The WBN is currently run by a volunteer board of up to 12 directors. The commitment necessary to successfully serve the WBN membership is approximately 10-30 hours/month (depending on the position) fulfilling the duties of the role including attendance at monthly and special board meetings throughout the year, and attendance at membership meetings from September through June. Additionally, directors MUST be email and computer savvy as this is a progressive organization that relies heavily on communication and technology for efficiency.
The WBN AGM meeting was held on May 3, 2017 at 5pm at the Holiday Inn Waterfront in the Gallery Room.
We had more than 41 in attendance to meet quorum.
The following WBN AGM documents were presented at the AGM and are being posted for your review:
- WBN AGM Agenda 2017-05-03
- WBN Balance Sheet Previous Year Comparison (2017/2016)
- WBN Profit & Loss Previous Year Comparison (2017/2016)
- WBN Profit & Loss Budget Performance (2017/2016)
Constitutionally, WBN Board of Director positions commence July 1st each year and each Board Director term runs for two consecutive years. Board Nominees will be applying to serve on the WBN Board from July 1, 2017 through to June 30, 2019. Newly Elected WBN Board members will be expected to attend monthly board meetings and a Strategic Planning session in May and June of 2017, as a means of transitioning into the role with your predecessor.
Approved Nominations for 2017-2019 Board Positions Are As Follows:
Secretary: Grace Reynolds
I was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta. Moved to Ontario in 2002 and lived in Ottawa and Burlington. My husband was born in Peterborough and has lots of family here and we visited often. When we found out I was pregnant, we decided to settle here and raise our family. My educational background is in Business. I have worked in the marketing and sales industry for over 10 years. I love to help others and as a Mortgage Agent, I have found my home! It is such an honour to be able to assist and guide my clients with one of the biggest decisions they will make. I enjoy helping others and connecting with the community. I have volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House, Optimist Club and Humane Society. I also coached cheerleading for many years! I look forward to working along side the amazing businesswomen here inPeterborough. Also, to help promote and grow their business and network! I would like to thank the WBN for the opportunity to join such a wonderful group of women!
Program Director: Lori McKee
Program Manager with Christian Horizons
To volunteer with the Women’s Business Network would be a pleasure for me as I’d love to give back to the community in which I was born and raised. I have really enjoyed this past year as a member and really enjoyed sitting on the International Women’s Day committee. From both experiences I have grown immensely.
I am employed as a Program Manager with Christian Horizons where we support women and men with special needs. I am also a certified Fierce Conversations facilitator. These positions are not only rewarding, but have provided me with skills in leadership, organization, teaching and programming.
I am an enthusiastic and energetic person who loves to encourage people to get involved. I would love to bring these skills and attributes to the table of the committee. Sitting on the board would give me the chance to make a difference by encouraging other women and to grow personally. I would look forward to gaining new skills so I can be a role model for our younger generation. To see women be empowered is a passion of mine, as well as to see the barriers that challenge us being broken down.
Director at Large: Josee Kiss
Kiss Enterprises Ltd.
Most people know me as the woman who is always full of energy and wanting to help other people. I grew up in a small town called Selby, where the rules were simple; respect your elders, always say thank you and never stop working hard. With these basic rules, I found myself going further than I ever imagined. I graduated high school top of my class. After high school, I attended Sir. Sandford Fleming College in 2007-2009 and I graduated with a Travel & Tourism Diploma. After searching hard and looking high and low, I found a job at a newly opening Hotel in Kingston, ON where I worked as a front desk associate. I had a blast working there for 2 years, every experience should have a lesson and this one did not disappoint. I learnt the true value of team work and what an efficient team can do when they work together. Fall of 2011 my life took a dramatic turn, I moved to Fort McMurray, AB, where I worked for a variety of companies. The most memorable company I worked for was Excel Canada on Shell Canadas site, I managed 7 warehouses and 22 team members. The “always work hard” lesson really paid off here. I learned so much and grew as a woman. In March of 2013, I took another big life step and moved to southern Saskatchewan. This is where I married my husband Steven in 2014 and helped him run his farming company of 6,000 acres till Fall 2015. Being my own boss was a great feeling and privilege. In February 2016, we made the move to Peterborough and purchased a cottage, that we have now turned into a vacation rental property. Giving people a relaxing place to unwind from their busy lives, is a rewarding business. I look forward to what the future has in store for me and I can not wait to continue learning and growing.
Member Communications Director: Joanne French
Owner/Operator of Consider it Done Temp/Concierge Services
After running a Denture clinic for over 10 yrs, the owner decided to divorce me! Needless to say a change was imminent!
I created Consider it Done in August of 2004 , to allow private sector companies the opportunity to hire me without the restraints of payroll. Born and raised in Northern Ontario, I am now proud to call Peterborough home and being part of the community. How can I help you? Looking for permanent staff but need someone NOW!!! Let me help, I can fill the gap AND create training manual for future staff. I can be the one who comes in on weekends to get caught up on that mind numbing filling you’ve been putting off, organizing, purging, client contact etc. house sitting, Pet sitting, dog walking, Remembers your needs are my business! I have accepted contracts for as little as an hour, 4 hours and as long as 8 months to a year at a time. I’m also available to work on a; once a week, month basis etc. I have worked in many confidential settings such as Hospitals, Health Unit, Chiropractic, Medical, & Denture services. I have also worked with the Ontario Provincial Police as a Victims Crisis Assistance and Referral Service (V.C.A.R.S.) volunteer, and I have a clear criminal record. I have excellent verbal and written communication skills.
I am bilingual in both official languages. I adapt quickly to new situations and I am strongly committed to helping people. Multi-tasking comes easily. I have over 35 years of administrative experience. (YES I started when I was 10) 😉 I hope we will have the opportunity to meet and discuss how I can be of assistance.
Technical Director: Karen Copson
Administrative Coordinator at Camp Kawartha
I look forward to the opportunity to join the board as the Technical Director for WBN Peterborough.
My role as Administrative Coordinator at Camp Kawartha includes providing staff with any computer support needs, as well as developing and maintaining Camp Kawartha’s website.
Prior to working at Camp Kawartha, my background includes a diploma from Fleming College in Business Administration – Information Systems. In the late-1990s, while working at a computer training company, I discovered my passion for developing web sites. Initially self-taught coding in HTML, I later completed a Web Site Design Certificate at Fleming, and continue to develop my skills through workshops and online training. I’ve also taught part-time evening courses in basic HTML/CSS and Dreamweaver at Fleming College. In my spare time, I develop and maintain websites using WordPress for a few local small businesses and non-profits.
A self-proclaimed computer geek, I’m also a lifelong learner and challenge myself to expand my skills and learn new technologies with each new project.
Strategic Planning Director: Colleen Carruthers
The T-R Group Inc.
Colleen is a partner in The T-R Group Inc., a professional services organization that focuses on the human side of business, providing a full range of services such as Executive Coaching, Strategic Planning, Compliance Audits, Policy Writing, Performance Management Systems and workshops in Workplace Coaching, Communications and Conflict Management.
Colleen is a business coach, certified by the International Coach Federation, a team coach and a workshop facilitator. Additionally, she has a private psychotherapy practice and specializes in relationship issues and career counselling.
Colleen has won awards from the Canadian Society for Training and Development for her supervisory and retail training courses and she currently is the coach and a facilitator in the Peak Leadership Program at Fleming College.
All nominees eligibility have been validated according to our constitution and bylaws.
Please keep in mind that a nomination is to the Board, not to a specific position. However, there is an opportunity to list first and second choices on the nomination form. We endeavour to match skill set to the position. Self-nominations are encouraged. Please click here to view all the job descriptions. This is an excellent opportunity to become involved with the operations of the Network.
The deadline for submissions is now closed effective April 15th, 2017.
Please contact the Past President, Theresa Foley, for more information on becoming a board member at 705-875-2748 or email pastpresident atttt womensbusinessnetwork dotttt net.
WBN Constitution, Article 5. Board of Directors:
1. Eight to twelve elected members shall constitute the Board, at the discretion of the current Board.
2. The Board shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting, shall serve a two-year term and shall not be eligible for re-election for more than two consecutive terms, with the exception of the President and Past President. Nominations and elections shall be conducted in accordance with By-Law 7.
3. The Board shall meet monthly to formulate plans, elect the Officers, and decide all purposes and procedures of the Network.
4. The Officers may appoint a network member to fill a Board position that has become vacant. Such appointment shall expire at the next Annual General Meeting (or after the June Strategic Planning Meeting). Exception may be made if a vacancy occurs during the Network year in the office of President, in which case the Vice President may succeed to the office of President.
5. Directors must be Network members in good standing for the duration of their term.
Bylaw 7A. Nominations:
1. The current Board may appoint a Nominating Committee, chaired by the Past President, who shall present a slate of nominees to the membership a minimum of ten days in advance of the Annual General Meeting. Such notice shall be posted on the Network website and distributed to the membership.
2. Any single member, or the named member of record for a Corporate Membership, who is currently a member in good standing and who meets the board requirements as set out in the WBN board policy document. Nominees must sign a completed current nomination form, which must be submitted to the Past President by April 15th.
3. Any current Director who is completing their current two-year term may submit a new nomination form by April 15th to stand for re-election to the Board as per Article 5.2.
Bylaw 7B. Elections:
1. At the Annual General Meeting the slate of nominees shall be presented to the membership for election.
2. When more nominations than vacancies exist the elections shall be by secret ballot and the nominees receiving the most votes shall be declared elected. Votes are to be counted by scrutineers appointed by the Past President.
3. In the event the number of nominees equals the number of vacancies the slate will be presented in a motion by the Past President and voted on as a whole. A show of hands from a two-thirds majority of the members present shall constitute a pass of the motion.
4. Each membership is entitled to one vote and proxy votes will not be accepted.
Depending on the number of nominations received, the election may take place by secret ballot with the nominees receiving the most votes will be declared elected. In order for you to make an informed decision, please read each nominee’s submitted biography in the box to the right. Their skills and experience will help you to determine the best fit with the demands of the various positions.
Remember, elections are to the Board as whole, not to specific positions. The WBN officers will appoint each elected member to the position they are most interested in assuming and qualified for.
If you have any questions about the positions, how the board operates, or anything else regarding governance, the president atttt womensbusinessnetwork dotttt net or the pastpresident atttt womensbusinessnetwork dotttt net are more than happy to help you.