Hello and Happy 2022!
Who’s ready for a fantastic year? Who’s ready for some sunshine? Airplanes? Beach days?
In my world, some of the pandemic changes have been quite welcome, and then again some are not so welcome. For one, I get to spend so much more time at home and with my family. On the contrary, some days it feels like I am trapped in a movie on repeat… Groundhog Day anyone?
For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Kavaughn Boismier. I am a mother of two young children, Chief Financial Officer of WaveDirect (a local telecommunications company), former private banking and brokerage professional, and I have the honour of being the Founder and President of The Women of Windsor Mentorship Collaborative. I am a very proud Windsorite, born and raised in an impoverished part of the City, I currently spend my time out in the county where I get to enjoy nature and breathe life in on a daily basis.
As many of you are aware, the Women of Windsor Mentorship Collaborative (WOW of YQG) celebrated our official launch on March 8, 2020 at our annual Breakfast of Champions. That week the entire world went into lockdown, and we went into hustle mode working to combat the notorious “Shecession” that began ravaging our region. Since the beginning of 2020, our organization has brought a tremendous amount of meaning and fulfillment to the members of our team, while helping lead over 700 local women along their career journey.
As we continue to evolve, cultivate relationships with community stakeholders and prospective partners, devise innovative ways to reach as many women as possible, and impact change locally through direct mentorship programs, I wanted to take this opportunity to share some updates with you, a valued member of our community and our journey, on the status of our organization:
In November we welcomed our new Marketing Director (and Owner of Vivi Media) Fiona McLean to the business! Stay tuned for a brand refresh and MUCH more social media content!
In December we welcomed a new wave of Board Members to the Team – look for team updates to our website in the coming weeks!
The introduction of several new board members also includes the addition of Noah Campbell to the Board in a pragmatic advisory capacity, supporting me with strategic direction and initiatives to help further grow WOW. Noah is a local community builder with deep experience and cross-border relationships in economic development, funding, government, and technology.
In December, we promoted our Business Administrator, Hivda Celik to Interim Executive Director. She is a tremendous organizing and administrative force that has the skill and ability to help lead us boldly forward while we do the important work of finding and funding a full-time, permanent, Executive Director.
In January (just 2 weeks ago) we welcomed our very first employee, in partnership with WEST of Windsor, in the role of Relationship Coordinator, Wajeha Abdul Ali. We welcome Wajeha’s tenacity and enthusiasm as we work to reconnect with the community and expand our programming.
This work all started with the Windsor-Essex region being rated as the worst area in Canada to live as a woman. I personally struggled with this statistic. As well, I refused to believe it was true. Since then, we have been working diligently in the community and with similarly minded and dedicated organizations to tackle our local quality of life, progress is being made, and we are just getting started.
I am personally wishing everyone a very fruitful, enjoyable, and meaningful 2022. In the coming days and weeks as we continue to ramp up our ambitious growth plan, expect to hear from any number of people including myself, Noah, Hivda, Wajeha, and our Board about opportunities for you to get involved and make an impact towards making our region the best place in Canada for women to live and work in Canada by 2030.
Yours in Mentoring,