|January 2013||October 2012|
Happy New Year to all BPW Ontario Members, and Welcome to 2013! Well now that we have all survived the End of the World, as predicted by Mayan Calendar interpretations, it is time to get back to the business of “Unlocking the BPW Potential”.
In local news, I am very pleased to tell you that Brampton club member, Anne Felesko, who was recognized at the 2012 Convention in London as a 55 year member, was presented with her award on October 25. The picture from left to right is; Anne Felesko, Pearl McCabe, Barb Hore (District Director) and Pat Dowling(Brampton President). Congratulation Anne and all the best for 2013!
|Provincially I am very excited to welcome Leanne Kuchynski as our new Young BPW Ontario VP. Leanne will work with the Ontario clubs as well as BPW Canada and International to inspire young women to become leaders in their communities through BPW membership opportunities. Young BPW has the potential to facilitate a fresh and innovative exchange of ideas, create projects, and develop strategies as we continue to move forward into the new millennium. I encourage you to assist Leanne in any way possible as she connects with your club.||
I will be following up this Spring with the Ontario Government regarding our Brief of Resolutions, which was sent to Premier McGuinty, three Ministers, as well as the Opposition Leaders. This brief is also posted on our BPWO website and I encourage all members to print a copy and take it to your MPP. In this way you can introduce BPW and the changes we want adopt to the people who have the influence to facilitate those changes.
|We have lost a dedicated member. On November 15, Claire Fulcher passed away. Dr. Fulcher served as chair of the CSW at the United Nations and worked intensively with the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). As we celebrate her life we recognize her many accomplishments for the betterment of women, she will be long remembered. Dr. Fulcher is pictured here with Liz Benham, Immediate Past President BPW International. For more information about Claire’s many accomplishments click here.|
I wish you all a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. As always, I encourage members to take on a position, lead or assist with a club event or project, or get busy at the Provincial or National level of BPW. Along with the benefits to you, this involvement will benefit BPW as a whole. Let’s make 2013 the year you Unlock Your BPW Potential!
As BPW Ontario (BPWO) President for the next two years, my focus and mission will be to help every member “Unlock her BPW Potential”.
BPW has always been an organization where women can discover their own potential. We continue to create a safe and caring environment where our members can try on new roles. I encourage all members to actively mentor and be mentored in this process.
In life we strive for stasis, the feeling that all things remain the same. This, of course, is not possible because with every breath our world changes, we change. We are always in a state of becoming something else, someone better, perpetual change. Change however, can lead to personal growth and one important way each member can achieve this, is to get involved with their local club executive.
I encourage members to take on a position, lead or assist with a club event or project, or get busy at the Provincial or National level of BPW. I will lead, nurture, cajole, guide and plead for your participation in BPW. Along with the benefits to you, the member, this involvement is a benefit to BPW as a whole. It is through our personal shaping of the organization that we continue to be relevant. The opportunities are endless.
The new 2012 Provincial Board is already hard at work. In June, at the 2012 combined Provincial Conference and National Convention, we introduced the “Women’s Empowerment Principles” to the membership. At the Gala dinner London Mayor, Joe Fontana, became a signatory of the Principles. He joined the growing list of businesses, politicians, chambers and boards to sign this important document.
Our Brief to the Ontario Government, which is based on the resolutions passed in June 2012, is being finalized and sent to Premier McGuinty, three Ministers, as well as the Opposition Leaders. This brief is posted on our BPWO website and I encourage all members to print a copy and take it to your MPP. In this way you can explain and enlighten them about BPW and the changes we want adopted.
I hope to get the chance to work with every member in some capacity over the next two years. Each of you is the Key to Unlocking Your Potential and The BPW Potential.
President, BPW Ontario