Katie Wilton - Jeweller, Goldsmith
Shelley Black, past President of BPW Barrie (2012-2014) and owner of Customized Mortgage Strategies, a full service brokerage offering mortgage financing solutions for Residential and Commercial Properties including new mortgages, refinances, secured lines of credit and construction financing. Customized Mortgage Strategies has just expanded to offer GIC's , general and mortgage life insurance, as well as leasing services.
Shelley believes in giving back to the community in which she lives and is a Trustee on the Board of Directors for Simcoe Community Services, a member of the Board of Directors for South Simcoe Day Care Centres and an active member of BNI.
"I love to cook and have been designated as the sous-chef by my partner Emerson who is the real chef in the house! I also love to horseback ride, read, garden and entertain! I am proud to be involved in our growing, vibrant club!"
Joanne was born and raised in the northern Ontario town of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. She moved to Guelph to pursue her Fine Art degree at the University of Guelph which she completed in 1996. She has always been involved in the arts including teaching, creating and programming.
In the late 1990s Joanne moved to the remote community of Moose Factory Ontario. Over the three years that she spent there, Joanne completed private jewellery commissions and created a documentary television series about local culture which was nationally broadcast on the Aboriginal People’s Television Network. After her son was born in 2000, she and her family relocated to Barrie where they welcomed a daughter in 2002.
Over the past 10 years, Joanne has continued to develop her jewellery business in addition to welding, woodworking, raising a family and managing a family business. In 2012 she began the Goldsmithing program at Georgian College which has provided her with an intensive year of new jewellery techniques. Currently Joanne divides her time between her home in Barrie and her cottage in Muskoka.
BPW Barrie, 1st Vice President (2016-2018) and Advocacy Chair (2016-2018)
Jamie is a long-time resident of Barrie, having moved here in 1990 from Chicago, IL. She has always believed in all rights for everyone, especially women and those who are marginalized. Jamie has worked as a Family Therapist and a REALTOR® in Barrie, before beginning a career in the sale/coaching of Young Living Essential Oils and Nutritional products. She has raised 2 strong willed daughters who are hoping to make an impact in the world through Politics and the use of Theatre Arts. Jamie is very excited to work with BPW to help the lives of women in our community and abroad.
Sharon, along with her husband Rick, and daughters Veronica and Victoria, has been a proud Barrie resident since 1996. She enjoys a challenging leadership role in the male dominated automotive manufacturing industry, and therefore appreciates the female focus of Business and Professional Women (BPW).
Like many of her contemporaries, Sharon sometimes feels overworked and underappreciated; however, she finds solace in her family, friends, gardening, music, books, theatre, travel, golf, yoga, kick-boxing…and her wine cellar.
Sharon is a passionate locavore, shopping regularly at the Barrie Farmer’s market and local businesses. She also cares about animal welfare, volunteering with Feline Fix, a local trap-neuter-release group that has had a positive impact on the feral cat community in the Barrie area.
Sharon is thrilled to be part of BPW Barrie, and honoured to have been elected President for the 2016-2018 term.
Sharon Doran, BPW Barrie President (2016-2018)
Empowering Women in Barrie and Beyond
BPW Ontario, Vice President (2016-2018)
BPW Ontario, District Director - Central Ontario (2014-2016)
BPW Barrie, Program Chair (2014-2016)
BPW Barrie, Past President
Habs, Teresa (University of Guelph, Honours B.A. History and Sociology 1970; University of Waterloo M.A. Canadian History 1971; University of Toronto Ontario College of Education Teaching Certificate 1972) was born and raised in Guelph Ontario.
I began working for Royal Bank soon after graduating from OCE; switched to commercial lending ten years later with a career spanning 34 years.
I moved to Barrie in 1997 to work for RBC and resume a personal relationship that began in university.
I became a member of the Business & Professional Women's Clubs of Ontario in St Catharines in 1987 and was Provincial President from 2010- 2012. I currently sit on the BPW Canada Board as VP Resolutions, and am currently Barrie Club’s Membership Chair.
In 1999 I joined the Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity until 2010; currently I am a member of the Family Selection Committee. I am also a member of the local University Women’s Club.
I retired March 2009 from RBC Commercial Banking, and now enjoy volunteering, weekends at Big Bay Point, reading murder mysteries/spy novels, X-country skiing and travelling.
I always say I am a wannabe quilter! Everyone has to have at least one dream!
I have belonged to BPW because of the sisterhood and relationships, the involvement in community, and BPW’s work for women.
Sheryl and her business partner of many years ,Vi Peacock, have more than 40 years of combined real estate experience and are consistent Century 21 award winners. Their areas of expertise include residential, condominium and country properties in the city of Barrie and surrounding areas. Sheryl , who is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario enjoys being a member of BPW. She is a past BPW Barrie Treasurer and Bursary Committee member.
I have been a member of BPW for over 15 years and enjoy assisting with the fundraising for our group.
Along with my husband, I have operated Non Destructive Testing Service Co. for the past 28 years. One example of the service we provide is Ultrasonic Testing which is similar to the medical procedure, but we test on steel products. This is quite specialized and we provide extensive service to Power Plants, Ski Lifts and Steel Fabricating/Machine Shops.
It gives me great pleasure to be associated with my BPW friends; especially, since I have a home-based office.
In the summer, I enjoy swimming with my golden retriever at our cabin at the French River and modern technology allows me to work from Florida in the winter.
I graduated from George Brown College in Toronto with a diploma in Computer Programming. From 1980 to 1992 I worked for Bell Canada, Canada Packers, Township of Innisfil, Georgian College working in Computer and Information Services.
I married Jeff in 1982 and we have 2 daughters, Megan born in 1985 and Kaitlyn born in 1986. Kaitlyn had severe Cerebral Palsy and was medically fragile, she was my real education. My husband and I bought a commercial property, developed the land and built a general repair auto shop. Together we ran a successful business, that later included income properties, snow removal, towing, driver services, used car sales. In 1997, after years of training to earn my Black Belt I opened a Martial Arts DoJo and fitness centre. I closed the business after 10 years when it became apparent I was getting a little old and sore to be rolling around on the mats! Kaitlyn's special needs required an extraordinary amount of discipline for our family.
Throughout her life, I had accessed persons from all levels of government, medical, educational, and rehabilitation professionals, service clubs, support groups. And we had tremendous help from our friends, family and this beautiful community. It took a village to raise her, for sure, and I am grateful.
Currently, I am Property Manager for our commercial property. My husband builds and restores classic vehicles and I source new projects, parts and buyers for the finished product. I started my Mary Kay Cosmetics business in April of 2014 and I am enjoying it very much. After working in a garage and a Dojo this is out of my comfort zone and that's ok. I'm enjoying the transformation from tomboy to full grown up Woman. I am learning to live a life that doesn't require the rigid discipline that was essential at the time. I would like to learn about having fun without fear this year. It is my time to give back to the community that has been so good to the Johnson family. Some of my favourite organizations that I support are: Hospital for Sick Children, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, Simcoe Community Services, Easter Seals, Hospice Simcoe, Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre.
BPW speaks to me because of their mandate and especially the advocacy for women everywhere.
I enjoy travelling, reading, Yoga, snowmobiling, ice fishing, kayaking and adventures in the RV with my husband, Jeff and our beagle, Guinness.
BPW Barrie, Exectuve Committee, Secretary (2016-2018)
My name is Bernadette Lehner. I am a Financial Consultant with Investors Group on Wellington Street in Barrie. I am excited and honoured to be joining BPW. A little bit about myself. I retired from the airline industry after 30 years as a Flight Attendant. I have 4 years’ experience in marketing in a retirement community, as well as working in retail and the food service industry which has given me an ideal foundation for my work as a consultant. I have attained my mutual funds and insurance licence (Life, Critical Illness, Disability, Group, mortgage life insurance). I am an honours Georgian College graduate (2010) and my course load included Accounting fundamentals and Finance planning.
Since moving to Barrie 20 years ago I have been involved with many charity organizations two of them being Seasons Centre for Grieving Children and the Canadian Cancer Society.
There is a quote by Winston Churchill which I love “You make a living by what you get. But you make a life by what you give”.
I enjoy my life in Barrie with my two children Kyle and Sarah and our 2 cats.
Cindy McAfee RSSW, a graduate of the Georgian College Social Service Worker program, is registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. In order to further her work assisting couples, Cindy has trained as a Gottman 7PP Educator in the internationally acclaimed program “The Seven Principles of Making Marriage Work” developed by Dr. John Gottman. Other courses which complement her professional development include Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention (MBRP), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and mediation from both the Barrie Mediation Centre and New Ways for Families Institute. At the Centre for Work Life Balance, Cindy has facilitated with the Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention program. She has also facilitated group and individual counselling at both Barrie Withdrawal Management Services and the Reflection Centre.
Since 2010, Cindy has been in private practice at Balanced Life Therapy where she has counselled groups, families, couples and individuals. She has 17 years of experience working with people to overcome alcohol and drug addiction and assisting clients identify and resolve a wide range of difficult personal issues and life challenges. Her approach draws from a strength-based perspective to empower clients to live life to the fullest.
Cindy enjoys supporting others and giving them options which they sometimes cannot find within themselves in times of difficulty. If you could do it all over again, what would you do differently? Whatever your answer is, start doing it today!
Wife 38 years to very patient Hubby Peter. Mom to Super-Mom Amanda and Super-Geek David. Grandma to Brayden, the most handsome 8 year old ever. Fur-baby Mama to Miss Thelma and Murphy. Tax Professional to very successful Tax business. Retired Civilian with Barrie Police after 30 years. Garden enthusiast but house plant killer. Domestic goddess in the kitchen. Domestic flop in the cleaning department. Working on the Life-time Yo-Yo Diet Master’s Degree.
Wicked carrot cake baker.
Can pack a cruise wardrobe into a carry-on luggage!
2016 BPW Ontario, 1st Vice President
2016-2018 BPW Barrie, Chair - Media and Public Relations & Past President
2014-2016 BPW Barrie, President
2014 BPW Barrie, 1st Vice President
My name is Emma Shaw. I am a financial advisor with Investors Group. My focus is to create comprehensive financial plans for my clients to ensure they are able to achieve whatever goals they set for themselves. Before I moved here I lived in St. Catharines and worked as an office manager for a group of Masters-level therapists in private practice. I have a BA (Hons) from Brock University in Sociology, Criminology, and Women’s Studies. I also have several years’ experience working retail. My experience, though not typical for someone in the finance industry, has given me the foundation I need to do great work for my clients and build myself a successful practice. I am relatively new to Barrie and received such a warm welcome from the amazing women at BPW that I had to become a member myself. I live with my husband Cameron here in Barrie, but we spend many weekends travelling to St. Catharines to visit our families and, especially, our seven nieces and nephews.
BPW Barrie, Executive Committeee, 2nd Vice President - Young BPW
Kathryn Scandrett is a military spouse, mother of 2 boys, mother-in-law to Tina, grandmother to Siobhan and works as a Manager of Client Care Specialist/Dispatcher at Harris Plumbing. She is also the owner/operator of “A Gift of Time”, a concierge/organizing service. She has been the proud spouse of a Canadian soldier for over 23 years and her family have been posted back to CFB Borden for two years after a three year posting to Nairobi, Kenya. Prior to that, they were posted to CFB Borden, Esquimalt and Trenton.
Besides her full time work and part-time company, Kathryn volunteers as Secretary to the BFRC Board of Directors and Chair of the Human Resource Committee, Co-President of the Trinity Chapel Woman’s Guild, Secretary to the CFB National Protestant Women’s Guild and is member of the Business & Professional Women’s Club of Barrie and the Professional Organizers of Canada. She has worked with the Trinity Chapel Sunday School and the Borden Minor Basketball Association. During her time in Kenya, Kathryn served as secretary to the Canadian Association of Kenya and the Americas Women’s Association (Kenya Chapter) as well as serving on the International School of Kenya Board of Directors - serving the last year as Secretary.
Service to your community and fellow man is one of her family’s values and it has been a privilege for her to help others. She enjoys reading and writing, as well as organizing events and beautiful vistas.