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April 25th, 2019
Upcoming Member Meeting and Annual General Meeting
May 1st 2019
Location: Holiday Inn Waterfront, 150 George Street
The AGM will take place at 5:00 PM sharp in the Saffron North Room
You have a second chance to join the board!
We have had an unexpected vacancy, and are looking for someone to take over the Member Communications Directorship for next year as the incumbent, Diane Wolf, moves to Strategic Planning.
Duties include producing the newsletter (Diane will teach you how to do this!), sending e-blasts to members as needed, attending monthly board meetings, and helping out wherever an extra pair of hands is needed.
Shannon Simmons

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

Please note: there is a small change to the menu. Dessert will be cake, pies, and fruit, NOT the ice cream crepes initially listed.

Working like a boss: How to find the unique skills and characteristics that will help drive your success.

* What does it take to make your dreams your financial reality

* How to take calculated risks and win

* What mindset do you need to be a leader in your industry

Shannon is a Certified Financial Planner, Chartered Investment Manager, media personality, author and founder of the New School of Finance. Simmons is widely recognized as a trailblazer in the Canadian financial planning industry. Her two books Worry-Free Money and Living Debt-Free are bestsellers. She is a contributor for the Globe and Mail, a personal finance columnist for CBC’s Metro Morning and the financial expert on The Marilyn Denis Show.

Member of the Year Award:
DEADLINE to vote is TODAY!

It's time to vote for your choice! 
The winner will be announced on May 1st at our Member 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.


Some great photos from this month's spotlight!
Thanks to Hope Robbins from GraceFit by Hope
Things to Consider when Looking for a Therapist
by Allyson Lucas of NorthStar Wellness
Ask for recommendations from your friends or family. If your workplace has a Human Resources Department, EAP program or insurance company, you may want to consult with them. Visit websites such as Psychology Today, Google local therapists and browse their websites.
Learn the differences between a psychiatrist, psychologist, registered psychotherapist, social worker and counsellor and decide which professional is best suited to your needs. Double-check to see if your benefit plan covers these particular services.
Call or email a mental health professional and ask if it’s possible to meet them for a free consultation for 15 – 20 minutes to learn more about them and see if they would be a good fit for you.

This is your opportunity to ask as many questions as you can before making a decision to pursue working with this particular mental health professional.
When you meet, what are your first impressions of: their personality, the layout of the room, the furniture, the lighting? Do you feel safe? Do you feel comfortable? What is on the walls? What kinds of books are in the bookcase? Are there other materials around? What decorations can you see? Are they appealing?Be prepared with a list of questions regarding their education, experience, number of years in the field, and areas of expertise. Are they working full-time or part-time? How long do you have to wait for an appointment? Are they able to explain what modalities they use and why? Has their learning taken place online or at an institution? How long was the program? What is the school’s reputation? Did they complete a practicum? How many hours?
Your relationship with the therapist has a major impact on achieving your goals. Do they remind you of someone else (for better or worse)? If so, how could this impact your work with them? You need to be honest with yourself. Do you think they can be trusted? How much would you be willing to share with them? When you ask questions, are they defensive or transparent? How do they express themselves?
Do they give homework? What kind? If not, why not?  How will you know when it’s time to end therapy? How is that done? What is their confidentiality policy? Is it in writing? Are files hard copy, on computer, or online? Is there an intake questionnaire? Do the questions seem relevant?

To read the rest of the article, or other articles by Allyson, go to:
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 Laurie Pezzack of Adventure Tails Dog Walking Service
Going away this summer without your beloved pets? We provide pet sitting in your home to follow your pet’s normal routine (feeding, walks, potty breaks). We also offer a premium overnight service. For peace of mind and trusted care Book Now to secure your travel dates. Call 705-977-1510 or email . WBN members receive $20 OFF your first service.

From Brittany Price of Habitat for Humanity Peterborough and Kawartha Region
This Mother’s Day – Saturday, May 11, 2019, in partnership with Elmhirst Resort, YOU can pamper your mom (or significant other) with a gift that lasts a lifetime, an exclusive, family photoshoot with Kawartha’s top photographers! Your package includes: 30 minute session for the family, make up for mom, delicious mimosa for mom, a special gift from Sweet Bee Floral’s flower bar, delicious treats for the family and 8 digital, touched up images! 100% of proceeds go to helping local families achieve affordable homeownership! Limited spaces available! To learn more, please visit or contact:

From Rachel Northey of Pinchin Ltd.
Pinchin is running a Brews and Buddies event at the Publican House May 16th! Come out, meet the local Pinchin team and learn about the local talent that can assist you with Property Transaction Due Diligence, Chemical Exposures, Mould, and Asbestos. If that isn't enough Publican House is running a beer tasting too! Register at

From Megan Boyles of Three Sisters Natural Landscapes
Let's work together to build the (truly) low-maintenance garden of your dreams! Using native plants, ideally suited to our climate, Three Sisters provide landscape solutions to fit your vision & budget. We create gardens that are beautiful, sustainable and kind to the Earth and that once established, require less water & maintenance than any traditional garden. Learn more 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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