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November 2018  

Message from the Director of Communications

Autumn~Winter Newsletter

This year has flown by, don’t you think?

As the year draws to a close, OWIN has so much to share with you. On behalf of the OWIN Board of Directors, I am excited to announce plans are already underway for our 2019 International Women’s Day event in March. The Events Committee will have more details coming, but in the meantime Save the Date ~ you will not want to miss this event!

In December, there are changes to our lunch meeting schedule due to the holidays. OWIN invites you to join us in Woodstock and Ingersoll where we will have a special lunch celebration (see below). In the spirit of the holidays, we will be collecting donations for a local charity at each lunch. Donating is optional, but if you participate, you will have a chance to pick the charity. Find out more on our Facebook page or in our Facebook group.

Please note: due to the change in schedule there will be no Tillsonburg area lunch in December, but please join us at one of our other lunches. We would love to see our Tillsongburg and area members at these lunches.

Throughout Fall, we had some fantastic events, including our 24th Anniversary Dinner Speaker Event, our Spotlight on Business tour in Woodstock and our Sparks Ignite My Dreams event. See event overview and photos below.

OWIN is also pleased to welcome several new members since our last newsletter. Read below to see who they are and if you haven’t already met them (or even if you have) and you want to know what they do, visit our Facebook Members group to welcome and connect with them.

Until next time, on behalf of the OWIN Board of Directors, I would like to wish each and every one of our members, past, present and future, a happy holidays and all the very best for the upcoming year.

Karen Coleman
Communications Director

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Welcome New Members

Welcome New OWIN Members

Welcome our newest OWIN members:

  • Linda Barney - Barney Bookkeeping & Tax
  • Raela Durham - La Capitale Financial Security
  • Sherri Goodwin - Steeped Tea - Independent Consultant
  • Jaclynn Girvin - Park Place Retirement Residence
  • Ashlee Hall - ON TRACK Consulting Services
  • Melissa Holden - Unfor Local 636
  • Maria Howlett - DAEdream Wellness
  • Peggy Myall - The Natural Touch
  • Cassandra Nadalin - Coach Cassandra
  • Stephanie Peers - Elevacity
  • Alison Porter - Century 21 Heritage House Ltd Brokerage
  • Marla Rice - Bossy Nagy Group Professional Corp.
  • Danielle Sparkes - D.A. Sparkes Accounting Prof. Corp.

We are so glad you have joined us and we look forward to getting to know each and every one of you and sharing the excitement about your businesses and your lives.

Come on out and get to know each other!! At each meeting we find connections for ourselves and others.

Don't forget to "LIKE" us on Facebook and find out what's new. And if you click on that like button it will drop down to enable you to click on "Get Notifications". Once you are a paid member of OWIN you can become part of our closed Facebook group where we share special opportunities for members only. You can make special promotions or announcements or ask questions for our members in this group. This is a secure and private group.

We are just starting our 25th year. So thank you to everyone who is an advocate for OWIN. We appreciate you.

If you are not a member of OWIN and have any questions regarding membership, what OWIN is about, or what some of the benefits are, please contact us. We are more than willing to help.

Susan Winlaw - Membership Director

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Calendar of Events


Woodstock & area lunch at 639 at noon on December 6th

RSVP to by 1pm on Wednesday, December 5th.

Ingersoll & area lunch at the Elm Hurst, at noon on December 19th.

Space is limited. RSVP to as soon as possible. Deadline to reserve your seat is by 1pm on Friday, December 14th.

The Events Committee has been busy planning a full line up of evening and day-time events for the 2018/2019 calendar year!


International Women's Day event, March 6th, 2019

Spotlight on Business 2019

Our recent Spotlight on Business event on October 20th was a resounding success. Members and guests enjoyed breakfast at Ody's Restaurant before heading off around town to visit with and hear about member businesses in Woodstock. (See below for the overview, business bios and photos from the event.)

Look out for our next event in the Spring of 2019 which will be held in Ingersoll! If you're a member and you'd like to be showcase your business at our next Spotlight on Business event, please contact

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Message from the Sponsorship Director

OWIN SponsorsSponsoring something (or someone) is the act of supporting an event, activity, person, or organization financially or through the provision of products or services. The individual or group that provides the support, similar to a benefactor, is known as sponsor.

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Meeting Overview!

Since our last newsletter, OWIN held its 24th Anniversary Dinner Speaker event on September 19th at the South Gate Centre, Woodstock with with Tish Jacob on Me, Myself and My Money. On October 20th, Woodstock members showcased their businesses, products and services at the OWIN's Spotlight on Business event in Woodstock. And on November 20th, we held our Sparks Ignite My Dreams event at the Upper Thames Brewing Company in Woodstock.

Below are a few photos from each event as well as bios from our Spotlight On Business event for those who were unable to attend to find out more about our fabulous members and what they have to offer.

Sparks Ignite My Dreams

What a fantastic event. There were delicious appetizers, lots of networking and fun plus four fabulous members who shared their stories of how they became who they are today. The event was MCd by Events Director, Judith Fleming, and Teresa Syms. Here are a few pics plus speakers bios from our event booklet.

Cheesecake Cups at Sparks Ignite My DreamsGuests at the appetizer tableWraps at Sparks Ignite My Dreams

Speaker Brenda Tait with MCs Judith Fleming (left) and Teresa Syms (right).Speaker Spicy Jan with her prize winners

Members and Guests mingle at Sparks Ignite My DreamsSpeaker Heather Aldred-TrepanierSpeaker Cheryl-Ann Lovie

Sparks Ignite My Dreams Speaker Bios

24th Anniversary Dinner Speaker Event

Oxford Women In Networking had our Dinner Speaker Event on September 19,2018 at South Gate Centre in Woodstock.

A night of OWIN Play Money, Chocolate Money, Live Auction, Great Food & Speaker!
Our evening began with each attendee receiving $1000.00 in OWIN PLAY money as they arrived to put towards our auction later in the evening! Each participant had the opportunity to earn more money at the trade tables they visited!

We enjoyed a variety of appetizers during our Networking time; Visiting trade tables, learning about the member's business and earning some fun money! Exchanging of business cards and lots of sharing!

Our Live Auction was started with each member having an opportunity to bid on the donations from fellow members, with the cash they had, or together with a fellow members or evening pooling money from a group of members! We had a fun time! It was also a learning time, seeing who was quick to spend their FREE money, and who held on to the FREE money!! Some kept it, and even took it home!!

Our member Tish Jacob was our Speaker! The Topic was Me,Myself and My Money!
Tish spoke to us about the experiences she had during her career as a Financial adviser. Encouraged all of us to have our own money, set goals, and to make sure we are covered for unexpected things can occur in life! Financial health & wealth.

From some of the discussion we had, the importance of each of us having our own money, plus being able to save money. We were each given an envelope and asked to put our name and address on it, and inside write out an amount; setting a goal, we thought we could save in the next six months. These letters will be mailed out in March 2019! It will be interesting to hear back from our attendees to see if they met their goal!

Event Photos

Guests  listen to MC, Judith FlemingGuests listen to Judith Fleming, Events Director at the podium

Tish JacobAppetizers

Guests at our 24th Anniversary eventRegistration table

Patricia (Tish) Jacob Bio

Patricia Jacob was born and raised in Woodstock.  She is the twin-sister of Woodstock’s late Mayor Patrick Sobeski.  She attended St. Mary’s School, College Avenue Secondary School and still has many family members in the Woodstock and Princeton area.

Patricia was nicknamed “Tisha” by her competitive swim coach and the name was beneficial in distinguishing her from her talented hockey brothers: Michael and Pat. 

Moving from Woodstock to attend college and university in the late sixties, was the beginning of her business career.  Patricia is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario, “Western”; Fanshawe College; Mohawk College and was an early achiever of Microsoft Systems Engineer designation.  Education became an important aspect of her life and over the last years of her career completed Certified Financial Planning CFP courses.  She completed the Elder Planning Certification and worked the last 10 years as a Financial Security Advisor for Freedom 55 Financial, a division of London Life Insurance Company.  Patricia has worked for the Richard Ivey School of Business, IBM and Sun Life Financial.  Patricia is a licensed insurance advisor and investment representative.

Patricia has been involved with many women’s organizations, boards and executives in London,  Dundas, Hamilton/Burlington, Windsor and Niagara Region.  She is a member of the Niagara Industrial Association; Niagara Falls University Women as Treasurer, Niagara Falls and Fort Erie Chamber of Commerce   Patricia has been a financial supporter of LAWS Leadership Advancement for Women in Sport at the University of Windsor; and Women in Leadership at Brock University in St. Catharines.

Her career focused on working with women and educating them to feel confident working with numbers, so they are meaningful and measurable. Patricia has done presentations for Women’s Economic Forum in Windsor and Niagara Falls Public Library—Me, Myself and My Money. She has been married to Richard for 39 years, has a daughter and son-in-law and a grandson.  Patricia retired May 4, 2018 but continues to work as an Elder Planning Consultant for private individuals.

Spotlight on Business

On Saturday, October 20th, OWIN held its Fall Spotlight on Business event in Woodstock. The event started with breakfast and networking at Ody's Restaurant. Topic of discussion was "Websites" and each member shared whether they have a website, whether they built it themselves and how often they updated it.

OWIN members at breakfastMembers at Spotlight on Business

Following breakfast, OWIN members toured our Spotlight Businesses starting with the Brooks and Losee team at their Century 21 office. The visit included a presentation and discussion on Real Estate. Members had lots of questions and the Century 21 Team offered lots of answers and great information. Each member received a gift bag before heading for the next venue, Beach Bums Tanning.

Century 21 Team Sheila Brooks & Shirleen LoseeBeach Bum owner Susan Rowe and staff

At Beach Bums Tanning, owner Susan Rowe gave members a tour of her tanning rooms and an explanation of how her equipment benefits clients. Tammy Burdett of Tocara also presented her business and gave a little history on how the Canadian company got started and evolved.

Gift Bags from Century 21 TeamTrying out the new Himalayan Salt Cave at Action Medical

Members at Beach Bums TanningTammy Burdett talks about Tocara

Our last stop was at Action Medical where Suzy Fisher gave us a tour of the building on Main Street as well as a brief overview of the comprehensive health products and services available. Members got to visit the Mastectomy Boutique, the Wigs & Hair Restoration Department, Compression Socks Department, the brand new Himalayan Detox Room, the almost completed Infrared Sauna and more. If you've never been to Action Medical, it is well worth a visit.

Suzy Fisher showing one of the teenage wigsHair Salon at Action Medical

In the bra section of Action MedicalAlayne Brisson and Karen Coleman taking a break

Spotlight on Business Member Bios

Suzy Fisher, Action Medical

Ron Smith, President of Action Medical, began his journey in 1999. He devoted all of his time and money into selling, servicing and renting mobility products. Action Medical slowly grew to become a complete home health store. He went from 2,000 sq feet to 35,000 sq feet and has continued to expand.

I joined the Action Medical team on the front desk as a Customer Service Representative in September 2006. I learned about the different types of walkers and wheelchairs a long with the vast inventory of other health and wellness products such as bracing, compression stockings and incontinence products, to name a few. 
Eighteen years later, Ron decided to open Action Wigs & Hair Restoration. It was at this time that I made the decision to be a part of this new venture. And so the learning curve began!

Renovations began in the spring of 2017, and opened on Nov. 1st that year. In January 2018 a Mastectomy Boutique with a private fitting room, and a full line of Mastectomy products including forms, pocketed bras, tank tops and swimwear was added.

In the summer of 2018 he has expanded even more to include a Himalayan Salt Cave, an Infrared Sauna and a Himalayan Detox Room, opening in November of this year. This addition has prompted the change of name from Action Wigs & Hair Restoration to Action Wellness Centre to encompass all of the facilities now available.

Tammy Burdett, Tocara

I am a mother of 3 sons and grandmother to 2 grandsons and a granddaughter.

I have worked in retail and home show businesses all of my life. I have tried many different things over the years.

I have taken a bartending course and worked as a bartender at Durham College in Oshawa in my early 20s.

I took a makeup artist course in my mid 20s and worked in the Cosmetic department of Sears and The Hudson Bay. Through this I was lucky to go to some amazing product launches. I got to meet Oscar de la Renta, Loris Azzaro and Lise Watier. I also worked for Lise Watier for a year and got to sit beside her and chat over lunch at her company training in the Montreal Casino. She is truly a beautiful woman in all ways.

Through the years I have also been a consultant for Tupperware, Undercover Lingerie, Partylite and Tocara. I love this type of business as you are your own boss and you set your own pace.

I have worked hard over the years with Partylite and Tocara earning trips and training consultants as I was a Leader. It is fun and not really what I consider work.  I have met so many different types of people through the years and have made a lot of friends from customers and consultants.

What I like about Tocara is it is Canadian owned. The owner Randall Marcus is very approachable and is very down to earth. He started as a silver supplier in the late 70’s when he was 17. He knows the jewelry business and is an honest person. I feel confident and proud of being a part of Tocara.

My husband has been retired for the past 5 years and I love that I can work this business to suit my lifestyle.

Sheila Brooks and Shirleen Losee

Sheila Brooks along with her business partner, Shirleen Losee, have created the “Brooks and Losee Real Estate Team.”  With a collective 40+ years of Real Estate experience, their team’s strength is assisting clients to fulfill their real estate needs. The pillars of excellence offered by the “The Brooks and Losee Team” are reflected in their commitment to market knowledge, professionalism, service, reputation, trust and attention to detail. 

They are proud to be part of the Century 21 Heritage House Ltd. Brokerage because, “Absolutely Nobody Sells More Properties in Oxford County.” On a month-month basis, Century 21 Heritage House Ltd., Brokerage lists and sells more properties than any of its competitors throughout Oxford County. 

If you have any questions regarding buying or selling, Sheila and Shirley would be glad to help you “Make a Positive Move.”


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