History of Brockville Women's Network

In 1981, Agnes Lor and Dorothy Cunningham created an opportunity for women to network over breakfast at the New York Restaurant on King Street in Brockville. By 1984, the membership had grown, and the meetings were moved to the dinner hour on every second Thursday of the month. At this time, the organization was known as "The Second Thursday Network".

It wasn't until 1987 that the name "Brockville Women's Network" was inaugurated, with elections occurring every two years. During those years, dinners were held at two local restaurants: Nolan's La Touraine and the Royal Brock. The women of BWN began influencing the community through their participation in various fund-raising events and by offering day-long workshops to members and the general public.

The first newsletter for members was published in 1985, and the Cunningham/Lor Scholarship Fund was introduced in 1993, with the first scholarship awarded to a St. Lawrence College graduate in 1996. In 1995, the first Annual Achievement Award was instituted. A solid reputation of worthwhile effort towards various community projects had developed, and a membership of diverse local women continued to grow. A BWN Executive Committee, consisting of various elected positions and committee chairs responsible for by-law processes, continued to be a key driver in the success of the network. Guest speakers, door prizes, Christmas auctions and lifelong friendships developed through the years.

In May of 2006, a 25th Anniversary Gala was held at the Brockville Country Club, whereby Past Presidents and Honourary Members mingled with new members to celebrate the history of BWN and our legacy of "Women Supporting Women".