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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”