2016 Christmas Celebration in Langley a Success

i Dec 15th No Comments by

BPW Langley Christmas Gala

The Langley BPW December meeting was well-attended with both women and men, although the weather prevented some from travelling.

Daphne BrahmanDaphne Brahman was an excellent speaker, sharing her journey in journalism and her insights into the future of newspapers and other media.  “You could have heard a pin drop”!  I certainly could have listened for another hour to her.

The event was also a fundraiser for the Langley group, with contributions from many others, including the Abbotsford BPW. There was a great variety of items for the Silent Auction which sold out.

Wishing all of you a warm time with family and friends. For me the joy of Christmas includes time spent with family and friends, but also enjoying the beauty of all the lights, the sounds of Christmas carols, the excitement of the children.

If you need to spend this time alone, please pamper yourself!

Connie FriesenYour new president,
Connie Friesen

Fall Meetings with Abbotsford and Langley BPW Clubs

i Nov 19th No Comments by

Our Langley and Abbotsford clubs have been enjoying their Fall meetings.

BPW Abbotsford invited BPW Langley to join them this past Wednesday evening to hear Jeanne Martinson speak on “Tossing the Tiara”.  A most interesting presentation on how the media, television, movies, etc. influence how girls and women see themselves.  Jeanne is the author of nine books and very involved with BPW.

On December 7th , BPW Langley is hosting a Christmas Social and Silent Auction and inviting BPW Abbotsford to be part of that event.

The keynote speaker will be Daphne Bramham, an award-winning journalist and author.  Expect an inspirational, but fun evening. Check out the BPW websites for more information and the purchasing of tickets.

BPW Canada has recognized that not everyone interested in our organization has access to a local club, so they are in the process of forming an Online club.  They already have a number of women who will become members.  If this interests you, go to the BPW Canada website for more details, or contact Shannon McEwing at shanmcewingbpw@gmail.com.

Connie FriesenYour new president,
Connie Friesen

BPW Canada National Convention 2016

i Sep 2nd No Comments by

Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau speaking at convention

“Empowering Women in our Changing World” is the theme of this next two years for BPW Canada.

On August 12th to the 14th, BPW Canada held its 45th National Convention. Celebrating the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, BPW Canada acknowledged 100 organizations that support women’s equality.

We were 6 BPW members from BC attending this great convention.

Arlene, Deanna and Connie

Arlene, Deanna and I decided what should be in the convention report, and then Arlene and Deanna created a PowerPoint presentation along with pictures they both had taken at the convention. Margo is updating it into a 2016 PowerPoint.

Then each club President will present it to their membership as a report for their September meeting.

BPW BC/Yukon President,
Connie Friesen

BPW BC Yukon 2016 Conference

i Jul 5th No Comments by

BPW BC and Yukon held our 2016 Conference in Langley on June 4, 2016. Thanks to the Langley club for putting on a great conference.

The business side of this event included the AGM at which the new executive was elected. It’s going to be an exciting time with such a dynamic group!

We are calling on everyone who holds an executive or board position to both be mentored into their position and then to mentor someone else into that position. In this structured way, your replacement will be ready and comfortable to take over.

Conferences must be more than business, so we were thrilled to have Jeanne Martinson, an author and National BPW VP from Regina, present her topic of “Toss the Tiara”. So interesting.

258The Langley club arranged for us to go to Krause Farms for lunch and a wine tasting, something we all enjoyed.

Just a reminder that from August 12th to 14th, BPW Canada will be holding their convention in Calgary. As this is an opportunity for BC to attend a convention closer to home, I encourage as many BPW members as possible to attend. Information is on the BPW Canada site.

I look forward to working closely with all our BC clubs and welcome your input and feedback on our activities. We want to share information about the speakers at our clubs, so that we can also invite them to our won clubs.

Connie FriesenYour new president,
Connie Friesen

The BPW Collect

i Jun 18th No Comments by

Mary Stewart wrote the Collect in 1904 as a member of the Fortnightly Club, the forerunner of the Longmont Colorado BPW club. The Collect was written as a prayer to instill a sense of unity among women working together with wide interests and important goals.

Mary Stewart worked for women’s suffrage nationally and attended the meeting in St. Louis, where the National Federation was launched. She was elected its first corresponding secretary and thereafter took an active part in the growth of the young organization by service as chairman or member of a number of national committees.

This author, who until 1910 signed the Collect with her pen name, “Mary Stuart”, remained involved in BPW until her death in 1943.


Keep us, O God, from pettiness;
let us be large in thought, in word, in deed.

Let us be done with fault-finding and
leave off self-seeking.

May we put away all pretense and meet each
other face to face — without self-pity
and without prejudice.

May we never be hasty in judgment and
always generous.

Let us take time for all things;
make us to grow calm, serene, gentle.

Teach us to put into action our better impulses,
straightforward and unafraid.

Grant that we may realize it is the little
things that create differences,
that in the big things of life we are at one.

And may we strive to touch and to know the great,
common human heart of us all, and
O Lord God, let us forget not to be kind!

–Mary Stewart

President’s Message: Heather Stewart

i Feb 28th No Comments by


Heather StewartI may sound overly enthusiastic, but when I think of family and friends who live east of us, I continue to appreciate our climate west of the Rockies. I do recall February snows and ice of earlier years in BC, but choose to regard those as exceptional.

In the Fraser Valley, good weather also assures us of near-optimal travel conditions, so that I have been able to easily call on both Abbotsford and Langley BPW members. Both clubs, along with our local group, have been providing informative speakers and enjoying animated networking.

Additionally, our Board Secretary, Barbara Fehrmann and I have just returned from our trip to Victoria.

A spectacular view from a 4th floor Days Inn window, dinner with Margo Almond, listening to the BC Legislature’s budget debate and a tour of the Museum were certainly all highlights!

We also appreciated the gracious invitation to lunch in the Legislature’s dining room from MLA Marc Dalton and Marlene Dalton.


AGM-JUNE 13, 2015

BPW LogoI am very excited to announce:

Jenny Gulamani-Abdulla, BPW Canada First Vice –President and BPW Calgary Immediate Past President will speak at our celebration dinner on Saturday, June 13.

The Calgary club’s web site tells us: “…Jenny has been practicing immigration law for over 20 years. She is the President and Founder of Gulamani-Abdulla & Co., Immigration Consulting.

As a member of the International Bar Association and a Regulated Canadian Immigration consultant, Jenny was named one of Canada’s most powerful women: Top 100 winner in 2013 by WXN.

Jenny is a 2012 recipient of the Distinguished Alumna Award presented by the Women’s Resource Centre at the University of Calgary.

From policy development and analysis to communications, research and writing, Jenny brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to BPW Calgary and Canada.”

Additional AGM details to follow next month.



Langley club member and Provincial YBPW Executive Member, Christine Brightman, is keeping her eyes open for speakers and event of interest to our members.

International Women's DayAs a result, Barbara Fehrmann and I will be attending “Women Seeking Justice.” This is an International Women’s Day (IWD) event @ SFU Harbour Centre on Friday, March 6th, from 9 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.—-#1700 Labatt Hall, 515 West Hastings, Vancouver, Coast Salish Territory.



Refreshments will be served.
IWD in Abbotsford will be observed on Sunday, March 8th from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Reach Gallery.

International Women’s Day will also be recognized in a Proclamation by the District of Mission at its March 2nd Council meeting.

Regards to all,