Previous Monthly Meetings of the
2018-2019 Season

Thursday June 13, 2019

You are cordially invited to the Brockville Women’s Network’s
Annual General Meeting on Thursday, June 13, 2019
At the Brockville Country Club
Networking will begin at 5:30pm
Dinner will be served at 6:30pm
$30 members

Come prepared for June AGM brain storming on the future (or immediate closure) of BWN


Thursday May 9, 2019
Speaker: Katherine Hobbs

Katherine Hobbs stepped into the Tourism Manager position in Brockville back in December of 2017 to fill a maternity leave, that earlier this year, evolved into her full-time permanent position. Katherine is an action-oriented natural leader and strategic thinker. She has worked in large, medium & small organizations in both private and public entities in Canada and in Africa. She is thrilled to be joining us on Thursday, May 9th to outline her journey through Africa to Ottawa City Council and then to her forever home here in Brockville. She will highlight Brockville Tourism and why tourism is so important for the local community, outlining some of the many initiatives coming up!


Thursday April 11, 2019
Speaker: Mark Beacock

Mark Beacock is a Red Seal chef, Chocolatier, and Wild Food Forager. Mark has worked in the culinary industry since the age of 14. He has always had a love of chocolate and candy. During his chef training at St. Lawrence college, he learned how to make chocolate truffles, which he then started to make for people around the holidays. Over the years Marks passion for chocolate grew. Once he learned there was such a thing as chocolate school, he knew he had to go to further his passion and expertise in the field of chocolate. Mark is now opening his own chocolate shop and culinary creation station. 


Thursday March 14, 2019
Speaker: Connie Zeran

Beyond The Arbour, Connie Zeran, provides unique packages of gardening services to clients, plus creative floral workshops on her farm at 1389 Blue Mountain Road, Lansdowne.
Gardening services with the intent to educate and assist people to achieve more enjoyment in their gardening endeavours. The workshops strive to bring out one’s enjoyment and inner creative spirit using flowers and nature’s best plant materials.
Workshops & Events created by Connie are purposely designed to bring people together for information, affirmation, and recreation.

Beyond the Arbour website


Thursday February 14, 2019
Speaker: Corey Henry

Corey started his career in the food and beverage industry in a little Italian restaurant on the east side called Mario’s (aka East Side Mario’s). From the salad and bread section, he moved his way down the line to eventually making his way to the front of the house. Over the years Corey has worked in every aspect of the food and beverage industry from fine dining to casual service. His passion for food and wine led him to start a company called Ottawa Tasting Tours in 2014 (his first business). From there he has gone on to start 3 other business.  Escape Brockville, Grapes & Grain Beverage Academy and soon to launch a new wine series podcast. His ambitious entrepreneur spirit allows him to share his passion with hundreds of customers every year


Thursday January 10, 2019
Speaker: Mandy Armstrong

Mandy Armstrong of “The Travel Agent Next Door” grew up in Alberta and the Ottawa Valley and completed her education in the Maritimes, before marrying a Brockville native and making the area her home for the past 26 years.
After working in office administration and customer care, Mandy decided to merge her talent for detail and her love of travel into a career helping others realize their travel dreams.  In addition to the strong relationships she has developed within the travel industry, she has also completed numerous travel training programs, and is currently working toward her Certified Travel Associate designation with the Travel Institute.
Mandy loves to explore the world, both near and far, and especially enjoys cruise vacations. She believes there is nothing more exhilarating than helping others have great travel experiences and is excited to share travel inspiration with the Brockville Women’s Network.


Thursday December 13, 2018
Speaker: Peggy Hause

Walking downtown Brockville this time of year, there is something magical in the air. In "A Downtown Christmas", Peggy will explore the Christmas celebrations and traditions of Brockville past, from the decorated store windows and parades, to the Christmas drives and parties of yesteryear.

view photo's from December meeting


Thursday November 8, 2018
Speaker: Maggie Wheeler

As the Seaway Valley’s Queen of Crime, Maggie Wheeler has spent almost two decades showcasing the social, cultural and psychological impact of the St. Lawrence Seaway and Power Project on Canadians affected. She is the author of the best-selling “Lost Villages” historical murder mystery series, which has garnered a nomination for the Ontario Premier’s Awards for the Arts, an Ontario Provincial Hansard, and the “people’s choice” Seeker’s Award for Literary Artist of the Year 2013. In January of 2017, Maggie was named Ottawa’s Favourite Female Author by FACES Magazine Annual Awards—and was again a finalist for the award in 2018.

The series has been used to teach English and history from intermediate to post-secondary levels in Eastern Ontario and Upper New York State.

Since 2001, her work with the Seaway history has kept Maggie on the public speaking circuit and in the media at local, regional, national and academic levels. Her most recent contribution is the “Lost Villages” article for Historica Canada’s The Canadian Encyclopedia—the official national online resource for all things Canadiana.

Maggie recently launched her fifth Lost Villages novel, All My Worldly Goods, researched and written with the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts. In 2018, Maggie was awarded the Seeker’s Choice Award for Literary Artist of the Year, for the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry.

view photo's from November meeting


Thursday October 11, 2018
Speakers: Brandy Smith and Emily Farrell

Brandy Smith is employed as the Community Engagement Coordinator at the Brockville Public Library, Brandy goes above and beyond her job description in her commitment to create a vibrant, safe and inclusive community space. Brandy’s concern and passion for the environment is demonstrated through her commitment to a minimalist lifestyle. She is actively involved in the annual Community Clean Up and is the staff liaison with Transition Brockville. Brandy is an ally to the LGBTQ community and actively works to promote equal civil rights, gender equality and stop homophobia, biphobia and transphobia.

Emily Farrell grew up in the area before attending the University of Guelph for a Bachelor of Arts and Science in Geology and Classical Studies. After completing her Bachelor’s degree, Emily went on to finish her Library and Information Technician Diploma from Algonquin College and a Master of Information Studies (Bilingual) at the University of Ottawa. Emily is the CEO of the Brockville Public Library and is a part-time professor at Algonquin College. In her spare time, she sits on the Rideau Hill Camp Board of Directors outside of Kemptville and enjoys downtime snuggling her dog and drinking tea. Emily enjoys travelling and currently has plans to visit Iceland and South America.

view photo's from October meeting


Thursday September 13, 2018
Lesley Patry Kerford and Tamara Baldwin

Lesley grew up in Ottawa for most of her life and decided to settle in Brockville after graduating from Carleton University in 2007.
Last year Lesley had a daughter, Clementine, who was stillborn at 36 weeks. Clementine was born in Ottawa and when they came back home to Brockville Lesley and her family found there was a huge lack of resources to access in our community for people going through this type of loss.
 A few months later her co-workers put together a team to participate in the Butterfly Run Ottawa as at that time herself and another co-work had both lost a child within 5 months of each other (and another co-worker since). After participating in that run Lesley knew she wanted to bring something like that to our community and that is how the Brockville Butterfly Run came to be.

Tamara became involved with the Brockville Butterfly Run for two main reasons.  The first being that the agency she is employed at has 3 staff members that suffered from a loss of child within a span of 18 months.  Wanting to be able to support her colleagues, she joined the Brockville Butterfly Run committee to gain further knowledge and provide support.

With the help of friends and other local women the first annual Brockville Butterfly Run will be taking place this year on October 14th in memory of Clementine and all of the other babies who we hold in our hearts.

view photos from the September Meeting