age of prostitutes has dropped so younger women are being entrapped into this way of life and human trafficking has increased to meet the demand This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.will be working on a resolution against the legalization of prostitution, to address this issue.

If you would like to work on any of these resolutons This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or the member identified in each resolution and they would be happy to enlist your services.

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BPW Canada’s lobbying efforts on Employment Insurance by Doris Hall, BPWC 1st VP

Since 1948, BPW members in Canada have been lobbying for better access to Employment Insurance benefits for women. Resolutions have been passed asking for a complete review of the Unemployment Insurance Act, for equality in claims for married women and elimination of sex discrimination. We have lobbied to include benefits for part time workers, for maternity benefits and for business owners.

In 2002, BPW Saskatoon and Montreal sponsored a resolution to provide access to employment insurance benefits for business owners and self-employed women. Such an amendment to the Employment Insurance Act would allow access to maternity and parental leave, as well as compassionate leave for caregivers.

“The Harper government plans to introduce legislation this month to allow self-employed Canadians to access maternity and parental benefits under the federal employment insurance program,” according to Shawn McCarthy, The Globe and Mail, November 1, 2009. He states that, “This legislation would allow the self-employed to enroll in the EI program and pay only the employee’s share of the premium.”

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CPP Changes by BPWL MemberRose Kuchynski of Johnston & Company

You Wanted to Know...

Should I apply for my Canadian Pension Plan (CPP) benefits now? I've heard there were changes to the Canada Pension Plan in the latest federal budget. What are they and how does this affect me?

What other CPP Benefits should I be aware of?

Finance Canada has announced proposed changes to the Canada Pension Plan. If approved, these changes will impactthose retiring after 2010. If you already receive CPP benefits, however, these changes will not affect you. The following summary explains the current CPP benefits and the proposed changes.

Johnston & Company Recommendation:

We advise eligible clients to take advantage of early CPP before these changes are enacted. We cannot predictthe future in terms of our longevity or the economy and the CPP plan itself...so, as the saying goes: "A bird in the hand..." These are situations where delaying could be beneficial. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.to review your unique circumstances.

What if I take early retirement CPP benefits before age 65?

Current adjustments reduce early pensions by 0.5% for each month of early retirement, or 6% per full year. Starting in 2012, the proposed pension reduction will gradually be increased over 5 years to 0.6% for each month of early retirement or 7.2% per each full year. So, if you begin taking your pension at age 60, your pension is currently reduced by 30%. Under the proposed changes, by 2016, the reduction will be 36%.

Click here to read the remainder of Rose's article that answers such questions as: What if I take CPP benefits between 65 and 71?, Child Rearing Drop-Out Revision and Taxes Withheld.

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BPW Canada News - Fall Newsletter & Club Mailing, Leadership Award, BPW Careers and 1 + 1

  • The following are highlights from the Fall Newsletter and November 1, 2009 Club Mailing: 2009 Brief has been sent to the political leaders, Implementation Plan for Resolutions, By-law amendments are due March 31, 2010. Click here to read the complete Club Mailing and click here to read the complete Fall Newsletter.

    Club Mailings (associated attachments for each Club Mailing can be found on the Members Only or Public sections of the BPW Canada website).

  • The 2010 Leadership Awards will be presented at BPW Canada’s 42nd Biennial Convention at the Horseshoe Resort north of Barrie, ON on June 19, 2010. For information on these awards and an application to nominate someone, download this pdf document. If you would prefer the document in Word, please contact Committee Chair Linda Prafke directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Deadline for nominations is January 30, 2010.

  • BPW Canada Careers & Workopolis:

    Deadline to enter your name in the draw for a $150 gift certificate from Westjet has been extended to November 30th. Submit your resumé at BPW Canada Careers for a chance to win.

    For employers: post your job ads by November 30th for FREE!

    Posting resumés and posting jobs is open to ALL, not just BPW members.
  • And More Chances to Win: 1 + 1: The New Power of BPW:

    BPW International 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. 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.

    Learn more about this campaign by clicking here. Note: you will need your National Login to open the page.

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BPW Ontario News - Stronger Protection for Women and Women Abuse Prevention Month

The following are mailings from BPWON President Carol Kollar:

  • Stronger Protection for Women and Children: Click here to read a news release issued by the Ministry of the Attorney General October 25, 2009 giving women and children stronger protection. Attorney General Chris Bentley announced that new provisions affecting restraining orders made under the Children’s Law Reform Act and the Family Law Act came into effect October 15.

  • Women Abuse Prevention Month: Click here to read the Statement delivered by Laurel Broten, Minister Responsible for Women’s Issues in the Ontario Legislature on November 3, 2009.

  • BPWON Member Offer to The Power of Women: Experience the Power of Women Leadership event November 30, 2009 in Toronto. Special: Buy 1 ticket and get 1 complimentary ticket. Partial list of speakers: Tina Brown, Campbell Brown, Lisa Daily. Reserve tickets at 1.866.883.6568. Click here for complete details.

Mark your calendars - BPW ON Provincial Conference - June 18, 2010, Barrie, Ontario, Horseshoe Resort. Click here to download the flyer. National Convention begins on June 19, 2010.

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UN Commission on the Status of Women: March 1- March 12, 2010

The 54th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW54) at the United Nations in New York is March 1 -12, 2010.

CSW54 marks the 15th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women and our UN Representatives have advised that we could expect up to 10,000 women taking part in next year's milestone.

All accreditations for CSW54 will be handled by BPW's UN Administrator Ann Swain, email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Click here to view more details on the CSW54 from the office of BPWI President, Liz Benhamor visit the BPW International web site for more details and registration forms.

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Breakfast for YOU - Empowering YOUth - February 4, 2010

Youth Opportunities Unlimited, invitesBPWL to join us Thursday, February 4, 2010 for the 4th Annual Breakfast for YOU Empowering Youth. This important fundraiser will take place at Hilton London, Grand Ballroom.

Click here to learn additional information.

Watch this website for informtion on when on-line registration opens. Contact Christine Dirks 519.432.1112 ext. 351.

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The London Abused Women’s Centre andThe London Anti-Trafficking GroupPresents The Ugly Reality Of Pornography

 

Featuring: Dr. Robert Jensen, author of Getting Off: Pornography and the End of Masculinity witha screening of the documentary The Price of Pleasure: Pornography, Sexuality & Relationships*.

Date: Thursday, November 26, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. (followed by a book signing)

Place: London Convention Centre Theatre

Cost: Pay what you can with a suggested donation of $10 general public; $5 for students

Seating is limited .

Click here to view flyer.

*The documentary contains scenes of sexual activity and aggression from pornographic videos. This event is open to only those individuals over the age of 18.

For further information, call Megan Walker, Executive Director, London Abused Women’s Centre, 519.432.2204, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Executive Meeting Minutes

 

Below is a summary of the October 2009 London Executive Minutes. At the end of the summary there is a link to the complete version of the minutes.

Business Arising

  • Doris Hall reported the Human Trafficking event sponsored by BPWL was a huge success.
  • The Annual Report are completed and will be posted to the web site.

Fundraising

  • Winn Barnett will briefly discuss the Christmas Sïlent Auction at the October 2009 meeting.
  • Carole Orchard provided an update on the Recipe Book Fundraiser.

House & Social

  • Laura Noble met with Brenda Feenstra (House & Social Chair), Rose Kuchynski (Membership Chair) and Linda Dawson (Treasurer) to discuss fine-tuning their club functions. The registration desk now will include a Membership person as well as the Treasurer and House & Social Chair.

Financial

  • Mary McBrearty has passed on the books to the auditor Sandy Pearce.

Membership

  • Rose Kuchynski presented new members for approval and also indicated she has set up a control sheet to track when new members have been inducted and paid dues.
  • Laura Noble and Rose Kuchynski received approval to purchase BPWON brochures. These brochures will be part of the guest packages.

Public Relations

  • It was suggested that the dinner flyer be emailed to each month's speaker.

Resolutions

  • Doris Hall reported that she had been in contact with Mandy Heyninck (aformer BPWLmember who is a lawyer) to see if we should be concerned about the new divorce law being considered by the government. At this time Mandy Heyninck does not feel that the law will be passed. We will continue to monitor the situation.
  • Carole Orchard mentioned a concern regarding the plan to cut money to fund medical clinics in low cost housing complexes. This topic could be developed into a future resolution.
  • Doris Hall mentioned the concern about missing aboriginal women and the proposed law to legalize prostitution as two possible future resolutions.

Professional Development

  • Sheila Crook has revamped the Stepping Up to 2012 and will present it at the October dinner meeting.
  • Laura Noble will present the BPW Canada Careers and Workopolis.

District/Provincial

  • Linda Davis announced the Southwestern District meeting will be held on November 14, 2009. She will annouce this at the October dinner meeting.

National

  • Doris Hall mentioned that a press release has gone out regarding BPWC Brief. Some of the topics include poverty and pay equity.

Other New Business

  • Carole Orchard has received a letter requesting a donation to the Breakfast for London Abused Women’s Centre Annual fund raiser. It was decided that Carole Orchard would let them know that we would promote it and try to sell some tickets to our members but that at this time we were not in a position to sponsor them We will table this item and review it again in January, 2010.

Complete October 2009 Minutes.

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Notices & Events

  • 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.

As a BPWL Member, if your business has an upcoming event or notice,This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for inclusion in the next newsletter by the last day of the month. It's FREE and great way to promote your business' workshops, upcoming events etc.

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Upcoming BPW Events

Note: BPW London meetings are the 3rd Tuesday of the month. Reservations are due to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by the prior Friday.

  • 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. Click here to download the meeting flyer.

  • BPW Cambridge - November 23, 2009 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Dessert Meeting topic is Young Women Breaking the Glass Ceiling on Women’s Boxing at the 2012 Olympics. Speaker is Mandy Bujold atwo-time Pan Am Games Champion in the world of Women’s Boxing. Click here to download the flyer and view registration information.

  • BPW Toronto - November 29, 2009. 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. High Tea with Sistering Organization. BPW Toronto is celebrating it's 100th Year! Click here for more details on this event.

  • BPW Cambridge - December 7, 2009 6:00 p.m. Christmas Social and Silent Auction. Click here to view flyer and resevation details.

  • BPW London: Silent Auction and Social: December 8, 2009. Note: this is the 2nd Tuesday of the month vs the 3rd. Donations for auction can be forwarded to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Guests, friends, significant others invited. Cost $30 for members and guests. Click here to download the flyer.

  • UN Commission on the Status of Women 54th Session (CSW54) : March 1- March 12, 2010. CSW54 marks the 15th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women and our UN Representatives have advised that we could expect up to 10,000 women taking part in next year's milestone. Click here to read more details on registration and accomodations.

  • BPW ON Provincial Conference - June 18, 2010, Barrie, Ontario, Horseshoe Resort. Click here to download the flyer. National Convention begins on June 19, 2010.

  • BPW Canada National Convention - June 19 - 20, 2010, Barrie, Ontario, Horseshore Resort. Stay tuned for details.

  • BPW Regional Conference - September 23 - 26, 2010, Las Vegas. Stay tuned for details.

  • BPW International Congress - June 17 - 21, 2011, Helsinki, Finland.

  • BPW Canada National Convention - June 20 - 24, 2012, London, Ontario.


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BPW London is a member of the Canadian Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs

Member of The Business and Professional Women's Clubs of Ontario

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BPW London February/March 2010 Newsletter - Women Moving Forward

 

 

In this Issue:

Menopause:Musical Advertising Opp
BPWC News BPWON Conf News L'don Abused Centre BMW Event Singing BPW'ers
HST Seminar Healthy Bones Conf. Notices & Events Upcoming Events Exec Minutes

New Member Update & New Member Promotion

BPW London has two new members: Alyssa Couvillon and Sue Hillis.

Sue is a returning member - Welcome Back!

Alyssa, Welcome to BPW!

Stay tuned to future newsletters for more on our new members.

New Member Promotion: Know someone who wants to join BPW? New member can join BPWL betweennow and April 30 2010 for $165 and their membership will expire April 30, 2011. Regular membership fee for joining during this period is $70 and then the $125 annual renewal is due May 1, 2010. Taking advantage of this promotion saves new members $30.

For further details contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Membership Chair.

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Call for Nominations for BPW London Executive

Nominations for executive postions are currently being accepted - refer to list below.

Please note that to hold an executive or chair position in BPW your membership must be paid in full. Since these positions are for the 20010/11 year your membership fees must be paid by May 1, 2010 to accept a position.

If you are interested in filling any of these positions, or would like to nominate someone, please contact any of the following people before April 2, 2010 so a nomination can be put forward. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Nominations Chair, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If we have more than one candidate for any position the candidates will be notified and they will be given time to address the membership at the April dinner meeting prior to a vote.

BPW London:

1st Vice President
2nd Vice President
Secretary
Treasurer
Program & Projects
Publicity & Public Relations
Membership & Emblems
House & Social
Fundraising
Resolutions
International
Personal Development
Young BPW

Click here to review the portion of the BPWL By-laws that outlines the duties of each postion. Check the duties of these positions to assist your decision or contact any current executive member.

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2012 National Convention, London, ON Update - New Chair & Tomboy Tools - "Celebrating Into the Future"

Norma Yau is the newest member of the Convention Planning Committee and will serve as the 2012 Registration & Credentials Chair.

To round out the 2012 executive planning committee, Linda Davis will be looking for members to serve as Facility, Promotion and Decorating Chairs. By April we expect to begin preparations for the 2012 invitation and hospitality events to take place in Barrie at the 2010 National Convention this coming June.

Sheila Crook's Tomboy Tools Fundraising is off & running. Reminder: 50% of all Sheila Crook's profits from her sales of Tomboy Tools to BPW members and associates is being donated to the BPW London fundraising efforts for the BPW 2012 National Convention. Check out the Tomboy Tools Page for more information on the Tomboy Tools fundraiser. To place an order or to book a catalogue or home party contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Also, be sure you don't miss out on the bus trip to Menopause the Musical in Toronto being organized by the 2012 FUNdraising Chair Linda Dawson.

Your 2012 National Convention Co-chairs; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.& Sheila Crook, thank you for your support and participation as we Step Up to 2012.

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Menopause the Musical - Fundraiser for BPW London and Friends of Olivia - February 27, 2010

menopausethemusical

Excursion Details:

  • Depart pick-up point at 2:00 p.m. (there will be two different pickup point options: London & Tillsonburg) - February 27, 2010.
  • Voyageur Limo (Luxury Coach) will provide transportation to Toronto with complimentary wine and cheese for the trip!
  • Theatre ticket for Winter Garden Theatre's presentation of "Menopause - the Musical" (It's hilarious! - check out their web site).
  • Returning to pick up point around 11:00 - 11:30 pm.
  • Price: $125/ticket includes all of the above!

This is a joint fundraiser. A portion of each ticket sold by Friends of Olivia will dontated to that organization and a portion of each ticket sold by BPW London will be donated to BPWL. You don't have to be a member of Friends of Olivia or BPW to join us!

So, this is an excursion for women, about an issue all women will experience to some degree or another; so we might as well laugh about it!!

Tickets are sold on first come, first serve basis and all payments are due upon ordering of tickets. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.to book your tickets!

Click here to download all the details of the excursion including payment methods.

Learn more about Friends of Olivia.

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Advertising Opportunity - BPW Ontario Annual Report by Carol Kollar, BPWON President

At the Interim Board meeting in November 2009, we discussed what purpose we wanted the Annual Report to have.

It was decided that we will use the Annual Report as a marketing/sponsorship tool and it will be ready to be handed out at the Provincial Conference this year for June 18th, 2010.

The format will change and there will be a lot more advertising space available. The various Clubs should distribute the report to libraries, doctor’s office, dentist offices etc - wherever we can provide information on BPW to the public. The costs for the ads have not changed (range from $85-$150 formembers) and it will provide exposure for the advertisers in the book and also on the BPW Ontario website.

All ads must be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., our Annual Report Editor. The money for the ads are to be sent to Norma Yau, our Provincial Treasurer. All the instructions are posted on the BPW Ontario website under Annual Report.

Please remember that it is important to have the ads sent to Kim Beatty no later than March 15, 2010.

Should you have any questions please feel free to contact myself, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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BPW Canada News -January 2010 Club Mailing: Haiti, BPW Victoria

The following are highlights from the January 2010 BPW Canada Newsletter. Click here to read complete newsletter.

Associated attachments for each Club Mailing can be found on the Members Only or Public sections of the BPW Canada website.

  • HAITI CATASTROPHE. Our International Federation has received news from one of our BPW members in Haiti, Marie-Andrée Etienne who has survived. She is trying to locate others, and will keep us informed. In the meantime, BPWI has put in place a process to provide financial support to BPW members there. Please consider making a donation to help our sisters in Haiti. Go to www.bpw-international.org/.
  • BPW VICTORIA KICK-OFF. A club was re-started in Victoria, BC with aKick-off meeting in January. If you have a friend, relative or colleague in the city who you think might be interested in being part of this wonderful organization, please contact Heidi Hunton directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and send her the name and contact information.

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BPW Ontario News - Provincial Conference Registration Form

Mark your calendars - BPW ON Provincial Conference - June 18, 2010, Barrie, Ontario, Horseshoe Resort. Click here to download the flyer. National Convention begins on June 19, 2010.

The Provincial Conference Registration can be downloaded by clicking here. Deadline for Provincial Registration is May 31, 2010. National Convention registration and payment is separate. Stay tuned to upcoming newsletters and the BPWL and BPW Canada web sites for details.

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London Abused Centre Upcoming Events

The 10th Annual International Women's Day Breakfast & Auction

Friday, March 5, 2010
At the Best Western, Lamplighter Inn
591 Wellington Road, London
7am - 9am (doors open at 6:30am)

A morning dedicated to celebrating women and International Women’s Day. The spotlight for the keynote address will shine on the documentary “In Our Hearts” created by the 2008/2009 graduating class of Clarke Road Secondary School, in memory of Ashley & Stephanie Daubs. With a huge selection of silent auction items to bid on and a few distinct items for the live auction segment, there is something for everyone. The Comos will provide the music for the morning. The Best Western, Lamplighter Inn always offers a fabulous breakfast spread. Tickets are $40 each or a table of 10 for $350. For additional information and tickets call 519.432.2204 or visit the website at www.lawc.on.ca.

18th Annual Runners' Choice Downtown Run

Good Friday, April 2, 2010
Victoria Park
First race scheduled to start at 9:30am

New to the event this year the:

  • CEO 1km Run where leaders in the community offer pledges and race to the finish to collect the prestigious trophy to bring back to their organization.
  • Soccer Team Challenge issued by Ian Campbell, President of FC London. There are two categories - Under 18 and Under 13. In each category the team with the best overall average time would win a Domino's pizza party.

The team collecting the largest amount of pledges for the London Abused Women's Centre will also win a Domino's pizza party.

Each of the pizza parties consists of 10 pizzas courtesy of Domino's Pizza along with pop and juice supplied by Paul Roberts of Runners' Choice.

In addition, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes will be distributed to those individuals collecting the largest amount of pledges. Take up one of the following challenges:

  • **New this year** CEO 1K Run
  • 5K Run
  • 2.5K Fun Run/Walk
  • Kiddie Trot
  • **New this year** Soccer Team Challenges - win a pizza party from Domino's Pizza
  • Highest Pledge Challenges - Corporate or School Team - win a pizza party from Domino's Pizza
  • Highest Pledge Challenges - Individual 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place

If you would like to offer your support, but are unable to run, jog, or walk at the event, please sponsor one of the participants.

4th Annual Ashley & Stephanie Daubs Memorial 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament

Saturday, June 5 - Sunday, June 6, 2010
Westmount Mall (parking lot Behind Zeller's)
Opening ceremonies - 8:30am - Sat. June 5, 2010

For more information or to register call 519.4326585 or visit: www.as3on3sports.com

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BMW Event - March 4, 2010

Breakfast Meeting for Women present the Celebrate Giving - The Sky's the Limit!

Thursday, March 4,2010
London Convention Centre
Dinner 5:30 9:00 SilentAuction
Entertainment: Aerial Angels
$95/person
Proceeds to the St. Joseph's Regional Sexual Assault and Treatment Centre

Click here for further details including contact information.

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BPW London Singers

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Congratulations to both Norma & Jeannette!

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HST Seminar - What You Need to Know - March 12, 2010

Rose Kuchynski, BPWL Membership Chair, and her firm Johnston & Company are presenting a seminar highlighting the new HST legistlation and how it will effect your organization.

March 12, 2010 - 7:45 a.m. registration (continental breakfast)
Presentation: 8:00 a.m. to 9:20 a.m.
Sunningdale Golf Course
RSVP no later than March 4, 2010 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.519.432.5646 ext 223.

Bring a business associate to receive an additional draw ticket for a $100 fine dining gift certificate to David’s Bistro!

Click here for more details.

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Healthy Bones: Babies, Boomers and Beyond - March 6, 2010

The London & Thames Valley Chapter of Osteoporosis Canada Education Conference for 2010 topic is Healthy Bones: Babies, Boomers and Beyond.

Date: March 6, 2010 - 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM.
Location: Brescia College
Contact: Teresa Cristiano-Flanagan, Chair, London and Thames Valley OsteoporosisCanada, 519.457.0624.
Cost: $10 at the door
Parking: Free

Speakers: Dr. Patricia H. Watson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Depts. of Medicine and Physiology & Pharmacology, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Western Ontario.

The plan is to have the two speakers give lecture-style presentations and then end with a panel discussion with the speakers and THREE panelists who either have or are at risk of being diagnosed with the disease.

We are looking for your help in finding the three individuals, preferably at different stages in their life (i.e., a young adult, a middle-aged adult, and an older adult), to participate in the panel.

Contact the London and Thames Valley Osteoporosis Canada,if you are interested in taking part or know of someone who meets the required criteria.

Make sure to mark the date in your calendar and make a point to join the Conference.

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Notices & Events

  • March 24, 2010 - Dinner & Makeover: Join BPWL Member Winn Barnett for a three course meal buffet, full instruction on your skin care needs and make-over with the latestSpringlooks. $20 must purchase in advance - registration deadline March 21, 2010. Information and Registration contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.519.471.7227. Click here to download flyer for additional information.

  • 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.

  • Wine, Women & Shopping: Nancy Kirwin, BPWL member and Sue Regier once again are presenting Wine, Women & Shopping - November 18, 2010. Stay tuned for details.

As a BPWL Member, if your business has an upcoming event or notice,This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for inclusion in the next newsletter by the last day of the month. It's FREE and great way to promote your business' workshops, upcoming events etc.

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Upcoming BPW Events

Note: BPW London meetings are the 3rd Tuesday of the month. Reservations are due to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by the prior Friday.

  • BPW London: February 16, 2010. Dinner meeting topic is Voluteerism in Third World Countries. Speaker: Cora McNamara, Nancy Campbell Collegiate Institute. The talk will focus on the how the student population becomes involved in world-wide social issues and often visit different countries to inspire and learn. Topics of interest include "the equality of men and women, elimination of prejudice, substance abuse, and unity in diversity." Click here to download the flyer.

  • BPW Cambridge: February 22, 2010. Topic will be Understanding the Basics of Emotional Intelligence. Speaker: Colleen Smith -Strategist, Advocate and Facilitator. 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Click here for flyer and information on pricing and rsvp.

  • BPW Kitchener: February 22, 2010. Dinner meeting's speaker will be 105.3's Angie Hill. Start time 6:00 p.m. Click here for flyer and more information on pricing and rsvp.

  • BPW London: February 27, 2010. Menopause the Musical - Fundraiser for BPWL and Friends of Olivia. Click here for details to purchase tickets.

  • UN Commission on the Status of Women 54th Session (CSW54) : March 1- March 12, 2010. CSW54 marks the 15th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women and our UN Representatives have advised that we could expect up to 10,000 women taking part in next year's milestone. Click here to read more details on registration and accomodations.

  • BPW London: March 16, 2010. Dinner meeting topic is Workplace Environment: Bullying, Violence. Speaker: Barb MacQuarrie, Community Director, Centre for Research & Education on Violence against Women and Children, The Faculty of Education, The University of Western Ontario. Click here for further details.

  • BPW Trenton & District Annual Golf Tournament: May 14, 2010. Time: 4:00pm - 9:00pm; Location: Oak Hills Golf Course, Stirling. Trenton and District Business and Professional Women's Second Annual Co-Ed Golf Tournament. Play 9 holes, including a cart and a bbq steak or chicken dinner and have more fun than you can imagine for $55.00. Call Anne Harvey at 613.394.0802 for more information or to register to play. Proceeds go towards our annual Bursary for a female highschool graduate going on to continuing education and the Canadian Cancer Society.

  • BPW Brampton 15th Annual Ladies Charity Golf Tournament - June 10, 2010. BPW and non-BPW members are invited to the annual BPW Brampton Golf Tournament. Golf Registration starts at 11:30 a.m., tee-off time 1:00 p.m., Dinner 6:00 p.m. followed by live auction. Click here to download the flyer/registration form. Tournament will take place at the Caledon Golf & Country Club. Hole Sponsorships available - click here for details

  • BPW ON Provincial Conference - June 18, 2010, Barrie, Ontario, Horseshoe Resort. Click here to download the flyer. Click here to download the Provincial registration form. Registration deadline is May 31, 2010. National Convention begins on June 19, 2010.

  • BPW Canada National Convention - June 19 - 20, 2010, Barrie, Ontario, Horseshore Resort. Click here to download the National regisration form. Deadline is May 31, 2010. National registration and payment is separate to Provincial registration and payment.

  • BPW Regional Conference - September 23 - 26, 2010, Las Vegas. Stay tuned for details.

  • BPW International Congress - June 17 - 21, 2011, Helsinki, Finland.

  • BPW Canada National Convention - June 20 - 24, 2012, London, Ontario.


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Executive Meeting Minutes

Below is a summary of the January 2010 London Executive Minutes. At the end of the summary there is a link to the complete version of the minutes.

National Convention 2012

  • Linda Dawson has joined the committee as Fundraising Chair.

Fundraising

  • Winn Barnett is working on a thank you note for the businesses who donated auction items to the December Silent Auction.

Membership

  • Membership is at 37.

Public Relations

  • Laura Noble reported the ad in the annual networking issue of Business London has been submitted.

Resolutions & By-Laws

  • Linda Davis presented several resolutions to move forward to our membership for their acceptance.
  • Linda Davis presented some suggested changes to the BPW Canada By-Laws.
  • All resolutions were passed by the membership.

Young BPW

  • Lisa Wittur's email report outlined a Young BPW event on January 10, 2010.

District/Provincial

  • Linda Davis presented her financial report on the District Meeting

National

  • Doris Hall reported that National has received several responses to the gun register brief that BPWC presented to the Canadian Government.

January 2010 Minutes

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BPW London is a member of the Canadian Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs

Member of The Business and Professional Women's Clubs of Ontario

 

 

 

 

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BPWL Member Testimonials

  • I first came to BPW as a newcomer to London, looking to expand my network and become involved in the community. What I found is an amazing group of diverse, supportive, amazing women all looking to make a difference in the lives of other women at local, national and international levels. I look forward to our meetings every month and always leave feeling part of something much bigger. Joined BPWL in 2017.

  • 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 in 1999.

  • 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 in 1987.

  • 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 in 2010.

  • 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 in 2001.

  • 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 in 2012.

  • As a small business owner working from home, I have enjoyed the social aspect of BPW.  I have learned new skills through interactions with other BPW members.  BPW has also opened my eyes to the importance of advocacy for women.  I have made long lasting friendships and business connections. Joined BPWL in 2009.

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August 21 - Last Days of Summer

Last Days of Summer with BPW London

 August 21, 2018

ale house patio

Ale House London
288 Dundas Street
6:00 p.m - 8:00 p.m.

  • Social get together, come and go as you please, ordering all food and drinks from the menu.
  • No fees (only cost of your order from the menu), come and visit and meet the women you usually don’t have time to do at the BPW London dinners.

Pre-registration is required prior to Noon Friday, August 17  to reservations@bpwlondon.com.


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