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April 2020 News

What a difference a month makes.
Since our last newsletter, we've gone from gearing up to launch a crowdfunding campaign for Nestworks to making sure we and our loved ones, friends, and colleagues have been adhering to the necessary guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. Needless to say, the crowdfunding campaign we planned for will be on hold for the time being.

We continue to think about what we're learning from our collective situation: the value of our health and time with others, how to pivot to working from home (and further managing work-life balance), how we can still mobilize to help others despite physical distancing, and the pressing need for a community space like Nestworks.

In this issue, we continue to be inspired by other child-friendly coworking spaces and aligned leaders, but instead of our usual news articles, we've included a short list of resources that might be helpful to your families. If we've missed any resources you've found useful, please reply to this newsletter and we'll share them on our social media.

If you'd like to support the creation and distribution of fabric masks created by Aisle for frontline workers in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, please click here to donate what you can; everything helps.

THANK YOU to those who expressed interest in volunteering for our crowdfunding campaign. We'll be in touch when we're ready to start up again, and those of you who'd still like to help in future can get in touch with us anytime, here.
Finally, how can our community help you? Let us know by replying to this e-mail.

Wishing you and your loved ones strength, health, and love.

Madeleine and the Nestworks team: Hilary, Shayna, Jennifer, Sandra
Workspace Possibility Inspiration

This month we share photos of Cova Coworka thoughtfully designed co-working space in the heart of Columbus, OH with on site, professional childcare so people can manage their work and life all in one place.

All photos courtesy of Cova Cowork
Kitchen Table Chat with Blyth Gill

This month we talk to Blyth Gill, Founder of Tradle, a community of parents leading the transition towards a sustainable future in fashion.

What is your professional background and current role?
My first career in Environmental Consulting was short-lived as I quickly discovered that cleaning up pollution wasn't as appealing as being proactive and preventing it from happening in the first place. I also had a passion for entrepreneurship so I went back to school for a Master's degree in Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology and I've been working with technology startups ever since. Last year, I finally took the leap to combine my environmental education, business experience and passion for the emerging circular economy to launch a zero-waste clothing service for parents, called Tradle.

What are 3-6 words that describe you?

Hopeful, collaborative, eco-friendly, supportive, athletic, kind

What is your experience with managing parenting and your professional life?

It might be surprising to know that I'm actually not a parent! Most of my friends have kids and I always wanted to help them somehow adjust to their new lives in an eco-friendly way, but not many fun options seemed to exist. And gifting onesies in the right style for mom was never my strength! Making life easier for parents and the planet was just an idea I couldn't let go.

With Tradle, it's very easy to see just how busy new parents are and how difficult it can be to take on this new role while still trying to maintain the responsibilities tied to an existing job or profession - especially with today's intense workplace expectations. Still, I'm always amazed at what my colleagues and other working parents can achieve both at home and at work. They make it look so easy!

What excites you the most about the idea of Nestworks, a family-friendly workspace?

I'm excited for family-friendly workplaces to allow parents and businesses to explore the harmony that can exist between the roles of a loving parent and a valuable colleague. I'm amazed that this concept doesn't already exist in Canada and I hope that Nestworks can create a domino effect to force more and more organizations to support this transition in the workplace. It's definitely something that will help value-driven businesses to attract, hire and retain top-tier employees.

Anything else you'd like to share?

Even though this has been, and will continue to be a very difficult time for many, it always inspires me to see the amazing things people do for one another in times of crisis.

At Tradle, we've always believed in supporting top local (Canadian!) brands - but now there's also need to help amazing local neighbourhood clothing shops too. So we're excited to soon be launching a 'Spring Upcycle' campaign - to support a collaboration between Vancouver parents and their favourite local consignment stores. People can visit to learn more.
Thank you for chatting with us, Blyth!
Vote for Madeleine for the
Connecting the Community Award!

Our own Founder and Chief Community Officer Madeleine Shaw has been selected as a finalist for the 2020 YWCA Women of Distinction Award in the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Category. One finalist will also be selected as the winner of the Connecting the Community Awardthe only award category in which the recipient is selected by public vote. Each nominee chooses a YWCA cause that is important to her for a chance to donate $10,000, courtesy of Scotiabank, to the YWCA program of her choice. Please vote for Madeleine below - you can vote each day on a different computer/device, until noon on April 24.
Vote here

We're now in the process of choosing our first location, and would like to hear from as many people as possible to help us select more locations across the Lower Mainland. Please share the application with people you know who are interested.
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