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About Orillia Business Women’s Association

NOTE: We are changing the way we do the Annual Membership. We have gone back to the $100 fee for an annual membership. To allow us to eventually have everyone renew on the same date, the fee is due on or before September 1, 2022 and will expire on August 31, 2023. This will make it easier for the executive and for the members to remember when they need to renew. You can pay your membership now via the ONLINE PAYMENT link on the website

Founded in 1987, The Orillia Business Women’s Association is a non-profit, non-fundraising group that gathers in a safe and welcoming space for the purpose of networking, to build relationships, to showcase  businesses, to learn from others & the guest speaker,  to establish support and to have fun.  ALL women are welcome whether in business or not.

We are continuing to search out a venue and it will be announced before the September 14, 2022 dinner meeting. Keep an eye on social media for details. We will continue to meet the second Wednesday of every month (except July and August)  but always check for details in case there are changes. A networking table is set up to display business cards, product or information handouts. Dinner details will also be on social media and in the monthly bulletin. The dinner will be served at 6:30 with the cost to be determined. After dinner there is generally a presentation by a guest speaker or another type of activity depending on the month.  A
one year membership is only $100 per year. 
ALL women are welcome whether in business or not.

The Nelle Carter Woman of the Year & the Lisa Brooking Young Woman of the Year Event

Every year, the OBWA hosts the Nelle Carter Woman of the Year Awards & Lisa Brooking Young Woman of the Year Gala Dinner & Awards night. The Woman of the Year Award is given to someone respected for her outstanding work in her community, in the workplace, at home, or all three. The Young Woman of the Year nominees are chosen by their respective school’s staff. The nominees must demonstrate high scholastic achievement, participation in extra school activities, volunteer work in the community and be seeking post-secondary education.

This year, 2022, we are excited to be able to host an in person Gala Dinner & Awards Night. The Woman of the Year and Young Woman of the Year event will be held on June 8, at the Best Western PLUS Mariposa Inn & Conference Centre, 400 Memorial Avenue, Orillia. Tickets are now available to purchase online only through the website by clicking the link Online Payments link. Tickets are $65 each and only available until June 2 at 3pm. The dinner menu is posted on the ticket link. If you have any questions please send them to Come join us for a fabulous evening hosted by the OBWA and emceed by Carey Moran, Pure Country 106. 

About the Executive Committee

The Executive Committee meets on the Monday following the OBWA Dinner each month to review and plan the operation of the Association and to discuss how the dinner meeting went. This committee makes policies for the group and keeps things running smoothly. Motions affecting the members-at-large are brought forward at the dinner meetings if necessary and  are voted on by the paid members present. Ideas and suggestions are always welcome from the members because it is their group.

Orillia Women Of the Year Awards Gala 2017


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