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!"
Empowerment and Art of Change
It is with great pride and humility that I take on the role of President for the Business and Professional Women of Barrie for the term 2018-2020. This incredible group of working women inspire me every day to create positive change. I promise to support and build on the work that BPW does locally, nationally and globally to empower women personally, professionally and economically.
I believe that small changes can add up to something profound. I know that a great masterpiece, for example, is not just a quick stroke of genius but a result of years of study, interest, practice and perseverance coupled with a well devised plan. As skilled, hard working, creative and determined women, we have built a framework to articulate and move our agenda for equality forward.
In Barrie, Business and Professional Women have been working together for over 70 years! I invite you to be a guest at one of our dinner meetings and see for yourself what a group of supportive and inspiring people can accomplish. Advocacy is at the core of what we do and how we create change but there are many, many benefits to membership: professional support, friendship, mentoring, empowerment and networking opportunities. Please join us and help us with our masterpiece: a just and equal status for all women.
BPW Barrie, 1st Vice President (2016-2018) and Advocacy Chair (2016-2018)
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 for over 30 years 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, Executive Committee, Secretary (2016-2018)
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!
2018-2020 BPW Ontario, District Director - Central Ontario
2018-2020 BPW Barrie, Chair, Media and Public Relations
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
I moved to Barrie from St. Catharines, where I worked as an Office Manager for a group of Master's Level Therapists in private practice. I have spent several years since moving to Barrie, working as a Financial Planner helping people with their investments, mortgages and insurance requirements.
I have a BA (Hons) from Brock University in Sociology, Criminology and Women's Studies. I also have experience in retail. When I first came to a BPW Barrie meeting, I received such a warm welcome that I had to become a member myself.
BPW Barrie, Executive Committeee, 2nd Vice President, Chair - Young BPW (2016-2018)
In Memoriam: Kathryn Scandrett was a military spouse, mother of 2 boys, mother-in-law to Tina, grandmother to Siobhan and worked as a Manager of Client Care Specialist/Dispatcher at Harris Plumbing. She was also the owner/operator of “A Gift of Time”, a concierge/organizing service. She had been the proud spouse of a Canadian soldier for over 23 years and her family had 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 volunteered 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 was member of the Business & Professional Women’s Club of Barrie and the Professional Organizers of Canada. She had 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 was one of her family’s values and it was a privilege for her to help others. She enjoyed reading and writing, as well as organizing events and beautiful vistas. Kathryn will be sadly missed as a vibrant member of BPW Barrie.