A message from our President - Covid-19 Notice:
The health and safety of the KWBWA members and our community is of great importance to us. We are monitoring the situation closely and when safe to do so, will resume our weekly meetings.

In the meantime, please follow us on our social media platforms for member updates and to stay informed. Stay safe and healthy. We are all in this together.

Kendra Allen
President, Kitchener Waterloo Business Women's Association

Member Spotlight
  • May 19, 2020

Today we highlight, Jacqui McFarlane , CFP, CLU, CH F.C. Certified Financial Planner and Licensed Insurance Agent.

Jacqui McFarlane has dedicated her life to helping people in her community. As a recipient of the Lions Club Citizen of the Year award, she has been recognized for her volunteer work. Jacqui assisted in the early 1970's with bringing Block Parent to every school in the Waterloo region.

She continues to help change women's lives with the Family Relocation Project and make a positive impact through her community work with The Kiwanis Club of Waterloo North.

 Jacqui McFarlane CFP, CLU, CH F.C. Certified Financial Planner and Licensed Insurance Agent

In 1987 Jacqui started a new career in the insurance industry and joined the KWBWA. She is passionate about lifelong learning and sharing her knowledge with her clients and colleagues. Jacqui has worked hard to earn her impressive designations over the years and was honoured as a recipient of the Million Dollar Round Table award in 2000! As a member of Advocis, the professional association for Financial Advisors, she is informed and up-to-date with the changing financial environment.

Jacqui's education and training has given her the expertise to assist clients with their financial and retirement planning needs. Give her a call today!

Website: jacquimcfarlane.com

Member Talk
  • May 13, 2020

Thank you to our member, Delia Simu (Hom., RBIE, IMG),  Delia Simu, Homeopath, RBIE, IMGfor sharing some insights on how to boost our immune system, helping us on our health and wellness journey!

Health is a state of body. Wellness is a state of being. J. Stanford

Delia is a Registered Homeopath, BIE Practitioner and International Medical Graduate. Delia recommends a cocktail of vitamins and essential daily nutrients from supplements and food.

  1. Vitamin C - 3000 mg per day in divided doses
  2. Vitamin D - 2000 IU a day (Vitamin D dosage should follow an initial dosage of 5000 IU a day for two weeks)
  3. Zinc - 20 mg a day
  4. Magnesium - 400 mg a day of manesium citrate, malate, chelate or chloride form, helping in immune defenses
  5. Quercetin - 500 mg twice a day
  6. Nutrient Foods - increase dietary intake of: Vitamin C rich foods (camu camu, red peppers, strawberries and kiwi) Vitamin D rich foods (free range eggs, wild-caught cold-water fish, organic soy, mushrooms) Zinc rich foods (grass-fed beef, free range poultry, organic chickpeas, cage-free eggs, cashews and pumpkin seeds) Magnesium rich foods (dark green leafy vegetables, beans, whole grains, fish, almonds) Quercetin rich foods (unpeeled apples, dark cherries, cocoa, dark leafy greens, green tea and onions)
Source taken from the Orthomolcular Medicine News Service on January 26, 2020 by editor Andrew W. Saul, PhD regarding the benefit of Vitamin C; and other nutrients.
Member Spotlight
  • May 7, 2020

We are thrilled to highlight one of our newer members, Karen Savage, Senior Sales Specialist at Heffner Lexus Toyota. While Karen is new to the KWBWA, she has been attending many of our events over the past year.

Karen SavageHer involvement in the community is extensive and her experience in the automotive industry spans 20 plus years.

Karen has a high standard of customer service excellence and has been honoured with the great of serving multiple generations. She has built her reputation on delivering exceptional service and long-lasting relationships.

Website: heffner.ca

Member Spotlight
  • April 30, 2020

Today we highlight, Sharon Sweeney, Director of Admission, triOS College.Sharon Sweeney Sharon is passionate about helping others - whether it's her students, colleagues or strangers, you will find her extending herself to others.

She has a beautiful gift of making this world a better place and will be celebrating a copule of milestones with her upcoming 60th birthday and 10 years as a member with the KWBWA!

If you are looking to enhance your skills or ready for a career change, reach out to Sharon and her team! Proudly Canadian owned and operated, triOS is one of Canada's largest career training organizations.

Website: trios.com

Member Spotlight
  • April 23, 2020

It couldn’t be more appropriate than to start our weekly KWBWA Member Spotlight with our president, Kendra Allen, Travel and Tour Coordinator at Frederick TravelKendra Allen, who is a glowing example of professionalism and leadership in our group!

An example of her leadership, Kendra has been a member of the KWBWA for 11 years, and has served on the board for 10 of those years! Thank you Kendra!

With an extensive background in sales, customer service and marketing, Kendra recently made the change to the travel industry and is now a 4th generation travel professional providing exceptional service for new and existing clients.

We encourage you to reach out to Kendra for your group tours, leadership programs and educational travel needs.

Website: worldwide.on.ca

Guest Speaker
  • March 12, 2020

We welcomed Melissa Melnychuk, (VP Business Developer of the KW Titans Basketball Club) who spoke to our group about the upcoming Titan’s April Women 2 Women Event. Melissa Melnychuk is a Waterloo native, with strong roots in the community!Melissa Melnychuk In her time with the Titans Melissa has executed a “Titans Impact “mission in the region, working with over 14 charitable organizations in the first half of the season alone! She has also spearheaded work with Waterloo Region Economic Development organization and the City of Waterloo Ec Dev to position the team as a talent retention and acquisition pitch to bring in businesses and employees to our community.

Member Talk
  • March 5, 2020
We appreciated hearing Karen Savage (Senior Sales Specialist at Heffner Lexus Toyota), speak to our group about cars, how she creates long term relationships with her customers and has been working in the car industry for over 20 years.
Karen Savage

She also shared about her love for hockey, having become a player and trainer as an adult, to help understand the game that her daughters were playing. We are so pleased to have this positive, team player as part of our group! Need more information on your upcoming vehicle purchase? Visit Karen on FACEBOOK!
Member Talk
  • February 27, 2020

Thank you to our member, Susan Hilton of VoxxLife, who gave our members a tutorial on CPR! CPR is so simple that anyone can use it to save a life.

Susan Hilton of VoxxLife

We learned that by pushing hard and fast on the chest until paramedics arrive, it keeps crucial blood circulating to the brain and organs. Thousands of lives have been saved by bystanders responding to cardiac arrest in homes and public places. Susan is a Nursing Clinical Educator at McMaster Mohawk Conestoga Collaborative Program.

KWBWA Speaker Series
  • February 13, 2020

We had two very special guests that came to speak to the KWBWA! The Honourable Robert Black and the Honourable Marty Deacon, Senators from Ontario, had kindly taken the time out of their schedules to present to us about their journey to the Senate, issues they are passionate about and what goes on in the Senate.

KWBWA Speaker Series

They explained to the group how they became Senators, what the role of a Senator is and how they affect changes in our society! Amazing work going on behind the scenes in our government. Thank you both for all your work on our behalf!

Lunch and Learn with Friends
  • February 11, 2020
Tiffany Rezende

Thank you to KWBWA member Rachelle Garcia (Centre in the Square) for inviting us to the National Geographic Live! with Bertie Gregory event!

We heard stories from wildlife photographer Bertie Gregory and saw incredible footage of the wild animals found in urban settings. Some of his favourite pictures are the peregrine falcon in front of the Union Jack on a parliament building in London, and a leopard walking through a city park in the centre of Mumbai.

Out of the Box Luncheon
  • February 6, 2020

KWBWA had an “Out of the Box” lunch at Station Park in downtown Kitchener,
hosted by Condo Culture & HimHer Design & Development. Out of the Box Networking Luncheon Series

This new development will revitalize the city. Jeff Gibson, founder of Condo Culture, and Erin Martin, co-founder of Him & Her Inc marketing, shared with us the vision for condo living in the next 7 years. The integration of retail space, outdoor activities, entertainment and its proximity to the LRT and tech businesses (Google is across the street) will definitely attract people to our region.

It was so interesting to watch a video and see how our city has grown over the past hundred years. The way we live is changing, and it is great to hear of how developers are embracing this and looking forward.

Visit www.stationpark.com to learn more about it!

Member Talk
  • January 30, 2020

Thank you to Brigitte Gingerich, Vision Travel, for sharing pictures from her most recent adventures.Brigitte Gingerich

Hearing the funny stories and history of some of these beautiful spots was so entertaining.

“Where in the world is Brigitte”? Everywhere, it seems!

For over 17 years, Brigitte has been a personal travel consultant. Let her know when you would like to go, what you would like to do and who you want to go with co-ordinating the details so you can enjoy the adventure!

Follow Brigitte on https://www.facebook.com/travelwithBrigitte/ and see where she is NOW.

Member Talk
  • January 16, 2020
Tiffany Rezende

Thank you to Tiffany Rezende, from Atoms Integrator, for speaking to us this past week. She is gearing up for Austin Texas at the end of this month with her partnership with EBW (empowering a billion women) alongside Ingrid Vanderveldt.

She shared tools and resources that are helping women in business across the globe.

Visit the Atoms Integrator website: atomsintegrator.com/. They are ATOMS connecting bright global minds to Canada, a place where ideas matter.

Member Talk
  • January 9, 2020

Happy New Year from the KWBWA! Our president, Kendra Allen, from Frederick Travel Waterloo, spoke to us about her recent travels to Iceland. In early December she travelled with other agents as part of a familiarization tour of Iceland. Her slideshow was beautiful.

Kendra AllenShe did see some the northern lights, but it wasn’t as clear as the photo below.

Thank you for sharing your travel tips and information about this country with us.

Contact Kendra or visit the website: worldwide.on.ca for booking great vacation packages and professional services for business, leisure and group needs.

Member Update
  • December 19, 2019

Don't worry about indulging over the holidays!

Our Herbalist Natalie Kohlruss gave us a great presentation today on what herbs help you with hangovers,Natalie Crummer colds, the sweet tooth and more over the holidays:

  1. The Hangover - Plantain, Alfalfa, Nettle
  2. The Dehydrator -(aka not enough water) - Plantain, Alfalfa, Nettle
  3. The Stressor - Lavender, Chamomile, Lemon Balm
  4. The Sweet Tooth - Favourite tea with alternative source of sugar: honey, maple syrup, date sugar and Supplement: L- Gluthamine
  5. The Christmas Cold - Lemon Balm, Ginger, Nettle, Echinacea (as long as you are not allergic to the daisy family or cell multiplier)
  6. Alfalfa + Nettle are great, safe additions to any tea as they are highly nutritious herbs.

  7. Thank you Natalie for sharing your wisdom with us! For more information about herb, please visit Natalie's website: huronearth.com/

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