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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

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Join DWN in Barbados!

As December approaches, Durham Region women are hungry for an experience to end 2020 on a good note. With limited travel opportunities and faced with the prospect of winter months at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Durham Women’s Network (DWN) is bringing some cheer to a hard year, with the help of a local businesswoman.

On Thursday, November 26 at noon, the Durham Women’s Network is hosting a special virtual networking session livestreamed from Barbados. Admission is free. 

The event, coordinated by Tracy Turberfield of LIVE Virtual Vacation Experiences, will feature online networking with local Durham Region women plus a tour of the charismatic Caribbean island. 

“We’re going to talk to locals, check out the gorgeous beaches; stroll through Sandals Royal Barbados Resort; visit Mount Gay Rum Distillery, a UNESCO heritage site, and more,” explains Durham Women’s Network co-founder and event host Jennifer Gaskell. “We are collaborating with some big partners for this event—Sandals Resorts and the Barbados Tourism Authority—to bring a little warmth to everyone’s day. It’s a much-needed escape to end 2020.”

“The 90-minute event aims to connect women who may not have necessarily met otherwise,” says Gaskell. 

“We are providing a unique platform where women can have fun, mingle with each other, and follow up with other contacts once the event has concluded.”

Durham Women’s Network thanks the generous sponsors who are making the event possible, including LIVE Virtual Vacation Experiences, Pink Palm MarCom, Sandals Resorts and the Barbados Tourism Authority. 

Throughout the live broadcast we will also have some exciting giveaways for DWN members.

Are you in? We have a limited number of tickets–and you MUST register in advance to participate.

Get your FREE networking pass today.