Jessica Salema

Women helping women on the West Shore

Women of the Westshore event explores current trends in local business and our communities

The room hums with conversation as empty wine glasses sparkle in anticipation of the impending wine tasting. Occasional bursts of laughter erupt over plates of fruit, vegetables and cheese. Old friends welcome new friends and business cards are exchanged.

That was the scene at the Goldstream News Gazette’s Women of the Westshore event, held Tuesday at Four Points by Sheraton in Langford. Women from across all spectrums of business  gathered to celebrate each other, while hoping to make some connections to help make a difference in the community.

The agenda for the evening included a talk from Jennifer Hawes, of Cold Star Solutions Inc., on the changing trends in social media, including the need for an updated policies for employees’ online behaviour.

As charity of choice for the event, representatives from the Women in Need Community Co-operative discussed how important it is to support each other in our local community. They also showed off some items that can be found in the non-profit’s newest store on Goldstream Avenue.

The evening’s events wrapped up with a special sampling that tickled many palettes. Candace Vandemark, from Andrew Peller Ltd., led the group in sniffing, swirling and finally tasting a sampling of four wines. That certainly loosened a few tongues for more networking and lively conversation.

A number of the trends discussed at Tuesday’s event (as well as many more) and some fascinating women are featured in our Women of the Westshore special publication (found in the Wednesday’s edition of the Gazette).

If you missed a hard copy, the publication can also be found online at inside the April 27 edition.

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