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April 11th, 2019
Highlights from April's Meeting with
Victoria Lennox of StartUp Canada
Congratulations to our Women in Business and
Judy Heffernan Award winners!
Pictured left to right: Tara Spence, and Jo Oanh Ho, Monika Carmichael and Kim Appleton. (Photo credit Bianca Nucaro).
The WBN is so pleased to congratulate local business leader Monika Carmichael of Trent Valley Honda, who won the 2019 Women in Business Award! Monika is someone who has forged a path in a male-dominated industry, and is an inspiration to all who know her!
You can read more about Monika and the finalists here. 

We are also delighted to announce that Kim Appleton of Emmatt Digital Solutions is the 2019 winner of the Judy Heffernan award. Judy was a local business icon who positively influenced many, many lives through her passion for empowering women. It was a very touching moment to see her daughter Charlina Heffernan-Westbye present the award to Kim Appleton, who is not only most deserving, but was actually a mentee of Judy herself. Judy's legacy continues! Read more here.

Finally, our sincere congratulations to the winners of the Student Business Awards, Tara Spence of Trent University and Jo Oanh Ho of Fleming College. Future business leaders!
Upcoming Spotlight April 17

Wednesday April 17, 2019 - GraceFit by Hope
Location: 582 Lily Lake Road, Selwyn, K9J 6X4
Host: Hope Robbins

Enjoy a night with Hope at her lovely boutique fitness studio, as she shares some of her greatest fitness and nutrition tips, as well as tried and true healthy snack recipes. You will be greeted at the bottom of the driveway by someone to show you where to park. You can expect a lovely night of refreshments, door prizes and mini massage demos. Comfy clothes or workout wear is the dress attire for the evening if you would like to participate in any of the mini exercise demos. Looking forward to a night of health and wellness!

Nadine James will be entering a WBN Dragon boat in the Peterborough Dragon Boat Festival this year and will be the Team Captain. We are looking for interested Team Members. Here are the details:
  • The event is Saturday, June 8th at Del Crary Park in Peterborough
  • The purpose of the event is to increase awareness and raise funds for Breast Cancer Diagnosis and Treatments at Peterborough Regional Health Center
  • It costs $800/team or $40/person to join the team.
  • We have not registered the WBN team yet as we need to gauge interest and ensure we will have a full boat
  • There will be one meeting/practice at Del Crary Park before race day. The date and time has not been announced yet and I will only find out once we have registered a full team.
  • It will be a fun day filled with exercise and laughs.
If you are interested in joining the team, please let Nadine know by email to
Member of the Year Award:
It's time to vote for your choice!
Deadline for voting is April 25th.
The winner will be announced on May 1st at our Annual General Meeting! 

The rules and criteria are listed on the online voting page when you get there.
Just click the link below; you will be asked to sign into your Women's Business Network Membership account. Once you're logged in, you'll be directed to the "Member Of The Year" Voting Page, where you'll have the opportunity to select the WBN Member that you feel has made the greatest contribution to the WBN this year.

Don't forget that we need a quorum for our AGM, so please plan to attend!

Member News
From Hope Robbins of GraceFit by HopeSpring into summer by joining Group Fitness Classes with Hope! If you are looking for that smaller, more personalized atmosphere in a beautiful "boutique style setting" You will love GraceFit by Hope!
Check out our schedule at or email
Hope to see you at the spotlight on April 17th to visit the studio

From Marlaine Bennett of Bennett's Home Furnishings
APRIL is one of the largest sales of the year at Bennett's Furniture and Mattresses- it's POP A BALLOON SALE- WIN up to 50% of your purchase! Also register for Decorator Night on April 25th (max 100 attendees) that focuses on Leather information & care with guests- chiropractor Dr. Ed speaking on ergonomics and Tina from Tiny Greens Plant Cafe. Bonus Free draw on a Stressless Chair! Register today 705-749-9273

From Carlotta James of Three Sisters Natural Landscapes
Spring is finally here! Looking for help to get your garden ready this season? Three Sisters is offering WBN members a special rate of $175 for a two-hour garden cleanup. We'll remove leaves & plant debris, trim perennials, prune shrubs, and cut back ornamental grasses. We're passionate about supporting pollinator habitats & making your garden thrive! Book now at

From Mary McGee of Little Lake Cemetery Co.
Free Seminar – Estate Planning: What You Need To Know. 
Tues, May 14th, 2:30 pm at Highland Park Funeral Centre 
Learn About: 
  • Probate and the role/responsibilities of the Executor 
  • Estate planning strategies to minimize estate costs and taxes 
  • Benefits of pre-planning final arrangements 
RSVP: Lori 705 745 6984 or
ALL Welcome! Casual, Educational Only. No Sales Pressure

From Michele Kadwell-Chalmers of The Original Flame
The Original Flame has kamado style charcoal grills in stock! This grill can smoke, sear and bake. Drop by and check out the Kamado Joe grills and accessories. The best flavour EVER from a BBQ
982 Hwy 7 East, Unit # 2 Otonabee
You can find the WBN Member Profiles HERE
Exhibitor Tables

Did you know???? It only costs $20 to host an exhibitor table?
There are a limited number, however, so if you want to take advantage of this great membership benefit, contact Josee right away!

Contact our Director at Large, Josee Kiss to let her know you are interested!
You can post a 60-word message for free in our newsletter. To submit your Member News and Community Events for next month's Newsletter, please click here to submit. 
Deadline for the next newsletter is Monday, April 22nd at 5 p.m.
Questions? Email Diane Wolf, Member Communications Director.

WBN Mission

To promote and support women in business through
personal and professional growth opportunities

WBN Vision
To strengthen our community by supporting, empowering
and inspiring women in business

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