PARO Blog

Why are organizations not more women-focused?

Posted on November 3, 2017

Rosalind Lockyer Executive Director, PARO Centre for Women’s Enterprise I cannot understand why organizations do not make special efforts to support, promote, empower women’s leadership. Why do they not use a gender lens so that they can better…

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On running in a Municipal Election, a feature on Terri-Lynne Carter

Posted on July 17, 2017

By Katherine Keeping, Committee Member on Women in Politics & PARO Board Member   Born in Dryden, Terri-Lynne Carter moved to Thunder Bay at 10 years of age. She took a leap and ran for Member at Large in the 2014 Municipal Election in Thunder…

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If You Had No Fear, What Would You Do?

Posted on June 13, 2017

By Rosalind Lockyer, Executive Director, PARO Centre for Women’s Enterprise.   Would you make a new life for yourself?  Sell everything, and go live in Hawaii? Take the plunge and start that business that would give you the lifestyle you crave!…

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So you want to start a business...

Posted on June 7, 2017

By Rosalind Lockyer PARO Centre for Women's Enterprise, Executive Director Fantastic idea!  I agree with you 100%.  Every family should have at least one small business. Why?  Today is a world of precarious employment- contract work, part-time,…

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My Perspective, Day 2

Posted on November 11, 2016

By Katherine Keeping PARO Board of Directors and member of Women in Politics group This Wednesday, the day after the American election, I had the opportunity to attend the Women’s Entrepreneurship Conference in Toronto. The mood in the room was…

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My New Passport Arrived Today

Posted on September 16, 2016

By Katherine Keeping, Vice-President, PARO Board of Directors & member of the Women In Politics- Northwestern Ontario Committee A little over a year ago I purchased some note-cards from a local artist with images of various women gracing the…

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Choose to be Heard

Posted on July 22, 2016

By Katherine Keeping, Vice-President, PARO Board of Directors & member of the Women In Politics- Northwestern Ontario Committee   “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.”  Alice Walker   Growing…

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Being “In the Goo”

Posted on July 14, 2016

By Katherine Keeping I am feeling awkward of late, uncertain of what is next and of my place within my life. A friend once described that as being “in the goo.” Being in the goo is your own personal story of change and transformation, your…

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Is POWER a Dirty Word?

Posted on July 7, 2016

by Rosalind Lockyer,  with Katherine Keeping  - Executive Director, and PARO Board Member To influence change and to increase the chances that what you would like to accomplish may actually happen, you need to increase your own power, your avenues…

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Baking a business: a sweet success story

Posted on June 17, 2016

By Jennifer Riley, 31 Photo Credit: Mike Johnston Photography Hair/Make Up: Nikki Holmwood A question I am frequently asked is, “What made you get into this field of Cake Art?” My career as a Cake Designer/Business Owner didn't…

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