April 13, 2021

Thank You!

“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgiving, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings." Proverb

In spite of the difficulties and challenges that the pandemic has brought to the world there is still so much to be grateful for. The Oxford Dictionary defines the word grateful as “showing an appreciation of kindness.” This is where the difference lies; being thankful is a feeling, and being grateful is an action. Science-based research has shown that gratefulness can impact our mental health, increase happiness and resilience, even build professional commitment.  Read more on this in the article; The Neuroscience of Gratitude and How It Affects Anxiety & Grief in this issue.

As spring and the Easter holiday, are now upon us, we at WMB, wish you our dear reader, that this new season is ushered in with renewed hope, joy, newfound determination and of course love and gratefulness in your heart.


Health & Wellness - Gratitude

Simple and powerful, Dr. Sarah Wilson, ND talks about the impact of practices and how she has up-leveled to support her mood and results! 

By Dr. Sarah Wilson, ND Founder of Advanced Women’s Health Centre Kingston

Health & Wellness

The Neuroscience of Gratitude and How It Affects Anxiety & Grief

We all want a happy life. A cushy job, a perfect family, financial stability, and a great social life! And in this indefinite pursuit of happiness that is mostly like a mirage, how often do we spare a minute to thank what we already have at this very moment?
Gratitude is a powerful human emotion. By conveying and receiving simple ‘thank you’ messages, we can truly derive the pleasure that we seek everywhere else. READ FULL ARTICLE

New To Kingston - SING IT GIRLS!

Sing It Girls™ is a one of a kind group program for girls ages 7-15 that uses singing, breathing exercises, and movement to build confidence and promote self care. It provides a fun space for girls to develop skills for working through worry and anxiety that they can take with them in to their every day lives.

The use of female-only groups is considered an ideal setting for these programs. Relational theories of women’s psychological development emphasize the importance of connections among girls and women (Gilligan, 1982; Brown & Gilligan, 1992). All-girl groups may promote these connections to a degree that mixed-gender groups will not (Chaplin et al.,2006) READ REPORT

To learn more contact, Hayley Francis Cann, certified music therapist and neurologic music therapist. LEARN MORE

Health & Wellness

Making Self-Care Tactical — Why You Should Focus on Boundaries, Not Just Bubble Baths

While the meteoric rise of self-care has advanced discussions around mental health and wellness, the conversation often stays in shallow waters and recirculates commonly-heard tips. Luckily, we got connected with an expert who immediately grabbed our attention.
“It always makes me cringe how the same information is regurgitated. When I read articles on self-care, it’s the same advice — practice yoga, drink green tea, try this latest exercise,” says Jessmina Archbold, a licensed psychotherapist, wellness coach and mental health advocate who is publicly known as Minaa B.  


Save the date April 20th, Virtual Presentation

Are your marketing & communications activities getting results? Don't guess, get strategic!

With Speaker, Nanci Corrigan of C3inc 

In this presentation, Nanci will walk you through five steps of planning to help you create an efficient marketing and communications strategy that saves time, is easy to track, and is truly aligned with your goals.

EVENTBRITE Registration

Save the date May 18th, Virtual Presentation

Financial Literacy and Freedom for Women

With Speaker, Laura Southall

"Trying to understand what to do with your money can seem like a mystery. If you educate yourself, you can make the right decisions for yourself and your family. You can significant

EVENTBRITE Registration

Can You Help?

Women Mean Business Professional Network has teamed up with the Limestone District School Board, to help promote the Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) programs.  Would your business welcome an eager, hard-working Grade 12 student to volunteer or do a co-op? 

Students can do hands on work or administration, and they can even work remotely. All industries are welcome.

 For more information, CLICK HERE

Limestone District School Board

 Or Contact: Josie Walsh  josie.secondwind@gmail.com 

Gaby Eaton hosp.conn@gmail.com

You Can WIN

DEADLINE: March 31st!!

March 'Spring is Coming' Contest!

Generously donated Debbie Goulding

Alcone's 'Skin Confidence' Collection

Includes, Cleanser, Moisturizer, Zen Face Mask, and Skin Polish Face Mask  * a Value of  $232 *

Contest Winner will be drawn on March 31st. after 5pm

To Enter Go To Our Facebook Page

Your Gratefulness & Dream Journal

Take your 'Dream Journal' from the Woman on the Move Canada Store and create your own unique bucket list of dreams, hopes, desires!  

We all love snapping pics, using apps and all the other amazing things we can do with our phones, but nothing will ever replace that satisfying feeling of writing something down! Our beautiful notebooks are the perfect place for all your thoughts and plans!

Here below is a picture of the Venice Dream journal. SEE MORE

As well, here are a few travel ideas to get you started for your journal!

From Girls to Greece by Today's Woman Traveller - From Sept 21st to Oct 7th 2021 MORE INFO

Pat Best- Travel Agent Next Door - MORE INFO

Luxurious Barge Journey in France - MORE INFO

Meet Some of Our Community Members!

See Full List of Community Members Section

KVA Collections

Luc Fontaine - Canadian Designer - Spring-Summer 2021

 KVA Collections Website

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Today's Woman Traveller

Girls To Greece

From Sept 22 2021 to Oct 7, 2021 (15 nights)

ENCORE !! We are excited to be heading back to Greece on our annual favourite “Girls to Greece” program. Whether you appreciate beautiful scenery and amazing sunsets, love exploring and strolling down quaint narrow streets or are an ancient history buff, this tour has something for everyone to enjoy. I invite you to join me for this exciting and total Greek experience! LEARN MORE

Henderson Total Maintenance


We are trained and certified to provide comprehensive infection prevention and disease control measures. Stop the spread, protect your people and your business.
With the most advanced technology for commercial cleaning available, the Clorox Total 360 system, you get total coverage.
talk to one of our experts today!
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Right At Home Kingston

Do you have a loved one who needs some help to stay at home safely? If you have any questions

reach out to Sue Robinson, Regional Manager & Care Planner for Right At Home Kingston.

Be In The Know 

Growing Your Business With Digital Mainstreet / Shop Here programs


Meet Becka Williams, owner of Birds Eye Hue Boutique 


Birds Eye Hue Boutique is a unique DIY essentials store and Becka is the  Fusion Mineral Paint and Iron Orchid Designer. Retailer, Becka explains, “ I knew that starting a business during the pandemic would be risky, especially taking a break from my occupation as a registered nurse. It was essential for me to have the ability to sell my merchandise online, pending any lockdown that was to occur.”

Becka researched business grants available in Kingston and came across the SHop Here program. She contacted the Kingston Economic Development Corporation, and within days  was accepted into the grant program and the adventure of creating her website began! The opportunity to participate in this program was extremely beneficial. Becka was assigned a mentor who helped with the initial design of her website. 

“We would get on a weekly call and collaborate about what products and pictures needed to be incorporated and from there the website was developed!”

 She was also taught all of the ins and outs of the Shopify program in order to become the administrator of her own website. This was about a 2 month process. 

“Having this program and developing this website allowed me to promote all of my merchandise and products and direct the public to the site during the lock down in December. All products could be purchased via the online store.” 

Becka says, “Opening this store has certainly been a risk for myself and my family, however with hard work and constant growth anything is possible"

Bird’s Eye Hue Boutique located on 1093John Counter Boulevard Kingston


For more information, you can contact Chris Morris at KEDCO. Part of Chris’ responsibilities, includes  ShopHERE program (available until June 30th) and consulting with businesses on digital marketing/digital transformation, along with promoting various grants and programs. 

Kingston Contact: Chris Morris

Digital Business Advisor / Kingston Economic Development Corporation


Community Events

April 8, 2021 - Kingston Chamber of Commerce - Economic Outlook 2021

Learn More

Be In The Know 

Stats on Trades and Economic Impact 

Government of Canada invests in training to help Canadians become certified in the skilled trades


Canadian Manufacturing Skills Shortage

Eighty per cent of Canadian manufacturers surveyed in a new report are facing an immediate labour and skills shortage that was made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic.


Hire the best young talent with skills that are matched to your business

Access up to $7,500 wage subsidy when hiring a student


Government Funding Available

New funding for small businesses in Canada was announced last week for small businesses through the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF), with an increase in maximum support for enterprises from $40,000 to $60,000. The fund is backed by the Government of Canada through FedDev Ontario and is open to non-profit organizations and rural enterprises that were not eligible for other relief measures, as well as those that received other supports but need more backing to weather the second wave. The extra $1 million invested in RRRF is available to new applicants, and also to local businesses that are existing recipients but can now receive tops up of $20,000 in funding, with up to 50% of the additional funds taking the form of grants, and the balance as a 0% interest loan with no fees or charges.

Learn More

BBPA Boss Women Entrepreneur Training Program

Black Business and Professional Association

This program is a 13week long entrepreneurship training program with a robust curriculum inclusive of finance, business, marketing, research and wellness content. Facilitators from BDC, RBC, Google, Government of Canada and more will be present to share useful resources and tools for business success.

It’ll run every Tuesday, 6-7:30 pm.

To Register

Grants for Women in Apprenticeship

The Apprenticeship Incentive Grant for Women (AIG-W) helps you pay for expenses while you train as an apprentice in a Designated Red Seal Trade where women are underrepresented.

Learn More  

Get Government Funding to Help Cover COVID Costs

 If your business needs financial support to purchase personal protective equipment (PPE), there is government funding available up to $1,000 for small businesses with 2-9 employees in retail, food services and personal service sectors.  

 Click here for more details.


Canadian Emergency Business Account (CEBA)

Eligible businesses facing financial hard ship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic are now able to access a second CEBA loan of up to $20,000 – on top of the initial $40,000 that was available to small businesses. Half of this additional financing, up to $10,000, will be forgivable if the loan is repaid by December 31, 2022. This means the additional loan effectively increases CEBA loans from the existing $40,000 to$60,000 for eligible businesses, of which a total of $20,000 will be forgiven if the balance of the loan is repaid on time.

 As announced in the Fall Economic Statement, the application deadline for CEBA has also been extended to March 31, 2021. To apply, eligible businesses and not-for-profits need to contact the financial institution that provided their initial CEBA loan and provide the appropriate information and documentation.

To learn more or apply now, click here.

Applications close March 31st

The Ontario Small Business Support Grant is intended to help small businesses (including sole proprietorships) in Ontario that are required to close or significantly restrict services under Ontario’s provincewide shutdown effective December 26, 2020.


More Resources to Help You Grow Your Business and YOU

Microsoft Launches Initiative to help 25 Million People Globally To Acquire Needed Digital Skills

Marketing Guide for Businesses Reopening During Coronavirus

Digital Main Street Announces Three New Programs

As part of a partnership between the Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario, Digital Main Street recently announced three new programs to support businesses across Ontario. From $2,500 Digital Transformation Grants to ShopHERE: a program to help you get selling online right away!

The Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub

(WEKH), in partnership with the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs (FWE), is delighted to launch a new sharing platform built by SheEO to help women entrepreneurs and the women who support them across Canada easily connect.

Kingston Mental Health Resources List

Need Help in Getting Your Business to Go Digital. 

Canada Emergency REsponse Benefit / CERB:

City of Kingston Tax Relief

The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy

Covid 19 Tools & Resources for Business - Ontario Chamber of Commerce

Canadian Business Resilience Network

Public and private sector programs and initiatives across Canada that support businesses and their employees.

Kingston Community information and resources

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We Would Love To Hear From You!

Please do connect with us by email. We would love to hear from you.

Gaby Eaton at hosp.conn@gmail.com or

Josie Walsh at josie.secondwind@gmail.com


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