Arelene Leduc

BPWN set to celebrate 20 years

he Campbell River Business & Professional Women’s Network (BPWN) has been providing leadership and growth opportunities to women in the community for 20 years

The Campbell River Business & Professional Women’s Network (BPWN) has been providing leadership and growth opportunities to women in the community for 20 years.

To mark this auspicious occasion, the 20th Anniversary Gala committee is busy preparing a fabulous night of Entertainment and Celebration to be held at the Maritime Heritage Center on June 28th from 6-9 p.m. This marks 20 years to the day of the first official meeting of the BPWN. A silent Auction to raise money for the two bursaries will be held, and donations are still being taken. Each year bursaries are given to deserving women looking to move into the workforce through educational facilities. Auction items can be dropped off to Kim Jarvis at Shadoe Intimates, 249 10th Street (beside Chan Nowosad and Boates).

The mandate of the organization is to help members develop their skills and contacts in a supportive organization. Over the years this has included at meetings: presentations by members, speakers, and networking over a great dinner.  There are also special member only events such as an upcoming Medieval Night, and speakers have included the likes of Vicki Gabereau, and Pamela Martin.

Marne Svennes, a founding member of the BPWN, says “I really think it’s great that what started with 7 women 20 years ago still has a strong presence in the community for business women today.

I would like to honor the other women who were on that first BPWN board of directors with me; Shannon Marshall, Margo Cormack, Stevie Arthurs, Pat O’Handley, Kathy McKay & Beth Ann Koslovich.”

Due to limited tickets available, they must be purchased in advance from the web-site or from Kim at Shadoe Intimates by June 23, 2011. No payments will be taken at the door. Members are $35 and Guests $40 for this Gala Event.

Great dining and fabulous entertainment you won’t want to miss. This is a black tie celebration and spouses are welcome (count as a guest).