Women's Economic Empowerment October 5, 2019, London, ON

Women’s Economic Empowerment
October 5, 2019, London, ON

BPW London

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Panellists represent a cross-section of London industries:

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Sandy Kirkwood-Pearce,

Partner, Chief Operations Officer
Baker Tilly Trillium LLP (London)
Sandy’s Bio
  Andrew Crook
Managing Partner and Broker
PC275 Realty Brokerage
Andrew’s Bio

Melissa McInerney
CEO & Chief Creative Officer
Melissa’s Bio

  Courtney Hance
The Branding Firm Inc
Board President
London Chamber of Commerce
Courtney’s Bio


 Special Guest:Stephani Dei UN women

Stephanie Dei, UN National Coordinator
UNWomen WeEmpower
Stephanie’s Bio 


Community Engagement Workshop Facilitator:

Sheila Crook
Global Community Champion/
Mentor for Women’s Economic Empowerment
Sheila’s Bio 


Event Emcee:

Doris Hall
Canadian Coalition to Empower Women – Implementation Coach
Doris’ Bio


The event was sponsored by BPW LondonCanadian Coalition to Empower Women (CCEW)Women Offering Resources and Knowledge (W.O.R.K.)BPW CanadaBaker Tilly Trillium LLP and BDC. Also sponsored by Munn Conflict Resolution Services and SMC Performance Plus Consulting Services

BPW London
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Last Days of Summer II August 20, 2019 Ale House London 288 Dundas Street, London
My Smartphone: Friend or Foe?

My Smartphone: Friend or Foe?

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Great evening! Thank you to everyone who attended and contributed to the evening. Wonderful interactions and learning. Photos from the evening.

The Presenters

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Mary Beth BezzinaMyNotables a simple sharable note and to-do list app that requires minimal effort and time to learn, set-up and use.     Katie Cole, Medway High School teacher, and Media Education Specialist. Katie will explain security and protection while using your smartphone. She is committed to helping parents, educators, and students interact safely and positively online.    Jennifer GallSomething Simple: Social media, hashtags, tagging – everything you should know about posting.  

The Proceeds 

Proceeds from the evening were distributed to 3 charities selected by each presenter:

 Live With Happiness   Medway High School Athletic Enhancement Campaign       epilepsy sw ontario
Mary Beth Bezzina, MyNotablesLive With Happiness – Rwanda. Photo: Mary Beth in Rwanda with a group from Live With Happiness   Katie Cole, Media Education Specialist and Medway High School Teacher: Medway Enhancement Campaign      Jennifer Gall, Something SimpleEpilepsy Southwestern Ontario 

The Evening 

Last Days of Summer

Last Days of Summer

August 21, 2018

Ale House London
288 Dundas Street, London

Thank you to all who attended. It as a great evening with a lot of new connections made and some re-connections, too!

2018 Holiday Social Fundraiser

Thank you to the BPW London members and friends who attended our 2018 Holiday Social Fundraiser.  As you can see from the photos below, fun was had playing BPWL Icebreaker Bingo. 

2018 Gourmet BBQ

BPW London’s 10th Annual
Gourmet BBQ Social and Fundraiser

June 19, 2018

BPW London June19 2018

For 10 years, BPW London member, Carole Orchard has hosted the Gourmet BBQ Social & Fundraiser and been the main “chef”. This year was Carole’s last bbq, as she will retiring and starting a new chapter in her life. Carole has opened up her home, her cookbooks and her generosity to BPW London over the past 10 years. She’s had many helpers over the years but her “I couldn’t have done it without…” helpers have been BPW London member Jeannette Veenstra and her husband, Wes. Jeannette and Wes have helped make burgers, helped set up and cleaned-up and for 10 years have been in charge of bbq’ing the burgers. Through the years this trio has smiled their way through bbq malfunctions, frozen burgers, rain, wind, humidity and darkness. Carole, Jeannette & Wes – thank you! For 10 years, the three of you have pulled together and presented us with a feast! The bbq has been one of the main fundraisers for BPW London, and the dedication of the three of you, and many others have helped make the event a successful fundraiser for the club and a truly fun evening.

The Menu

The Appetizers

Charred Eggplant Dip with Quick Quinoa Crackers (GF, DF)
Crostini with Sun-Dried Tomato Tapenade (GF, DF)
Pizza Pinwheels

eggplant dip

The Salads

Apple, Dried Cherry, Salad with Maple Dressing (GF)
Mango & Snow Pea Salad (GF, DF)
Smokey Green Salad with Creamy Almond Dressing (GF)


The Burgers

Coffee-Rubbed Cheese Burgers with Texas BBQ Sauce (GF)
Herb & Cranberry Turkey burgers with Caraway Slaw (GF)
Lamb & Bacon Burgers with Spiced Aioli
Curried Pork Burgers (GF)
Sweet Potato Falafel Burgers (GF)

sweetpotatoburgers    lamb bacon burgers with spicy aioli

The Desserts

Lemon Pistachio Meringue Crunch (GF, DF)
White Chocolate Cranberry Mousse Tart
Black Forest Mousse Parfaits (GF)
Trio of Sorbets (GF, DF)

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2018 Euchre Tournament

BPW London’s
Progressive Euchre Tournament

BPW London’s First Annual Euchre Tournament was April 26, 2018.
Stay tuned to this page for news on BPW London’s next Euchre Tournament.

Click here for information regarding the tournament’s proceeds.

2018 BPW London Garage Sale

Thank you to all who donated, volunteered and purchased!

2017 Gourmet BBQ

BPW London’s
Gourmet BBQ Social and Fundraiser

June 20, 2017

Despite the rain, the 9th Annual BPW London BBQ was a lot of fun and a great success. Special thank you to our team of Carole Orchard –  hostess & chef, Jeannette & Wes Veenstra – The Grillers, Norma Yau, Pattie-Makers: Roberto Gomez and Manda Ivezic and all that attended to make the evening a lot of fun and a success. 

The Fundraiser

Congratulations to BPW London member, Brenda Carpenter, as she won the “Summer Slosh Bucket” – this is Brenda’s second year in a row to win “The Bucket”. 

The Menu



Stuffed Leek Parcels with Avgolemono Sauce
Curried Lentil Dip with raw veggies
Sesame Almond Satay Dip


Spring Salad with Honeyed Rhubarb and Goat Cheese
Baby Greens and Fruit with Lime Vinaigrette
Spinach Salad with Fennel and Blood Oranges



Portobello Burgers with Pesto, Provoline, and Roasted Peppers
Napa Valley Cabernet Burgers
Blueberry Turkey Burgers
Fresh Salmon Burgers with Tarragon Mayonnaise
Fiery Pork and Shrimp Burgers
Open-face Lamb Burgers with Pistachio-Apricot Relish



Lemon Pistachio Meringue Crunch
Mango Mousse
Peanut Butter & Raspberry Brownies
Lemon and Orange Sorbets in Citrus Cups 

2016 Workplace Harassment/Violence

2016 Women's Lifestyle Show

BPW London and the Women’s Lifestyle Show

Women's Lifestyle Show 

Thank you to all who visited the BPWL London booth at the 2016 Women’s Lifestyle Show. And, thank you to all the BPW London members who volunteered their time at the show: Winn Barnett, Brenda Carpenter, Linda Davis, Marlene Powner, Karen Fuller, Karen Moffatt, Kathryn Munn and Carole Orchard.

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BPW London Members: Linda Davis and Kari Martene-Akbudak

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BPW London Members: Kathryn Munn and Karen Moffatt

2016 Gourmet BBQ

BPW London’s
Gourmet BBQ Social and Fundraiser

June 21, 2016

Great time was had by all attendees. Thank you to Carole Orchard for hosting the fundraiser, Norma Yau and Roberto Gomez for helping Carole mix and roll the burgers and Jeannette and Wes Veenstra for tending the bbq.

BPW London Fundraiser

BPW London members: Dale Pineau and Norma Yau and friends

BPW London Fundraiser

BPW London members: Doris Hall and Nancy Sutherland and friends

BPW London Fundraiser

BPW London member Kathryn Munn and friend

BPW London Fundraiser

BPW London members: Brenda Carpenter, Linda Davis and friend

BPW London Fundraiser

BPW London President, Winn Barnett & friends

BPW London Fundraiser

BPW London members: Kari Martene-Akbudak and Heather Wilkinson

The Fundraiser 

Congratulations to BPW London member, Brenda Carpenter, who won the draw for the “Summer Slosh Bucket”.

The Menu


Smoked Salmon Topped Green Onion Pancakes
Beet Chickpea and Almond Dip with Pita Chips


Baby Spinach and Raspberry Salad
Honey-Roasted Pear Salad with Thyme Verjus Dressing
Fig and Farro Salad with Mint

honey roasted pear salad


Grilled Hamburgers with Sour Cream and Herbs
Maple Barbecued Pork Burgers
Turkey Burgers with Chipotle Tartar Sauce
Spiced Lamb Burgers
Sweet Potato and Avocado Burgers



Frozen Nanaimo Cake
Lemon Curd Mousse with Toasted Coconut and Blueberries
Rhubarb-Marcarpone Mousse Cake

lemon curd

All food was prepared by our Gourmet Chef Carole Orchard. And, Jeannette & Wes Veenstra was our 2 main bbq’ers.  Roberto Gomez was the libations dispenser.

2018 BBQ: BPW London’s 10th Anniversary Gourmet BBQ is June 19, 2018. This will be Carole Orchard’s last year 

2015 Women's Build Program

Ground Breaking


BPW London is a sponsor of the Habitat for Humanity Women’s Build in London, ON.

The Women’s Build is compromised of 40 teams of 10 women. BPW London’s team name is Building Powerful Women. Team Members: Winn Barnett (Captain), Karen Fuller, Karen Moffatt, Joan Ousey, Mary Beth Bezzina, Linda Davis, Brenda Carpenter, Kamini LeCapelain, Jennifer Boone and Koreen Melnick.


The Women’s Build is not about excluding men but including women. Join 400 women building to end poverty. Raising $2500 per team = one house. 

BPW London’s build day was February 12, 2015.

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karenfuller       karenm
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Questions regarding Build contact Winn Barnett.


2015 Kate Lines - Crime Seen

BPW London and Kate Lines

Author of Crime Seen

BPW London presented a great event on November 4, 2015: Kate Lines – CSI Comes to London. Thank you to all the volunteers, attendees, sponsors and Kate Lines for making the event a success.



Below are some photos from the day. Photos courtesy Kamini LeCapelain of Silent Poetry.

BPW London Kate Lines

BPW London President, Winn Barnett


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BPW London Kate Lines

BPW London Kate Lines

Kate Lines – Book Signing: “Crime Seen”

BPW London Kate Lines

Q & A: BPW London member Norma Yau

BPW London Kate Lines

BPW London members: Karen Moffatt and Karen Fuller

BPW London Kate Lines

BPW London member, Mary Beth Bezzina, thanking Kate Lines

2015 All-Candidates Meeting

Are You Ready For the Federal Election?

Be Informed 

All-Candidates Meeting

Thank you to the candidates, the volunteers and participants who attended the All-Candiates Meeting on September 30, 2015. BPW London partnered with Women & Politics London to host the event. The meeting was a World-Cafe event with attendees moving from table to table to talk to each candidate in their riding.

CTV London News reported on the event, click here to view the video report.

 All Candidates Meeting CTV London Newsdoris   winn 
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2014 Bridges Out of Poverty

BPW London Presents

bridges outof poverty


Thank you to all who attended Bridges Out of Poverty and the sponsors! The day was a great success with the added bonus of participants donating over 170 pair of socks to support the Unity Project (provides emergency shelter and transistional housing and supports self-help for those struggling and trying to escape and avoid homelessness).

Below is a photo of BPW London members who attended the workshop with Bridges trainer, Martine Creasor at the far right.

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One-day workshop was delivered by
Martine Creasor, Certified Bridges Trainer
Friday, March 21, 2014

Gain a deeper understanding of the challenges and strengths of people living in poverty. This one-day workshop based on the work of Dr. Ruby Payne, PhD will help you partner with individuals to create opportunities for success. You will:

  • Examine the impact of poverty on families;
  • Explore the hidden rules of economic class;
  • Identify ways to improve relationships;
  • Develop new tools to better address individuals’ needs.
2014 Anago - Youth at Risk


BPW London Presents an Evening with
Anago Executive Director Mandy Bennett

It’s 11 O’Clock…Do You Know Where Your Children Are?

At Risk Youth – How Anago Leads Them to a Better Place

…from Bees to Angels to Renovations how our community raises its young women

May 20, 2014

When: Networking/Registration: 6:00—6:30 p.m.; Dinner/Event:  6:30 p.m.
200 Collip Circle, Windermere Manor, London, ON
Pre-registration is required: [email protected] Deadline – May 15, 5:00 p.m.
$35 for BPW London members and $40 for guests

Learn more about Anago by visiting their web site, click here.

Questions: Contact BPW London.

Click here to download event poster.

2013 Determined - The Queen's Daughter


Determined: Surviving Your Worst Nightmare. Melissa McCormick shared her story of beinggang-rapedd and kidnapped at the age of 19 and turning her experience into “The Queen’s Daughter Mission”: support victims of sexual and domestic violence, educate, share and set an example. Melissa defied the odds to become a successful entrepreneur, motivational speaker, advocate and award winner.

Complete details: click here to download the flyer.

Check out Melissa’s Canadian best selling book “The Queen’s Daughter” at www.queensdaughter.net and the movie based on her book called “Determined” at www.emotivefilms.ca.

Queens Daughter