April 2019  

Message from your President

OWIN Spring Newsletter 2019

Oxford Women In Networking will be celebrating 25 years!

Why is Oxford Women In Networking still around after so many years and doing well?

I was recently speaking to one of our Oxford Women In Networking members.  She was mentioning that she had gone to many networking groups in the area including London and said Oxford Women In Networking women are authentic.  She did not find this at other networking groups. What a wonderful compliment. I believe the same about our members/friends we have in our networking organization.  This is one of many reasons why Oxford Women In Networking is still around after 24 plus years with our founding members still supporting us.

Oxford Women In Networking

  • Supports, educates and promotes women in business
  • Promote fair and ethical business practice
  • Promote a healthy work-life balance
  • Support one another as we pursue our personal business visions
  • Supports Youth in Business


No matter how experienced you are in your business, there’s always potential to learn and grow. Said another way, “You’ll never know everything about anything, especially something you love.” according to the late, great master chef, Julia Child. Exposing yourself to new people, businesses, ideas, and trends will allow you to find more ways to conduct your business and perhaps even become more efficient

Events are a great place to meet new people and develop meaningful relationships that can potentially lead to strategic partnerships and referrals. An African proverb I think of often says, “If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”  As I reflect on some of our networking events, I am reminded the relationships that were birthed. Food for thought.

Together Oxford Women In Networking is STRONG! Looking forward to our 25th Year celebrations.  

Enjoy the Spring weather that is around the corner.

Jane Ross,
President 2017-2019

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Message from Your Vice President

Hello OWIN members

March is over and Spring is on its way!

Our International Women's Day was a great success! Thanks to all the women who made up the committee and worked hard to make it a great evening! Thank you to all of you who attended and brought guests, without your support their hard work would have been in vain.

Our AGM meeting is coming up in June which is the beginning of OWIN's New Year! This meeting is for all our members. Remember this is your networking group! The more you attend events and lunches, the more you get to network!
It the time of writing this message, I'm enjoying spring in Spain! See you all at one of the lunches and the AGM!

Tammy Burdett
Vice President 

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Message from the Director of Communications

WOW...3 months of 2019 have gone already...and we're a week into our second quarter. It's shaping out to be a fabulous year.

We had a fantastic International Women's Day event last month, with almost 190 attendees! I'll let our Event's Director, Judith Fleming, tell you all about that below.

Our Events Director has also been working hard alongside OWIN member, Alayne Brisson of ARB Photography, to plan our new Speaker Series, the first of which will be held on April 29th from noon till 1pm. Be sure to check out the details here, because it is ONLY $15 for members, and $20 for guests, with a lunch and coffee/tea included. You'll hear from Mortgage Specialist, Julie Brenneman of the Mortgage Centre and Shirleen Losee and Sheila Brooks of Century 21 Heritage House Ltd. Brokerage in Woodstock. Register soon to save your spot.

As well, Judith has already started planning our AGM which will be held on June 24th at South Gate Centre in Woodstock. Details coming very soon.

Our Membership Director, Susan Winlaw, has been working hard welcoming new OWIN members and ensuring current members are remembering to update their renewals. See our new members below.

And as your Communications Director, you'll hear from me each month reminding you about our upcoming lunch meetings. You'll also find them on the homepage of as well as in the sidebar of this newsletter.

Each networking lunch will incorporate a learning component where members share tips, advice and ideas on a specific business-related topic. If you have an idea for a future topic that would help other members, please let me know. Email [email protected].

Hope you can join us for our regular lunch meetings in Woodstock, Tillsonburg and Ingersoll. As the warmer weather approaches we hope to hold some of our lunches on the patio. Don't forget to invite guests...they can attend twice before becoming a member.

Who do you know?

We are also accepting nominations for new Board member. You should already have received an email about this from our Nomations committee. Please check your inbox and/or junkmail folder if you did not see the email. If you are a member in good standing and/or wish to nominate yourself or another member you think would be a good addition to the OWIN Board, please contact [email protected] with your nomination by May 31st, 2019.

Karen Coleman
Communications Director

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Welcome New Members

Welcome New OWIN Members

Welcome our newest OWIN members:

  • Holly Albion - Oxford Manor Retirement
  • Lee Ellery - Dumfries Mutual Insurance
  • Leslie Galloway - Walker Environmental Group
  • Lana Hodgins - Beautiful Empowered You
  • Carly Kersten - Neck of the Woods Massage & Hair Studio
  • Beth Lewis - Edward Jones and NuSkin
  • Terri Macht - Arbonne Independent Consultant
  • Lacey Murray
  • Kate Phillips - Southwest Oxford Hops
  • Emily Sykes - Walker Environmental Group
  • Melissa Verspeeten - Century 21 Finally Home Team

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

Your Membership Matters

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Message from your Events Director

Thank you to all who attended our third annual OWIN International Women's Day Event! We had over 180 attendees! Our #IWD2019 #BalanceForBetter Building Strong and Purposeful Futures event was a huge success enjoyed by members and guests alike!

Each year on March 8, International Women’s Day celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women around the world. It is also and a call for gender parity. Many organizations, like OWIN, declare an annual IWD theme that supports their specific agenda or cause.

IWD is all about unity, celebration, reflection, advocacy and action – whatever that looks like globally at a local level, and it has been occurring for well over a century - and continues to grow from strength to strength.

The International Women’s Day 2019 campaign theme of #BalanceforBetter is a call-to-action for driving gender balance across the world. Together, we strive to build strong and purposeful futures for both women of today and women of generations to come.

How will you help #BalanceForBetter?

For more about International Women’s Day, visit the International Women's Day website.

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Meeting Overview!

President Jane Ross and Past President Judith Fleming were thrilled to present two ONE Year OWIN Memberships to two of our attendees!

One membership was presented on behalf of our long-time member Patricia Jacob, who gave a membership to a Young Women, to encourage her in business, growth and development, mentorship and networking. The recipient was Lacey Murray.

Our second membership was presented on behalf of OWIN’s Board of Directors to encourage and expand our membership and enjoyment of meetings and encouraging women in business. Beth Lewis was the recipient.

Lacey Murray with OWIN President Jane Ross & Events Director Judith FlemingBeth Lewis with OWIN President Jane Ross & Events Director Judith Fleming

Our Speakers

  • Kate Leatherbarrow—Activist/ Owner Early Bird Coffee
  • Jennifer Jimbere—Coaching and Consulting
  • Tami Murray—Diversity Counselling

Speaker - Kate LeatherbarrowSpeaker - Jennifer JimbereSpeaker - Tami Murray

OWIN Members Trade Tables

  • Allanti Beauty Spa & School—Jane Ross
  • Kaz Custom Travel—Karen Coleman
  • NuSkin—Cheryl-Ann Lovie
  • Action Wellness Centre—Suzy Fisher
  • Arbonne-Heather Aldred-Trepanier
  • Expedia Cruise Ship Centre—Deb Willert
  • Life Coach, NLP Practitioner, Award-winning Author—Teresa Syms
  • Beautiful Empowered You—Lana Hodgins

Jane Ross-Allanti Beauty Spa & SchoolKaren Coleman - Kaz Custom TravelNuSkin—Cheryl-Ann LovieSuzy Fisher - Action WellnessHeather Aldred-Trepennier - ArbonneTeresa Syms-Life Coach, NLP Practitioner, Award-winning Author

Community Partners

  • Family Violence Counselling Program
  • Ingamo Homes
  • Women's Employment Resource Centre
  • Zonta Club of Woodstock

Sue BArge with Family Violence CounsellingIngamo HomesWERC with Heather Davies, also an Early Bird Draw sponsorZonta Club of Woodstock

In-Kind Sponsors

  • Kaz Design Works
  • ARB Photography
  • Easyway
  • Lilybear Dance Boutique
  • The Office Phantom
  • Quality Hotel
  • J. Jimbere Coach & Consultant
  • Floral Buds & Designs
  • Monaghan e-office

Early Bird Draw Sponsors

  • Sixthirtynine Restaurant
  • Chateau la Motte
  • Heather and Leighton Davies

Bronze Sponsors

  • Parion Animal Nutrition
  • The Mortgage Centre
  • Beautiful Empowered You

Silver Sponsors

  • Community Futures
  • Fanshawe College
  • EasyWay
  • TD Canada Trust
  • Park Place Retirement
  • Clean One

Gold Sponsors

  • Small Business Centre
  • Woodstock Economic Development

Some of our Sponsors who had trade tables are pictured below.

Community Futures Oxford with Lindsay WilsonFanshawe College with Ashlee HallEasyWayPark Place Retirement Home - Jaclynn Girven with Holly AlbionWoodstock Small Business Centre

Congratulations to our Trade Table Draw Winners!

Draws were held at most of the Trade Tables at IWD! Here is the list of winners (with whose trade table draw prize they won).

  • Mary Ann Luckhurst (Allanti Beauty Spa & School)
  • Heather Davies (Kaz Custom Travel)
  • Shirleen Losee (NuSkin)
  • Hannah Luxford (Action Wellness Centre)
  • Taylor Wilkinson (Arbonne)
  • Anne Miner (Expedia Cruise Ship Centre)
  • Hannah Luxford (Teresa Syms-Life Coach, NLP Practitioner, Award-winning Author)
  • Sheila Brooks (EasyWay)
  • Vicki Noels-Cornish (TD Canada Trust)
  • Carly Kersten (Oxford Women In Networking)

Thank you again to our MC and Speakers for International Women’s Day Event 2019.

Our Speakers with President and Events DirectorMC Liz Wismer Van Meer

More photos from our International Women's Day Event

Thank you to Alayne Brisson or ARB Photography who was our event photographer for the evening.

Attendees at the IWD eventAttendees Listen intently to the speakerMember Khadija and guestsMembers and GuestsMembers and GuestsMember Sue Livings and guestsMembers and guests socializeMembers socializingRegistration table volunteers and committee membersDraw Prize Table

Teresa Syms and Tammy BurdettRamona Gallagher and prize winnerHappy Prize winnerJudith Fleming, Jenn Boyer and Darlene WallaceKaren Coleman Kaz Design Works - prize winnerMelissa Verspeeten

Woodstock Mayor Trevor BirtchGuest MacKenna invited to speak by Mayor Trevor Birtch

Mark Your Calendar for these Upcoming Events

Speaker Series - April 29th, 2019, 12-1:00pm

OWIN’s AGM – June 24th, 2019 at the Southgate Centre, 5:30-9:00pm

We are planning some Fun Ladies Night Out on the Patio this summer!  Check Facebook, and OWIN website for the dates!

Look forward to seeing you all soon at one or all of our amazing events!!

Judith Fleming
Director of Events & Past President

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