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May 9th, 2019
Highlights from May's Meeting
with Shannon Lee Simmons

Shannon shared her philosophy of what it means to Work like a Boss and kept us thoroughly entertained in the process. It's quite a feat to make the world of finance funny, but she seems to be part financial planner and part stand-up comic. A great evening!
Member of the Year:
Arlene Blunck of All Office Machines
Congratulations to our WBN Member of the Year: Arlene Blunck!
Pictured here with Maureen Tavener, who spearheads the Member of the Year Program. Arlene is our Membership Director, and works tirelessly to ensure that members feel welcome, especially new ones. We are so proud of Arlene! This is a well-deserved honour!
Anne Driscoll would like to give a shout out to Laurie English of Corus Peterborough, who was the winner of the 50/50 draw at May's member meeting, but donated the money back to the MS Walk Peterborough!
Thank you Laurie!
Upcoming Spotlight May 15

Wednesday May 15, 2019 - Stella & Dot & Play Cafe
Location: 809 Chemong Rd, Peterborough, ON K9H 5B8
Note: Play Cafe is close to the south end of Brookdale plaza beside PJ's Diner
Time: 5:00pm - 7:00 pm
Hosts: Erin Cunningham & Sarah Susnar

Members are expected to have FUN!
We will be in a creative and open space that is a hidden gem in our beautiful city. A tour, refreshments, personal styling and jewellery viewing, door prizes and much more! Please note that Erin will have a HUGE sample sale open only for the membership at the spotlight ( Cash and carry only) and will also have items for order as well.

The digital section is returning for 2019-2020! 
Watch your inbox in May and June for news on booking dates and early bird discounts for WBN members

Jeannine Taylor, publisher of is pleased to announce that the digital section is continuing for 2019/2020. Jeannine developed the idea and concept of the digital section in 2017 to promote the WBN and female entrepreneurship.  "As we head into our third year we're planning now for 2019/2020 to expand content and audience reach more than ever before. The WBN and members will benefit with increased profile, market coverage and visibility - benefits to all of our businesses" says Jeannine. "All returning WBN members have first options on digital profiles including perks, early bird discounts and promotional options. Everyone has a story and our writers love their work on this section."

The digital section launches in early September and runs to June 30. This year, the section has received over 410,000 unique readers so far. The digital profiles of WBN members received, on average, over 108,000 unique web readers, over 5,200 Facebook viewer impressions on promoted posts, and over 11,400 viewer impressions on Twitter and Instagram combined. To read this year's member profiles (and some truly amazing member stories!) visit

For more information call JT at any time 705 742 6404 or by email 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 Nadine know by email to
May Member Meeting Evaluation Summary
Thank you to everyone who completed the survey.
The numerical ratings were as follows:

Speaker 4.79/5, Facilitator 4.1/5, Meal: 4.01/5

Comments included:
Speaker: entertaining, hilarious, vague, didn't like the F-bomb, not much substance, best speaker ever, funny, engaging, passionate!

Food: great meal, food terrible, meal was good, food lacking, salad bar buffet items spectacular, put bread on the table, best meal

Other comments:
-Difficult to hear President  (several comments about difficulty hearing)
-Should we perhaps have a meeting to which we could bring high school aged girls?
-Don't run program during dinner buffet.
-Great event. Facilitator excellent.
-Facilitator rude (spoke during speaker presentation)
-Limit number of door prizes
-Dim lights to signal someone is about to speak
-glad to see table toppers with rules
-Meeting too long. Remove fluff and move towards a more professional meeting
-Far too much fun!
-Present this data to the membership

Member News

From Pamela Van Nest of PVN Coaching
By knowing and understanding ourselves better, we understand others. Then as we understand others we know ourselves better! How can these opposites both be true. A Paradox.

If you would like to join us May 18th at 9 am at Activity Haven Center, I am leading a workshop on. Loving the Paradox of You.
 It's an interactive workshop that is serious and fun at the same time (another paradox). We will define our “Oxymoron” and how it helps us face challenges and solve problems. This workshop is the first part of a 2 part series. The second series will be June 2nd.
  BN member registration is discounted at $50.

Contact me at or
call me at 705-917-0461.

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, May 20th 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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