Our BPW Langley dinner meeting last Wednesday was a wonderful evening and it was a pleasure to hear Wendy McClelland’s inspiring story of how she came up with the title for her book “27 Steps To Freedom”, to where she is now.
Her book reached #1 on Amazon and even surpassed Oprah’s book, in the personal development category. The audience was awestruck as she spoke of her amazing, courage-to-comeback journey.
Wendy was at the pinnacle of success with her business, when a bacterial infection ravaged her body. In her words, “the e-coli had eaten away portions of the lower three vertebrae and two discs. There was a mass of bacteria sitting on the base of my spine. The infection had also destroyed one kidney, scarred my corneas (which explained my blurry vision) and also gave me brain damage (which explained my inability to recognize even my own family).”
Not only did Wendy lose her children (unable to care for them in her illness) and was forced into bankruptcy, but she also had to learn to walk, read and speak again and has managed to battle her way back to success as a business leader, coach, author, speaker and social media expert, and is surrounded by a loving family including 4 grandchildren.
Truly a remarkable human journey!
On the same night, we were also extremely pleased to present Mary Reeves, a BPW Langley charter member and Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters Langley, with a cheque for $550. which was a little over half of the proceeds raised during our Christmas Dinner & Silent Auction fundraiser last month.
From Mary’s presentation in December, we know this money is going to a fabulous cause. The other portion will go to our own non-profit BPW Langley organization to help empower women in our communities and members in our club through mentoring and involvement in BPW provincial, national and international events and sponsoring future events.
BPW Langley holds our dinner meetings on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. Next month, February 17th, come and hear guest speaker, Pamela Chatry and her presentation: “Not My Monkey; Not My Circus… Or Is It?”.
Photos: 1) Guest speaker, Wendy McClelland 2) Mary Reeves is presented with cheque for Big Brothers Big Sisters Langley from BPW Langley fundraising event in December by BPW Langley President Deanna Evertt