I am honored and excited about the opportunity to serve as President of the Canadian Federation of Business and Professional Women (BPW Canada) for 2018 - 2020. For the past twenty-four years I have been fortunate to be a member of BPW. In those years I have served as local Club President, District Director, Provincial President, and National Vice President. Over these years, I have been so fortunate to come to know many of you and count on your support and friendship.
Among our diverse clubs across Canada, our common journey to strive for gender equality and balance in our communities, nationally and worldwide binds us in a sisterhood. We want to make a difference. We strive to help, to have an impact and make the lives of others better.
Beginning with each one of you, we have many good reasons to feel optimism about the future of BPW. With almost 500 members in 26 clubs across Canada, the connections we make with each other, at the annual conferences, in meetings, and during phone calls, webinars, and social media, demonstrates the commitment we have to our work and our confidence in the future.
It is my great pleasure to work with exceptional women on the 2018 – 2020 BPW Canada Executive. Continuing on the Executive, Jenny Gulamani-Abdulla (BPW Calgary) moves to our Immediate Past-President and Karin Gorgerat (BPW Trenton and District) moves to our Vice-President, Membership. I welcome Caval Olson-Lepage (BPW Saskatoon) as First Vice-President, Maide Yazar (BPW North Toronto) as Vice-President, Resolutions and By-laws, Prima Mabonzo (BPW Montreal) as Vice-President Young BPW, Janet Riehm (BPW Ottawa) as Treasurer and Josèe Dufour (BPW Montreal) as Secretary.
Provincially I welcome the return of President Karen Burwash for Manitoba and Liaisons Dawn Nason for Alberta, Christine Poulin for Quebec and Guylaine Roy for New Brunswick. I also welcome newly appointed Presidents Linda Rice for Ontario, Caval Olson-Lepage for Saskatchewan, and Arlene Simpson for British Columbia/Yukon Territories. Shannon Ewing in her role as club’s President will serve as BPW Canada Online Club Liaison.
Doris Hall (BPW London) will continue to serve as Representative for the Canadian Coalition to Empower Women.
Thank you all for your willingness and dedication to serve our members for the next two years.
My leadership focus for the next two years will centre on a theme of She for She. Through this focus I hope to empower all BPW members and women in our communities to look at the things we do every day and recognize and celebrate those actions that promote women in a positive way.
For the next two years we have a number to tasks identified by our membership as priority items.
In the coming year the Executive will focus on...Read More..