December 13, 2012  You’re invited to the networking event of the holidays.

christmas-tree-decoreated-in-hotelWe will come together to appreciate the lovely women we have come to know this year, and connect with new ladies!  In place of our typical meeting, we will be enjoying a festive event filled with entertainment, prizes, great food, fun and networking!

Entertainment:  Enjoy the beautiful singing voices of April Reidie of Lovenotes and the vocal trio of Mellissima with Lisa Tinney, Melaney Black and Melanie Wittur.

Event sponsored by: RBC Royal Bank – Christine Campbell & Lisa Tinney.

  •  Gwen Nowlan, Sweet Art Supplies is helping 2 families for Christmas again this year, as she has done for the past 8 years. We’d like to support the food banks and these two familiesDonations of non-perishable food, money, gift cards for food or gas, gift certificates for malls. The two families we are helping are a single mom with two boys (8 & 10) & the other is a single disabled father with three kids but only one lives with him who is 17 and in grade 12.
  • If you wish to bestow a gift on another as a prize, please bring it with you for our fun draws.
  • Don’t forget your business cards and any promotional literature you may want to share for the sharing tables.
  • Click on the link below to register. Payment at the door with cash or cheque. Cost is $20.


November 22, 2012  Keynote Speaker: Lisa Edwards, Ideography

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Presentations can be powerful tools of persuasion when well crafted and supported by meaningful images. Though many people fear and avoid them, presentations can be an effective way to position yourself as an expert in your field and, in turn, expand your business. You will leave this presentation with:

  •     More confidence to use presentations to build your business
  •     Ideas for designing your next presentation with visuals to captivate your audience
  •     Tips for using Prezi, Powerpoint, and other visual tools to make your presentation memorable
Lisa Edwards is a visual consultant who works with organizations and entrepreneurs to bring their ideas to life, using visuals. She works with entrepreneurs to create custom visual business plans and visual tools for marketing their businesses.

Spotlight Speaker & Event Sponsor: Frederique Philip, co-owner & Innkeeper at the award winning and prestigious Sooke Harbour House in Sooke.



October 25, 2012  Keynote Speaker:  Karen Knight, Toastmasters International

toastmastersDoes the thought of giving a presentation to your peers or a client make you weak in your knees? Can you present your message clearly to a group?

Karen Knight’s presentation is essential for any business woman who needs the confidence to speak clearly & concisely to her peers, colleagues, clients whether in an informal meeting or formal presentation. You will come away with solid information and tips on:

  • How strong communication skills can help in business and life
  • Communication – what it is and what it isn’t
  • Quick tips to handle nerves
  • Suggestions to ensure that your message is clear and focused
  • Places to find more information and/or training

For Karen’s handout, click here

Karen went from being too shy to say her name to giving dramatic, entertaining speeches to large audiences. She has facilitated workshops on public speaking, creativity, speech writing and goal setting, as well as conducting officer training for local Toastmaster clubs. Drawing on a wide range of knowledge and experience, Karen is able to make even complicated, abstract concepts easy to understand, as well as having a superb ability to pass that knowledge on to others.
Karen Knight, Immediate Past Lieutenant Governor Marketing for Toastmasters International in BC, has been an enthusiastic member of Toastmasters since 1996. She has served successfully in several executive roles, from club President to, most recently, Lt. Gov. Marketing. She is currently a member of two clubs, including an advanced club.

Spotlight Speaker: Dr. Marianne Trevorrow, Naturopathic Physician, spoke about  ‘taking care of the girls’. In this special presentation, in this month of Cancer Awareness and the personal fight with breast cancer of one of our WWBN members, Marianne provided sound information. She spoke of things we can do to help ourselves and thermography imaging available to detect breast cancer that might not be clear on traditional imaging.



September 25, 2012  Guest Speaker:  3 Dynamic Women from RBC

Financial Advice for Women in Business – Borrowing, Banking & Retirement – for the Entrepreneur

As a woman in business, solopreneur, entrepreneur or small business owner, you need to know how the financial institutions look at your financial picture. Let the experts from RBC Royal Bank®give you some insightful tips and advice.

Lisa Tinney, Gold Member Sponsor, Westshore Women's Business NetworkBusiness Banking from the Business Banking expert – Lisa Tinney

  • So how does a bank look at a business?
  • What financing option is best for me – Term Financing vs. Operating line
  • A quick overview on Payroll Structures

christine-campbellTop 3 tips from a Mortgage Specialist – Christine Campbell

  • Things to consider when ‘shopping’ for a mortgage
  • Mortgage advise for buying or refinancing your home
  • What to expect if you are self employed; what documents will be required by the lender.

diana-frizellRetirement – from a business perspective – Diana Frizell

  • Are you building a business that will support your retirement or are you relying on other resources?
  • Have you set aside funds in retirement vehicles? What are your options?
  • What are the succession plans for your business?
  • How much do you need in retirement? When and what does retirement look like for you?
Christine Campbell, Lisa Tinney and Diana Frizell have a combined 80 years of industry expertise. Their passion is working with women business owners, providing them with the solid advice they need to be successful with their financial picture and personal finances.

Spotlight Speaker:  Caroline Herbert and business partner Robin Holden combined their years of fundraising talents to form EventsCan.. Their mission: to create a unique fundraising event to bring together corporate sponsors and the public in support of a specific charitable cause. Theyhave managed corporate functions for 10 people to the NHL Awards Gala for 1500. Producing events behind the scenes, while the client (you!) receive the rewards and recognition. EventsCan… will showcase two of their upcoming events: Inspiring Sales Success Saturday Oct.20 at the Victoria Marriott.  Redirect Rethink Refocus a one day seminar on how you can achieve increased sales in the current economy. With Start Ellis-Myers and Clemens Rettich.  For more information contact Caroline @ 250-383-4380

Friday October 19th at the Victoria Marriott Inner Harbour. The Evening to Inspire” 2012 is a Celebration of Inspiration, in it’s 4th year, will support of BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. It is a gala event aimed at motivating you to pursue your dreams. This year’s motto is “change your thoughts, change your life”. The keynote speaker will be Stuart Ellis-Myers, aka Twitchy, an internationally known and respected speaker on communication leadership. When he speaks of improving lives, he speaks from personal experi­ence—since the age of nine, Stuart has “suffered” from Tourette’s Syndrome. Stuart overcame his hard­ship by studying the universal laws of the mind; he learned how to test and immediately apply usable life principles to his own growth and also how to share them with others for their benefit. He is one of North America’s most uniquely inspirational and in-demand motivational speakers. Music will be provided by Skyla J & The Vibes and Stephanie Greaves. This is going to be an exciting event that you will not want to miss!



August 23, 2012  Keynote Speaker: Susan Low, CEO & Founder, Directis Consulting Group

“5 Ways to Be Strategic Every Day”



Success in life is 5% inspiration and 95% hard work and perseverance. Even with the best planning in the world, you will only achieve business and personal success if you develop and practice the habits to be strategic every day. Learn about five ways you can easily incorporate strategic planning into your daily life so that your goals become reality.

Susan Low is the CEO and founder of Directis Consulting Group. She is co-author of StratPad Non-Profit, an iPad app for strategic planning that will be in the App Store later this fall. Going into her tenth year of business in September, Susan has successfully translated strategic planning concepts from the Fortune 500 boardroom into the lunchrooms and back storerooms of small businesses, where the action really happens.

Spotlight Speaker & Event SponsorKaren C. Mason, Karen Mason CFP, CLU, CHS, Mason a Certified Financial Planner, a Chartered Life Underwriter and a Certified Health Insurance Specialist. She has been involved in Financial Services since 1983. Her background includes management roles such as trainer of financial advisors and development manager.

She has worked extensively in the fields of tax and estate planning, retirement planning, business succession planning, farm transfer planning, charitable giving, life, disability, critical illness and long term care insurance. Karen will be discussing the Chamber of Commerce extended healthcare and dental benefits which are affordable and comprehensive and are designed specifically for the small business owner.



July 26, 2012  Keynote Speaker:  JUHLi SELBy, JUHLi SELBy Social Media

JUHLi_SELBy_Social_Media_Training_and_Consulting_in_Victoria_BC“The Top 10 Mistakes Small Businesses Make That Waste Time & Money on Social Media ~and how to avoid them~”

  • Defining your business goals and knowing how to incorporate them into your social strategy
  • The importance of having your own piece of online real estate (your website) set up to help meet your business goals – BEFORE you start doing any social media networking
  • Why it’s important to have clear calls to action, a way to capture visitor information and the opportunity for 2-way interaction on your site
  • Why you should be doing email marketing (unless your target market is age 25 & under)
  • Why you should consider blogging (if you’re not already doing it), and why it’s important to set up a private content plan to help give you direction & keep you on track
  • How to know which social channels could be a fit for your business
  • What is social media ROI and how to measure it?  … and so much more!
JUHLi has spent the past 11+ years helping professionals and small business owners use marketing tools to connect with and expand their audiences. She specializes in training clients on how to effectively use Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Social Video (YouTube/Vimeo), & Blogging for Business (WordPress) to build relationships with existing & potential clients. She helps clients to create social media strategy to meet their goals, integrate with traditional marketing, and then measure results. She also has a passion for creating video projects to help her clients tell their story more effectively online. She loves spreading the love and joy of inbound marketing and social media one friend at a time!

Spotlight Speaker:  Cindy Moyer – Do you ? the ARTS?  The City of Colwood does, and is championing the development of a community arts centre for Royal Bay.  Cindy Moyer, community relations consultant working with the City, will talk about the community’s vision to build a performing arts and cultural centre where Emily Carr painted one of her most famous works, “Above the Gravel Pit”.  You can learn more at

Event Sponsor: Forbes Pharmacy Group & Casino Royale Rentals



June 28, 2012 Keynote Speaker: Lowell Ann Fuglsang, Workstyle-Lifestyle Consulting

lowell ann fuglsangMore On Doing Business in the Feminine Way. You will come away with the confidence and knowledge that the feminine way really does work:

  • You’ll hear about Daniel Pink’s New Conceptual Age;
  • You’ll discover that the feminine/right brain skills are a leading edge asset to business development;
  • You’ll discover a feminine model for receiving the support and encouragement that is often missing in the business world.
  • You’ll hear about applying the feminine way to the social media world
We will not have a Spotlight Speaker this month to faciliate more NETWORKING time!
Event Sponsor:  Denice Bigelow, The Bullion Exchange.


May 24, 2012  Guest Speaker:  Mandy Farmer, President & CEO of Accent Inns

Mandy has joined an elite group of Canada’s Top Women Entrepreneurs, as recognized by mandy-farmer-head-shotPROFIT magazine’s annual W100 list. In a few short years, under Mandy’s leadership, Accent has expanded its markets, greened more of its business process and retained staff far beyond industry standards. Accent had a profitable year while holding true to the company vision of investing back into the community, in light of a poor global economy

Recognition is based on ranking Canada’s top women entrepreneurs on a composite score based on the size, growth rate, and profitability of their businesses. Mandy’s successes rank her 40th on the list of 100.

During the evolution of Accent Inns, under Mandy’s direction, one of her goals has been to “grow the brand” of the organization.  Mandy’s presentation today will be “Growing Your Brand”.

Spotlight Speaker & Event Sponsor: Tracey Hansen, Sun Life’s Sales Manager and Recruiting Officer will provide you with an overview of Sun Life Financial.  Sun Life is a leading international financial services organization providing a diverse range of protection and wealth accumulation products and services to individuals and corporate customers.

Chartered in 1865, Sun Life and its partners, today have operations in key markets worldwide.  Sun Life Financial Advisors share a proud 140 year history of providing financial security solutions to millions of Canadians.



April 26, 2012  Keynote Speaker:  Shirley Johnson, Johnson Management & Consulting.

“What every business woman needs to know about finances – like it or not!”

No one said financials were FUN, but Shirley will help demystify! Building on Lori Voyer’s presentation last month, Shirley will discuss:

  • Identifying income needs – income wants – target profit
  • Identifying fixed costs & flexible costs
  • Creating a budget
  • Analysis of income and expenses on a regular basis – compare to targets
  • How to keep track of purchases and income efficiently and easily
  • WHY do all this?

Shirley Johnson is the owner of Johnson Consulting and Management. She raised 7 children while managing a family owned business. She has an extensive background in financial and administrative management. Her passion now is helping others create an environment that facilitates business success.

Spotlight Speaker: Carolyn Thomas, My Heart Sisters, The Heart & Stroke Foundation.   What every woman needs to know about heart health! Come and hear about Carolyn’s inspiring life, heart attack survival and experience as the first Canadian woman at the Mayo Clinic symposium on Women’s Heart Science and Leadership.

Event Sponsor: Loreli Urquhart, Alter Ego Fitness

Special Presentation:  Judy Fanstein, Executive Director and Founder, YesBC.   Youth Climate Action Summit and the Off-the-Grid Music and Art Festival – May 25th



March 22, 2012   Keynote Speaker: Lori Yoyer, The Business Connection.

Lori Voyér and her team at The Business Connection solve business operational headaches and help business people become more successful!

Lori works with small businesses to streamline and setup business work flow processes and efficient technology tools. By helping women operate their business more smoothly and effectively, business women become more successful and prosperous.

At the March WWBN luncheon Lori will present the Top 3 Ways to Make Your Business More Successful by examining business tools every business woman should know how to use:

  • Identify start-up and ongoing expenses
  • Determine your break-even point
  • Track revenue and income expenses.

Spotlight Speaker:  Mellissima Vocal Trio is an a capella vocal trio dedicated to enhancing special occasions with harmonious live performances. With a repertoire of music from madrigals to jazz, sacred to bawdy, soothing to uplifting, old classics to new pop tunes, join Lisa Tinney, Melaney Black and Melanie Wittur for this special performance ‘spotlight’.

Special Presentations by: Jennifer Harrison and Kathryn Mullis, Vagina Monologue.  This international play is being featured on the Westshore in March 31 at Isabelle Reader Theatre, along with a silent auction. The author has set up an amazing organization ( where those who present the play donate back 10% to the Global Campaign and the other 90% is donated locally to an organization in support of Women Affected by Violence. We have chosen the Pacific Centre Family Services Association (Stopping the Violence against Women Program)

Philanthropic Component: Wear2Start – Presented by Adele Deegan.  Wear2Start works with unemployed women who are living in poverty; who are seeking to enter the workforce and need the help to regain their confidence through a professional appearance. They assist women by selecting suitable job interview items such as clothing, shoes, accessories. Each woman receives individual, personal attention to her needs. We also co-ordinate other necessary services such as haircuts, make up consultations, dry cleaning, and alterations.

Wear 2 Start is a Non-Profit Society and Registered Federal Charity. Wear 2 Start seeks no government assistance and has no paid employees. It is operated entirely by volunteers together with community partnerships and private donations.

Event Sponsor: Barbara Scott & Associates, Coldwell Banker, Slegg Realty



February 23, 2012  Keynote Speaker:  Anna Harvey, Boost Communications.

Anna HarveyIf you’ve looked around and noticed that the passion is missing from your business or your life, then you won’t want to miss this talk by Anna Harvey. Anna is a Passion Test Facilitator and specializes in helping people connect to their passion or, in her words, “what makes your heart sing.”

She’ll be drawing on her experiences as a Passion Coach, an entrepreneur, a mother and life enthusiast to present a serious, yet entertaining talk entitled “ONE SIZE FITS ALL: How to size up the passion in your life and business.

Spotlight Speaker & Event Sponsor:  Dawn McCooey is a business advisor with Women’s Enterprise Center.  How to Stay In Love With Your Business.  Dawn holds a master of arts degree in leadership and training and will soon be moving to the Acting Training Manager position. Dawn ran her own employment consulting business for 18 years and is an avid off-shore sailor.



January 26, 2012  Keynote Speaker:  Amelia Warren, CEO, Epicure Selections in Victoria BC 

Epicure Selections is a 100% Canadian, family-owned, women-led company. Epicure was started in 1991 by Sylvie Rochette, who, dissatisfied with what the market had to offer her family in terms of nutritious meals that were quick and easy to prepare, created her own spice blends, quickly developing a passion for this ancient art.

Sylvie started out with a small manufacturing facility (her basement) and then moved to James Bay. In 2003 Sylvie bought 80 acres of agricultural land on the Saanich Peninsula, its current production facility, distribution centre, home office and vineyard. Today, Victorian Epicure Inc./Epicure Selections has grown into Canada’s largest direct seller with over 10,000 consultants across Canada. Amelia will share the strategies and successes of her family’s business and the importance of ‘growing your culture’, as you grow your company.

Spotlight Speaker: Gail Cole, of All Things Balanced is Victoria’s Feng Shui specialist.

Gail provides consultations for homes, offices and businesses. Her budget friendly workshops teach people how to get started themselves. The results speak for themselves, check out the many testimonials on her website. Gail also does corporate speaking engagements for companies such as Gardenworks, Heirloom Linens, Capital Iron and Baja Rosi’s Consignment.

Event Sponsor:  Darlene Oudot, Investors Group, Westshore.



December, 2011 – Christmas Celebration

Spotlight Speaker:  Dana LeCompte, owner of Tugwell Creek Meadery & Winery.  Tugwell Creek Honey Farm and Meadery was licensed as British Columbia’s first Meadery in 2003. The combination of Bob Liptrot’s 43 years of beekeeping experience and over 25 years of mead making experience bring a unique and educational culinary experience to each visitor to the tasting room. Their award winning Meads (honey wines) reflect harmony and balance by blending varietal honeys and berries from our local region.  Mead (Honey Wine) is the oldest art of fermentation. Consumed by all, from kings to peasants, mead has gained a reputation as a giver of life, wisdom, courage and strength down through the ages.

Event Sponsor:  Jacqueline Ellis, Bikram Yoga, Westshore



November, 2011 – Spotlight Speaker

Lynn Longmuir owner of Healing Scents Aromatherapy Clinic.  Lynn is an Essential Oil Therapist and Registered Aromatherapist.  Lynn is an accomplished business owner of Healing Scents for the past 14 years which comprised her own practise AND vocational training for Aromatherapists AND as a Board member for the British Columbia Association for Practicing Aromatherapists, she set standards and core curriculum for aromatherapists in BC.

November, 2011 – Guest Speaker

Tracy McMicking is a Certified Professional Wellness Coach, Speaker, Facilitator and Writer who works with busy professionals to help them bring balance and wellness to everyday living.   She has a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in psychology and earned her certification in coaching through the Coaches Training Institute.   She is a member of the International Coach Federation and is a volunteer at the Family Medical Clinic providing coaching for women in need.  Tracy combines over 10 years of experience working as a parent educator, supporting healthy family relationships with her passion for coaching professionals and entrepreneurs to create successful, balanced and fulfilling lives.

 Event Sponsor: Jen McCarthy from Newera Wellness an Esperenza Bermudez of Esperenza Esthetics, in Oak Bay, co-sponsored.




OCTOBER, 2011 – Spotlight Speaker:

Bridges for Women is a non-profit agency with over 20 years of experience in empowering women with a background of abuse and trauma.  Carrie Everett, Mentoring and Volunteer Coordinator; Jan Bate, Executive Director and Julie Atkinson, Ambassador for the Mentoring Program will give us a well rounded picture of what Bridges offers women and the great work they do in our communities.

OCTOBER, 2011 – Guest Speakers & Event Sponsor:

WestShore Chamber of Commerce, Charlotte Wallis, Manager of Membership Services, will be discussing ‘Women Entrepreneurs in Business’, and an outline of what the Chamber’s role is in the business community.




 September 2011 – Spotlight Speaker

Janet Young, All Organized Storage, is an accomplished business woman. Janet provides organizing services, designs, supplies, and installs custom closets and shelving

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