What You Missed at DNA Dinner at Timber


May 2017

What You Missed at DNA Dinner at Timber

It’s a good thing the weather was beautiful the night the DNA ladies went to Timber restaurant for dinner – we all needed to walk home after such an amazing meal! We enjoyed a long table dinner with 5 courses, PLUS indulged in s’more in the outdoor fire pit.

Located in the West End, Timber restaurant offers casual west coast cuisine while staying close to Vancouver’s love of craft beer and cocktails. In true Canadian fashion, there were a variety of Caesars to drink, along with other cocktail choices and local craft brews. The food was amazing and served in shared plates style, some of the highlights included:

  • Deep fried cheese curds
  • Bison burgers with caramelized onion and bacon
  • Mac and cheese with sriracha ketchup

Everyone got a taste of the yummy stuff, without going overboard. And what was that about s’mores? Oh yes, Timber offers an outdoor seating area, complete with a fire pit for roasting marshmallows and creating your own s’mores. Fantastic food, weather, and people – what more do you need on a Thursday night?


May 2017

Taking Care of Yourself and Keeping Your Health a Top Priority

As an inspired, busy career woman, I know what it’s like to be chasing big goals while trying to maintain some balance in life. It’s exciting. It’s rewarding. It’s also sometimes exhausting and overwhelming to the point that you don’t know what time of day it is or when the last time you got up from your desk or computer.

My question to you: when was the last time you stopped to eat? And when you did, did you reach for something to really help fuel you or did you go for the take out menu?

I know self care is often the first thing that takes a backseat when we’re focused on accomplishing all that we want. I get it. I also know the thought of trying to decipher healthy eating can be hard and the last thing you want to think about sometimes. But what if I told you it would actually help you to be more productive, more engaged, and more capable to truly give back to others? What’s that saying, we can’t take care of others unless we first take care of ourselves. Eating well is one of the best things you can do to keep you sharp and energized to go after what you want.

So how can you eat better without having to spend too much time thinking about it?

Here are 3 simple ways you can be more intentional about taking care of yourself and keep your health a top priority:

I’m sure most of you out there are big on planning. It’s how you manage all the awesome priorities you’ve got to juggle. Eating well is no different. So set up your week to win. Taking some time to think about what you can eat is the key to staying on the healthy eating track rather than going for the fast food option when you’re too tired and hungry to think.

A few quick preparations on the weekend will help you be able to to prepare quick, healthy meal options. Some easy suggestions that you can cook ahead of time and have on hand in the fridge are hard boiled eggs, some type of whole grain, pre-chopped vegetables, and a protein like chicken breast. 20-30 minutes of cooking on the weekend is all you need put aside – which goes a long way during the week.

Be Purposeful
I know as busy professionals, stepping away from our work is something that can seem scary – and almost impossible at times. I’m going to say it, step away from the computer! Taking short breaks to nourish yourself with good food does wonders for your productivity. Your energy will be higher, you give your brain time to reset and therefore improve your overall workflow.

Life moves fast. Strategy is everything.

Make your health and well being a priority and you’ll set yourself up for success on all levels!

About Krista:

Krista is a healthy living expert, wellness coach, real food lover, and creator at Real Food, Real Simple. She’s on a mission to educate and inspire others to create happier, healthier lives.

Her philosophy about healthy food is that it doesn’t have to be difficult or boring. She helps people take the confusion out of food and offers simple solutions to eating well. Krista believes in creating healthy habits, not restrictions.

Krista is a born and raised Vancouverite and enjoys an active lifestyle through hiking, biking, and beach volleyball.


May 2017

Join the DNA Board: VP Communications

DNA Vancouver has an exciting volunteer opportunity on our Board for the role of VP Communications.

Board Member Duties Will Include:

Newsletter (Mailchimp)

  • Collecting written content for monthly newsletter
  • Editing and sending out all communications to current email list according to agreed upon reminder schedule, depending on the type of event.
  • Distributing all other communications approved and created by DNA board (membership directory, etc)

Website (WordPress)

  • Generate blog posts following events
  • Post current events and welcome members to be a guest blogger
  • Upload photos from recent events
  • General website and email alias access, updates and improvements

HR + Branding / Social Media

  • Create job descriptions and job postings, post across relevant channels
  • Generate some social media posts in coordination with VP Digital

Ideal Skill Set:

  • Strong English communications skills both written and verbal, with a flair for using the “DNA voice” in writing
  • Previous experience using MailChimp and WordPress highly recommended (basic html is a bonus!)
  • Strong editing skills; eye for design in newsletter and website layout

Ideal Candidate:

  • Professional female (5+ years work experience preferred) looking to join a committed, close knit group of other motivated, career-minded women. Board positions are for 2 years, so this is a long term opportunity to make a lasting impact.
  • Student/or/lower work experience applications may be considered, but may start as an intern position before transitioning to the VP role.

Estimated commitment is 5 hours a month, plus board meetings and event attendance.

How to Apply:

Please send your resume and a quick email introduction to the DNA chair, Kelsey Ireland, at:

What You Missed at DNA Lunch at Market


Apr 2017

What You Missed at DNA Lunch at Market

The Vancouver rain didn’t stop the DNA ladies from getting together for a fabulous power lunch at Market by Jean-Georges. Situated in the beautiful Shangri-la Hotel, Market features a farm-to-table approach showcasing amazing local ingredients. Most of the table took advantage of the two-course lunch special and enjoyed a choice between Burrata crostini and the soup of the day, and an asparagus risotto and a poached salmon with leeks and mushrooms. The service was attentive and thorough, and we were well taken care of.

We had a lovely lunch experience at Market, and as this was the first visit for all of us, it was a fantastic introduction. We’ll definitely be back soon!


Apr 2017

New Board Member: Avalon Bourne

The DNA Board is excited to announce our newest board member: Avalone Bourne! Here, in her own words, are Avalon’s thoughts on joining DNA as the VP Events and what she plans to bring to our fantastic group.

I first heard about DNA after attending the Women Working Together Symposium at the University Women’s Club. After speaking with current DNA board members Lauren and Jenn and hearing about all the wonderful social networking opportunities that DNA offers, I knew I had to get involved. As VP Events, I organize our monthly meet-ups as well as our quarterly social events and other activities. I’m always open to new ideas and suggestions, so feel free to email me or post on our social media channels.

As Manager, Administration for Mitacs, I’m responsible for all corporate events and projects, and am excited to bring my event background to DNA. I’m an avid reader and home chef and am always looking to try new restaurants. I love being outside and exploring all that Vancouver and BC have to offer.

What You Missed at DNA Curling


Apr 2017

What You Missed at DNA Curling

If the recent winter weather has taught Vancouver anything, it’s that sliding around on ice is not fun. It IS more fun when you’re sliding and curling with a group of newbies; and no one expects you to look glamorous while you attempt to learn this challenging sport. DNA Vancouver members and non-member, women and men, all met at the Vancouver Curling Club on Sunday for an afternoon curling lesson. Along the way, everyone learned:

  • The basic rules of curling
  • How to (somewhat gracefully) walk on the ice, all while wearing special ice walking booties
  • Best practices for sweeping the ice – and optionally how to correctly yell “Hard, hard, hard!!!” as others are sweeping
  • How to best server (or curl) the rock down the ice. Not too soft and not to hard, it requires finesse!

Everyone was in good spirits during our training session and we even managed to squeeze in a quick game to cap off the afternoon. Look out for this event again next year!


Mar 2017

What You Missed at Dinner at Wildebeest

The DNA ladies got together for a special share-plate dinner at Wildebeest restaurant in downtown Vancouver a few weeks ago. The Wildebeest team put together a family-style, multi-course dinner for everyone to share, which paired nicely with the restaurant’s unique and delicious cocktails! Favorites included the:

  • Daisy Duke
  • Improved Sbagliato
  • Mamacita

This event was very popular with several attendees checking out DNA for the first time. Members and non-members alike shared a delicious hand-crafted menu featuring a special charcuterie board with amazing house-made crackers, the ever-popular fried chicken, venison bolognese (the group’s favorite), and a simple grilled Angus flat-iron.

This was a wonderful evening with delicious food, drinks, and company, and we’ll be sure to put on something similar soon!


Mar 2017

DNA Curling “How To”

DNA is so excited for our upcoming curling event at Vancouver Curling Club’s free open-house this Saturday, March 25 at 2 pm. To prepare for this event, here is your quick “how to guide” courtesy of DNA Vancouver! Tickets and more information on this event can be found here.

Curling is a sport in which two teams of four players each slide 40-pound granite rocks (or stones) down a sheet of ice toward a target at the other end. Each team tries to get more of its stones closer to the center of the target than the other team.

General Curling Know How

  • Everyone will be wearing less than stylish, but oh-so-important for safety shoes. One shoe is the “slider” to help you slide along the ice and one is the “gripper” to help keep your footing on the ice. It takes a few minutes, but you will get used to walking on the ice quite quickly!
  • When you throw a rock down the ice, depending on its rotation it will “curl” one way or another. Thus the name of the sport!
  • How much (or how little) a rock curls depends on things like the ice conditions and the players skill level.
  • Sweeping makes a rock curl less and travel farther. Think of players yelling: “hard, hard, hard!”

Curling Lingo

  • Sheet: The frozen surface on which the game is played.
  • Stone (or rock): Regular-sized rocks weigh approximately 44 pounds.
  • Weight: The amount of force used to deliver a stone.
  • Hack: The foothold in the ice you use to push off from when you deliver the stone.
  • House: (aka “the rings”): the giant bull’s eye at either end of the sheet of ice. It consists of a set of circles at 12-foot, 8-foot, 4-foot, and the Button.
  • Button: The very center of the target rings or house. This is your target!
  • End: The way a curling game is divided. An end is like an inning in baseball. A curling game has either eight or ten ends.
  • Hammer: The last rock of the end.

A Curling Team

A curling team (or “rink”) consists of 4 players: the lead, the second, the third, and the skip. Each player on the team throws two stones in each end. The players alternate throwing with the opposite member of the opposing team, who plays the same position that they do. Each person has specific duties:

  • Lead: Throws the first two rocks of the end.
  • Second: Throws the third and fourth stones of the end.
  • Third: Throws the fifth and sixth rocks of the end.
  • Skip: The skip is the captain of the team, it’s their job to tell the other players where to throw their shots and when to sweep. The skip also delivers the last two shots of the end.

What You Missed at DNA Afternoon Tea


Feb 2017

What You Missed at DNA Afternoon Tea

Sunday afternoon the DNA ladies were transported from the streets of Vancouver into a magical afternoon tea experience. Everyone who attended the DNA Afternoon Tea event were first time visitors to Patisserie Fur Elise, but now we all can’t wait go back! Everything in our private room, from the tables and chairs, to the pink curtains, to the chandeliers, made for a truly enchanting experience.

Patisserie Fur Elise offers afternoon tea service that includes a set menu of delicious sandwiches, scones, and sweet treats. Many of the French pastries are prepared and baked on site upon your arrival so everything was extremely fresh and delicious. Of course, afternoon tea would not be complete without a hot tea to sip on – pinkies out, of course! There were many tea options available ranging from the classic Earl Grey, to fruity varieties like Blueberry Yogurt, to sweeter choices like the Crème Brûlée.

Looks can be deceiving and so the small, bite-sized nibbles soon left everyone feeling quite full! And, of course, everyone enjoyed the classic macaron at the end of the meal – Patisserie Fur Elise is a French bakery after all. In fact, you can buy a variety of them to take home in their shop on the main floor of the restaurant. We were all too full to take any extras home, but if you’re in Yaletown and looking for something sweet, be sure to check out Patisserie Fur Elise.

What You Missed at DNA Brunch @ the Union


Jan 2017

What You Missed at DNA Brunch @ the Union

Vancouver’s “traditional” winter weather has returned, meaning it was raining hard outside on Sunday morning. Good thing the DNA ladies were inside enjoying a fabulous brunch! We met at The Union in Chinatown for classic brunch dishes with a south-east Asian-inspired twist. Some of the most popular menu items were:

  • Pandesal French Toast
  • Shanghai Scramble
  • Bao Bun Bennies
  • Breakfast Bánh Mì

Everyone was doing a good job of sticking to new year’s resolutions, so this wasn’t a particularly boozy brunch. Instead, many ladies experimented with interesting beverage options including the Rosa Milk and Lapu Lapu. Of course, sometimes you just need a coffee which was readily available too!

It was great to see members and quite a few ladies who were “checking us out” for this great brunch event. Looking forward to tea next month, pinkies up ladies!


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