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Strengthen your personal resilience for better stress management

Date: 18 April 2023
Time: 5:30 pm
Location: Parksville. location TBD, see newsletter for details

Mental health continues to be a topic of interest in our workplaces and our homes.

Strengthening your personal resilience can be one way to ensure you are prepared for life’s disruptions. Resilience is the ability to maintain our mental, physical, and emotional energy during adverse conditions such as change, disruption of expectations or stress. The good news is that we are all resilient. We just need to learn to exercise our resilience “muscles”.

Join us on Tuesday, April 18th at 5:30 to find out what you can do to strengthen your personal resilience.

The Power of Personal Branding: How to Captivate Your Audience and Grow Your Business

Date: 21 March 2023
Time: 5:30 pm
Location: Parksville. location TBD, see newsletter for details

Are you tired of blending in with the crowd?

Discover the power of personal branding and storytelling to stand out from the competition and grow your business. In this interactive session, you'll learn how to captivate your audience and connect with potential customers on a deeper level. We'll explore the key elements of the hero's journey and uncover the essential parts of your story that you need to differentiate your business and build a loyal following. Whether you're in a service-based, product-based, or professional service business, this session will give you the storytelling and branding essentials you need to build a loyal following and achieve your business goals.

February is heart month and the time when we share ours with our community

Date: 21 February 2023
Time: 5:30 pm
Location: Quality Foods Parksville, Upstairs Lounge in the Library Room

February is always heart month for OWBN and this year we are doubling the sentiment.

First, this is when we show our solidarity with women in our community who have been forced to leave their homes. While we fundraise year-round for Haven Society, in February we also collect gently used handbags and unopened personal items. We encourage you to bring your items or cash donations to this event where we will be presenting Haven Society with the proceeds donated throughout the year by our generous members & guests.

Second, we are going to make the evening all about you, your business or profession and what’s important to you. This evening will be all about getting to know each other and our professional & personal endeavours. Be prepared for a high energy, fun night of networking games and activities.

Workshop: How to Find Your Passion in Life

Date: 17 January 2023
Time: 5:30 pm
Location: Bayside Resort (240 Dogwood St, Parksville, BC)

Event registration has now closed.
Join us on Tuesday January 17th where Oceanside Wise Woman, Mary Holte will lead us through a workshop on how to find your passion in life. Identify your strengths and achievements, as well as, gain an understanding of what deflates your personal spark.

Welcome to the festive season!

Date: 13 December 2022
Time: 5:30 pm
Location: Bayside Resort (240 Dogwood St, Parksville, BC)

Event Registration is now closed

Join us in celebrating the festive season!

We have a night of fun, prizes and good cheer planned!

  • There will be a prize for the best ugly Christmas sweater, so get creative and give it your best shot!
  • Bring a wrapped gift at the suggested value of $20 to participate in the gift exchange.
  • Bring a bottle (wine or spirits) for a chance at winning the Sleigh of Spirits!
  • As always, we encourage you to bring a guest, but please note this is a lady's only event.
  • Festive Buffet Dinner

Please bring CASH for the 50/50 draw
which benefits our charity of choice
***Haven Society***

We encourage you to register a guest or a friend.



The Doughnut Economy and what it can do for you!

Date: 15 November 2022
Time: 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: Bayside Resort (240 Dogwood St, Parksville, BC)

Nanaimo has become the first city in Canada to adopt the Doughnut Economy model - a new economic
model which challenges the growth-driven capitalism we’ve long taken for granted as the only way of doing business. Learn how cities such as Amsterdam, Brussels, Melbourne & Nanaimo are thinking of the economy, environment, housing and homelessness in a holistic fashion.

John Hankins graduated from the University of South Wales and has an Executive MBA from the University of Bath. He moved with his wife and three daughters from the United Kingdom to Calgary in 2000, and at the beginning of 2016 moved to Vancouver Island. During his time in Calgary he was Calgary’s representative on the World Energy Cities Partnership where he led the initiative to have 9 energy cities sign a Climate Change Accord. John is a Commercial Realtor with NAI Commercial and is the Chair of the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board (VIREB) Commercial Council.

Tired of not getting what you want?

Date: 18 October 2022
Time: 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: Bayside Resort (240 Dogwood St, Parksville, BC)

Registration for this event is now closed. 


Tired of not getting what you want? 

Whether it's hiring someone to help with your business or hiring someone to do work around the house we often find ourselves disappointed.
In this workshop, Angela will take you through a step-by-step process to break down the approach needed to clarify expectations and desired results.

Her childhood fascination with the creative process and human behaviour lead Angela to post-graduate education in Behavioural Psychology and Human Resources Management and eventual entrepreneurialism.  Starting her first business in 1994, Angela has grown 3 companies.  Her second business was sold once it grew to a team of 25 people.  Combining her knowledge and experience from running her own businesses with the experiences of her clients, she has created highly effective People Solutions that have an immediate impact on the bottom line and increase business value over time.

Scarf Demonstration With Cydney Galbraith

Date: 20 September 2022
Time: 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: Bayside Tidal Room (240 Dogwood Street Parksville, BC)

Join us on September 20th, 2022 to kick off the new season in style! Cydney Galbraith, owner/designer of Love’s Pure Light Scarves, will not only be demonstrating the many ways to tie a scarf, she is also generously donating four of her custom made silk scarves valued at $155 each! Join us to find out how you can be the recipient of one of these hand painted, heart crafted works of art. This will be an interactive demonstration, so bring your own and unleash your inner fashionista! ways to tie a scarf to kick off the new season.

Cydney Mariel Galbraith is a local designer based in Qualicum Beach, British Columbia where she operates her head office for Love's Pure Light. She has been a professionally trained chef, florist and former three-time Canadian National Cycling Champion competing at the world level. Cydney applies the same passion, pursuit of excellence and tenacity towards beauty that makes Love's Pure Light luxury garments known for high quality and uplifting design. Cydney works with the timeless elegance of luxury silk.

OWBN Annual Potluck Social (For Members)

Date: 12 July 2022
Time: 5:30 pm
Location: 1111 Shearme Road, Coombs
A big THANK YOU to Jollean Chantrel for offering to host the
July 12th, 2022 OWBN Summer Social!


Dinner: Potluck
Price: Free Event
Deadline to register Friday July 8, 2022


This is a great opportunity to network and get to know each other in a less formal setting.
(Spouses are welcome)

The format is potluck, attendees will need to bring the following:

  • dish to share (nothing that requires cooking or heating up)
  • serving utensil for the above mentioned dish
  • personal cutlery, plate and glass
  • Beverage of choice
  • Lawn chair
  • napkins
  • water
  • coffee
  • tea
  • wine bottle opener

Live Music throughout the evening!

Start time is 5:30 at 1111 Shearme Road, Coombs
Deadline to register Friday July 8, 2022

Annual General Meeting For Members Only

Date: 21 June 2022
Time: 5:30 pm
Location: The Bayside Oceanfront Resort - 240 Dogwood Street Parksville, BC V9P 1E1

The Annual General Meeting of the Oceanside Women's Business Network will be held in Parksville, BC.The Annual General Meeting of the Oceanside Women's Business Network will be held in Parksville, BC.

Price:  $45.00 Members
Bring cash for the 50/50 draw
Dinner: Buffet Style

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