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Spring Gala

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Thank you to all who donated or attended our 2017 MumNet unGala fundraising event. It was an incredible girls’ night out, complete with dancing, sipping, and connecting with Netters, Vetters, Alumnae, and friends from across Toronto.

We raised over $12,000.00 which goes directly towards our programs, which support the mental health and well-being of moms in Toronto.

Special thank you to michalgarcia.com and Sara Elisabeth Photography for capturing our amazing event.

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    Shop the MumNet Online Marketplace!

    Our winter fundraiser is on now – shop our online marketplace and help support MumNet! *NEW VENDOR ADDED!*

    Citrus Silver designs jewellery that makes you smile every time you wear it. Whether it is stamped with your children’s names, a wedding anniversary or an important milestone you will be reminded of these proud moments whenever you catch a glimpse. Use code MumNet2017 and add your group name in the comments section or enjoy free shipping right to your door if you order over $100.

    Brighten up your closet with beautiful children’s clothing from Binksy + Bobo. Use code FREESHIP and add your group name in the comments for free delivery to your group session.

    Sessabel (sources the best in natural and high-quality personal care and lifestyle products including brands like Swell, Sapadilla, SoYoung and thinkbaby. Use code MUMNET2017 and add your group name in the comments for free delivery to your group session.

    They’ve gone way beyond bowls – though they still make them and they’re awesome. Tupperware is giving 40% of sales back to MumNet. Ships to your front door.

    Orders from Binksy + Bobo, Sessabel and Citrus Silver will be delivered to group sessions between February 20 and March 10th.phpw7fNKtAMfundraiserwebsite

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      AGM, Speaker & Social – Jan 24

      MumNet’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) is just around the corner, taking place on Tuesday, January 24 at 7 p.m. at Junction establishment 3030 Dundas West. This isn’t some boring meeting – we’ve invited Toronto sexpert, Nadine Thornhill to share how to best navigate “the talk” with kids. It’s a chance to learn something new, nosh, and network. Here’s why you should attend:

      1. Play a meaningful role in YOUR organization
        As a member- and volunteer-based non-profit, we value your opinion. Our active members – those in a leadership role within their MumNet group – are entitled to vote at the AGM on items that will inform the direction of the organization going forward. Not in a leadership role? Learn more about the organization that supports you in motherhood.
      2. Get prepped for an important parent-child conversation
        Toronto sexpert, Nadine Thornhill, is our guest speaker at the event. Drawing on her experience as both an educator and parent, she’ll give you a heads up on how to navigate talking to your kids about sex in age-appropriate ways for whenever that conversation drops in your household.
      3. Connect with MumNet moms from across the city
        The MumNet connections don’t need to stop at your group or at the end of your group’s weekly meet-up. With locations across the city, the AGM is an opportunity for you to network with other MumNet members and alumni outside of the meet-up setting, both within your group and within the wider MumNet-work.
      4. Enjoy some nibblies and have some refreshments, uninterrupted
        When was the last time you ate or drank what you wanted, when you wanted? The AGM is a kid-free (though breastfeeding babes are of course welcome), food and beverage-filled zone. Bon appetite.
      5. Consider it a bonus number of child-free hours in your week
        Each week, MumNet offers you two hours of mom-to-mom time. If you attend the AGM, you’ll get a bonus of (at minimum) two hours. Just a little gift from MumNet to you for rocking motherhood the way you do.

      We hope to see you at the AGM! RSVP today by emailing Christina Fairhurst.

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        Seeking loving, qualified Caregivers!

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        MumNet is looking for childcare workers!

        We need loving people with experience caring for young children, who can supervise and interact with infants and toddlers while their mothers meet in the same building. MumNet is a not-for-profit, registered charity founded and run by women to help foster the emotional and physical well-being of mothers and their young children.

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        If you have experience caring for young children, are currently certified in first aid/cpr, have a valid police reference check and wish to earn some extra money, then please contact us!

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          We want YOU at our Board table!

          Ever wonder what it’s like to be part of a working not-for-profit charitable Board of Directors? Join us on Thursday Nov 24th at 8:00 pm at Whitespace Common, 2510 Yonge Street, Suite 323 for a Board orientation and FAQ session, to learn more about our organization!
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          The MumNet Board of Directors is looking for enthusiastic, creative, fun women to join our board table.  We are typically current and former members of MumNet and MumVet from across Toronto with a variety of professional backgrounds. Our Board members give their time and professional experience, and in return gain valuable experience operating a registered charitable organization and making strong professional connections with a diverse Board.

          We meet once a month from August – June for a general board meeting, and meet as needed to participate in various subcommittees or to work on specific projects.

           We need YOU!

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          Our Directors are a critical part of our organization and help to deliver a superior program to our local MumNet and MumVet chapters. We have several portfolio openings available immediately, and we are always looking for women who may be interested in participating in the future, be it near or a bit further away.
          If you are interested or curious about what a position on the Board entails, please join us on Nov 24th! Please email our Office Manager to register and with your questions and contact details.

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            Thanks to our panellists!

            Thanks to those who joined us for our last Bits+Bites speaker event!

            Hats off to our fabulous speakers:

            Karen Davey – Mommy Connections West Toronto & The School Yard
            Iva Grbesic – Falling In Style
            Raegan Kennedy – Little White Sneakers
            Jennifer Hargreaves – Tellent

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

            Key takeaways were:

            • not being afraid to ask for help
            • supporting and mentoring others
            • being true to your own core values
            • the value in co-promoting and helping to support other entrepreneurs

            Stay tuned for info about our next event!

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              Welcome to our new fitness manager!

              Lesley Stoyan

              Fitness, Food and Lifestyle lesley-stoyan (150x150)Educator; Whole Foods Chef; Community Activist

              Lesley Stoyan loves fitness. From hitting the trails running to teaching signature performance programs, Lesley is passionate about the transformative power of exercise, and the role it plays in people’s health and wellbeing. Fitness also brings people together, and for over two decades, Lesley has devoted her career to teaching people of all ages how to build strong, healthy fitness communities.

               

              After beginning her career managing corporate wellness facilities and coaching high performance youth athletes, Lesley decided to go out on her own and in 2006 founded Daily Apple, a food and lifestyle education group with a reputation for making health a little more palatable. With her training as culinary nutritionist, Lesley is a popular public speaker, regularly hosting her “Fresh Living” workshops and events throughout the GTA, designed to attract clients to a more “planet-friendly lifestyle.”

               

              Lesley, together with her husband, Chris Trussell, and their young son Luke, is also the founder of The AppleTree Group, a registered non-profit organization that strives to build community in midtown Toronto through sustainable food-based initiatives and family-friendly events.

               

              After the birth of her son, Lesley’s fitness focus was devoted to better post-natal care, and improving the quality of programs available for new mothers needing support, efficiency, results…and most importantly a few laughs! She is thrilled to be joining the MumNet team, and as a past MumNet member, is excited to be working with this dynamic group of women.
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                Wardrobe Must-Haves {Speaker Series}

                What to wear?!

                With Tamara Glick’s Top Ten Picks you’ll always be sure to find something in your closet.

                Last week’s MumBits+Bites event saw women gather from across the city to learn what basics we should all have in our closet, for every season. The intimate setting at The Brickyard Grounds, a hip and relaxed café in Leslieville, made the participants feel like they were getting a true MumNet experience. Whether they were a member or not, they got a taste of what we are all about.

                Sitting around a table together, enjoying great food and sharing openly – it reminded me of my early days at MumNet, where although I didn’t know everyone, I could immediately sense it was a safe, non-judgmental place to talk, share, and open up.

                Although Tamara was there to present about  our wardrobe ‘Must Haves’, the women around the table also talked honestly about body image and why we moms often have a hard time taking a compliment. A classic MumNet circle-time experience!

                All the participants learned about the following must haves:

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                It was such a fun and inspiring night, and we look forward to working with both Tamara and Sophie, owner of Brickyard Grounds, again! For more of Tamara’s free resources and downloads check out tamaraglick.com

                Our Next Bits+Bites will be in September!! Stay tuned for more details about the speaker and venue, and make sure to sign up for our newsletter to receive an invite.

                Written by: Dominica Larkin (Executive Director and former group member)

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                  MumNet’s 25th Anniversary Gala

                   

                  Our 25th Anniversary Gala was a huge success!

                  Women from across the city came together for an amazing night at Airship 37. From hair and makeup stylists to a hilarious comedian and exciting silent auction, everyone had a great night out, and we were able to raise over $18,000 for our beloved MumNet.

                  Fundraising for MumNet enables us to keep our fees low and our groups accessible for as many women as possible. We couldn’t have done it without the support of our event attendees, sponsors and volunteers. Thank you so much!

                  As our spring session comes to an end in a just a few weeks, it is wonderful to see the friendships that have been formed over the year. One mom commented, “After moving to a new neighbourhood where I didn’t know anyone, I would have been so lost if it weren’t for the friends I made in my group. It has truly made a difference for me to have the support of so many great women in my community”.

                  Most of our members hear about MumNet through word-of-mouth, so please take the time to let friends and neighbours know about how they can join a group too!

                   

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                  Our next event is coming up on Tuesday June 7 at the Brickyard Grounds in the East End. Join us for an evening with image + style expert Tamara Glick of Trademark Image Consulting. Register here!

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                    Volunteer Board Members Needed

                    Volunteer Opportunity
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                    Director, Fundraising

                    The MumNet Board of Directors is looking for a Director, Fundraising to join our table. The Director, Fundraising is accountable to plan, manage and execute fundraising drives, events, and communications with the help of the Fundraising Committee and other board members. Our fundraising efforts are critical to the continued success of our organization. Challenged by the ever increasing costs associated with operating our organization, fundraising has enabled us to keep our fees low and to keep our groups accessible to as many moms as possible.

                    We meet once a month for a general board meeting, and on an as needed basis to participate in various subcommittees or to work on specific projects. Our work year runs from September – June.

                    Currently, we run three fundraising initiatives through the year, including our annual gala. Specific time commitments may vary depending on fundraising initiatives.
                    What we’re looking for…

                    • Previous experience (personal or professional) managing large scale events and/or other fundraising campaigns
                    • Creativity, enthusiasm and passion for promoting fundraising initiatives through the local MumNet and MumVet chapters
                    • An organized, multitasking self-starter
                    • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to lead and collaborate with a team of fundraising/event committee members
                    • Strong project management, problem solving and analytical skills with an ability to anticipate obstacles and develop appropriate solutions

                    If this sounds like you, please email Kimberly Ross, President, Board of Directors, with your questions and contact details.

                     

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                      Donations

                      If life's just too busy, consider making a cash donation to MumNet.

                      A simple donation at this time allows you to do your share of the fundraising effort on your own terms!

                      Please give a charitable donation online to the organization that helps you be a better Mum! ANY and EVERY contribution is significant and appreciated!

                      Donate Now Through CanadaHelps.org!

                      A charitable tax receipt will be issued for any donation amount over $20.

                      You can also make a tax-deductible donation through the mail; please contact MumNet or your group Fundraising Representative for more information.

                      Many thanks for your contribution, in whatever form you choose. Remember that 100% of your contribution will go straight to the MumNet organization.