BPW London May 2009 Newsletter - Making a Difference Our Way

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Feature Article: BPW London Welcomes 3 New Members

BPWL New Executive Former Producer of Newsletter Recognized Mom Salary Survey BPW London 2009 - 2010 Planning Meeting BPWL Web News BPW Ontario NewsBPW Canada NewsAn Evening of Wine, Jazz and Reality: FACE It Women's Community House Presents Grand House Party VIIYour Lipstick Can Change the World Executive Meeting Minutes Notices & Events Upcoming BPW Events

BPW London Welcomes New Members: Eunsil Choi, Sandra Drozd and Cindy Johnston

BPW London is proud to announce three new members. Eunsil Choi and Sandra Drozd were inducted into BPW at the May 2009 general meeting and Cindy Johnston will be inducted at a later date. Eunsil is also a Young BPW.

Eunsil Choi

Eunsil is a Senior Manager at Sumagen Canada where she is a  project manager of drug development. She was born in Korea and has been living in Canada since 2007.


Sandra Drozd

Sandra is a partner at the law office of Lerners LLP. Her specialities are personal injury litigation, insurance defence litigation and health law.


Cindy Johnston

Cindy works at Johnston & Company where  she is an Administrator performing the following duties: firm accounting, technology support (software and hardware), document preparation, client and supplier contact, etc.


Congratulations Eunsil, Sandra and Cindy. Read their full profiles on the Member's Profile page.

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BPW London 2009-2010 Executive

At the April BPW General Meeting the 2009-2010 BPW London was installed as follows.

President: Carole Orchard

1st VP and Public Relations Chair: Laura Noble

2nd VP and International Chair: Colleen Sharen

Secretary: Mary McBrearty

Treasurer: Linda Dawson

Young BPW VP: Megan Popovic

Resolutions Chair: Linda Davis

Personel Development Chair: Sheila Crook

House & Social Chair: Brenda Feenstra

Fundraising Chair: Winn Barnett

Membership Chair: Rose Kuchynski

Programs/Planning Chair: Lianne Armstrong

Congratulations to the Executive and much thanks to the 2008-2009 Executive members.

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Theresa Russelo, former producer of our Newsletter has been recognized

Theresa Russelo Research Development & Services - University of Western Ontario

As faculty and staff involved in the research enterprise know well, the first point of contact for grant applications is key in ensuring a successful outcome. And that means Theresa Russelo.

As the Pre-Award Grants Facilitator, Russelo is responsible for assisting faculty in ensuring grant applications comply with regulations set by funding agencies. It is this funding help – the bulk of which is used to support student participation and training in research – where Russelo makes a significant contribution to Western.

“Theresa is a pleasure to work with. She is courteous on the phone and in person, and is always willing to answer questions and share her expertise with faculty and staff,” says Faculty of Education staff member Karen Kueneman.

“She is adept at communicating to researchers the complex rules and regulations associated with the various finding agencies and works hard to assist faculty members in navigating around potential roadblocks.”

Each fall, Research Development and Services processes approximately 500-600 grant applications and Russelo has consistently demonstrated her commitment during this period, working long days and weekends when necessary.

In addition, she has volunteered personal time to assist the major granting agencies in developing more effective application submission systems. Last year Russelo spearheaded a pilot project that used Western as a test institution for ResearchNet, a new on-line application submission system of the Canadian Institutes of Health.

“Theresa is always professional and friendly,” says FIMS Dean Tom Carmichael. “She has been known to drop everything and give her undivided attention when someone walks through her door, even amidst piles of outgoing grant applications sitting on her desk.”

Along with helping so many others, Russelo is also committed to her own personal development and growth. In addition to juggling career and family commitments, she is currently enrolled in the Canadian Institute of Management (CIM) program and is expected to complete it this year.

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Mom Salary Survey by Doris Hall, National 1st VP

Mom Salary Survey – Stay-at-Home Moms Would Earn $135,661 in Canada

An interesting survey done by Salary.com, Inc., a provider of payroll and management solutions which determines that the time mothers spend performing the 10 most popular “mom job functions” would equate to an annual cash compensation in Canada of $135,661.  “Mom job functions” include laundry machine operator, janitor, van driver, housekeeper, computer operator I, cook, day care teacher, facilities manager, psychologist and Chief Executive Officer.  The survey reports that “the salary was $135,661 for Stay-at-Home Moms and an additional $83,863 for Working Moms in Canadian Dollars.”

The survey found that “not only are working moms outsourcing less and doing more themselves, but they’re also spending more time on the higher-paying jobs such as facilities managers, CEO and psychologist.”  This year, the working mom had 17 hours of overtime in addition to her full time hours both at work and as a mom.  According to the Salary.com survey, the working mom puts in over a 92-hour work week when you combine her full-time job, mom hours and mom overtime.

You can create your own “mom paycheque” by visiting the Mom Salary Wizard ® on the salary.com website.

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BPW London 2009 - 2010 Planning Meeting:  June 13, 2009

Lianne Armstrong, BPWL's Programs/Planning Chair invites all BPW members to the Planning meeting to design the Program for the upcoming year. During the meeting we will discuss topics, speakers and a theme.  We are just finishing the 2008 - 2009 successful program of "Making a Difference Our Way" and it's time to set the course for the next season.

Date: Saturday, June 13, 2009

Time: 10 a.m. - Noon

Location: London Police Station - Dundas Street (parking on the street)

RSVP: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by June 11, 2009

Suggestions/ideas for program and unable to attend June 13, contact Lianne Armstrong, Programs/Planning Chair: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 519-672-9330.

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BPWL Web Site News

BPWL web site has two new pages: BPW Ontario News and Twin Club: Parramatta, Australia.

The BPW Ontario News page will feature news and announcements from BPW Ontario and the Twin Club profiles the BPW Parramatta and includes recent newsletters.

BPW Ontario News page will be updated when the London Executive receives news and announcements, check this page often for the latest from Provincial and also check out the BPW Canada News page for the latest from National.

Thank you to Doris Hall for her contributions to the Twin Club page.

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BPW Ontario News - President's Message, Workplace Violence, Government Releases etc.

Read Provincial President, Carol Kollar's latest President's Message

BPW Ontario sent out the following notices:


BPW Canada News - President's Blog &  AGM

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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An Evening of Wine, Jazz & Reality - FACE IT - June 12, 2009

Another fun fundraiser from the organizers of Wine, Women & Shopping

On June 12th, Nancy Kirwin, BPW London member, and Susan Regier are once again Celebrating Sisterhood with an open house fundraiser to support Dr. Annette Richard and her FACE IT program, which helps those facing a breast cancer diagnosis.  Her free program offers emotional support, education, and unique tools not available elsewhere – and Dr. Richard does it all for free.  For more information about the FACE IT program, check out her Web site at www.faceitlondon.com

To help raise awareness and funds for this program, the Carolinian Winery is hosting our open house event, An Evening of Wine, Jazz & Reality, from 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM.  The evening includes free wine sampling, gourmet food sampling, a delectable dessert, and jazz entertainment on the patio of the Winery.  Tickets are available…the cost is $35.00 or two tickets for $60.00.

Click to read the media release about this event.

Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 519.471.8726 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 519.423.6822 for tickets (click here to view the poster)…and feel free to pass this information on to your friends.

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Women's Community House Presents...Grand House Party VII - June 19, 2009
Pet Sounds of the '60's featuring the songs of The Beach Boys. June 19, 2009 9 8:00 p.m. Grand Theatre, London, ON. Tickets $45.

Staring Jean Meilleur and members of the Jeans 'n Classics Band. Presented by Women's Community House and RBC Royal Bank.
Door Prizes, 50/50 Draws.

Tickets available at the Grand Theatre Box Office or 519.672.8800. Click here for more details/flyer.

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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 information contact 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 April 2009 London Executive Minutes. At the end ofthe summary there is a link to the complete version of the minutes.

Business Arising

  • Linda Davis reviewed the list of positons for nominations to the 2009-2010 BPWL Executive.
  • Doris Hall proposed that BPW London sponsor a Human Trafficking event in the Fall.
  • Megan Popovic reported on the Young BPW event held in March and plan is in the works for more events. Megan will also be contacting National Young BPW VP. Megan proposed a new fee structure for Young BPW members and the Board accepted this proposal.
  • Laura Noble (representing our President) and Sheila Crook will the Provincial delegates and Conference with Linda Davis and Norma Yau as alternates. At the National AGM, Laura Noble will the delegate and Sheila Crook the alternate.

Dinner Meeting

  • Mary McBrearty will present the budget for approval.
  • Nominations and installation officers.
  • Meeting will focus on the discussion of the Provincial and National resolutions.


  • Membership: 30 members. Sandra Drozd was accepted a new member.
  • Young BPW: Megan Popovic will prepare some PowerPoint slides on the March Young BPW event. The slides will be presented to the members at the May meeting.
  • Resolutions: Discussion about a strategy to address the poverty initiative of the Ontario goverment.
  • Professional Development: Sheila Crook will take a few minutes at each meeting to discuss the web sites and show members how to use each.
  • District/Provincial: Doris Hall and Linda Davis will be attending a Kitchener-Waterloo April meeting and Sheila Crook and Laura Noble will be attending an April Cambridge meeting.
  • National: BPW Canada is in the process of adding more membership benefits
  • International: Doris Hall mentioned the International President held a seminar for coutry presidents.

Complete April 2009 Minutes

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Notices & Events

  • Mediation Beyond the Basics at Munn Conflict Resolution Services (owned by Kathryn Munn, BPWL member)

    Take your mediation skills to the next level:

    This second level course builds on the skills and techniques taught in our basic mediation course. Small group coaching is provided so that participants have the opportunity to apply the concepts to the reality of resolving conflict.

    Mediation Beyond the Basics is a 21 hour course available only for those who have successfully completed Fundamentals of Mediation at Munn Conflict Resolution Services or an equivalent mediation course approved by the ADR Institute of Ontario.

    The 3 days of the course are June 22,23,24, 2009.  Discounted early payment deadline is May 21, 2009. 

    See www.munncrs.comfor more information.

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Upcoming BPW Events

  • BPW Ontario 63rd Annual Conference: Step Up! - May 29 - May 31, 2009.

    All members are invited to the annual Ontario Conference in 2009, to be held in Sault Ste. Marie.

    Click to download registration form.

    Click here for more info.

  • BPW London: June 13, 2009 - Planning Meeting: Be a part of the planning of the 2009-2010 BPWL season. Planning Meeting is June 13, 2009 from 10 a.m. - Noon at the London Police Station. RSVP:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • BPW London: June 16, 2009 - Gourmet BBQ: Our last get together until September....6:00 p.m. at the home of Carole Orchard. Note: in some previous communications,the date was displayed incorrectly as June 17. RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by June 12, 2009. Invite friends, significant others, potential members. Cost is $30.

  • BPW Canada National AGM June 20, 2009, Toronto, Ontario. All members are invited. Click here to download registration forms etc or read more about the AGM on the BPW Canada web site.

  • BPW London: 2009-2010 program starts September 15, 2009. The theme for the year is Women Moving Forward. Stay tuned to the website for news on speakers and topics.

  • BPW London: Silent Auction and Social: December 8, 2009. Note: this is the 2nd Tuesday of the month vs the 3rd. Stay tuned for further details.

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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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