Blog Post & Photos – November 9, 2017 with Annika Polegato

Members of Women’s AM participated in a very sensitive yet informative conversation addressing the addiction crisis impacting communities everywhere. Annika Polegato, Executive Director, and Dawn Taylor, MA – School Youth Prevention, of Alouette Addictions provided valuable information and encouraged everyone to educate themselves and increase personal awareness on how each of us can help to combat this escalating issue. Compassion, Connection and Community will lead us towards better understanding, saving lives as our ultimate goal.

  • Found a questionable substance? Call Police Non-Emergency at 604.463.6251
  • Suspect someone is overdosing? Call 911, immediately!

For further information, questions or concerns, contact Annika or Dawn at Alouette Addictions at 604.467.5179 or visit:

For tickets to The DRAG Show, An ADULT Fundraiser for Alouette Addictions Services on February 17, 2018, visit:

Blog Post and Photos – October 12, 2017 with Kelly O’Halloran, Love Your Workout

Kelly O’Halloran of “Love Your Workout Health & Fitness” had us on our feet, leading Women’s AM attendees through an interactive presentation, demonstrating various activities she includes in her personal training, such as:

  • Nordic walking
  • gym stick
  • BOSU ball
  • bender ball
  • push-up handles
  • medicine ball
  • foam rolling
  • stability ball

Kelly shared her journey which led her to her current passion. Over the years, she has reinvented herself and is now building a business she loves and individuals’ fitness level with customized workout plans that are creative, fun and inspirational!

For Kelly’s contact details, check out her website at

Blog Post and Photos – September 14, 2017 with Freda Lombard, Zealous Art

Freda Lombard of Zealous Art & Painting pARTies led the members of Women’s AM through a step-by-step painting demo, resulting in an adorable keepsake to take home. Freda’s emphasis is on FUN art, not FINE art, and through her direction and encouragement, she demonstrates how once we let go of our fear, we are all capable of amazing creativity. Freda’s art studio is located in downtown Langley where she hosts regular art events or she can facilitate at-home painting parties and corporate business building events. For more info, contact Freda at

Our meeting commenced with a presentation by Amanda Grochowich, MCIP, RPP, regarding The City of Maple Ridge Zoning Bylaw changes relating to home based businesses. The City is conducting a review to look at ways to modernize and improve the regulations to better facilitate existing home based businesses and to provide greater opportunities. To provide your input, fill out the survey found at Also, the Home Based Business Task Force is hosting a meet & mingle event for local residents that may own or plan to operate a home based business at The Well on Friday September 22, 2017 between 3pm and 6pm. Space is limited so RSVP at

We look forward to seeing you at our next breakfast meeting on Thursday, October 12, 2017.

*Save the date for our Christmas Party, scheduled for Thursday, November 30, 2017 at 5:30pm

Spring Fling Blog Post and Photos – June 5, 2017

The Women’s AM Executive would like to thank everyone who came out to our Spring Fling! Your energy and enthusiasm made for a lovely evening. Those that donated door-prizes – a huge THANK YOU!

The vendors set up beautiful displays with lots of variety and The Pitt Meadows Golf Club, once again, did an outstanding job of coordinating the event and the room looked amazing. The buffet dinner was delicious and the Citrus Sangria was a delicious touch on a warm spring evening.

Have a wonderful summer and please join us on Thursday, September 14th, as we start a brand new year of exciting presentations, meet new people in our communities and build our businesses.

Blog Post and Photos – May 11, 2017 with Eileen Dwillies

Early risers of Women’s AM were treated to the creative cooking tips and stories of Eileen Dwillies. This charming author of nine cookbooks received “The Joy Of Cooking” from her mother which kindled her interest in cooking, a resource that Eilieen still highly recommends as a must-purchase gift for all new cooks! Originally employed as a Paralegal, Eileen left that career path to explore her passion of cooking by coordinating culinary travel expeditions which featured personal training from a number of “Chef Gurus”.

While regailing the group of her culinary and life’s adventures, Eileen demonstrated everything we “kneaded” to know about preparing her LAST MINUTE BREAD, a recipe used for pizza or focaccia bread which can be made in the food processor. As a finishing touch, everyone enjoyed a sample of the delightful bread.

To connect with Eileen for more information, or to attend one of her Creative Cooking Demonstrations, you can reach her by e-mail at

Blog Post and Photos – April 13, 2017 with Cheryl Ashlie

“From Training Bras to Changing Laws” was Cheryl Ashlie’s approach to keeping the Women’s AM attendees “abreast” of the challenges involved with a woman’s role in politics. Breaking barriers and rising above the judgment women face when in the public eye can be very trying, however, with strength, determination and a passion for the better good, life in politics can be very rewarding and beneficial for the community. Cheryl highlighted female characteristics which are integral for effecting change: by nature, women are multitaskers, have high emotional intelligence, embrace holistic thinking and are compassionate. Women rebuild and we are encouraged to empower the young girls within our circle to get involved and have a voice for issues that impact our world.

By becoming educated and involved, Cheryl is recognized for her accomplishments and dedication in the political field, and audiences are learning that she stands for much more than a nice pair of shoes!

Cheryl Ashlie, Ashlie Board Consulting – 604.908.5453

We look forward to seeing you at our next breakfast meeting on Thursday, May 11, 2017.