At a summer reception on July 25, 2018, hosted by Her Honour Antoinette Perry, Lieutenant Governor of Prince Edward Island, the P.E.I. Business Women’s Association (P.E.I.B.W.A.) announced the winners of P.E.I.B.W.A.’s 2018 micro-grant awards. The grants are designed to enable women entrepreneurs to fund promotional tools, web development, and many other expenses related to launching or expanding their Island businesses.
There are four recipients of P.E.I.B.W.A.’s 2018 micro-grants: Jackie Herbert (Hop Sip Swirl Tasting Tours) has started a niche tour company focusing on local wineries, breweries and distilleries in P.E.I.; Suzanne Scott (Potter's Parlour) has opened an ice cream parlour and café in the rolling hills of New London ; Amber Jadis (Bricks 4 Kidz) is developing advanced programming utilizing LEGO EV3 robotics to engage Island students; and Krista MacLeod (Nit Ridders Mobile Lice Service) has created a company offering support and education related to head lice.
Click here to see the full press release in The Guardian newspaper!
PEI Business Women’s Association is excited to welcome Margaret Magner as the new Executive Director of the association. The Executive Director of PEIBWA is integral to the continued development and management of the member-based not-for-profit organization that empowers and inspires Island women to succeed in their business endeavours by providing advisory services, opportunities for development, and connections with other women in business.
Magner was Director of Bioscience Development at the University of Prince Edward Island and continues to teach for its Faculty of Business and Department of English. Her company Magner Ink specializes in communication services.
With a Ph.D. from York University, she has taught in colleges and universities in Canada and the U.S. At the University of Southern California, she was a presidential speechwriter; Senior Writer in Development Communications during a $2.8 billion fundraising campaign; and Director of Corporate Relations for the Marshall School of Business. In New York, she served as Director of Development for the William J. Clinton Foundation, heading up its fundraising department.
A produced playwright and a screenwriter, she is also a Governor of The National Theatre School of Canada.
“On behalf of the Board of Directors we are very excited to have Margaret Magner joins us as the new Executive Director of the PEI Business Women’s Association,” commented Board president, Sharon Keller. “We look forward to seeing what new initiatives Margaret and the PEIBWA team can spearhead in growing the organization and supporting our existing members. This will be a great year celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Association and we are sure Margaret will help it flourish.”
Margaret Magner’s new role as Executive Director of the Prince Edward Island Business Women’s Association was announced at the recent 2018 Women in Business Symposium. “I’m thrilled to be working with PEIBWA’s Board of Directors, talented staff, and dynamic membership,” says Magner. “The organization was seminal to me when I launched my own business, and it continues to empower and inspire Island women to achieve their professional goals. I’m honoured to be part of that process.”
Margaret joins the PEI Business Women’s Association team at the start of May 2018.
Bolstering supports for new entrepreneurs and professionals at all levels of business promotes an inclusive economy that creates more opportunity for job growth and innovation. That is why the Government of Canada supports organizations such as the Prince Edward Island Business Women’s Association (PEIBWA), enabling women in PEI’s workforce to continue to benefit from the organization’s education and advocacy services, leadership workshops, mentoring and other essential programming.
Sean Casey, Member of Parliament for Charlottetown, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), today announced program funding for PEIBWA.
Through its Business Development Program, ACOA is providing a non-repayable contribution of $304,086 over two years to PEIBWA to support women in PEI by providing business advisory services, access to resources and tools, professional and business skills development, networking opportunities and community outreach.
These investments build on commitments made by the Government of Canada and the four Atlantic provinces to drive economic growth in the region through the Atlantic Growth Strategy, by supporting strategic initiatives and organizations that help diversify and advance job opportunities within the business community.
On behalf of the Board of Directors of PEI Business Women’s Association, we congratulate Hannah Bell on winning the District 11 by-election. She ran a great campaign and demonstrated incredible leadership on the campaign trail. We are proud to see another woman in leadership within the PEI Government. We are confident Hannah will represent her constituents and be a strong voice in the legislature for her district as well as on women's issues.
She will be missed by the board, staff and membership of PEI Business Women's Association and we wish her much success in her new political career.
Under Hannah's direction, and with the support of the incredible PEIBWA staff, the organization has flourished in the past 5 years. We have seen strong growth, new programming and more diversity within the organization.
Hannah leaves behind a strong organization with committed, talented staff. Hannah will be working with the PEIBWA board and staff until the end of 2017 as she transitions out of her position and will remain available as a volunteer consultant in early 2018. The PEI Business Women's Association board have started the search process and the new Executive Director will be announced at the AGM. Until then, it is business as usual at PEIBWA.
Did you know that Anderson House serves approximately 65 women and 35 children at the shelter each year and another 450+ families through their outreach offices?
As a part of the Christmas Wish Program PEIBWA will be donating gift cards, in $25 increments, that will enable mothers to shop for their children's gifts and their holiday meals. PEIBWA members can donate cards to the office, or donate via the secure form and we will purchase cards on your behalf.
Cards that are able to fulfill the most wishes are from: Walmart, Best Buy, Indigo, Owls Hollow, Sobeys/Superstore (to help with Christmas Dinner).
The deadline to donate a gift card is Thursday, December 14th at 5pm.
A new pilot program from the PEI Business Women's Association, with support provided by the Interministerial Women's Secretariat, is looking to challenge participants to think beyond traditional and stereotypical views of leadership, while encouraging the development of modern leadership skills and competencies.
Full details on the PEIBWA Women Leadership Pilot Program, including application information, can be found HERE. This pilot program closes for applications on November 10th at 12pm.
On Monday, October 30th, PEI Business Women’s Association's executive director, Hannah Bell, won the Green Party nomination in District 11, Charlottetown-Parkdale. The board of directors is excited and in full support of Hannah’s political endeavour to make a difference in the lives of Islanders and help set an example for women entering politics on PEI.
During the month of November, Hannah will take a leave of absence from her role at the association to participate in the by-election campaign with the total support of the Board of Directors. The Board is happy to report that all programming at the PEI Business Women’s Association will continue as scheduled.
The association is very fortunate to have talented, capable staff and board members who will ensure that it is business as usual at PEIBWA, while supporting Hannah on every step of the journey.
The 2018 Women in Business Symposium is returning to Confederation Centre of the Arts on a new date for 2018. Save the date: April 24th.
The 2018 Women in Business Symposium is an event for Island women in business to develop their leadership capacity, learn new strategies, gain inspiration, establish new connections and access professional resources to grow personally and professionally.
A limited number of Early Bird tickets are now available for both PEIBWA members and non-PEIBWA members. Full details and registration information can be found HERE.
If you're interested in becoming involved with 2018 Women in Business Symposium as either a sponsor or a speaker get in touch with Shannon.
Ladies Learning Code in partnership with Code Atlantic are presenting a 7 week part time course this fall starting September 25. This program is designed to give beginners essential 21st century skills you can start using in your personal life and/or professional life right away. By the end of 7 weeks, you’ll have learned important skills to help you read, write and participate on the Web. You’ll understand what things like HTML & CSS, jQuery, SEO, SEM mean, how to use them and you will have created your very own website.
Registration is now open - financial assistance may be available via the LLC scholarship program.
PEIBWA is thrilled to announce a new chapter in our services and support to women in business in PEI - the UPEI Chapter! This affiliate body will support students in any faculty at UPEI with a membership of both the student society and the Association.
This initiative is student-led, and will be delivered with a focus on the students and their needs. You can provide support through sponsorship or by participating in upcoming events - we'll keep you posted via social media and our newsletter!
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