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A Mother’s Day Offer for DWN Members

A Mother’s Day Offer for DWN Members

Editors Note: Mother’s Day is just around the corner! In these lockdown times when we can’t visit and must socially distance, let’s send some love to all this year!

In honour of the upcoming celebration, Durham Women’s Network would love to hear what your mothers, grandmothers, aunties, and anyone that you love has passed down to you, whether it be words of wisdom, a recipe, family heirloom, cherished stories or anything else you’d like to share. We would love photos as well! Share your stories and photos with us via email.

We will be drawing from all entries for a chance to win a  special Buffalo Plaid Fleece KoolKape liner gifted by Koolway Sports to your special loved one this Mother’s Day!

A message from Jennifer Gallienne, Koolway Sports

 

About Koolway Sports

Koolway Sports designs and manufacturers custom outerwear, for all seasons and individuals of all ages, using mobility and enabling them to achieve their maximum level of independence in all aspects of their life, their family and caregivers lives each and everyday.

The Koolway Story Behind the Hummingbird Logo

Koolway Sports is now a worldwide company. God bless our mothers Daphne and Wilma  (DW) for showing us the path from above and what life really means: “The art of giving back to those and understanding why we are here.”

We continue to have conversations with both Daphne and Wilma, and using their example as mentoring from above as we continue to find solutions for the challenges of dressing.

Each day we are guided in our vision and mission by our two mothers and our logo shows on the left their DW Hummingbird Wings, always ready to guide and strengthen our desire to ensure those using mobility can live to the maximum level of independence in all aspects of their life and that of their families.

We thank them for their wise words and for teaching us, that above all else, the greatest achievements in life are not the ones that earn you a trophy or money or even a powerful position. But it is the quiet determined accomplishments that no one hears about until years later.

Daphne and Wilma were placed on this earth for a purpose and our source of joy, inspiration, pride, and light is directly from their examples of what life means. May their memory be a blessing for all of us, and may we carry that light with us always and teach others their way.

We are honoured to share our DW Hummingbird story with another important group of women the Durham Women’s Network (DWN) and so fitting that our initials overlap like two rings attached in one common loop.

For those wishing to purchase one of the special Buffalo Plaid Fleece KoolKape liner for Mother’s Day please contact info@koolwaysports.com and subject line: Mother’s Day 2021 for a special DWN discount. Please us code: DWN21

Let us work together to create something wonderful and special for our grandmothers and mothers in Durham Region or wherever they reside this 2021.

Thanks for giving us this special opportunity during this difficult times…stay safe.

 

Learning and Growing Through the Pandemic

Learning and Growing Through the Pandemic

When you look back at 2020 what will you remember most? 

The past year has been a completely different experience for women across the world. For some, it has been challenging; for others, devastating. For me, it was an opportunity to reflect on my life and make some serious decisions. I almost feel guilty to say that I appreciate the year 2020 for all it has brought me. It wasn’t all easy—far from it—I just haven’t talked about it much. This year I looked inward and learned how to learn again, which has benefitted me in many ways. The constant hustle of pre-2020 had me spinning in different directions—not only me, but my kids. Understanding how important it is to be still and listen has evolved me to the place where I am today.

Today, I guard my time fiercely. I feel gifted with the amount of time that has come back to me as a result of the pandemic. As an introvert, this is something that I just can’t get enough of. Growing my business in the midst of a pandemic has meant more time to focus—and I do. I know what I need to be on top of my game. This includes the right amount of sleep, working with my support network and taking good care of myself. Of course, I miss people, but I don’t miss having mandatory plans each and every weekend. I feel the true pleasure of seeing a friend for an outdoor, socially distanced walk and no longer take it for granted.

Socially I have come into a fabulous group of women within Durham Women’s Network new XWN group. This intimate group is made up of women who are committed to personal and professional development, but most of all it has been the camaraderie of regularly scheduled Zoom calls that has been a highlight for me. I can’t wait until we can meet in person. Kerri King and I are planning some truly exclusive opportunities for this group moving forward. I can’t wait to share the details with the broader DWN network. If you’re considering joining this team of incredible women, I encourage you to do so now.

In the coming months, we are going to start highlighting members through full feature profiles so you can learn more about them, and their journey. Because, after all, DWN is a platform where we can elevate each other and celebrate our achievements collectively.

 

First XWN Cycle kicks off Feb 6!

First XWN Cycle kicks off Feb 6!

 

MaximizingU with Celina Caesar-Chavannes

 

If you always keep your arms and legs inside the vehicle, you will never feel the full rush of the ride called life. You need to take some risks.

 

Because at the intersection of all your strengths and flaws, beauty and vulnerability, brilliant moments and massive screw ups, you find that which makes you, authentically you.

 

How do you find the real you? How do you make being unapologetically, authentic work?

 

Let’s take that journey together.

 

COURSE MODULE OUTLINE

 

Module 1: Butterflies & Fear – Don’t shy away and don’t let it control you. Use the fear, stress and adrenalin for good. Those butterflies in your stomach are a sign that you are about to embark on something courageous. Go for it and use that energy to get the job done. 
Objective: 
Tackling our fear and leveraging it for good.

 

Module 2:  Worth It & Deserve It – If you don’t ask, you don’t get. Asking for help can be hard especially when your pride gets in the way. However, it is only in asking that you can receive. Ask. You deserve it. 
Objective: Overcome imposter syndrome and create a plan to get what you want.

 

Module 3: Ms. Take – Let me introduce you to the best teacher I ever had. She is your teacher too. Did you just take her gifts of guilt and shame or did you learn from her. 
Objective: Learn how to deal with difficult situations, by developing the skills and strategies to avoid future pitfalls or dampen the negative impact.

 

Module 4: The Universe is Unfolding – Time to shift and smell the roses. Drop the plan. Remove the blinders and see the life around you. Start to live. Start to love. 
Objective: Learn how to be still. Be present.

 

Module 5: Grateful & Expectations – To whom much is given, much is expected. Be grateful for the millions of moments that happened, since the beginning of the universe, for you to be here in this moment. Now pay those moments forward and give back. 
Objective: Understand the power in gratitude and giving back.

 

Module 6: Hard Work & Value – Time to roll up your sleeves and not be afraid to get dirty. Living your fullest and best life is hard and may require some sacrifice in order to build resilience. Hard work is as much a mental exercise, as it is a physical one. Get your head in the game. 
Objective: Strategies to build resilience, understand reality and figure out what you do best.

 

Module 7: Swallow your pride – Not because you like the taste of bad medicine, but because you know that you must swallow it to get better. So go ahead and take a gulp. 
Objective: Strategies to create circles of influence to help you get what you need.

 

Module 8: Growth & Doubt – Get uncomfortable, step outside your comfort zone, stretch yourself and grow.  Undoubtedly, this growth with create doubt. Let’s learn how to make good judgements for You, Inc. 
Objective: Start to cultivate your village and Board of Directors for You, Inc. You will need these people when doubt starts to creep in.

 

Module 9: Playful You – If Superman can take the cape off every now and again and not save the world, why can’t we? Being everything to everyone and saving the world all the time is not a sustainable way to live. In fact, it may be the most effective way to get sick. Take off the cape and relax. You do not have to win every race or conquer every mountain. Take some time to play. 
Objective: Learn how to prioritize self-care.

 

Module 10: Go Big or Go Home – When I die, I want my headstone to read: “The only thing she had left to do was die.” Living life to the fullest requires intentional commitment to taking some risks. It also means letting go of your ego. Don’t fall into the trap. A big ego fills your head, and a full head is closed for learning. 
Objective: Develop the 30 second elevator pitch for You, Inc. without the filter and facade.

 

Module 11: Rushing Fools – Why don’t we outsource our problems the way we outsource other challenges in our lives? Just think about it. If your toilet starts leaking, unless you are a plumber, you pick up the phone or Google a local plumber and have them come in to assist. We spend so much of our time rushing around, doing tasks we are not capable of doing. Time stop overthinking and procrastinating, and start doing. Objective: Learn how to prioritize and outsource tasks to help achieve your goals.

 

Module 12: Dollars & Sense – Never take the first offer. How do you know not to take the offer, if you do not know what you are worth? Let’s take some time to conduct a valuation of You, Inc. 
Objective: Understanding how to place value on everything your put your time, energy, love or resource into.

 

Module 13: Authenticity and DEI – Does authenticity work in a world that is desperately trying to hold on to the status quo? Well, we can only find out once we stop trying to blend in, and start living out loud.  
Objective: Create steps to start creating equity, and a positive environment, within your own sphere of influence.

 

Mark your calendar for the following one-hour discussions with Celina

 

  • Saturday, February 6 at 11 a.m.
  • Saturday, February 27 at 11 a.m.
  • Saturday March 20 at 11 a.m.

 

Are you ready to invest in yourself?

 

 

 

Invest in yourself with XWN

Invest in yourself with XWN

Take it to the next level in 2021 with a new offering from DWN.

Durham Women’s Network has created a brand new opportunity with XWN. There’s no time like today to invest in yourself.

What’s included?

  • Access to self-development courses from worldwide experts.
    • We start in February with a brand-new course led by Celina Caesar-Chavannes.
    • Moving forward, different authors, coaches and personal/professional development experts will lead structured program cycles with up to one-hour per week time commitment.
  • Get connected with like-minded women in leadership in an exclusive and private Facebook group.
    • Monthly check ins with this intimate group on Zoom.
  • Be the first to receive special offers from Durham Women’s Network.

Learn more and sign up today.

Durham Women’s Network Zooms to Sunny Barbados!

Durham Women’s Network Zooms to Sunny Barbados!

Durham Women’s Network zoomed to sunny Barbados for a special virtual lunch-hour networking session with Durham Region women for the last networking event of the year! It was a much-needed escape to end off 2020 and bring some warmth to the 70 participants on the livestream.  

Check out our play-by-play of the event (we even have screengrabs!):

We landed on the beautiful island of Barbados and started our tour at the luxurious Sandals Royal Barbados Resort! With tropical drinks in hand, we met the lovely staff and had an exclusive walk through of the stunning resort.

Did you know? Barbados is the culinary capital of the Caribbean and is known for its local dining and award-winning mixologists! Cheers to Rodney, a mixologist at Sandals Resorts, for making us a smoked pineapple cocktail!

There’s no shortage of amazing activities to enjoy at Sandals Royal Barbados.

  • Want to relax at the beach?
  • Play water sports or dive?
  • Lounge in the infinity pool with drinks?
  • Hang in the bowling alley and piano bar?

Speaking of the piano bar, we were treated to the most divine version of Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds. 

Don’t worry about a thing—cause every little thing is gonna be alright!

We had such a fun time at Sandals, but that was only the first half hour! The wonderful Marsha Alleyne from Destination Barbados took it over from there.

We visited with Maggie Bell Pottery for a unique experience—bowl making with Barbados clay!

Next, we got a history lesson with Sir Paul Altman at the Nidhe Israel Synagogue and Museum—one of the oldest Jewish synagogues in the Western hemisphere.

Who doesn’t love a classic daiquiri, piña colada, mojito or long island ice tea? If you didn’t know, Barbados is the birthplace of the world’s oldest distilled spirit: rum.

It was incredibly exciting to tour the Mount Gay Distillery. In fact, the site has been running for more than 300 years—a true rum-lover’s paradise!

We concluded our amazing trip walking the pier through a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Bridgetown with the lovely Dawn. She shared the story of sugar, rum and slavery and more.

Thanks to all the amazing Durham Region women who joined us for this exclusive experience! We thank our generous sponsors who made the event possible, including LIVE Virtual Vacation Experiences, Pink Palm MarCom, Sandals Resorts and the Barbados Tourism Authority.

Check out the recording in our Durham Women’s Network Facebook Group.

Contributed by Elise Hawley, Editor for Durham Women’s Network