In the early 1980's, a group of women began meeting in their homes to "network". They had heard about the concept of networking and other network organizations and recognized a need for it for Saskatoon women. They called themselves the "Saskatoon Women's Network".
Since the group was small, it was decided the newly forming 'Saskatoon Women's Network' would operate as a quasi-university organization, and a coordinator was chosen in the year of 1982.
In late 1983, the members decided it was time to move out of the university and become self-sufficient. In early 1984, a constitution was drafted by a core group of members and the first official president was elected. Some founding members are still members today. From there on, the group has operated similarly as it does today and has continued to expand its membership.
Besides growth in numbers, the network has provided members with the opportunity to grow personally and meet many new contacts. Members have participated in a variety of exciting activities over the years including trade shows, network conferences, vacation dinners, barbecues, golf tournaments and regular meetings.
"The Saskatoon Women's Network provides opportunities for its members to develop professional and personal goals through networking."
The mandate of the Saskatoon Women’s Network
People join the Saskatoon Women’s Network for many different reasons but the group’s reason for being comes down to two primary ideas. First, the Saskatoon Women’s Network provides a non-political, non-issues meeting place made up of women of all ages and all walks of life. Secondly, members are encouraged to get to know one another.
The SWN provides opportunities for its members to develop professionally and personally through networking and by following our motto, “CHOOSE A MEMBER FIRST”. This means:
In Business – Wherever possible, use a member’s services for your business needs; and
Socially – Create strong personal bonds by socializing with other SWN members.