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February 2018 #1
President's Message
Ok ladies, can someone please tell me where January went? It's hard to believe that it's February already. I hope your first month of 2018 was exceptional, and that February exceeds your expectations. 

This month's theme is about Risk-Taking & Disruption. Are you a Risk-Taker in your personal and/or professional life?  “If you risk nothing, then you risk everything.” — Geena Davis

Whether you like to take risks or not, you're in the right place by being a member of the Women's Business Network of Peterborough. You're never alone. There's always someone around the corner you can reach out to, for anything you need. Take a look at the WBN Membership Directory - there are over 150 Women in Business on that list, who may have what you're looking for. “Security is mostly a superstition. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” — Helen Keller

Personally, I'm honoured to be part of such a distinguished, influential, dynamic, growing group of diverse and powerful women. It's truly something to be proud of and to celebrate each and every day! 

Until we're together again.. aspire to inspire, and 
“Do one thing every day that scares you.” — Eleanor Roosevelt  (you'll be glad you did - you may even surprise yourself).

Lorie Gill, WBN President

January Spotlight at Leon's
Many thanks to our host Leon's and Rencee Noonan,
who worked hard to make this event a success!
Tracey Ormond was the lucky winner of a Dyson Vacuum,
and she was absolutely delighted!
Don't these lovely ladies look comfortable?
 Member Meeting Feb 7th, 2018
Location: Holiday Inn Waterfront, Peterborough, ON
Networking 5:30, Dinner 6:30, Speaker 7:30
Our February speaker, Brenda Halloran -
Chair of the Startup Canada Board of Directors
Brenda Halloran is a global leader with a local conscience. Often referred to as the people's Mayor, Halloran successfully held the top job as the Mayor of the City of Waterloo, Canada from 2006-2014. Responsible for leading the City through one of the most dynamic and innovative periods in its history, Halloran's global profile took root when the City of Waterloo won the most "Intelligent Community Award" in 2007 and IBM's Smarter City Challenge in HERE to read more about Brenda.
And speaking of our February Member Meeting...
Don't forget to Book Tour Exhibitor Table! There are a limited number, and they are booked on a first come, first served basis, so click HERE to reserve one! Any questions, contact our Director at Large Josee Kiss 
If you brought a guest to the January meeting, and they would like to join the WBN, their guest fee will be deducted from the cost of a half-year membership!
From January - June 2018, we are offering our half-year membership rates:
           Single Membership - $300           Corporate Membership - $400

There is still time to join!

Attention Longtime WBN Members! 
Have you been a member for 25 years or more? If so, we want to hear from you! Please email Tracey at and let us know!
Feature Article by
Colleen Carruthers of the T-R Group
Problems Bouncing Back? Could be your Unforgiving Nature
We all face adversity in our lives.  Times when we meet challenges that can’t be overcome, or at least appear to be insurmountable in our mind.  The way we meet these challenges and ultimately bounce back is called resiliency. And it’s an important attribute, because it helps us bounce back from adversity and stress.
Our relationships with others can affect our resiliency. Relationships are often a source of frustration. Differences of opinion and viewpoints can get us angry or upset, and cause us to be in places where we do not forgive.  And forgiveness influences our ability to be resilient.
Developing an ability to forgive is not easy. Forgiveness often challenges the essence of who we are: our values, our principles, our code of conduct and our moral campus. If you challenge these, you are challenging “my most inner me”; how could I forgive?  But there is a difference between forgiving and forgetting.
Many forgive a wrongdoing committed against them or for a hurtful comment made toward them, but they may not forget.—ever. This is causes rumination, keeping present what needs to be let go of in order to move on. Like old wine, the longer it sits the better it tastes.  With forgiveness the more we   remember without letting go, the stronger it impacts our present state of being. It causes us to become anxious, unhappy, neurotic or even physically ill. It controls our ability to be resilient. It becomes all consuming.
Forgiveness needs to be matched with forgetfulness. The combination of the two increases hope, improves health, causes less stress, strengthens immune systems, and creates fewer negative emotions and feelings. And yes, all supported by solid research in the behavioral sciences.  This in turn changes our outlook to a more positive framework causing us to let go and forget—and ultimately move on.  This is reliant behavior in action.
Ask yourself what is preventing “me” from being resilient?  Who do I need to forgive?  And what do I need to forget in order to be positive and happy here and now?
Member News

From Diana Carter of Style Boutique
Are you travelling south this winter? Style Boutique has new spring fashions arriving daily for you. Need a dress? We have a variety of styles and colours just for your special event. All winter fashions are now on sale. You can save from 40 to 80 percent.

From Louise Racine of Thirteen Moons
Thirteen Moons Wellness presents the 2nd Annual International Women's Day Conference - March 8th, Ashburnham Reception Centre. Three keynote speakers, morning and afternoon workshops, lunch and snacks, plus a few surprises. 50% sold out! Do you have your ticket yet?

From Colleen Carruthers of the T-R Group
This Valentine’s Day Alternatives Community Program Services, with the support of Russelle Toyota, brings illusionist, The Amazing Vlad in ‘For the Love of Magic” on Feb. 14 at 7 p.m.   Ashburnham Funeral Home has generously been donated as our venue, Tracey Ormond at That’s a Wrap is donating the hor d’euvers and the Wine Shoppe is donating the wine.  Therefore, all proceeds will go directly to The Braidwood Project  Tickets are $25.00 per person, adults only.  So, go to to get your tickets to support this worthy cause.

Advertise with the WBN in 2018!

Purchase Ad Space in a WBN newsletter or e-blast for less than $35 per month. Share your message with WBN members and interested community members. Your ad will also be linked to the website of your choice so viewers are just one click away from your business. E-blasts generate approximately 3,300 member impressions/year while newsletters generate over 12,000.
WBN Member Benefits
  Ads in the WBN newsletters and e-blasts for less than $35 a month
  Access to both WBN Members and interested Community Members
  Your ad linked to your website - viewers are one click away from connecting
  Purchase a live link header or footer ad in one of our monthly e-blasts and reach up to 190 WBN Members (Single & Corporate)

  Purchase a live link header or footer ad, a sidebar ad or a video ad in our monthly member and community newsletters and reach up to 190 Members (Single & Corporate) and 590+ non-members.

For more information on any of the WBN Advertising Opportunities, contact Diane Wolf at
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, January 28 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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