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March 28th, 2019
Upcoming Member Meeting
April 3rd 2019
Victoria Lennox


Location: Holiday Inn Waterfront, 150 George Street, Peterborough, ON
Networking 5:30, Dinner 6:30, Speaker 7:30

Victoria Lennox is the co-founder and CEO of Startup Canada, the national rallying community supporting and giving a voice to Canada’s 2.3 million entrepreneurs.

Victoria is recognized by the United Nations Development Programme and the European Union as one of the foremost experts in entrepreneurship education; ecosystem and program architecture, governance, development and implementation; and, in fuelling entrepreneurship movements and awareness campaigns. Learn more about Victoria HERE.


Some great photos from this month's spotlight!
You can purchase a table of eight for $520, which means that each spot would receive the member discount price of $65, AND not everyone at your table has to be a member! You can have a mix of members and non-members, and this is just one more great reason to get a table!

We are also delighted to announce that our Trent and Fleming students for the Business Student Awards have been selected! Congratulations to Tara Spence (Trent) and Jo Ho (Fleming)! You can learn more about these women on our website!
2019 Judy Heffernan Award Nominees
Kim Appleton
Anne Marie Arnold
Rhonda Barnet
Colleen Carruthers
Diana Carter
Susan Porter Dunkley
Michelle Ferreri
Jennifer Garland 
Theresa Longo
Tracey Ormond 
Grace Reynolds
Peggy Shaughnessy
Jeannine Taylor 
Sheneese Wilkins

2019 Women In Business Nominees

Sofie Andreou, Sofie Andreou & Associates
Karen Auger, BDO Peterborough 
Rhonda Barnet, Steelworks Design Inc.
Marlaine Bennett, Bennett’s Home Furnishings
Tina Bromley, Tiny Greens
Monika Carmichael, Trent Valley Honda
Colleen Carruthers, T-R Group 
Darlene Cook, Peterborough Housing Corporation
Vanessa Dinesen, Dinesen Financial
Jennifer Garland, The Mane Intent Inc.
Shannon Gray, Sugar Me Right
Karen Irvine, A Taste Of The Kawarthas Food Tours
Teresa Kaszuba, CHEX News
Shelby Leonard Watt, S.O.S Save Our Soles
Bridget Leslie, My Left Breast Bra and Wig Fitting Specialist
Theresa Longo, Theresa Longo Brands 
Jay Lough Hayes, RE/MAX ROUGE
Leslie Scott, Walton Wood Farm
Jenni Johnston-Hubbert, The Art School of Peterborough
Ann Marie Maly, Bruce Maly Plumbing & Drain Services Inc.
Erin Mclean, McLean Berry Farm
Vanessa Oake Hogan, Century 21 Peterborough
Tracey Ormond, That’s A Wrap Catering
Hiring is always a challenge for any business owner.
By Janet McCleod, East City Flower Shop

Finding staff, teaching staff and sometimes firing staff –uggg is ongoing.  Over the years we have created a series of interview questions that help us learn more about the interviewee. Yes we have the standard “what did you like best about working at…”  “tell me about a hobby or activity you enjoy” “ tell about a goal you set for yourself and how you went about obtaining this goal” questions.
We have a small work area and we meet with people at all stages of the ‘Circle of Life’ so you need to be sympathetic and you also need to be able to banter. Some of the questions we have added to our interview process, and these have been tailored to us, are:
  1. Lion or bear, who wins? There is no correct answer, but no answer is not what we are looking for.
  2. What would you do if the power went out and you were here alone. The correct answer is something similar to “ I would check next door and see if the power is out everywhere” or “ I would check the fuse panel” We have heard answers like “I would lock up and leave” “ I would lock the door” “ Don’t worry, I would stay”
  3. Tell me about the last book you read. We like to work with people who have varying interests.
Staffing is a full time consideration in a small business, taking time to create questions that make it easy to find people who are a good fit for your workplace is a great first step to finding long term staff.
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 me know by email to
Member News
From Jennifer Garland, of The Mane Intent
Sponsors are being sought for the Inviting Resilience Conference on May 21 & 22 at Trent University. Internationally-recognized Dr. Michael Ungar is a keynote presenter. The conference brings together practitioners, health care professionals, researchers and others with an interest in strengths-based, trauma-informed community programs in the areas of mental health, resilience and trauma. Workshop sponsorships are $250 and other levels are available too. Contact Katie McKeiver at Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre for details at

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
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!
Are you a long-time WBN member? Maybe you have been with us for 5, 10, 15 years, or even longer?  We'd love to celebrate you, so please email Tracey to let her know!
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 8 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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