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November 2020 News

Join us for a discussion on re-villaging.

Re-Villaging’ is a term that our community has been using to describe our vision for more closely integrated career, family and community needs. Join us on Monday, November 30 from 3-5pm PST for a virtual discussion about the current realities and new possibilities for working families. Bring your stories and ideas to share in dialogue with peers and thought leaders about responses and inspiration for our new, ‘post normal’ world.

Click on the image below to register, and SHARE THIS EVENT widely with your colleagues, coworkers, and friends. 

We'll send out another notice when our panelists are finalized!

Welcome to our new team members

We'd also like to welcome our new Treasurer, Dayna Holland to our team—you can read all about her in our interview with her, below. Welcome, Dayna!

Many thanks,
Madeleine and the Nestworks team: Hilary, Shayna, Jennifer, Jessica, Dayna, and Sandra
Tell us how your work/life perspective has changed here
Watch the Nestworks video here!
Workspace Possibility Inspiration
This month we share photos of SheSpace, a coworking space in Houston, TX for women who work.

Photos courtesy of
Photo: Julie Soefer
Recent news articles

The outdated myth of the ‘growth at all costs’ entrepreneur is hurting women - Jill Earthy and Kim de Laat write an opinion piece for The Globe and Mail about the narrow definition of what defines a successful entrepreneur.

Parenting Was Never Meant to Be This Isolating - The New York Times Parenting reports on how nuclear families have always relied on a community for practical support.

Sick of working from home? Vancouver hotel renting rooms to people who want a break - A downtown Vancouver hotel is hoping to boost business by offering daytime room rentals to people who need a break from working in home offices. News1130 reports.

A national child-care system is crucial for recovery and rebuilding - Three Ontarians published an opinion piece in The Star about how federal leadership is urgently required to stabilize child care and build toward a system that stimulates and sustains economic recovery.

National Child Care Promises Have Been Made For 50 Years. Will Trudeau Deliver? - A writer for Parents says quality daycare needs to be part of Canada's economic infrastructure.

Ocean City Biz Opens 'Kid Coworking' Space For Remote Learning - The owner of a children's store and an adult workspace in Ocean City, NJ, combined both concepts to fit a need during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Jane Club wants to be a 'matriarchal oasis' and it just might succeed - Mashable reports on how groups and coworking spaces like The Jane Club have been unveiled as sources of white defensiveness and racism, from censorship to tokenism to silencing among their many problems.

One-third of Canadian women consider quitting jobs - A national survey cites family pressures and guilt as ongoing workforce barriers. The Prosperity Project reports.
Kitchen Table Chat with Dayna Holland
This month, we talked to the newest member of our Board of Directors, Chartered Professional Accountant Dayna Holland.
What is your professional background and role on the Nestworks Board?

I am a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA). I’ve recently joined the Nestworks Board as Treasurer. 

What are 3-6 words that describe you?

Learner/Student, Connector, Mom, Accountant, Skier, Happy

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

I will never be an expert at this. I think that it is mostly organized chaos with the illusion that there is a predictable routine. For me, the most important part of having a professional life while managing parenting has been the flexibility that comes with running my own business. There may never be an “off” button on my work, but at least I can generally determine when I focus on my work and I don’t feel guilty with taking time off if a child has been sick, or if I want to go away for a long weekend, or if I need to schedule a dentist appointment mid-day. I don’t have to ask for permission to do so. 

What drew you to Nestworks?

The concept of having something like Nestworks available to me when I was starting my business would have been amazing. I honestly think that my stress levels would have decreased, just knowing that my kids were close by and enjoying the company of other kids. I think that my productivity and focus would have been higher, and the ability to connect with other parents who were working on their own careers would have made me feel less “alone”. 
When my kids were significantly younger, I had the opportunity to attend these sessions called MomCafe, run by Jill Earthy. These were great events. I could bring my kids, where they could interact with other children and I could listen to great women business owners and also meet other moms that were looking for that connection with other women that were trying to balance their work and family lives. To me, Nestworks takes that idea, but amplifies it to be directed at business owners or employees who have alternative work arrangements with their employers.

Anything else you'd like to share?

I’m really excited to be a part of this organization. To be a part of something that will disrupt the traditional way of thinking how business should be conducted is fantastic. I’m happy that Madeleine and the rest of the Board have agreed to bring me on to help them with the numbers part of this organization.
Thank you for chatting with us, Dayna!
In September,, a UK-based network that supports business communities, featured Nestworks in their blog. Click on the image below to read the feature! 
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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