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I’m honoured to represent CAWEE as President of this incredible organization.  I would like to thank all CAWEE Members as well as our Association Manager, Patty, for making my job so easy.

CAWEE is a unique networking group. CAWEE is a Fun, Vibrant and Productive organization for everyone.  We put building relationships first and giving and getting referrals down the list.  As a result, “business competitors” often work together towards a common goal and often become business partners and / or life-long friends.  

How are we successful? 

We start by having coffee with another member – just to get to know them better – and see where that leads.

We encourage members to join a CAWEE committee.  It helps build relationships and strengthens the association.  We’ve had some incredible events over the years.  Our last in person special event was International Women’s Day in March 2019.  We were exposed to women of different backgrounds discussing their path to today.  Incredibly inspiring. 

Our first Virtual Special event was in September 2020  – where we gathered on Zoom to learn how to make a Tom Collins (and variants) as well as a killer guacamole.  Afterwards, we relaxed with our drinks and snacks and chatted amongst ourselves. No one wanted to leave.

We get together (members only) in small groups that we call Roundtables to discuss business issues and to get to know the other members better.  We used to hold these in a restaurant, but holding them virtually seems to work even better.

If you are not a member, come join us at our monthly BYO breakfast meeting – the second Thursday of the month from 7:30 to 9 AM.

If you are a member – join a Roundtable or a committee and get to know the other members in a new way.

To all of you – arrange a virtual coffee, lunch or end of work snack / drink with another business owner and see where it leads.

I look forward to connecting with you. You can book a Coffee meeting with me – click here - https://calendly.com/heather-f/coffee-chat

Heather Freed

President 

Special Message from Director Rose-marie Fernandez

What the world needs now is love – sweet love!

“For the world is in a bad state, but everything will become still worse unless each of us does his best.”

― Viktor E. Frankl

We are being bombarded with sad news on a regular basis. There are wars, killings, accidents, natural disasters, pandemics, national and global issues that distract us from our true purpose. We get lost in the fog and perhaps react in ways that we did not want to, because of the fast pace of our lives..  If we know our Why? and are in alignment with our True Purpose – our paths will lead us to where we want to be and create a better world for all of us. All too often when things are going well, we forget the path that we set out to tread on and we get lost in the milieu of external forces that cause us to lose faith and hope in ourselves and in others.

NOW, is the resource that the Universe is providing us with to gift of time to grab the opportunity of get ting re-acquainted with our Why? And rekindle the flames of our True Purpose to bring into alignment true fulfillment.  

The current turbulence caused me to reflect on why I am a member of CAWEE and to get involved on the Board of Directors.

I am proud to be part of CAWEE’s commitment to provide networking opportunities to the diverse community of women in Toronto. This manifests in the Annual Scholarship award given to a final year MBA Schulich student, support to a charity of choice, like FIBI (Families Impacted By Incarceration), Homeward Bound and Sistering, the recent International Women’s Day event supporting the theme #EachforEqual. These initiatives are important because it matters. I reach out to our members to be resilient and support each other and other women in these times – with love. 

June 2020, CAWEE Connected 

On behalf of the entire Board of Directors, we welcome you to CAWEE! What does CAWEE stand for (beyond the obvious explanation of the acronym)? Our motto says it all: Relationship Networking at its Best!

 CAWEE is such a phenomenal organization because it is so very different from any organization you will find anywhere else. Any member of CAWEE will tell you that we are not only about networking, our goal is relationship-building. But, what exactly does that mean?

 At CAWEE, you will find an amazing group of women who support and encourage each other in an endeavour to create an environment that nurtures our talent in business. Whether through advice, connections, or personal anecdotes, we want nothing more than to help each other become successful in anything we wish to achieve. Rarely would you find such a cohesive gathering of women so ready to be there for one another in any capacity that they can.

 Through our numerous networking events, from monthly breakfasts to fun and educational evening gatherings, from International Women's Day to our Annual Golf Classic, we will continue to develop this haven for women to expand and build their skills so that their businesses and careers may continue to thrive and flourish. We will persist in upholding the mission and vision of our incredible organization in order to offer Canadian businesswomen the opportunity to succeed in everything they have the potential to accomplish. Hope to see you at an event soon!

We would also like to thank those members who have recently stepped down from the Board of Directors - we appreciate your service to CAWEE! 

Tracey Evans, Dreamwinds - PR and Marketing Director 

Corey McCusker, Mental Performance Coach, Communications Director 

Dr. Laura von Hagen ND, Higher Health Centre, Sponsorship Director 

Alison Lam, Aero Care, Past President

Jayne Huhtanen, Focal Point Coaching - Past Secretary 

Laura Pacheco, The Ethics Centre - Past Treasurer 

Debbie Shawn, Divorce Matters - Past Membership Director

Donna Clark, DC Video Creations - Past Community Outreach Director

Janine LeFort, George Brown College - Past After Work Events Director