Comox Valley Women’s Business Network

Comox Valley Women’s Business Network is an energetic group of local business and professional women.

We meet on the second Wednesday of each month (excluding July and August) to network, hear top caliber speakers and market our businesses.

  • Pre-registration is required for all of our meetings.
  • Deadline is always 5:00 p.m. on the Monday before the event.
  • Members must log in to receive member pricing.
  • Are you a member of another Island WBN? Please contact your President to ask about how to receive member pricing

Come join us!


December 9th

2015 Christmas Party

NEWS FLASH! Your ticket includes a complimentry champagne and orange juice reception. Cheers!

Note to Members: You must log in (above right) to get member pricing.

January 13th

Zentangle Logo

Wednesday, January 13, 5:30 – 9:00 p.m.

at the Blackfin Pub (lower level), Comox, BC

Join us for an evening of networking, dinner and drawing fun as we learn to utilize a unique form of art therapy to reduce the stress in our lives with Certified Zentangle® Teacher, Barb Round.

Our Spotlight Speakers for the evening will be Nina Andersen, Orca Marketing Group and Roberta Lacroix from Island Beltone.

What is Zentangle?

Zentangle was initially developed to make art accessible to anyone -- even those who think they are artistically challenged -- by introducing line-drawn pattern in easy-to-learn steps. Becoming engaged with drawing small patterns is very calming and has been recognized as a stress-relief outlet. This calm mindfulness has also been found helpful to children with ADHD, people in recovery from addictions, and mental health clients.

We can all use more calmness in our lives, so Zentangle is becoming increasing popular for people of all ages, from all walks of life.

Zentangle it is not complicated and requires no previous artistic skill. You learn to use simple, repetitive strokes with a pen to make complex-looking patterns. The process of making these marks, focusing on the art as it emerges from your pen, is very calming. Hence the ‘Zen’ part of the name.

Barb RoundBarb Round - Certified Zentangle® Teacher

One might wonder what us busy professional business women can learn from a retiree who teaches art part-time! Unless you knew what she retired from.

As a Registered Nurse, Barb pushed the limits in high-stress jobs, including Head Nurse, Community Educator and College Instructor. She concluded her career as Executive Director of the RN Association where she was COO, CFO, administrator, chief-cook-and-bottle-washer, dealing with policy and legislation, handling professional conduct matters, all while answering to a demanding Board of Directors.

And what was her stress relief outlet at that time? Barb is an avid quilter who finds her Zen behind a sewing machine. Trouble is, that requires time away from the office (and a sewing machine), which was not always easy to find with a family and a demanding job.

Finally, in retirement, Barb found Zentangle. It is the perfect, portable, fit-into-any-time-available stress reliever. In three years she has taught over 900 students on Vancouver Island and beyond, and will happily share some zen-art tips with you at our next WBN meeting ... before you retire.

Note to Members: You must log in (above right) to get member pricing.

Remember to park in the Marina parking lot please.