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.
President, Kitchener Waterloo Business Women's Association
- September 10, 2020
Thank you for joining us today for our first Meetup since COVID that the #kwbwa had an in person meeting. It was wonderful to see so many of you. The atmosphere was lively and buzzing with positive vibes towards women in business in our community. It was a great turnout, awesome food and even better company.
Our members finally had the opportunity to meet face-to-face while safely socailly distancing on the beautiful patio at Boston Pizza in Kitchener!
Awesome to see everyone in person... great food and the weather cooperated.
Special THANKS to...
Joanne Atkins for organizing the Member meetup. After speaking with management, she had tables of 4 set up/reserved that were spaced out safely.
Boston Pizza for hosting us out on your patio with delicious food and hospitality.
Stay safe, healthy and fabulous!
- August 28, 2020
Today we put the spotlight on one of our awesome KWBWA members. Community. Purpose. Compassion. They weave a common thread in the life and work of Nancy Koebel, Financial Security Advisor with Lyfestyle Financial. For nearly 30 years, Nancy has been helping business owners and entrepreneurs create financial freedom.
As a member of the Million Dollar Round Table, recognizing financial professionals worldwide, and winner of the Roger’s Women of the Year Award for community service, Nancy’s vision for excellence is clear. She has built a powerful personal brand through helping others. Nancy also encourages her family to volunteer and give back to the community they live in.
Nancy Koebel joined us after attending the Annual Gala in June of 2012. From that time, Nancy has devoted her time and energy into highlighting our association and its members.
In the words of Alexander Den Heijer, “Stars don’t shine because they want to be seen. They shine because they are stars.” Thank you Nancy for shining a light and making a difference!
- August 11, 2020
Marie Wolf, is the Executive Director @ Promyse Home Care, who joined us in May of 2011 and has served on the board for many of those years.
For more than 10 years, Marie Wolf has been providing loving care and support services to seniors and adults in our community. Formerly Retire-At-Home Services, Marie and her husband Mike just rebranded their business to Promyse Home Care, aptly named to reflect the brand experience "a better life, together".
In a world that is currently experiencing a pandemic, Marie brings confidence and a calm demeanour that is necessary to run a successful health and home care business!
She is an ultimate professional who prides herself on the hands-on care she and her staff provide to positively impact their clients and families. It is this type of poised leadership that has influenced their two children, Christina and Connor to be independent and self-assured as they strive for their goals.
Thank you Marie for the amazing work you are doing to help make our world a better place!
- July 20, 2020
We are privileged to highlight the innovative and inspiring Tiffany Rezende, who joined the KWBWA in February 2018.
Tiffany is the owner of Atoms Integrator, a company focused on connecting foreign entrepreneurs to our community and is a Womenpreneur at heart – she is a visionary who is fueled by the success of others. Her flexibility and open-mindedness allows her to pivot and embrace new opportunities globally. Whether it’s accepting the honour of attending and speaking at the EBW conference (Empowering a Billion Women global movement) in Austin, Texas or participating in the Creative Business Cup Global Finals in Copenhagen, Denmark, Tiffany is always shining a light on entrepreneurship in Canada and in her community!
Watching her 16 year old son, Gabe, evolve as a bright and empathetic young business mind is a source of Tiffany's pride. She has taught him many life lessons including the ability to step up and stop out of his comfort zone. To those who dare to take action and chase their dreams, you can be sure Tiffany will be there helping create an enriching experience for those on their entrepreneurial path.
The Record Readers Choice Awards
- July 16, 2020
It's that time of year again! Voting time for the Readers Choice Awards! We have a number of our members who have been nominated in different categories. Please take a few moments to show your support for our members and vote! The nominations are open until July 26th and you can vote once a day.
Promyse Home Care:
Heffner Lexus Toyota
- June 29, 2020
KWBWA member Kristin Moore, was interviewed by Dr Sarah and Dr Thom on their podcast, Life in Elmira.
During this crazy pandemic isolation time, they decided to start recording a podcast wherein they feature different local businesses, because as they say, "we are stronger together, than apart".
Kristin designs and creates custom sterling silver jewelry, essential oil jewelery and stamped vintage silverware in her home studio. Follow Kristin on FACEBOOK and Instagram to see more of her creations. Check out the show notes for more information about the things we chatted with Kristin about: www.elirafc.com
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If you are looking to expand your circle of influence and increase your business potential, join us for a luncheon meeting. Network effectively with business owners, entrepreneurs and other like-minded women. Learn from collective experience, knowledge and creativity of business women. It's an environment to learn, grow and connect.
Today networking and connecting with professionals in business is imperative to success.
- June 18, 2020
Today we present a spotlight on Mary-Lou Lang, District Manager for Arbonne International. She is one of our KWBWA members who joined us originally as an alternate for her sister, Paula Anstett, and now as a full time member.
Mary-Lou has enjoyed a successful career for ten years with the entrepreneurial company and global network marketing community. This flexibility has provided Mary-Lou an opportunity for indepndence in her career to enjoy more family time with her husband, three kids and eight grandchildren! One of her favourite sayings by Louise Hay..."Life Loves You" speaks to her passion for life!
Mary-Lou is a quiet influencer with a big impact. Her greatest satisfaction is found in helping others succeed. Contact Mary-Lou Lang by email, email@example.com to find how YOU can look good and feel amazing with non-toxic beauty products, botanical skin care and gluten and dairy free nutrition.
Thank you Mary-Lou for your professionalism and contribution to our group.
- June 5, 2020
Thank you to our member, Kristin Moore, who presented to our group yesterday on our weekly Web-ex call!
Creativity has always been at the heart of Kristin Moore and her jewelry business, Buy Moore Jewelry. The business name alone speaks to Kristin's innovative and savvy business mind.
Like many female entrepreneurs, she had two goals in mind: one, to have a home-based business where she could juggle family and a career under one room and two, to create a fulfilling career where she gets to design custom jewelry for those looking to have their ideas brought to life.
Kristin's jewelry designs tell a story. Each of her pieces resonate with inspiration and love of her artistry!
Thanks for showing us your inspiring jewelry creations and process.
Contact Kristin by email, Kristin@buymoore.ca to have your jewelry inspiration come to life!
- June 3, 2020
For the past month, the KWBWA has begun web meetings, featuring speakers from our varied talented members.
We thank Sylvie Drader of Stampin' Up for her demo of three different Covid 19 themed cards!
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- 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.
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!
- May 13, 2020
Thank you to our member, Delia Simu (Hom., RBIE, IMG), for 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.
- Vitamin C - 3000 mg per day in divided doses
- Vitamin D - 2000 IU a day (Vitamin D dosage should follow an initial dosage of 5000 IU a day for two weeks)
- Zinc - 20 mg a day
- Magnesium - 400 mg a day of manesium citrate, malate, chelate or chloride form, helping in immune defenses
- Quercetin - 500 mg twice a day
- 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)
- 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 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.
- April 30, 2020
Today we highlight, Sharon Sweeney, Director of Admission, triOS College. 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.
- 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 Travel, 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.
- 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! 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.
- March 5, 2020
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!
- 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.
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.
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
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
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!
- January 30, 2020
Thank you to Brigitte Gingerich, Vision Travel, for sharing pictures from her most recent adventures.
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.
- January 16, 2020
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.
- 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.
She 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.
- 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, colds, the sweet tooth and more over the holidays:
- The Hangover - Plantain, Alfalfa, Nettle
- The Dehydrator -(aka not enough water) - Plantain, Alfalfa, Nettle
- The Stressor - Lavender, Chamomile, Lemon Balm
- The Sweet Tooth - Favourite tea with alternative source of sugar: honey, maple syrup, date sugar and Supplement: L- Gluthamine
- The Christmas Cold - Lemon Balm, Ginger, Nettle, Echinacea (as long as you are not allergic to the daisy family or cell multiplier)
- Alfalfa + Nettle are great, safe additions to any tea as they are highly nutritious herbs.
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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