Oceanside Women's Business Network


The Oceanside Women’s Business Network (OWBN) is a vibrant and diverse group of women. Our members include professionals, entrepreneurs, and small business owners in many fields.

OWBN is a great opportunity for women to connect and share the work they’re doing, and potentially collaborate on projects with one another. Many new personal and business relationships have developed because of OWBN.

Members of other women’s business networks on Vancouver Island are invited to attend our meetings at the members’ rates.

In fact, all women, whether in business or not, are welcome. We encourage you to attend a meeting to explore career and business ideas, and to get to know other women in the community. Imagine what may develop with the connections you’ll make at OWBN!!


President’s Message 2018 – 2019


OWBN President Debbie Falkins Wilder
For me, this is the essence of what Oceanside Women’s Business Network (OWBN) is all about.

Three and a half short years ago, as I embarked on a new career, a friend told me, I had to go to an OWBN meeting because, it’s a fabulous group of ladies who will welcome you, mentor you and support you wherever they can.  She was right and fast forward to today… this is what motivates me every month to drive three hours round trip from Mill Bay to Parksville!

I am grateful for your vote of confidence and I am honoured to be the President of the Oceanside Women’s Business Network this year.  The Executive Board of Directors has been working hard to ensure our monthly dinner meetings will inspire you to develop balanced and lasting business relationships and network with purpose and meaning.

As Members, you are the “GOLD!”  Your ideas and suggestions are always welcome and your input can make OWBN the best it can be.  Let’s make 2018-2019 an interesting and lucrative year for all of us.

Women in business, supporting women in business – together we are stronger.

Debbie Falkins Wilder
OWBN President 2018-2019

Board of Directors

2018 – 2019

Debbie Falkins Wilder

Debbie Falkins Wilder


Life is always full of surprises!  Twists, turns and new opportunities! aka “The Sisterhood of the Travelling President”

A little over three years ago, I started my own skincare business with RODAN+FIELDS’ — life-changing SKINCARE, and I am now excited to add Smooth Essentials Wax Bar to my business.

As an R+F Consultant and certified in Master Waxing, I love that I am able to help people live better in their skin and become more empowered in their lives.

I am proud of my exceptional customer service and the products I offer; my clients depend on me to find the right information and solutions for their specific concerns.

To determine what your skincare needs are and which R+F products will give you the best results, you can either contact me for a complimentary consultation or answer a few simple questions for a customized skincare routine on my website at https://wilder.myrandf.com/ca/skin-solution-tool.

Business Website: https://wilder.myrandf.com

OWBN Email: president@owbn.ca

Permelia Parham

Permelia Parham

Past President

Permelia Parham is a teacher and practitioner of energy healing. Permelia has studied and used the Vibrational Healing Colourtouch Therapy healing modality for 20 years. Permelia is also a certified Emotion Code practitioner, offering sessions to release trapped emotions for better health. Through her company, Vibrational Healing, she provides individual consultations, workshops and teaches strategies on how to increase energy, expand self-awareness and be empowered to make positive life changes.

Business Website: www.vibrationalhealing.ca  

OWBN Email: pastpresident@owbn.ca 

Saskia Jennings

Saskia Jennings


As a Certified Caregiving Consultant & Educator, Saskia works with busy professionals whose life, health and career are affected by the ongoing challenges of caring for their parents or an elderly relative.

She is an expert in providing coping strategies, tools and resources that help you find relief from personal resentment, guilt and stress that may lead to burnout during your caregiving journey.  With more than 10 years of gained experience in the Caregiver Service Industry working with elderly and their adult children, plus hundreds of hours of research, Saskia provides unique and effective solutions for the caregivers.

Business Website: http://creatingbeingwell.com/

OWBN Email: secretary@owbn.ca

Janet Gilmour

Janet Gilmour


For Janet Gilmour, Bookkeeper and Tax Specialist, math was always her favorite subject in school.  It was while attending Ballenas Secondary, here in Parksville, she first learned how to prepare a tax return. From that day forward she completed her own returns.  In 2005, Janet officially became certified to prepare individual returns, and starting working for a local company.  In 2008, she expanded her certification to include Sole Proprietorship returns.  Janet has continued to expand her tax knowledge with earning certification for preparing final returns and is currently working on her T2, corporate returns certification.

Woven into properly prepared tax returns is her efficient bookkeeping skills.  Janet started her education in bookkeeping right out of high school, and again has continued gaining knowledge through several courses, including Applied Business Technology in 2010, and Payroll Certification in 2011.

Business website: http://bcbtservices.com/

OWBN Email: treasurer@owbn.ca

Lisa Holmgren

Lisa Holmgren

Membership Director

Lisa is a solicitor experienced in the areas of real estate, estate planning and administration, and business law. Her practice is focused on helping clients with legal matters that arise when buying or selling a home or recreational property, planning their estate, or managing the estate of a loved one. She also advises clients on business formation, expansion, sales and acquisitions, as well as day to day legal matters that arise when running a business. She graduated from the University of Calgary with a degree in law in 1989 and was called to the BC Bar in 1990.

When Lisa is not providing friendly advice in understandable language, she participates in local Oceanside events or wanders the trails of Rathtrevor Provincial Park. Lisa is the proud mother of one daughter, who is soon to be a graduate of the Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia

Business Website: http://stevenslaw.ca/

OWBN Email: membership@owbn.ca

Holly Heppner

Holly Heppner

Newsletter/Public Relations Director

Business website: http://www.hollyheppner.com/

OWBN Email: info@owbn.ca



Pat Barnes

Pat Barnes

Media Promotions Director

Pat is currently looking for the next great thing.   She spent the greater part of 2018 making and selling a variety of folk art items and healing salve. Pat is still doing that, but needs some laws amended before that will be successful.

Prior to 2018, Pat was a mortgage broker for 8 years and a Certified Financial Planner for 10 years before that.  She’s had a variety of careers, including her own small, costume jewellery and accessory store and a kids’ clothing company. She has sat on many boards of directors and volunteered with Search and Rescue, Girl Guides, and Boy Scouts. She is currently employed at Shaw Cable.

Pat moved to Parksville in 2016 to be with her man, Guy. She has 2 kids,1 daughter-in-law, 2 grandkids, and a cat.

In addition to promoting OWBN events through various media channels, Pat manages our Facebook page and the OWBN Business Garden group page on Facebook.

Email: mediapromotions@owbn.ca

Donna Gratton

Donna Gratton

Website Director

Donna’s entire career has been in marketing and advertising in one form or another. She’s held management positions in advertising agencies and corporate communications departments, in a wide range of industries from packaged goods, to retail stores, Internet services and an energy utility. And she’s helped businesses create and promote their websites since the 1990s!

After visiting Oceanside on vacations and long weekends for 24 years, Donna made the move from Coquitlam to Parksville in early 2018. She’s in the process of exploring how best to contribute to the local business community through her company Vivify Communications. That may be by serving new, local clients, in addition to her existing clients in BC and California. Or it may be in other ways, still related to helping business owners with their marketing communications, online and offline. Stay tuned! 2019 is due to be an exciting year for new projects!

Business Website: vivifycommunications.com

OWBN Email: websitedirector@owbn.ca 

Charlotte Crowley

Charlotte Crowley

Director at Large (Sunshine Lady)

An R.H.N.  Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Yoga and Bellyfit Instructor, Charlotte’s mission is to educate people on how they can improve their health with foods and lifestyle changes, so they can live a vital and energetic life throughout their lives.

She loves to educate and create awareness through presentations and workshops and also works one on one with clients.

A resident since 1991, after a career in sales and management in the advertising, publishing and food industries, Charlotte was looking for her next vocation.   Always health conscious, she trained as a yoga instructor in 2012 and started local outdoor “Yoga on the Beach” classes, with a fellow instructor Barbara Low.  Then, her interest in food, health, and fitness all came together and she found her new vocation, studying full-time for 2 years to attain a Diploma as a Registered Holistic Nutritionist in 2015.  She added “Bellyfit for Woman” instructor to her arsenal in 2016.

Business Website: healthywisdom.ca

OWBN Email: directoratlarge@owbn.ca

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