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September 13th – OBWA Networking Meeting 2017

The Orillia Business Women’s Association (OBWA) meets every second Wednesday of the Month (September thru June) at the Best Western Mariposa INN and Conference Centre at 400 Memorial Ave. Orillia for Networking, Fun, Food and to hear a wonderful Guest Speaker.


It is hard to believe it is already September! A lot of us are back to a more rigid routine with many commitments. It’s time to get back to business. The OBWA executive met several times over the summer months and we have some exciting new ideas that we will be sharing very soon. I had a lot of women contact me these past few months inquiring about the OBWA and I am happy to announce that we have some new members. Growth in our group continues and it is very exciting. At the dinner meeting in September, I encourage you, if you can, to take full advantage of the 45 minutes of “networking” at the beginning of the evening. This is when great business connections can be made. Also, don’t forget that we have tables set up so you can display products, catalogues, business cards, etc. I look forward to seeing all your familiar faces and meeting our new members and, of course, having a fun evening with a delicious dinner. Register for the dinner/meeting soon and I will see you September 13th.

Yours in friendship and business,
 Shelle Hossack

We want to sincerely thank all our OBWA Members and guests this past season who have made our networking dinner meetings a great success!  

We are also pleased to announce September’s Guest Speaker, Gill Tillmann, “OBWA Woman of the Year 2016”, Honourary OBWA Member, Chair of the Orillia Winter Games Organizing Committee, and owner of “ Gill Tillmann Coaching”.  We hope you will join us and look forward to seeing you there!

Topic: Orillia Ontario Winter Games 2018

  • Orillia won the bid to host the Ontario Winter Games in March 2018!
  • How can you sponsor, cheer or volunteer?
  • Get your questions answered. Find out how to participate!

Gill Tllmann Orillia winter Olympics RGill Tillmann for many years has demonstrated exceptional community leadership, improving the lives of others by her investment of time and energy.  She has worked with others finding solutions that result in improved health and well being of our community.  What makes Gill special is her passion, whether it is work, social or volunteering, she commits herself 100%. 

Gill has had a continuously successful career. She has been a secondary school teacher; a development coordinator (Couchiching Jubilee House); an entrepreneur and a life coach.  Gill, as a secondary school teacher, recognized the need to help students who struggle with our secondary school system and was instrumental in the creation of the Orillia Alternative School.  In this, she helped struggling students have a voice.  Gill joined the staff of Jubilee House in August 2007 as the organization’s first Development Coordinator.  This was a challenging position as there had been no predecessor.  Gill defined the job with her tireless energy, raising the public profile of the organization, organizing major fundraising events, managing the company database and submitting grants to increase the funding base.   One of the events that Gill started prior to working at Jubilee House was Diva Day, a fun pampering event for women.  This event raises about $10,000 a year and has been successful for over 10 years. 

Dinner Menu:

  • Fresh Baked Goods and Whipped Butter
  • Tomato Bocconcini Salad with Basil Oregano Dressing
  • Duo of Tender Beef Brochette and Grilled Shrimp
  • Garlic Mashed Potatoes
  • Seasonal Vegetables
Vegetarian Option:
  • Risotto
  • Grilled Vegetables
Dessert:   Assorted Freshly Baked Pastries and Sliced Fruit, Tea and Coffee


The OBWA meeting is held at the Best Western Mariposa Inn & Conference Centre located at:
400 Memorial Ave. Orillia, Ontario.
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Networking: 5:30 – 6:15 pm – Introductions: 6:15 pm
Dinner: 6:30 pm – 
Speaker: 7:30 – 8:30 approx.
3 COURSE DINNER: $30 for members and first first-times, $37 for non-members

You must RSVP before Friday, September 8th by 3 pm, please email us at
If you have any allergies or dietary preferences please let us know in your email at the time you RSVP.

IMPORTANT: Should you need to cancel your attendance for the OBWA dinner meeting, please do so by Monday, September 11th, 2017 – 3 pm.  After this date, NO CANCELLATIONS will be accepted and you will be responsible for the cost of your missed dinner, we thank you for understanding.

If you indicate on our Facebook Event that you are going please note, that does not count as a reservation, you must email your reservation request.

You may purchase Dinner Meeting Tickets or Membership online CLICK HERE   

The OBWA Executive would once again like to thank the OBWA Gala Committee and our Sponsors who made The Woman of the Year and the Young Woman of the Year Gala such a great success, we could not have done it without you and the support of our OBWA Members and Community.

The OBWA would like to welcome our newest Executive Committee Members:

Odette Jakubic, Secretary
Tammy Kirkwood, Speaker Coordinator

The Featured Business Woman of the Month … Rhonda Hales owner of Ledgers will be Showcasing her business!

OBWA Members do not forget to bring your business cards to the meetings. OBWA members will once again have the opportunity to be chosen as the Feature Business of the Month. If your business card is chosen, it will be featured on the OBWA website, and you will have the opportunity to showcase your business at the following month’s networking dinner with a trade table. Good Luck to you all!

OBWA Executive Position Available

The Orillia Business Women’s Association Executive Team has the Treasurer position available starting September 2017

Should you be interested in applying for these positions please contact Shelle Hossack –
OBWA President or another OBWA Executive Member. Email:
We want to thank Lynn Martin and Corry Ticknor for their time and volunteer service contributing to the OBWA Executive.