Discover Your Personal Brand conference – August 16, 2014 – Toronto

An important aspect of building your career, your art, or your business is defining your personal brand and ensuring that the image which you present to the public matches your authentic self.

On Saturday, August 16, 2014 at the OISE Building at University of Toronto, industry experts will gather to share their thoughts and experiences in a full day conference: Discover Your Personal Brand conference 

Register today at my affiliate link above! Follow the event with hashtag #DYPB14 .  I will be live-tweeting and blogging! See you there.

Glenda MacDonald

Last updated: August 3, 2014

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Sister Writes Book Launch at Bloor / Gladstone Library June 5 2014

Sister Writes offers free creative writing classes for women in Parkdale and the surrounding neighbourhoods in Toronto’s West End. It is Toronto’s only free writing program for women and is about making and sharing art in and as a community.

Sister Writes was founded by writer Lauren Kirshner in 2010. Women from at least a dozen countries meet for weekly writing workshops. Each session of the program ends with the launch of Sister Writes magazine, written and illustrated by the participants.

“Empowering, inclusive, and definitely hands-on, Sister Writes is dedicated to the principle of building community, one story at a time.” says Lauren Kirshner, Founding Program Director of Sister Writes.

The public launch takes place at Bloor / Gladstone Library in Toronto, just east of Dufferin, Thursday, June 5 2014 from 6:30 to 8 p.m with some readings, refreshments, and activities. All welcome. See the flyer below.

Sister Writes Launch Flyer PDF



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Women Taking Power March Toronto – International Women’s Day

IWD-newHere is another event to consider for International Woman’s Day in Toronto Saturday March 8 – the “Women Taking Power” march. The message of the march according to the poster above is:

  • $14 minimum wage now
  • public services are women’s services
  • GenSqueezed: we demand our future

Start Location: OISE Building, 252 Bloor St. W.
Rally: 11 a.m.
March: 1 p.m.
Fair: 1:30 p.m. (55 Gould St., Ryerson University)

The rally and march are organized by Women Working with Immigrant Women, IWS Organizing Committee. The Fair is organized by Ryerson Women and Trans Centre. Funding is provided by UNIFOR, USW, The Society, CUPE, and CFS-Toronto.

For full details and to register online see

By: Glenda MacDonald on behalf of a friend
Last updated: Friday March 7, 2914 10:40 p.m.

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“Women Supporting Women” Shop Local event in Toronto March 8th 2014

The Second Annual Women Supporting Women Shop Local Event is being held at the Rooftop of the Park Hyatt Yorkville, 4 Avenue Road, in Toronto from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on International Women’s Day, Saturday, March 8th.  The “perfect girls date” WSW: Shop Local will feature local women-owned fashion, beauty, and lifestyle businesses. Shop, enjoy high tea, and gourmet treats. The first 50 guests will receive swag bags of $50 value. Over 300 guests are expected so be sure to arrive early!

Follow the event on Twitter @wswgta and tweet using #wswshoplocal .

Also mark your calendar for 1 – 2 p.m. to attend a special Honour Ceremony and presentation for Natasha Koifman, CEO of NKPR Inc., followed by a Q&A. Natasha started her public relations firm in 2002 due to her passion for bringing stories and issues of substance to the attention of Canadians.

Register online now through Eventbrite*.  There are discounts for pairs of tickets and groups of four. Tickets will also be available at the door.

As the volunteer Social Media Co-Chair (National and Toronto Chapter) for Women In Leadership Foundation  I am personally pleased to share this event.  While it is not a WIL event, I will be attending with two of my fellow Executive Team from the WIL Toronto Chapter, and blogging and Tweeting to support it.

*Here is a little insider info: shortly I will be posting a contest for one pair of free tickets to the event courtesy of WSW on WIL social media soon…so be sure to follow @WIL_Fdn and @WIL_Toronto on Twitter for more details!). UPDATE…..The free tickets were won by Simika Kabir!  If you are not already a member of Women In Leadership Foundation click here to join WIL National  for free and receive the email newsletter. Watch for future posts about how you can get involved with this wonderful foundation supporting women, and a chapter near you.

See you there!

by Glenda MacDonald
Last updated: Friday, March 7 2014, 11 p.m.

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International Women’s Day is March 8th!

Just a reminder that on Saturday it will be International Women’s Day everywhere.

Check out the official website for more details including a geographically searchable list of events .  Today I liked their Facebook page facebook/internationalwomensday and joined their LinkedIn Group LinkedIn/internationalwomensday . If you are not already connected why not do so now to stay abreast of breaking news?

I will update this posting as I do more research on the activities taking place in the Toronto area. See also the Upcoming Events page on this blogsite where you will find other events you may also be interested in.

Participate in the discussion year round by marking your social media discussions with #womensday. Looking forward to the big day, and to making every day women’s day!

Glenda MacDonald
Last updated: March 3, 2014

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Participate in the #TwitterFiction Festival March 2014

The contestants of the 2013 International Three Day Novel Contest #3DNC  are anxiously awaiting the announcement of the prize winners some time in February. The delicious agony of that marathon on Labour Day weekend, as well as for those who participated in the 2013 National Novel Writing Month #NaNoWriMo is a sufficiently distant memory. We are ready to consider entering another writing marathon.  140 character fiction blasts sound quite appealing and manageable.

In November 2013 Twitter UK announced the first international #TwitterFiction Festival 2014 in partnership with Penguin Random House and the Association of American Publishers. Writers are encouraged to submit their story ideas by February 5th in order to be considered as a “Featured Storyteller” along with famous writers during the week-long real-time digital festival March 12-16, 2014.  The format for participation is very creative, flexible,  and a little complicated (can use Vine, multiple fictional Twitter accounts, etc.), so check out  for full details, to submit ideas online,  profiles of who else is participating.  Follow on Twitter @TWfictionfest .

Tweet ya’ there!

#TwitterFiction #TWFictionfest .

Last updated: Jan. 12, 2014, Glenda MacDonald @Glenda_MacD @SailonSilver

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Premiere reading of a new play “Passengers” by Radha S. Menon tonight in Hamilton!

passengersstagedreadingDon’t be deterred by the snowy weather. While I can’t personally make it to Hamilton for this event I wish I could go and I hope that someone takes pictures and sends me a review.  I was listening to CBC Fresh Air this morning and heard about this premiere staged reading of a new play Passengers by Radha S. Menon.  A portion of this play, Ghost Train Riders , was presented in the summer at the Hamilton Fringe Festival  . Tonight’s performance will be directed by Sasha Kovacs  and presented by Red Betty Theatre  . Saturday Dec. 14, 2013 7:00 PM   Staircase Theatre, 27 Dundurn St. N., Hamilton (near King and Dundurn). Pay what you can. Box office opens at 6:00 PM.  This event is supported an Ontario Arts Council Development grant.

I am very intrigued by the premise of this play about an old woman waiting at a train station, taking another journey in a life which is a series of goodbyes. Her thoughts are interrupted by a boisterous teenager. “The two embark on a journey together through the old woman’s past, rediscovering the joys and pitfalls of her life.”   Click here for full details about the reading. Follow on Twitter @RedBettyTheatre . If you attend please let me know what you think. I have been in touch with Radha and will interview her at a later date about this play and its development.


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Review: Women’s Business Club Toronto – November 12, 2013 meeting

D&L IMAG2523I was recently introduced to  Women’s Business Club Toronto by Lisette Andreyko-Peerlings, one of the organization’s four leaders (pictured second from left). She invited me to attend their November 12 networking meeting to learn more about how they help women in business.

Women’s Business Club Toronto provides a forum for ongoing networking, business support, and a creative mastermind/brainstorming mentality for women who are entrepreneurs and business owners, and those thinking of starting a small business.  The group supports over 150 women from age 20 to 55+, ninety per cent of whom are self-employed while the rest are corporate professionals. The participants include freelancers, entrepreneurs, designers, bloggers, business owners, and women in marketing, social media, and other professions.

The organization was borne from the founders’ passion to help other women and the idea that we should all live our best lives while working on our businesses. The two original leaders of the club are entrepreneurs Bonnie Chan and Doina Oncel. Chantal H. Symes and Lisette Andreyko-Peerlings later joined the leadership, bringing their vast consulting skills in supporting entrepreneurs.  See   for more information on the group and the bios for these talented women.

“Mastermind” meetings are held on the second Tuesday evening of each month. The venue sponsor is OfficeExec at 25 Sheppard Ave. W., Suite 300 (by Sheppard-Yonge subway).  The monthly meetings are inexpensive ($15/$10 early-bird if preregister; $20 at door space permitting). Four additional customized workshops are held each year.

The November 12 meeting was held around a large boardroom table and led by Doina (pictured far left) and Lisette (second from left).  Light refreshments were provided. In addition to the two leaders seven women including myself attended. I immediately felt comfortable with the small group as we introduced ourselves with brief details about what we do, what we hoped to gain from the meeting, and anecdotes of something amusing that had happened during the day.

The first half of the evening consisted of a a fun and very informative “crazy networking” exercise. We broke up into sub-groups of two or three women and spent a few minutes learning about each others’ businesses.  We then took turns acting as “ambassadors” for each other taking business cards and marketing materials to the other subgroups to “sell” a fellow entrepreneur’s services.

The second half of the meeting was a “mastermind” session where participants brainstormed with each other for solutions to specific issues for which they would like support in growing their businesses.  Some of the attendees, myself included,  chose instead to continue one-on-one networking conversations. I really appreciated the flexible  format as it allowed me to have a private in-depth discussion with a woman who mentored me on specific challenges I am facing regarding a career change into her field.

At the conclusion of the meeting participants were rewarded with prizes for their participation, sponsored by some of the group’s participants and leaders. I won three months of free web advertising! In addition those participants who had advance-promoted the meeting through a Twitter retweet campaign were entered into a draw to win a ticket worth $289 to A Woman’s Legacy  featuring 7 best-selling authors on Thursday November 21 at the Metro Convention Centre. I was thrilled to win that ticket and will tbe accompanying Doina to the event which I will tweet from using @Sailonsilver and #AWomansLegacy . Use the promo code WBC  for a $100 discount when you pre-register at .

And mark your calendar and register now for the @WBCTo Holiday Mingler And Fundraising Event taking place December 10, 2013 from 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM.

 Last updated: November 20, 2013 by G. MacDonald

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Women In Philanthropy Event – Still Time to Register!

“How can women act upon their passions so that they can invest in their community in a way that has both impact and meaning?” This is the question being addressed at this important upcoming workshop being held on Friday, November 15, which is National Philanthropy Day.

What better way as women to celebrate our community of giving than to participate in the Women in Philanthropy Workshop: Philanthropy with Passion and Purpose. This day of learning and networking organized by the McMaster University Alumni office will be held from 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM at the Hamilton Convention Centre  (Registration 8:00 a.m.).  A light breakfast and buffet lunch will be provided. Registration is only $25.00. Space is still available.

Speakers include opening speaker and philanthropy guru Marnie Spears, the President and CEO of KCI Philanthropy,  and philanthropic expert Sandra Stephenson, a Partner with Evans, Sweeny Bordin.

There will be a panel discussion moderated by Lorna Somers, Director of Development for McMaster University who has a global career in gift planning and philanthropy, and has been recognized for excellence in writing, teaching and working with a full spectrum of charities and their boards around the world. Panelists include: Louise Barber, Lily Fong, Karen Dolyniuk, and Simone Robbins.

Click here for more info or to pre-reregister or contact Kris Gadjanski, Alumni House, McMaster University at 905-525-9140 Ext. 21837 or .


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Hill’s Florist & Gift Baskets Honours Veterans with Window Display

Hill’s Florist & Gift Baskets is a Bloorcourt Village fixture and family business finalizing plans for its 80th anniversary open-house celebrations on November 30th. Prior to that event owner Lisa Hill-Callas had something else in mind – honouring veterans,  including her deceased father, with a touching Remembrance Day-themed display in the large south-east facing window of this historic corner shop on Bloor St. West near Christie Pits Park.
Hill's Florist window closeupIMAG2452Below a large red poppy is a framed picture of Lisa’s father, William George Hill (1922-2001) in his army uniform, and a note “Lest We Forget”. Mr. Hill had a dangerous job in the war, working with explosives. Semi-retired, he continued to work with Lisa and other family members part-time until his death in 2001.

A long-time friend of the family and customer, Shirley Jean Wood, aged 70, contributed to the display with a handwritten poem transcribed here:


A Prayer for the Veterans, for the Dear Soldiers of War

God Bless them brave and gallant soldiers, Lord,
who fought in the last two world wars.
They fought so mankind could live.
It was ever so very sad and tragic,
the friends and loved ones
that were left lying in Flanders Fields…

Now wouldn’t it just be wonderful
if the soldiers all over the world
would put down their weapons and instead
shake the enemy’s hand.

So Precious Father,
when the soldiers come calling at Heaven’s door
please open up a special room for them all
and give them eternal peace and loving joy.

In Jesus Christ’s name

c. 2013 Shirley Jean Wood


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Last updated: Nov. 9, 2013.

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