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About Us

DIANE’S LEGACY:

Thank you for visiting WINGSandHEROS.com. WINGS was created over 25 years ago by Diane McGee to create an environment where female business owners could have a safe and welcoming place to netweave and support each other. A few years later Diane added HEROS into the mix as she came across men who were honest, ethical and women could feel safe with.

Although we unfortunately lost Diane McGee in late November of 2016 what she worked so hard to create will go on in her memory. We have created a Board of Directors to ensure that what she started 25 years ago continues.

A lot has changed in the 25 + years since Diane started WINGSandHEROS, but one thing hasn’t… our goal is still to attract like minded, caring, ethical, professional entrepreneurs who value the benefit that comes back tenfold as you cultivate trusting solid relationships.

MISSION:

To have all our chapter meetings and other events manifest an inviting comfortable supportive “Pay it Forward” atmosphere where a positive interchange of encouragement and NetWeaving happens. Where everyone and every business is respected and appreciated and where no one feels isolated and alone.

WINGS

(Women In NetWeaving Growing Strong) is an organization of referred women who have been recommended because of their honest and ethical business practices.

WINGS provides both a physical and virtual way for these select caring business women to connect in order to share Business, Mentoring and Life skills in a supportive atmosphere where honest trusting relationship are cultivated and nurtured which in turn results in business being fostered and happening naturally.

HEROS:

Is the male complement of WINGS. HEROS are men recommended by our women who know them to be honest, ethical caring men who can be trusted and who have a respect for women. HEROS was put into place after hearing stories that many women shared about unpleasant experiences they encountered when dealing with dishonest men.

Thus HEROS was created!  We needed a list of men that women could feel safe and comfortable doing business with and who they could be confident about referring to others.

Being recommended and accepted as a HERO is a privilege and…
we trust that you will measure up to our expectations. 

WINGS and HEROS

A “Golden Rule” & “Pay it Forward” form of networking focused on bringing Business to Business & Business to Community.

MENTORS IN MOTION

Within WINGS and HEROS we are blessed to have many knowledgeable business people with a combined expertise in almost anything one would need in order to be proactive in business. Therefore, we encourage our members to consider themselves a “Mentor” and to head the call of a young person just starting out, a new entrepreneur or even a seasoned business owner when they ask for help.

We want to attract business people to the organization who delight in sharing words of wisdom with others who are looking for some direction. There is nothing more valuable or rewarding than being a mentor to others. You can change a life when you answer that call, and enrich yours as well. 

WHAT IS NETWEAVING?

NetWeaving was introduced into WINGS when it became very evident that more and more Networking Groups were popping up. Problem was when attending various groups you were just seeing the same people over and over.

THAT DOES NOT necessarily help to grow your business.

Thus the beginning of NetWeaving Canada in various forms.

NetWeaving is all about looking for opportunities to bring Small Business owners together with Community partners.

>NetWeavers Meetings…where you MUST bring a guess who is NOT is a business.

>NetWeavers Walks…an day organized to visit & shop Main Street stores

>NetWeavers “Meet Your Neighbours”…where we organize vendors for Community events

>NetWeavers …where we invite Associates to special community events

> NetWeavers…”Pop Up Parties”

>NetWeavers….Charity support

 

Some of our NetWeaving partnerships so far have been BIG Businesses like, Boston Pizza, Foodland, Giant Tiger, ReMax Reality, Staples and many small Retail Stores in Communities

Chamber of Commerce, Board of Trade. BNI, Downtown Business Associations.

Any Associate interested in duplicating a NetWeaving event is welcome to do so and we would

be happy to give you some guidance

 

THE ONLINE DIRECTORY:

Our Online Directory is a way for you to find small businesses that fit into our WINGS and HEROS criteria. If your Category or Location is not listed just fill out the form that comes up when you select JOIN. Categories and Locations only show if there is a listing to go under the heading.

ABOUT OUR LOGO

The original logo was created by one our founding members Penny (Gloria) McMullen… here is the story behind it.

THE BUTTERFLY must struggle to develop its wings. Take those struggles away and it dies… the lesson: we can encourage and nurture you in life and business, but growth comes from struggle.

THE RAINBOW. The colours all thought they were better than the others until Thunder roared at them in disgust and they frightfully hovered together The Thunder said “Now look at what a beautiful hue you are when you all pull together”. Lesson: No one is any better than another and when everyone works together beautiful things can happen.

THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD wasn’t traveled alone when Dorothy made here journey. They all encouraged one another to overcome their fears and together they each reached their goals. Lesson: Don’t go through life alone. Envision every brick one the road as a lesson you have to learn, but you don’t have to go it alone. Ask for help when you need it and someone will.

APPLES OF GOLD “As apples of gold in silver carvings is a word spoken at the right time for it”. Proverbs 25:11. Lesson: We have all experienced a time when we are down and discouraged when someone expressed some kind or thoughtful words… was that not a beautiful things? Some of the greatest word of wisdom are found in God’s Word.

 

Recommended Associate Networking Organizations?

Biz Network News: Jennifer www.BixNetworkNews.com

BNI Ontario Central North (Business Network International)..Deborah  www.bni-ocn.com

BPW (Business & Professional Women)..Kimberly www.bpwbarrie.com

Company of Women..Anne wwwcompanyofwomen.ca

Green Connection:.. Cathy www.green-connections.com

Gro Your Biz: ..Barbara www.GroYourBiz.com

KIAN Know It All Niagara:..Carrie www.Knowitallniagara.com

Marilyn’s & From A Women’s Perspective..Marilyn www.Marilyns.ca

OBWA (Orillia Business Women’s Association) Laurie www.obwa.ca

SBC (Small Business Connect)… Debbie www.smallbusinessconnect.ca

SWAN (Successful Women Always networking) Heather www.facebook.com/SWAN

WINGS and HEROS “Mentors in Motion” (Women In NetWEAVING Growing Strong) Diane www.wingsandheros.com www.facebook.com/wingsandheros

Women’s Own Resource Cntre:..Chantal www.womensownresource.org

 

FAQs

FAQ

Can I visit a meeting as a guest and can I bring someone with me?

Yes, if you live in the prince of Ontario you are welcome to come as guest (to find meeting times and locations visit the meetings section of this website or email wingsandheroslegacy@rogers.com).

I belong to another Networking Group. Is that ok? ... and Do I have to speak?

Yes, you are still welcome if you belong to other networking groups. WINGSandHEROS is the Canadian Ambassador of the NetWeaving Organization which encourages not only networking within our organization, but also looking for opportunities to NetWeave with other associations and with our communities. No, you can choose to pass until you feel more comfortable.

Who do I ask if I have further questions?

If you would like to learn more about WINGSandHEROS you can email wingsandheroslegacy@rogers.com