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October 2023 - In the Loop with CVWBN - Happy Fall Season!

Join us for the first WBN Networking Event at our new location on October 11th, 2023 at 6 pm. We are very excited to kick off the year at the Florence Filberg Centre in the Evergreen Room!

This month's event will feature a fantastic keynote speaker, Jocelyn Bystrom, whom will be talking all about speaking up and mental health.

We will also feature a members table for you to display your business information and door prizes (all are welcome to contribute a door prize - the more we have, the more who can win!)

We are also very excited to have Jani Martinius as this month’s spotlight speaker!


Join us for this month's exciting event!

Tickets are on sale now until Sunday, October 8th at 11:59pm.


Florence Filberg Centre - Evergreen Room

411 Anderton Ave

Courtenay, BC


A Message from our President

Thank you to all that came out to our September Kickoff at Innisfree farms. It was great to reconnect and to hear from some of the WBN founding members about challenges women faced in the 90s and what brought about the inception of the WBN.

Join us for our next meeting on October 11th  at our new location in the Florence Filberg Evergreen Lounge. 

We welcome guests to attend two meetings to see if we are a fit before deciding to join as members. The Comox Valley Women's Business Network meetings feature inspirational speakers, business coaches, and innovative networking sessions.Come and check us out, build new relationships and see what other local women in business are doing. 

I look forward to meeting new dynamic women in business and connecting further with our current members.

Mark your calendars, ticket sales close October 8th for the October 11th meeting!

-- Kelly


October Keynote Speaker

Jocelyn Bystrom

"Who's going to speak for the girl in the mirror?


I consider myself a passionate, driven, career-oriented, workaholic, who when a career was unexpectedly swept away buried my grief rather than seeking support to help me discharge pent up trauma.


This confident, perfectionist was brought to her knees by unresolved loss and grief. Finally, with the clarity of a diagnosis, I'd known,  it was time. I reached out, called out and prayed asking for help. I finally realized I needed support. I've surrendered to my imperfection and am getting comfortable in my own skin.

Now, on the road to wellbeing, I'm speaking up about my story in the hope that others who may be struggling in silence, will feel more confident to participate in transparent conversations about their health & wellness; or lack of, and prioritize seeking needed supports we all deserve, require, and are worthy of receiving.


FiNDing Hope: The Mind Body Connection & Importance of Being Seen and Heard, 

Soon released from Stone Tiger Books, New York, late October 2023, will be available locally at Laughing Oyster Books. 


Local Book Launch Event: The

Sunday, November 12th, 2023

2:00-4:00pm at: 

The Little Red Church, Comox


I write to process my own journey as well as to support others who may be struggling alone.  Might you be walking in similar footwear: alone, struggling in your place of work, or looking in the mirror wondering:

 "Who's going to speak for the girl in the mirror?

I am.

My name is Jocelyn Bystrom and I choose to speak up and advocate about Health & Well Being in the Comox Valley, and online at 


October Blog Sponsor

Jessica Moore, Associate Consultant at IG Wealth Management

Born in Newfoundlander, then raised in Prince Rupert, I have a love for the ocean coast and consider myself an avid outdoors enthusiast. Outside of the office I thrive either in the woods or in the water. Whether hiking alongside my dog ‘Pig’, spearfishing in the ocean, or foraging for the elusive chanterelle mushroom, my passion for the outdoors is one of the main reasons I love calling the Comox Valley, my home.

After transitioning from a successful career as an Chef for over 10 years, into the world of finance, I combined a unique blend of analytical expertise with a deep understanding of life's goals & finer pleasures. I’ve always had a knack for devising strategic planning, which is part of the reason transitioning to the financial world in 2022 was seamless. The ability to tailor full financial plans to any individuals’ specific needs, and watching the those plans unfold, brings me a great sense of accomplishment & reward. I have a passion for guiding people towards achieving their goals & building a prosperous future. Throughout my professional journey I have had the privilege of receiving several designations & certificates (Red Seal Chef designation in 2013, “Face of Women in Culinary Leadership” in 2021, attaining LLQP Designation & IIRCO Certification through completion of the Canadian Securities Course in 2022)

A main reason why I chose IG Wealth Management is the understanding that life is constantly changing. Our focus is to improve your financial well-being by developing full financial plans, and be pro-active and adapt with your evolving personal needs and life goals.

Connect with Jessica!


A Huge Success - September Kick Off Meeting

We are thrilled with the success of our September kick off meeting! With a variety of new members, guests, existing members, as well a few of our founding members, great connections and conversations were had by all. Check out some of these great photos of the event below taken by Bobbie!


New & Returning Members!

We are excited to welcome our new and returning members to the Comox Valley WBN! Please help us welcome Lyndsey Nabata, Gaetane Palardy & Yvonne Winkler!

Check out our member profiles here.


See you in a few weeks at our October Networking Event!

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