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                                                                                                issues our customers have no matter         into a positive, enjoyable, memorable, experience, and to build
                                                                                                how small those issues may be.              lasting relationships with my customers is very satisfying.
                                                                                                I welcome the responsibility and            Brian McLean GM is a family run business, that makes the dealership
                                                                                                authority I have been given to make         their family, and I’m very proud to be a part of that family!
                                                                                                customers happy. My role also
                                                                                                                                            Jennifer Gibson
                                                                                                entails managing and using social
                                                                                                                                            Finance Manager
                                                                                                media such as Facebook to help
                                                                                                                                            A valley resident since 1994, I have 9 years of automotive experience,
                                                                                                promote the dealership and the
                                                                                                                                            all with General Motors Products. I have been with the Brian McLean
                                                                                                people. Since social media is still
                                                                                                                                            team for 3 years and I look after the financial services centre.
                                                                                                relatively new in the grand scheme
                                                                                                                                            Purchasing or leasing an automobile, whether new or pre-owned,
                                                                                                of things I like finding new ways and
                                                                                                                                            is an important and major decision for each customer. I provide
                                                                                                ideas to utilize it.
                                                                                                                                            each customer with professional and confidential treatment
                                                                                                Malinda Cottingham                          throughout their vehicle purchase.
                                                                                                Product Specialist                          I encourage all customers to take advantage of the “Full Service
                                                                                                I am a Sales consultant and also the        Finance Centre” at Brian McLean’s. My role is much like a broker, I
                                                                                                Fleet Manager for the dealership.           provide services from a multitude of Canadian lending institutions
                                                                                                “I am thankful that Brian McLean            to find the right product for each customer. By offering solutions
                                                                                                offers me the flexibility of time to         for every financial situation and taking the time to customize
                                                                                                balance my family and my career.            each purchase to suit the personal or business budget of every
 From left to right: Sky Zimmerman, Malinda Cottingham, Kary Zimmerman, Jennifer Gibson         As a mother of three young children         customer ensures customer satisfaction! We call it “One stop
 Sky Zimmerman                                                                                I am very fortunate to be employed            shopping.” No need to wait and see your bank anymore!
 Internet Sales and Customer Relations Coordinator                 by a company that puts family first.” I look forward to many
 I moved to the Valley with my family in 1987 from Ontario, I      successful years at Brian McLean Chevrolet-Buick-GMC.
 have two wonderful kids and a great family. Away from work I      Kary Zimmerman
 am a player for the Courtenay Whalers Women’s hockey team,        Product Specialist
 which the dealership helps to sponsor. As for working here, I
                                                                   I moved to the valley in 1991, from Ontario, have worked for
 love my job and find it very rewarding. The McLean’s are an
                                                                   years in hospitality (11 of it at the Old House Restaurant), as well
 amazing family to work for, just like they say “ Welcome to
                                                                   as customer service based employment, which lends it hand to
 our family” That is exactly how I feel, part of the family. The
                                                                   the car industry. Being Mom to two boys that play Rep Hockey
 staff is awesome and super fun to work with, and I thoroughly                                                                                   2145 Cliffe Ave. Courtenay
                                                                   is very rewarding.
 enjoy coming to work everyday. Customer Satisfaction is very
                                                                   Working for a dealership also has it’s rewards.
 important at Brian McLean’s. It is very rewarding solving any
                                                                   To be able to turn customers negative perception of this industry,

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                                                                                                                       426 8th St, Courtenay                          Comox Mall, Comox
                                                                                                                       Washington Park Plaza, Courtenay               1250 A Cedar St, Campbell River
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PORTFOLIO STRATEGIES SECURITIES INC.                                                                                                                                                  Lori Ste. Croix
                                                                                                                                                                              Investment Advisor

                                           For over 15 years, I have been an                    and we will all want to retire one day.                  personalities to investments that will get
                                           Investment Advisor here in the Comox                 And if you’re already retired, you will                  them where they need to go.
                                           Valley, building my business and my                  want to continue to live comfortably.
                                           reputation for offering unbiased guidance            An Investment Advisor’s role is to help                  Please contact my office for a no-cost
                                           in building my client’s financially secure            you get to a place where you can meet                    appointment to look over investments
                                           futures.                                             all of your financial demands, using                      you may already own, or to get you
                                                                                                investments that don’t keep you awake                    started on your financial path.
                                           The past 10 years, and the past 4 years              at night.
                                           in particular, have been a challenge in
                                           our financial markets – it’s been tough               I am fortunate to have always worked
                                           to keep the faith. But regardless of                 with firms that allows me to pick and
                                           what happens in the markets and what                 choose amongst the biggest and best
                                                                                                                                                                       Lori Ste. Croix
                                           the headlines read, this is a fact: we               investment names in our industry. I                              Invesment Advisor since 1997
                                           are all going to continue to grow older              match individual clients and their specific                                250-338-2702
                                                                                                                                                                    318A Duncan Ave., Courtenay

       BRAIDWOOD NATUROPATHIC CLINIC                                                                                                                                           Dr. Erika Kneeland
                                                                                                                                                                         Naturopathic Physician
                                            After two weeks of house sitting down by “the         the doors to the Comox Valley Kung Fu School             natural treatments.
                                            Spit” in late August, with fresh blackberries         in January of 2010. They are delighted to have           Dr. Kneeland relies on natural treatments
                                            in hand, Erika Kneeland knew she wanted to            found such an amazing place to raise their               but also has prescriptive authority. In 2009,
                                            start up her Naturopathic Clinic in the Comox         daughter. Kneeland says, “Every day I wake               government legislation allowed Naturopathic
                                            Valley. While deciding where to live was easy,        up and love what I do. I feel so privileged to           physicians of B.C. to obtain prescriptive
                                            becoming a licensed Naturopathic doctor               be a part of people’s transformations”.                  rights. The new regulations are an important
                                            was no small feat.                                    Naturopathic Medicine is unique in the scope             step forward for the naturopathic profession
                                            After a four year Bachelor of Science degree          of therapies it has to offer. In addition to the         and will allow for better co-management with
                                            from the University of Calgary, Erika went            medical training standard for all primary care           medical doctors, which should enhance the
                                            on to do another four years at the Boucher            physicians, Dr. Kneeland has further training in         patient care of British Columbians.
                                            Institute of Naturopathic Medicine, Western           clinical nutrition, Western botanical medicine,
                                            Canada’s only accredited Naturopathic
                                            Medical School.
                                                                                                  Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture,
                                                                                                  classical and complex homeopathy, Bowen
                                            Dr. Kneeland moved to the Comox valley in             therapy and lifestyle counseling. She is                      Naturopathic Clinic
                                            2009. As she was establishing her Naturopathic        certified in First Aid, CPR, Advanced Cardiac
                                            practice, her husband, Corny Martens, was             Life Support and Intravenous therapies. The                #2-204 North Island Highway, Courtenay
                                            turning his dream of having his own Kung Fu           main differences from a visit to a medical                          250.334.0655
                                            school into a reality as well. Martens opened         doctor’s office are longer visits and the use of      

                                          A Little Bit About the Women of
      Sherrie                                                        Kelly: Career Graphic Designer. 8 yrs       and Accounts. 7 yrs in the Valley. Host
                                          Berni                      in the Valley. Long-time volunteer with     to continuous stream of out-of-town
                        Leslee                                       C.V. Ground Search & Rescue. Outdoor        visitors, avid supporter of Valley events
                                                                     enthusiast. Nana to Julian.                 and programs.
                                                                      Arlene: Digital Print expert, Customer     Leslee: Computer IT Specialist, Web and
                                                                       Service, Project Coordinator. 23 yrs in   Digital Print Designer. 9 yrs in the Valley.
                                                                        the Valley. Avid camping and outdoor     Wine festivals, travel and cooking are          Berni: Partner in ABC, Bindery Queen. 19
                                                                        enthusiast. Proud puppy owner.           keen interests.                                 yrs in the Valley. Darn good photographer,
                                                                                                                                                                 enthusiastic kayaker, avid networker,
                                                                        Debbie: Press operator. 7 yrs in the     Sherrie: In the Valley 18 years. Mom of
                                                                                                                                                                 busy mom and grandma. WBN member.
                                                                       Valley. Girl Guide Leader and Cadet       3 girls. Loves flower arranging, crafts
                                                                      Instructor Cadre. Avid scrap-booker.       and Chris.                                      Joanne: Partner in ABC, Bookkeeper,
                                                                        Recipient of the Queen’s Diamond                                                         Customer Service. 8 yrs in the Valley.
                Kelly                                         Jill                                               Marcy: Graphic Designer. New to the
                                 Debbie                                  Jubilee Award for Volunteerism.                                                         Travelling, golf, grand-kids, and games
                                                                                                                 Valley. Fibre artist. Most weekends spent
                                                                                                                                                                 (when there’s time). Avid sports fan.
                                                                          Jill: Reception, Customer Service      on her boat.

                                                                                      301 Puntledge Road I 250-338-6364 I
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                                                                                Travel Masters has recently opened their newest office in Courtenay. With a                adventure. Whether it’s Las Vegas for the weekend, or Cancun for a relaxing
                                                                                combined 30 years of experience, Resi and Susan have operated the Travel                  getaway, she’s going to get you there.
                                                                                Masters Prince Albert office for the last 6 years. New opportunities and families          Be sure to join us for our Caribbean night on November 7! Our host, Winston
                                                                                nearby, were deciding factors to bring the “Dynamic Duo” to the Comox Valley.             Chang, from Sandals/Beaches will be here to get you excited about a winter
                                                                                They are the Masters of Travel and go above and beyond what may be expected               getaway that is beyond your expectations. Call us for details
                                                                                of a travel agent to ensure their clients have the best travel experience possible.       We are open Monday – Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm and Saturday’s 10:00am –
                                                                                Robbin McKay, a long time resident of the Comox Valley is the newest addition to          4:00pm. You’re invited to stop by 2 – 239 Puntledge Road to discuss your next
                                                                                the Travel Masters team.                                                                  dream vacation...or your next flight to Calgary! Experience.....Our Advantage!
                                                                                Susan is our Master Cruise Counsellor, having spent more than 125 days at sea.
                                                                                She also specializes in destination weddings and is always excited to help plan
                                                                                                                                                                                                            2-234 Puntledge Road, Courtenay
                                                                                that special day.                                                                                                                   across from Value Village
                                                                                Resi’s passion is escorting groups to various parts of the world. We have groups                                                              250-871-8600
                                                                                for 2013 ready to go! If Italy is on your bucket is the time! Find out how
                                                                                you can join her.
                                                                                Robbin’s excitement for travel in general gets everyone revved up for their next

                                                                                Pick your desination:

                                                              Dierdre, Designer/Fashion Consultant: Local owner and              She really enjoys the variety and balance of working with the    New this fall: desigual shoes, boots, handbags & scarves
                                          Audrey              designer, she enjoys discovering new and unique clothing           public and working in her home/studio. To learn more about
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Located next to Safeway in Courtenay
                                                              lines that keep in mind the individual taste of women in the       Jessica and view her artwork visit
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Mon-Fri 10-6 Sat 10-5:30 Sun & Holidays 11-5
                                                              Comox Valley. Dierdre takes joy in creating a pleasant ambient     jessicatitley.
                                                              atmosphere while using visual presentation to capture the
   Leah                                                                                                                          Audrey, Bookkeeper/Office Manager: enjoys the SUBLIME
                                                              experience and focuses on celebrating all types of women           personal shopping experience and being advised on the
                                                              and their personal beauty through fashion.                         latest fashion trends. Working behind the scenes for seven
                                                              Leah, Manager/Fashion Consultant: a trendsetter with a             years, Audrey ensures all aspects of this fashion business run
                                                              real passion for fashion and an eye for helping women co-          smoothly. “Audy’s Bookkeeping” offers complete bookkeeping
                                                              ordinate great outfits. Leah has been working in the fashion        services with a personal assistant’s touch.
                                                              industry for over 24 years and offers SUBLIME customers an         SUBLIME Fashion Collection “Inspirational personal shopping
                                                              exciting and personal shopping experience. Leah’s dedication       experience”, dedicated to sensible style, contemporary
                                                              to perfection is the glue that binds!                              fashions sizes 2 thru 18. Our amazing staff share their
                                                              June, Fashion Consultant/Seamstress: fashion has always            wardrobe strategies striving for an unbeatable level of
                                                              been an excellent vehicle to express June’s creative nature        customer service.
                                                              by coordinating special outfits or selecting that perfect pair of
                                                              amazing jeans for one of SUBLIME’s many shoppers. “Going
                                                              to Any Length” is June’s home based hemming business                MEXX ~ KENSIE ~ DESIGUAL ~ SOYA CONCEPT
                                                              offering free pick up and delivery. 250-871-2662                   CHALET ~ PRESS ~ G’OZE ~ KATHERINE BARCLAY                                           Ave Courtenay
                                                                                                                                                                                                        1-1599 Cliffe Ave, Courtenay, BC
                                                                                                                                   JAG, KUT & B&E JEANS ~ TRESKA JEWELRY
 Jessica           Dierdre                         June
                                                              Jessica, Fashion Consultant/Artist: takes pleasure                                                                                               250.338.1284
                                                              incorporating her visual arts skills with the fashion industry.                                                                     

                                                                                           Sky Niskasari – Landscape Manager                                                    industry. Recently married and had a child. Moved back to the
                                                                                           I have been at Crown Isle Since, 2004. Hired originally as the head                  Valley at the start of 2012 and started working at Crown Isle.
                                                                                           gardener, and then becoming the assistant superintendent. After taking               Spent the summer enjoying all the great festivals, sunshine and happy
                                                                                           a year off on maternity leave I returned to Crown Isle as the Landscape              faces of the Valley.
                                                                                           Manager. My current job includes organizing and looking after all
                                                                                           the gardens on the golf course and around the club house area. We                    Donna Brown – Retail Golf Manager
                                                                                           also design, install, and maintain new landscapes, which I feel is the               Donna, an avid golfer and former Women’s Club Champion, was
                                                                                           most rewarding.                                                                      contracted to help merchandise Crown Isle’s Golf Shop over 5 years
                                                                                                                                                                                ago. Donna is responsible for all the great fashion sold at Crown Isle
                                                                                           Kathy Pilon – Catering Coordinator                                                   and loves it!
                                                                                           Moved to the Comox Valley in November of 2009 with my husband Jeff
                                                                                           and two children Ashlee & Brier . Have worked at Crown Isle since March              Bren Foster – Accounting Manager
                                                                                           2010. Originally was the Front Office Supervisor until November 2012                  I have been with Crown Isle for over 14 years and am currently the
                                                                                           when this position in Catering opened up. “The people who work at                    Accounting Manager. I have seen many changes to the business and
                                                                                           Crown Isle and come to visit are what makes it so special.”                          love the challenges of my position . I appreciate the opportunities Crown
                                                                                                                                                                                Isle continues to give me to grow with the company.
                                                                                           Sharon McConnell – Executive Housekeeper
                                                                                           I have been the Executive Housekeeper at a 5 Star Resort in Key West,
                                                                                           Florida, where I spent almost 10 years. I have lived in Santa Fe New
                                                                                           Mexico for 2 years and have now been here at Crown Isle Resort for 4
                                                                                           years to be close to my parents, who retired here.                                                                            399 Clubhouse Drive,
                                                                                           Mindy-J Wise - Front Office Manager
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Courtenay, BC
                                                                                           Born and raised in the Comox Valley, Spent 13 years in Tofino                                                         
           Pictured Left to Right: Sky, Kathy, Mindy, Donna, Bren, Sharon                  as the Front Office Manager at a resort. Loves the hospitality
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SPRINKLERS RESTAURANT                                                                                                                                                         Owner / Operator

                                               Karen has now operated her restaurant ,            Sprinklers is open March to December and is          COME IN AND ENJOY a Jamaican Wrap; THE
                                               Sprinklers, in Comox Golf Club for almost 2        open to the public. They are open for breakfast,     best fish and chips (halibut and hand-chipped
                                               years.                                             lunch and evening snacks.                            fries); homemade soups; the Reuben; and of
                                                                                                                                                       course pineapple cake.
                                               She prides herself on great food, good size        There are 2 patios offering peaceful views of the
                                               portions, good service and reasonable prices.      scenic golf course. It is a wonderful venue to       Karen, Kim and Andrew and the friendly staff at
                                                                                                  host your staff BBQ; a business meeting with         Sprinklers hope to see you soon!
                                               She gained her knowledge from working with
                                                                                                  appies and beverages; or just a get together
                                               great mentors at many local restaurants over
                                                                                                  with friends for lunch. Groups can also book
                                               the years.
                                                                                                  dates for your Christmas party, as they offer
                                               Her interest began at a young age, when she        numerous buffet menus.
                                               worked at the family business, pouring coffee.
                                                                                                                                                        in Comox Golf Club        250.339.7272


Serving Island communities for over 60   service through an extensive network of    and build healthier communities.
years, Coastal Community Credit Union    personal banking, insurance, investment    Ultimately, all the relationships we build
has grown to be the largest Credit       and business services centres from         aim to improve the financial health,
Union on Vancouver Island and the Gulf   Victoria to Port Hardy. We are one of      enrich people’s lives and build healthier
Islands.                                 Canada’s 50 Best Employers and we          communities for those we serve while
With more than 80,000 members,           are passionate about building stronger     providing our members with the
650+ employees and over $2 billion in    relationships with our members, clients,   assurance that all deposits are 100%               COMOX                  COURTENAY               RYAN ROAD
                                                                                                                                 202-1797 Comox Ave.         291 Fourth St.          1045 Ryan Rd.
assets under administration, Coastal     employees and communities to improve       GUARANTEED.
Community offers caring and helpful      financial health, enrich people’s lives                                                  250-703-4234            250-703-4210            250-703-4170
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BAYVIEW CHIROPRACTIC                                                                                                                    Dr. Debbie Wright & Dr.Alicia Steele
                                      Bayview Chiropractic is a family chiropractic    furthered their training with respect to pre-          These screenings will be done by donation,
                                      clinic that provides pain relief, prevention     and post-natal care in order to better help            with all proceeds going to the Comox Valley
                                      and wellness care to the Comox Valley. Drs.      women and their children during and after              Child Development Association. The CVCDA
                                      Debbie Wright and Alicia Steele bring close      pregnancy.                                             is a non-profit society that serves children in
                                      to 25 combined years of experience in caring     The month of October sees the return of                the community who need extra support.
                                      for people of all ages and lifestyles.           the 2nd Annual Kids Month at Bayview
                                      Drs. Debbie and Alicia enjoy treating a truly    Chiropractic. For these five weeks, Drs.
                                      varied population: newborns to people in         Wright and Steele will be providing health
                                      their 90s, national level athletes and weekend   screening for kids in their office at 544 4th
                                      warriors, everyone from artists and sculptors    St. in Courtenay. Infants and children up to
                                      to loggers and farmers. Both share a special     13 years of age will be checked for health
                                      interest in athletics and sports injuries,       indicators such as early signs of scoliosis,
                                                                                                                                                            (250) 334-4844
                                      having competed at the national level in their   proper backpack use and safety, and proper
                                                                                                                                                         544 4th St. Courtenay
                                      respective sporting careers. They have also      development of their nervous system.

 The Women of the Comox Valley Organic Collective are passionate about growing food and promoting organics. The Collective was formed
 earlier in 2012 with a mission to promote Certified Organic agriculture in the Comox Valley by educating eaters, supporting farmers and
 building community.
                                                                                   The Collective is a proud supporter of Organic Week, which runs September 22-29th. They have developed
                                                                                   a new logo, which will help consumers identify those farms that have certified or are in the process of getting
                  Barb                                                             their certification papers. Look for the logo at the Comox Valley Farmers Market.
   Carmen                   Megan                             Angie
                                                                                  Carmen Wakeling is the CEO and co-owner                  Arzeena Hamir is an Agrologist and newest
                         Sam                                                      of Eatmore Sprouts & Greens Ltd. Eatmore                 member of the Collective. Along with her family,
                                                                                  Sprouts produces organic sprouts & greens year           she runs Amara Farm on Kirby Rd where she
                                                                                  round in the Comox Valley with the help of farmers       grows garlic, winter greens, and is trying popcorn
                                                                                  like Amy & Angie. Carmen’s involvement with              for the first time. Arzeena has been in the organic
                                                                                  organics, sprouting and agriculture go back to           field for over 20 years and can often be heard on
                                                                    Ann           her childhood in her Mom’s big garden. Amazed            CBC Radio where she answers organic gardening
                                                                                  to this day by the capacity of Mother Nature to          questions. Look for the Amara Farm stand at the
                                                                                  look after us she has made a life choice to make         Farmer’s Market.
         Arzeena                                                                  a small difference in a big world.
                                                                                                                                           Barbara Odegard runs Ironwood Farm which
                                                                                  Megan and Ann are from Halstead Farm,                    has been Certified Organic since 1997. Barbara
                                                                                  a family business operated by the mother-                has been farming in the Comox Valley for 17
                                     Sherlene                                     daughter team, along with Megan’s husband                years and producing food for over 20 years. She
                                                                                  Chris Hancock. Their 100 acre farm is located            has co-operated and taught organic programs
                                                                                  on Williams Beach Road in Merville where they            at North Island College and has been active on
            Look for this                                                         raise certified organic poultry, Berkshire pork and       farm and organic boards at every level. Barbara
                                                                                  lamb. Aside from the animals, Megan also grows           is passionate about food and farming
            new logo!
                                                                                  a variety of organic bedding plants, from heritage
                                                                                  tomatoes to edible perennials and herbs. You             Sherlene Hua is co-owner of Hazelmere
                                                                                  can find them at the Comox Valley Farmers’                Farms, a certified organic farm, which provides a
                                                                                  Market on Saturdays, or buy direct from the farm         mixture of fruits and vegetables at local farmers’
                                                                                  by appointment.                                          market and specializes in Asian greens. You can
                                                                                                                                           find her at the Comox Valley Farmers Market

                                                                                  For more information, call Carmen 250-338-4860
                                                                                       or email
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JUDITH MOORE, INTERIOR DESIGN                                                                                                                                                                               Judith Moore
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Interior Designer
                                 Interior Design has been Judith’s                             design choices. Judith takes pride
                                 passion for over 36 years and she                             in knowing that her projects look
                                 continues to produce work without                             as individual as her clients. A full
                                 compromising her standard of quality                          service           Interior          Designer,            Judith
                                 - her trades, suppliers and designs
                                 reflect her benchmark for excellence.
                                                                                               supplies flooring, window coverings,
                                                                                               furniture,            accessories,                 wallpaper
                                                                                                                                                                                    JUDITH MOORE
                                                                                                                                                                                       INTERIOR DESIGN
                                 Judith does not compromise her                                and paint colour boards. Residential,
                                 projects or her clients homes by using                        commercial or professional, Judith
                                 inferior products or trades. Judith’s                         will guide you into making the right                                      UNIT F - 1766 RYAN ROAD, EAST COMOX, B.C.
                                                                                                                                                                                           V9M 4C9
                                 projects reflect her versatility - ultra                      design choices.                                                                          (250) 941-0262
                                 modern to traditional, each venture                                                                                                         HOURS: - 10:00 to 4:00 (Monday-Friday)
                                 reflecting her clients lifestyle and                                                                                                           APPOINTMENTS RECOMMENDED

NATURE’S WAY • BLUE MOON WINERY                                                                                                                                                                          Marla Limousin
                                                               Successful businesses just don’t happen, they are built by doing something you           highest quality in the products and in the most sustainable and organic manner
                                                               love and by building it with knowledgeable and dedicated people. These are the           possible. And as required in a small business, she multi-tasks, working in the
      Marla          Courtenay                Erin             people in the organization that are out front, the “face” of the business and who        blueberry grading and packaging and in the winery.
                                                               are the “behind the scenes” people. Each member helps the business achieve               Erin Jamieson also joined the farm 6 years ago starting as a blueberry picker.
                                                               its goals. Marla, Erin and Courtenay are some of these at Natures Way Farm, Blue         She quickly displayed her retail and strong organizational skills and has become
                                                               Moon Winery and Blue Moon Kitchen.                                                       invaluable as a multi-tasker as is required in small business. She moves fluidly
                                                               Eight years ago, Marla Limousin and her husband George fell in love with Natures         from her role as winery representative both in the tasting room and off premises;
                                                               Way Farm. It was Marla’s dream to farm and it was George’s dream to make                 to management of the blueberry production and distribution; and in the bottling of
                                                               wine. Having fruit right in the back yard, they made the decision to buy this            the new wines. Erin is also the hostess for Blue Moon Farm Dinners and special
                                                               organic blueberry farm that they could eventually develop into a winery; based           event luncheons and dinners. What she loves is to be able to do the physical
                                                               solely on fruit.                                                                         farming work outdoors and combine it with her love of people to create a balance
                                                               Marla is still a practicing Landscape Architect in Nunavut, specializing in park         lifestyle in her work.
                                                               planning and design and cultural landscaping. What she did not possess when              The team is multidiscipline and we all complement each other. As the farm,
                                                               they bought the farm, was practical farming experience. That is where a long             winery and kitchen continues to grow and evolve, Marla, Erin and Courtenay work
                                                               relationship began with Courtenay Johnson. Courtenay started at the farm 6 years         together to make those decisions.
                                                               ago as a blueberry picker and is now the Field Manager. She has a horticultural
                                                               certificate from Malaspina College and many years of experience working around                                                                  250.338.9765
                                                               the world on organic farms and in the horticultural industry. The farm continues to                                                            4905 Darcy Rd.,
                                                               evolve in new and exciting directions and as the Field Manager, Courtenay helps                                                                  Courtenay
                                                               to steer the quality and future direction of the farm. She continues to strive for the

                    A love of farming, a passion for wine and the joy of cooking                                                               

FRANCIS JEWELLERS                                                                                                                                                                                                 Rose Zilkie
                                 Francis Jewellers has been a part of Courtenay’s              loved ones, and most importantly captured                               got jewelry for any pocket book, from frugal to
                                 Heritage for a long time. It’s been adorning                  memories that will live on forever. You may not                         expensive. We bring a piece of The Big Apple
                                 people with exquisite jewelry since 1934. The                 owe all of that to Rose, some of it may have been                       right to the Comox Valley”.
                                 owners and manager are proud members of                       your own good judgment or taste, but Rose is
                                 Comox Valley’s local community and have been                  there to supply you with a myriad of options that                       Rose hopes to see you soon and welcome you to
                                 prominent supporters of local charities and                   truly reflect your needs and desires.                                    the Francis home if you haven’t visited already.
                                                                                               Rose is thrilled and pleased to announce that
                                 If you haven’t met Rose, you’re in for a treat. Rose          two new lines are being introduced to Francis
                                 Zilkie has been part of Francis Jewellers for over            Jewellers exclusively this Fall. Early to middle
                                 16 years. She holds the manager position at the               of October, Alfred Sung bridal selection will be
                                 store. She loves dealing with the public and will             offered; so, hold off your wedding shopping
                                 guide you through some of the biggest decisions               anywhere else for now, and pop by and see
                                 of your life. That’s right, that perfectly suited             Rose in October. A collection of Bering watches
                                 piece of jewelry had saved many relationships,                will follow shortly that same month. “We might                            320 Fifth Street Downtown Courtenay
                                 created unimaginable joy in the hearts of your                be a small, local shop”, says Rose “but we’ve
8 Women in Business 2012                                                                                                                                                                                   Comox Valley Echo

   Becoming a business owner is a goal for many women. Start-              hood and pick their brains about the best way to begin.                        * Secure legal representation. There are certain business laws
ing a business is seldom easy, but the process can be stream-                 * Write a business plan. This may seem like an intimidating               and employee laws that an individual will need to know to avoid
lined when a person knows the steps to take.                               part of starting a business, but getting thoughts written out in             fines and other legal recourse. Securing legal representation
   The Center for Women’s Business Research indicates that on              black and white can be a good organizational step. However,                  ahead of time can help prospective business owners navigate
average, women own over 10 million businesses in the United                there’s no specific formula for a business plan. Listing the type             the legal system.
States and employ around 20 million workers. Female-owned                  of business, marketing ideas, competition, and financial data is                * Budget and plan for marketing and advertising. It’s impor-
businesses account for over $2 trillion in sales. Female entre-            a good place to start. Also, having a business plan in place may             tant to get the word out about the new business. While this can
preneurs are collectively known as “Janes,” and they are a big             make it easier to secure a loan.                                             start with family and friends, eventually the efforts will have to
part of the country’s financial landscape.                                     * Secure funding. Businesses require start-up capital. Some               go beyond. Think about community-based activities that can
   For women who want to become Janes, there are certain                   small business owners have their own savings they’ll be devot-               advertise the new business. Work with schools and community
steps to take to develop and launch a business. There are many             ing to the business, while others solicit investors. The majority            organizations if yours is a niche business for children or seniors.
resources that can help women and men start a company. The                 of business developers apply for a business loan. This is where              A Web site and newspaper advertising, both in print and online,
Small Business Administration is one of them. Here is some of              a business plan can be an asset. Also, grants may be an op-                  can be a good starting point.
their guidance in doing so.                                                tion. According to the SBA, some business grants are available                 Keep in mind that it can be a few years before small business
   * Find a mentor. There are organizations like SCORE and                 through government programs, nonprofit organizations and oth-                 owners start to realize a profit on their efforts. So don’t give up
Women’s Business Centers that provide free resources online                er groups. For example, some states provide grants for expand-               too easily and soon another successful “Jane” will be part of
and locally for the prospective small business owner. Individuals          ing child care centers, creating energy efficient technology and              the economy.
also can connect with current business owners in the neighbor-             developing marketing campaigns for tourism.

 THE WOMEN OF COURTENAY KIA                                                                                                                                                    All of the ladies at Courtenay Kia
                                                                                                                                                                              take pride in being involved in the
                                                                                                                                                                            local community. Before starting with
  We are the women of Courtenay Kia. We are community minded and family orientated. Between the 5 of us we have many years of experience in
  the business world. Our number one mandate is to satisfy our customer’s needs and to make their purchase as easy and enjoyable as possible.                               Courtenay Kia, one of the key factors
  At Kia, we have quality new and used cars to suit all buyers. We invite you to come for a drive and see what we have to offer                                               in choosing their employer was to
                                                                                                                                                                             represent a car company that meets
  Katrina (reception) moved from Edmonton where           Stacey (sales) was born in Moose Jaw, Sask.,             Jan (sales) made the Comox Valley her home in            the needs of all their clients. “We are
  she was working for a chemical distribution compa-      She spent some time in Alberta and quickly real-         1990. Her husband with their two children pur-
  ny in accounts payable. She enjoys her exciting, new    ized that their winters are way too cold, In 2002 she    chased a farm called Canterberry Stables to house          proud to put our faces on a brand
  job at Courtenay Kia and the comfortable, relaxed       made a decision to move to the most tropical place       their three dogs, one cat and, of course, a horse.          that We are proud of”, they said.
  pace of the Comox Valley. She is always ready to        in Canada and ended up in the Comox Valley. Sta-         After 13 years they finally gave up the farm busi-
  welcome you with a smile to start off your day right.   cey claims she will always be a Prairie Girl at heart.   ness and Jan was invited to sell cars. She found
                                                                                                                                                                            Here are a few of the benefits of
                                                          She has four children and that keeps her hopping         this was a great job for her and has been active in      our new vehicles at Courtenay Kia:
           Stacey                                         outside of work. She is glad to be returning to the      the business ever since.                                 •     5 star safety rating, fuel efficiency,
                                      Jan                 car business after a short break
                                                                                                                   Yolanda (Parts & Service Manager) moved to the                 low cost of ownership, worry free 5
                                                                                                                   Valley when she was 12 years old. She spent some               year warranty, environmentally con-
                                                                                                                   time in the lower mainland to attend school and try
                                                                                                                                                                                  scious, trend setting designs, military
                                            Yolanda                                                                something new, eventually returned around 8 yrs
                                                                                  Katrina                                                                                         and graduate discount programs.
                                                            Loretta                                                ago and never looked back. Yolanda has worked
                                                                                                                   in the automotive industry for 11 years, has been        •     Drive Change. A new perspective.
                                                                                                                   married for 17 years to her wonderful husband and
                                                                                                                                                                                  An innovation. Its the birth of some-
                                                                                                                   is blessed with 2 beautiful daughters. She is happy
                                                                                                                   to be living in the Comox Valley and looks forward             thing brighter. Something stronger.
                                                                                                                   to seeing you.                                                 Change makes us better. It’s all
                                                                                                                   Loretta (Business Manager) grew up in Camp-                    around us. Drive and change. Two
                                                                                                                   bell River, travelled and lived around B.C. for a few          words that mean even more when
                                                                                                                   years. Then, returned to the island with her hus-              we put them together.
                                                                                                                   band and set down roots in Courtenay over 25
                                                                                                                   years ago. She has 2 children and 6 grandchildren.       •     The drive change initiative is about
                                                                                                                   You may remember her from Bank of Montreal as                  taking the drivers seat in your home
                                                                                                                   she worked there for many years. All the wealth                and beyond, and becoming the kind
                                                                                                                   of her banking experience translates directly to               of change you want to see in the
                                                                                                                   her business manager position at Courtenay Kia.
                                                                                                                   Please drop by to say hello.

                                                                                                             “Kia’s drive change is something this community will see more of, from us, the women of Courtenay Kia.
                                                                                                           This is an exciting program that promotes change for the better, the exact platform on which we strive to live by.
                                                                                                             No matter if you are in the market for a new or used vehicle or just feel like a cup of coffee, stop in anytime
                                                                                                                                       and ask us why we are proud to work for Courtenay Kia.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                    from         Superstore
                                                                                                                                                                                                      River                   Highway 19A

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 D# 30891
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    from Comox
                                                                                                                                                                                            Lewis                         Comox Road
                                                                                                                                                                                            Park                                                 Comox Road

                                                    250.334.9993                         1025A COMOX ROAD                                    OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK                                     5th Street
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            17th Street
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AUCTION HOUSE VANCOUVER ISLAND                                                                                                                                                                    Jean Rowe

                                                                            Jean Rowe is retired military with over       in the Valley however; found that even        For more information and optional
                                                                            20 years of service and retired in the        that was no match for the state of the        bidding on line see our website at www.
                                                                            Comox Valley in 1997.                         economy.                             or call 250-941-
                                                                            Since her early twenties she has run          Jean opened Auction House Vi in Jan           1999.
                                                                            some sort of business or another in her       2011 and has been growing the business
                                                                            spare time on days off and holidays.          since. It is located at 1611 Hudson Rd,
                                                                            For almost 30 years she has had her           Comox. “I’m very passionate about the
                                                                            own antique and collectible business          business and treat seniors and young
                                                                            and has acquired a vast amount of             people with the same respect.
                                                                            knowledge.                                    Confidentiality is paramount in this
                                                                            As she says, “I don’t claim to be an          business whether I’m selling whole
                                                                            expert in any field; however, I know           collections, or personal estates.”
                                                                            a little about a lot of things when it        Every Tuesday at 6:00 the Auction House
                                                                            comes to antiques & collectibles!” Most       sells quality used items from furniture,            1611 Hudson Rd., Comox
                                                                            recently Jean has owned and operated          to tools and jewelry. There’s something   
                                                                            “Pass it On…” Antiques & Collectibles         for everyone each week                                 250.941.1999

                                                                                       At UNIGLOBE, we pride ourselves on having the highest quality travel profes-
                                                                                       sionals available. Client relationships and the people who maintain them are
                                                                                       crucial to our success. We are confident that you’ll rave about our people.
                                                                                       Julie Huff (Owner)
                                                                                       Julie Huff is one of the Owner‘s of Uniglobe Travel in the Comox Valley. She has been involved
                                                                                       with Uniglobe for over 7 years now and enjoys the Travel Industry immensly.
                                                                                       She is an active member of the Chamber of Commerce here in the Comox Valley. Her love and
                                                                                       passion is Cruising; she has cruised extensively and specializes in Cruise Groups on all of the
                                                                                       major Cruise Lines. If you have any questions regarding Cruising or you want to set-up your
                                                                                       very own Cruise Group come in to Uniglobe Travel and ask for Julie!

                                                                                       Chris Gibson (Owner)
                                                                                       Chris Gibson, partner in Uniglobe Alliance Travel, has been in the travel agency business since 1991.
                                                                                       Although she has only been in the Comox Valley full time for 6 years, she says that the customers here
                                                                                       in the Valley are the most pleasant and adventurous she’s ever worked with. She looks forward to many
                                                                                       more years in the Valley.
                                                                                       Being your travel advisor is more than offering you enchanting vacations to the
                                                                                       far reaches of the globe. It also involves offering you personal support and helpful
                                                                                       advice to enhance all your travel experiences, whether near or far.
       Deb                  Julie                 Suzanne              Janice          As always, please feel free to contact us about your future travel plans.

 Suzanne Whyte                                                              Deb Jones                                                         Janice Whaley
 Suzanne Whyte is a Certified Travel Consultant and a 27 year veteran of     Deb Jones has been in the travel industry since 1987, and has     Because travel adventures have always been her passion, 12 years
 the ever changing travel industry. Having worked in the Comox Valley for   experienced many changes in vacation travel since then.           ago Janice Whaley chose her second career in the world of travel.
 13 years, her attention to detail, along with her vast travel and cruise   Deb joined Uniglobe in 2007 and enjoys working with the           Her favorite types of travel include cruising (cruise ship and river
 experience has made her a well respected and true travel professional.     Comox Valley’s savvy travelers. She especially has fun helping    boat) and coach tours of Europe. Asia (especially China) is another
 From your quote to your personal welcome home, Suzanne will expertly       clients looking for those unique vacation experiences, such as    favorite destination. She would love to help you plan your dream
 plan your trip, wherever it takes you!                                     honeymoons, wedding anniversaries, and adventure travel.          vacation.

                                                                            Amanda Wilkinson
                                                                            Congratulations to Amanda on baby Kaden. She
                                                                            will be back at Uniglobe in March 2013 to serve
                                                                            her clients.
                                                                                                                                                   Happy Travels!
 250.334.3442                     |    1.866.334.3442                                  UNIGLOBE Alliance Travel                                             10–1599 Cliffe Avenue
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                                                   Margot Rutherford, Elise Millard and Ann MacDermid are a team
                                                   of Real Estate Conveyancers working together to streamline
                                                   real estate purchase and sales in British Columbia. We have
                                                   worked together for many years as a cohesive team to ensure
                                                   that our clients’ purchases, sales and mortgages close to their
                                                   satisfaction. Client service is our passion and we work hard to
                                                   close our transactions quickly and efficiently.
                                                   We register Land Title documents electronically and have
                                                   enjoyed this process and the improvements currently being
                                                   made by the Land Title and Survey Authority of British
                                                   Columbia.                                                           Margot R. Rutherford
                                                   Margot is increasing our estate planning practice and               Notary Public
                                                   welcomes you to come to discuss your estate needs: Wills,
                                                                                                                       981 Fitzgerald Avenue, Courtenay
                                                   enduring Powers of Attorney for financial and legal matters,
                                                                                                                       T: 250-338-6251 • F: 250-338-5337
                                                   and Representation Agreements appointing persons who may
                                                   take care of your health care and personal care decisions.
                                                   Give us a call for your notarial needs at (250) 338-6251.           Ramp access at back of building

                                  “Committed To The Core”                           and proven effective interventions such           Y.A.N.A., the Comox Valley Community
                                                                                    as   Extracorporeal    Shockwave      Therapy,    Foundation, Hospice, Comox Valley Boy and
                                  Bodyworx Physiotherapy and Bodyworx               Bodyworx    provides     full   spectrum   care   Girls Club, Dawn to Dawn and a number of
                                  Pilates & Health began in 2006, operating         from acute to chronic injury management.          other charitable causes.
                                  out of what many describe as a “healing” and      Bodyworx is also pleased to provide the only
                                  “therapeutic” space known as the Manor in         fully equipped Pilates studio on the North
                                  Comox. Lynn Brandon, owner, along with            Island. It is the vision of Bodyworx staff to
                                  her friendly and caring team of ten staff are     offer a unique and effective blend of services
                                                                                                                                                          AND PILATES
                                  privileged to be of service to the residents of   in a welcoming and supportive atmosphere,
                                                                                                                                           Physiotherapy - Massage Therapy
                                  the Comox Valley.                                 utilizing leading edge strategies for both
                                                                                                                                             Acupuncture - Kinesio Taping
                                                                                    treatment and prevention of injury.                     Pilates Training - Women’s Health
                                  Offering a diverse range of physiotherapy                                                               Shock Wave Therapy - Infrared Sauna

                                  services,   acupuncture,    women’s    health,    Our commitment to caring for people extends     
                                  message therapy as well as innovative             to the community through supporting Rotary,                 250.339.5540

AS YOU LIKE IT PRODUCTS & CATERING                                                                                                                               Laura Agnew

                            As You Like It is one of Comox valley’s finest      use her prepared sauces, book a private or
                            caterers of gourmet foods for weddings,            business orientated event or request pre-
                            corporate functions and special events. The        made gourmet meals for the home, it will be
                            Shakespearian play - ‘As You Like It’ states       done ‘As you like it’.
                            “Can one desire too much of a good thing?”
                                                                               A note from the chef; “You can call me or drop in
                            Owner, Laura Agnew, a red seal qualified
                                                                               to see me at the Comox Valley farmer’s market
                            chef of 31 years, believes you cannot.
                                                                               to taste some of my wonderful products or to
                            Her goal is to supply the local region with
                                                                               talk about filling your freezer, booking a lunch
                            gourmet food and food products for people
                            who enjoy the art of eating quality, locally
                                                                               or other special event. Remember Christmas                     250-335-2625
                                                                               is just around the corner.”
                            grown food. Whether you cook at home and
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                    A tradition of service began when Extreme Ends                color as it has always been an amazing company to
                    opened for business in June 1994, and that foundation         work with and delivers excellent results in keeping the
                    has been the basis for the strong relationships we            hair healthy. Kera-straight system continues to be a
                    build with our clients.                                       popular service giving clients healthy, shiny frizz free
                    Our visionary team works together drawing inspiration         hair lasting up to 3 months.
                    from the world around them, incorporating each of             They have also listened to their clients in wanting more
                    their unique personalities for an original experience.        natural products and have since brought in a skincare
                    Owner/stylist Cathy has always believed in creating a         line ‘Ilike’ , makeup by Micabella. A new service we are
                    team that is as strong in personality as in technical         offering is a Misencil Lash Extension. You get long, full,
                    skills and is extremely proud of her staff of 13.             natural looking lashes with no mascara required.
                    In an ever evolving industry they have enjoyed                They also have a private spray booth ‘Mystic Tan’
                    consistent training to stay on top of today’s trends.” This   which offers UV-free spray tans! The tan takes less
                    is a fashion-forward industry and new techniques and          than a minute to get and can last up to a week, a great
                    products are being introduced all the time! Consumers         option for a nice healthy glow!
                    are becoming more concerned with looking and feeling          The team at Extreme Ends prides themselves on
                    healthy, and hair is following the trend.                     customer service and wants each and every customer
                    Extreme Ends has always prided themselves on
                    partnering with the highest quality of products to ensure
                                                                                  who visits the salon to leave having fully enjoyed their
                                                                                                                                                              Cathy Lewis
       Leanne                                                                                                                                             OWNER / HAIR STYLIST
                    superior results. They have been faithful to Goldwell
      MANAGER                                                                              ‘GREAT SERVICE IS TIMELESS’

         Jodi                     Radine                                Cindy                               Christie                              Heidi                    Tracy
     HAIR STYLIST              HAIR STYLIST                         HAIR STYLIST                         HAIR STYLIST                          HAIR STYLIST             HAIR STYLIST

         Tara                        Liz                              Adrianne                              Mariah                                 Kim                     Sarah
     HAIR STYLIST              HAIR STYLIST                         ESTHETICIAN                           RECEPTION                            RECEPTIONIST             ETHETICIAN

                                 319A 4TH STREET, COURTENAY • SALON & SPA: 250.338.8552
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INVESTORS GROUP                                                                                                                                                                        Mandy Baker
                                               Originally from Powell River, Mandy calls the        flexibility as an independent business woman             exceeding expectations, everyone deserves a
                                               Comox Valley home, even though she was born          helping clients plan for the future, through            110% out of life. I look forward to the reward
                                               “across the pond”.                                   financial management has been a rewarding                of seeing clients’ financial goals and lifelong
                                                                                                    combination for a land-based career”, says              dreams being fulfilled.”
                                               Growing up on the water, she remains to have         Mandy. “It mirrors the trust and service of the
                                               a strong passion for the ocean. Prior to a West      yachting industry as well as provides balance for       Meet Mandy and learn more about her October
                                               Coast wedding and becoming mother to two,            the care required of a young family.”                   3, at Crown Isle, 2 pm or 7 pm during her
                                               Mandy travelled the world aboard a 161 foot                                                                  Complimentary Women and Finance Seminar.
                                               private motor yacht for eight years.                 “I truly believe that choosing a financial planner       Or see what she has been up to in the
                                                                                                    is like choosing a new family member”, “there           community through Facebook under Mandy
                                               As Chief Stewardess for an influential family,        needs to be that sense of loyalty and commitment        Baker Consultant.
                                               Mandy’s executive management of the interior         for today and the years to come” says Mandy.
                                               and level of service second to none, built lasting                                                      
                                               relationships with owners and guests alike.          “The reassurance of having an advisor on your
                                               Mandy also brings 10 years experience in the
                                                                                                    personal team is that they are there for you
                                                                                                    to call upon in a time of uncertainty, during
                                               marketing field directly from businesses within       significant life changes, celebrations or losses.
                                               the region. Including Public Relations and           Strategies are put into place so life’s planned
                                               Special Event Coordinator for Mt. Washington         and unplanned events are well thought out.
                                               Resort, Kingfisher Resort & Spa and Operations
                                               Manager of the BC Disability Games. “The             “My passion has always been meeting and

WHALES TALES TOYS                                                                                                                                                                     Judy Osborne

                                                                                                     “In the competitive business            puzzle and game sections. We carry Ravenburger, Cobble
                                                                                                    climate, we must differentiate           Hill, Sunset, and Melissa and Doug brand puzzles up to 1500
                                                                                                    o u r s e l v e s b y p ro v i d i n g   pieces. We have tons of games across all genres including,
                                                                                                    excellent customer service               strategy, trivia, family, party and board games. And the best
                                                                                                    and high quality, well built             part: if we don’t have it in we might be able to special order
                                                                                                    toys”, says Judy.                        it for you. Every year, we complete 100’s of customer special
                                                                                                                                             orders. Our toy specialists can recommend fantastic gift
                                                                                                    To that end, Whale’s Tale Toys
                                                                                                                                             ideas for those big and little people in your world that are
                                                                                                    carries dozens of toy brands,
                                                                                                                                             hard to shop for.
                                                                                                    renowned for durability at a
                                                                                                    reasonable cost. Our core                We can also assemble vibrant balloon bouquets, birthday
                                                                                                    brands include:                          party goodie bags and expertly wrapped gifts.

                                                                                                    • Playmobil                              “We want every customer to feel as though they are coming
                                                                                                    • Thomas the Train                       into our home”, says Judy. Come home and visit Downtown
                                                                                                    • Brio Trains                            Courtenay soon!
                                                                                                    • Corolle Dolls
                                                                                                    • Melissa and Doug
                                                                                                    • Lego
                                                                                                    • Schleich
                  Judy Osborne at Playmobil Land                                                    • Calico Critters
                                                                                                    • Ravensburger Puzzles and
                just outside of Nuremberg, Germany                                                    Games
 Judy Osborne, owner and creator of Whale’s Tale Toys, has                                          • Cornell Dresses and Hatley
                                                                                                      PJ’s and Sleepers
 been serving downtown Courtenay for over 27 years. In
                                                                                                    • Bruder Trucks.
 2012 Courtenay has seen many changes, but we want our
 customers to know that shopping downtown is as vibrant as        We are excited to be able to carry Brio Brand products once
 ever. We are excited to welcome several new and interesting      again, we have a new, beautiful line of collectable dolls by
 stores. In a rapidly changing retail world; customers always     Adora and are now carrying old school, race car tracks – no
 have the option of coming “home” to Fourth, Fifth and Sixth      batteries required!                                                              332 - 5th Street Courtenay
 Street to find a unique gift, have a fabulous lunch, or people    In response to customer requests, we have expanded our
 watch at one of our many outdoor cafes.                                                                                                                     250-338-1233
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                                                                                                                                                                                                 Lee Erikson
FRÜV FREEDOMWEAR                                                                                                                                                                        Owner & Manager

                                                                                    such a great product”, Lee says.         out pants is really the best part.
                                                                                    “What I especially like about Fruv       They’re offered in various colour
                                                                                    Freedomwear is that they are an          combinations and styles to please
                                                                                    environmentally conscious company        pretty much anyone. All the products
                                                                                    that promotes healthy living and         are breathable, moisture wicking, offer
                                                                                    community support. It’s so nice to       a 4 way stretch and have flat locked
                                                                                    be able to bring this sort of thing to   seams that move with the body.
                                                                                    the Comox Valley and it feels great to        Fruv’s Core Value’s include, People
                                                                                    be part of something that is the best    first, Making the world a sillier place,
                                                                                    of both worlds!!!”                       living life from abundance, gratitude
                                                                                        If you’re looking for something      and continuous learning, creating
                                                                                    comfy to work out in, give Fruv          vibrant health, lighting people up
                                                                                    Freedomwear a try!! The products         and celebrating their choices, having
    You’re invited to come into           Your Fruv On!”
                                                                                    come in a wide spectrum of colors,       outrageous fun, living with integrity,
Comox Valley’s newest store “Fruv             Lee carried the Fruv line in her
                                                                                    fabrics and designs for women (and       being nice to Mother Earth, little old
Freedomwear,” which is owned and          previous business and the product
                                                                                    to men in the near future). Women        ladies, hair brained teenagers and
operated by local resident Lee Erikson.   did so well that she and her husband
                                                                                    can choose from an array of jackets,     people who had way too much fun
Fruv Freedomwear is a Canadian            decided to jump on board and partner
                                                                                    pants, tops, shorts, hoodies and much    the night before!!
owned and operated Yoga and Athletic      up with the company to offer more
                                                                                    more. Fruv is perfect for looking             We extend a warm invitation to you
wear company that manufactures its        selection and choice.                                                                                                         Side effects:
                                                                                    “fruviliscious” while working out,       to come visit us at our new location
products in beautiful Canuckland              Lee is an active member in the                                                                                            May cause laughing fits, random acts
                                                                                    travelling or simply lounging            #6-795 Ryan Road (Superstore
(Vancouver). Fruv’s clothing is made      community and is very much a
                                                                                    around the house while remaining         complex). We really believe you will       of dancing, and irresistible cravings to
using Bamboo, Merino Wool and long        Yogi, outdoors and sports minded
                                                                                    comfortable. Fruv’s selection of work    love to “Get Your Fruv On!”                stretch and strengthen.
lasting FruvTech fabrics, with a view     individual. She generously donates
to being kind to the environment and      to local charities and shelters here in
sustainable.                              the Comox Valley and Campbell River
    FRUV Freedomwear has become           areas as a way to recycle her clothes
a household name that is known            and support people in need.
for great products and innovative             “I think it’s so important to
designs. Fruv is a community of Fun       support our community as well as the
Loving, Yogis, Rider and Athletes with    Canadian economy any way we can,
a passion for making the world a fitter    and by getting back to who we truly
place and a love of being free. Our       are, it only made sense to change
Mission is for “Everyone to Get           our model and move forward with
                                                                                                                                                          Open Monday–Sunday 250 331 1711
                                                                                                                                              6-795 Ryan Road, Courtenay (Superstore Complex)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           and fair-trade agricultural practices. Each product is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           made in small batches utilizing clean energy sources and

                                                    a beautiful experience
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           the purest methods possible to guarantee quality and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           freshness. “Our skincare is paraben free, vegan friendly,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           cruelty free, GMO free and good for your skin!” she adds
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           excitedly. To find a cosmetic manufacturer to produce a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           world class mineral makeup line, Leanne had to travel a bit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           farther to Toronto. Level 10’s new line of mineral makeup
                                             Level 10’s origins were in a much smaller location with a       has created a skilled team that has made long term
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           is made in Canada, is hypo-allergenic, fragrance free,
                                             staff of 4.This full service salon and spa is now celebrating   commitments both to Level 10 and their clients.                                                                               paraben free, lead free and non-comedogenic. It is made
                                             22 years in business and occupies over 2500 square                                                                                                                                            from pure mineral elements: zinc oxide, titanium dioxide
                                             feet employing more than 20 professionals. Providing            Spa aestheticians at Level 10 are dedicated in providing                                                                      and 100%-micronized minerals from the earth which are
                                             employment for this many people is very rewarding               only the very best in services that go beyond pampering.                                                                      pulverized and sterilized into fine powder form. “This
        ANNA                 SHARON          for owner Leanne. “I strive to create and maintain an           “Complete comfort and total relaxation along with                                                                             makeup is lightweight and natural looking and actually
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              KAREN                      CARRIE
       Hair Designer         Hair Designer   exceptional working environment that attracts the best in       respecting individual privacy and strict sanitation practices                                                                                                                                 Salon Co-ordinator       Spa Manager/Aesthetician
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           improves your skin by allowing it to breathe, and the
                                             our industry and where employees happily want to be a           are our primary concerns. It is imperative that clients feel                                                                  lipsticks are lead free!” she says. To ensure un-surpassed
                                             part of the Level 10 Team for the long term. This, in turn,     totally safe and at ease to experience the full benefits of                                                                   quality, each product is manufactured individually by
                                             results in an atmosphere where clients have confidence          each visit,” emphasizes Leanne. “And the benefits of spa                                                                      hand – no machines – from start to finish. The lipsticks are
                                             in us, are made to feel very special and love to come           are tremendous,” she continues. “Lifestyles today are                                                                         all hand cut and flamed, the lip glosses are all individually
                                             and visit” she says. “Our clients love the ‘Glam Zen’ look      very demanding and we need to relax and rejuvenate to                              LEANNE                                     hand poured, each shadow and powder is pressed by
                                             and feel of the salon/spa and are very appreciative of the      stay healthy. At Level 10 we are extremely happy to help                                Owner                                 hand….. “We are now very excited to introduce our very
                                             comfortable and welcoming environment.”                         you do that!”                                                                                                                 own cosmetic and skincare lines to the Comox Valley!”
                                                                                                                                                                              product lines as a way of ensuring quality ingredients
                                             Leanne’s philosophy has always been “beauty and                 The hair salon specializes in creating a personal look           and performance while customizing to fit the needs of        Being part of the Comox Valley community is a very
                                             wellness are a result of taking care of one’s SELF.” This       for each client and the team members are well known              the demographics of our clientele,” says Leanne. The first   important part of the business. Level 10 supports many
                                             explains all the wonderful services offered at Level 10         for their expertise in hair colouring. Professional hair         step was to source out a manufacturer that was Canadian      local charities as well as local Rotary projects and Ducks
                                             Eurospa. From hair design, facials and skin rejuvenation,       designers consider facial structure and body type along                                                                       Unlimited preservation projects. Leanne has always
                                             manicures and pedicures to relaxation massage,                  with skin colour, hair’s natural characteristics as well as                                                                   been an advocate of supporting fellow businesses and
       DONNA                KIMBERLEY                                                                                                                                         “I have always wanted to create our own product                                                                              STEPHANIE                     ABIGAIL
                                             reflexology, steam, hydrotherapy and body wraps; these          one’s lifestyle to create individual and dynamic looks. “We                                                                   shopping locally. Level 10’s commitment to the community
       Hair Designer         Hair Designer
                                             services not only help you look and feel great but also         also instruct you on how to maintain your hair design and
                                                                                                                                                                              lines as a way of ensuring quality ingredients and           is reflected by the support people of the Comox Valley          Spa/Aesthetician             Spa/Aesthetician
                                             do wonders for your mental well being. “We offer some           extend the benefits of any treatments at home,” Leanne           performance while customizing to fit the needs               have given her business. “Thank you, thank you for your
                                             exquisite signature treatments and packages that people         says. “Our clients are our best advertising and nothing          of the demographics of our clientele.”                       continued patronage and enabling us to be recognized
                                             come from far and wide to experience again and again”           pleases us more than the positive testimonials we receive                                                                     for outstanding performance within our industry,” she
                                             she smiles proudly. “Our clients are the most important         from them!” she adds.                                                                                                         beams. Everyone at Level 10 takes pride in a high level of
                                                                                                                                                                              and one that employed an eco-friendly approach to the        customer satisfaction and as a team they diligently strive
                                             people in our salon/spa and we are grateful for being
                                                                                                                                                                              whole process. “Two years ago I found a manufacturer         to be the best. “We are in the business of making people
                                             allowed to look after them. It is truly a pleasure for us.”     Committed to evolving and staying on top, Leanne is
                                                                                                                                                                              in Vancouver who fit all my criteria to produce a ‘green’,   happy; continued education, being passionate about our
                                                                                                             constantly on the lookout for new products and services.
                                                                                                                                                                              eco-conscious skincare line and after many, many hours       work and really listening to and caring about our clients.
                                              The Level 10 team members remain current in their              “It is extremely important for me to offer only the very best    of ingredient research and many months of product            These things have guaranteed us success,” Leanne
                                             skills and are continually expanding their knowledge            so therefore I spend a lot of time researching and testing       testing, we have put together an incredible natural          says. As is stated in the mission statement prominently
                                             and expertise. As well as travelling to International trade     before we introduce anything new,” she emphasizes. This          and botanical skincare line of premium quality.” The         covering one wall in the reception at Level 10 Eurospa,
                                             shows, they also participate in certification programs and      year marks a milestone for her as Level 10 gets ready            ingredients for the Level 10 line are grown under organic    their promise has always been to provide SERVICE
                                             regular in-salon training. The team also practices good         to launch their very own line of cosmetics and skincare.         conditions (many are certified organic) without the use of   ABOVE THE EXPECTED. It is all about their clients and
                                             communication skills and promise their undivided attention      “This has been years in the planning and now the time                                                                                                                                            TRISH
      STEFANIE              REBECCA                                                                                                                                           synthetic preservatives and fertilizers, using sustainable   ensuring a Beautiful Experience!                                                               ALICIA
                                             for the duration of each client’s visit. This combination       is just right! I have always wanted to create our own                                                                                                                                         Spa/Aesthetician
       Hair Designer         Hair Designer                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Nail Tech/Aesthetician

     BRITTANY                 BETH                     KATE                                            PAM                                                                                                                         HALEY                                      CRYSTAL                      JOAQUINA                        FIONA
       Hair Designer         Hair Designer           Hair Designer                                  Bookkeeper                                                                                                             Reception/Makeup Artist                                Reception                Spa/Aesthetician             Spa/Aesthetician

   1025 Cliffe Ave. Courtenay                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                                       www.level10                                                                                                                                                              250 334-0209
16 Women in Business 2012                                                                                                                                                                  Comox Valley Echo
                                                                                                                                                              INFLUENTIAL WOMEN
BREAKING THROUGH THE GLASS CEILING                                                                                                                            OF THE LAST 100 YEARS
   As the old saying goes, “A woman’s work         cations or achievements.                            gressive when pursuing a salary that is com-
                                                                                                                                                                Many women have helped shape the world
is never done.” Unfortunately, many women             Many women feel they have gone as far            mensurate with your experience.
                                                                                                                                                              that we know today. Many of those women
find this adage still rings true, particularly in   as they can with their employer thanks to a            • Get involved. Network with like-minded
                                                                                                                                                              found their voices in the 20th century and helped
regard to the workplace.                           lack of options at the supervisory level, or an     women who have already paved their own
                                                                                                                                                              change the views of women around the world.
   According to the AFL-CIO, the average           unwillingness of higher-ups to consider them        way in the business sector. Women work-
                                                                                                                                                              Here’s a look of some of the most influential
25-year-old woman who works fulltime,              for advancement.                                    ing in predominantly male fields can develop
                                                                                                                                                              women of the 20th century:
year-round until she retires at age 65 will           As difficult as it can be for women to ad-        networking opportunities that are enjoyable
earn $523,000 less than the average working        vance, there are ways to break through. In          to both men and women.                                 • Jane Addams                    •   Ruth Bader Ginsberg
man. The U.S. Department of Labor says that        2009, a report by Bloomberg News discov-               • Find a mentor. Networking remains one             • Maya Angelou                   •   Jane Goodall
women earn roughly 20 percent less than            ered that many women in top CEO positions           of the key ways to advance in the business             • Virginia Apgar                 •   Sonja Henie
men. Though women have made large ad-              earned substantially more than their male           world. Relying on the experience of a mentor           • Lucille Ball                   •   Katherine Hepburn
vances toward economic equality, a disparity       counterparts. Female CEOs of Yahoo!(R),             can help you with your career and the pres-            • Helen Gurley Brown             •   Billie Jean King
in pay between men and women still exists.         PepsiTM and KraftTM earn salaries as high           sures that come with it. Seek mentors whose            • Julia Child                    •   Estee Lauder
   As if unequal working wages weren’t             as $45 million.                                     accomplishments you admire and who are                 • Agatha Christie                •   Marilyn Monroe
enough, many women face barriers in finding            Despite progress, there are still many           willing to offer advice and encouragement.             • Hillary Rodham                 •   Rosa Parks
jobs and advancing their careers. The term         women earning less and getting left behind.            • Start your own business. Women who                  Clinton                        •   Eva Peron
“glass ceiling” refers to the unseen, yet un-      There are strategies women can employ to            find their careers have hit dead end smay               • Marie Curie                    •   Sylvia Plath
breachable barrier that keeps minorities and       change this.                                        want to consider going into business for               • Diana, Princess of             •   Martha Stewart
women from rising to the upper rungs of the           • Be more aggressive in negotiations.            themselves. This way they can spread their               Wales                          •   Oprah Winfrey
corporate ladder, regardless of their qualifi-      When negotiating salary, don’t be shy. Be ag-       wings and be in charge.                                • Anne Frank                     •   Laura Ingalls Wilder

 SOROPTIMIST INTERNATIONAL COURTENAY                                                                                                                                                               Lynda Willis
                                                                                                                                                                               President (Courtenay)
                                                   Dawn Johnson, Western Canada Region                  WE ARE… successful, caring women striving            capabilities while working with others to
                                                   winner of the Women’s Opportunity Award              to help other women be their best.                   achieve a common goal.
                                                   2012 was awarded $10,000 by Soroptimist
                                                   International of the Americas. The Women’s           WE ARE… working towards a common goal                For more information call:
                                                   Opportunity Awards program assists                   of improving the lives of women and girls            Lynda Willis @ 250 650 6789
                                                   women who provide the primary source of              locally, nationally and internationally through      Mail: Box 3026 Courtenay, BC V9N 5N3
                                                   financial support for their families by giving        Awareness, Advocacy & Action.                        Email:
                                                   them the resources they need to improve                                                         
                                                                                                        WE support many local projects to allow    
                                                   their education, skills and employment
                                                                                                        women and girls to realize their dreams as
                                                   prospects. Listen to Dawn’s story @
                                                                                                        well as give Bursaries to local High school
                                                                                                        and North Island College students.
                                           WE ARE…part of an International, non-
                                                                                                        YOU CAN…give back to your community
                                           denominational organization for business
                                                                                                        while growing professionally, building
   From L-R: Angela Bunting, Dawn Johnson, and professional women, serving as a global
                                                                                                        friendships & expanding your leadership
   SIA President, Pat Donahue.             voice in the UN for women and girls.

 RBC DOMINION SECURITIES                                                                                                                                                         Lara Austin FMA CIM
                                                                                                                                                                                      Investment Advisor
                                                   Lara Austin is an Investment Advisor with            demands the highest in professional service          hear about her – even if it’s from reading this article! If
                                                   RBC Dominion Securities.        She works with       and integrity and is Canada’s leading provider       you would like an objective second opinion on your
                                                   successful retirees and professionals to help        in wealth management services.                       current financial situation, at no cost or obligation,
                                                   them make informed decisions in all aspects of                                                            please call Lara at 250-334-5604 or email her at
                                                   their financial life.                                 Lara supports the growth and development   
                                                                                                        of community and networking groups like
                                                   For Lara, communication is essential to helping      Newcomers (Alumnae) and The Comox Valley
                                                   her clients understand how they can protect          Women’s Business Network along with various
                                                   their financial security – especially during          local charities. Lara and her longtime spouse
                                                   uncertain times like these. To that end, she         Danny are the devoted parents of two boys,
                                                   always takes the time to listen to her clients,      Damon and Kiano.
                                                   to truly understand their needs and help them
                                                                                                        Lara always welcomes the opportunity to speak                       250.334.5600
                                                   understand all of the options available.     This
                                                                                                                                                                           w w w. L a r a A u s t i n . c o m
                                                   year Lara celebrates 15 years with a firm that        with new potential clients no matter how they first             Member-Canadian Investor Protection Fund
Comox Valley Echo                                                                                                                                         Women in Business 2012 17

FLOSS DENTAL HYGIENE SERVICES INC.                                                                                                                                   Heather Mayhew
                                                                                                                                                       Registered Dental Hygienist
                                         Established in 2009, has been providing              and warm pillows and blankets. No restorative     remember...
                                         preventative dental care to clients of all ages in   work is done at Floss, so the clinic is free of
                                         an innovative and non-traditional environment.       drilling noises and chemical smells. Each visit   floss, brush, smile
                                         Floss focuses on its clients’ oral health, and       ends with a fresh and warm towel… It’s like a
                                         ultimately overall body health.                      visit to the spa!

                                         Heather Mayhew is the Registered Dental              Floss was created as a means to increase the
                                         Hygienist at Floss and provides care to the          access of preventative dental hygiene care to
                                         local community from a clinic in downtown            the general public. No referral is necessary to
                                         Comox, and to residents of the Comox Valley’s        become a client at Floss.
                                         long term care facilities with mobile dental
                                         equipment.                                           Heather’s dental career has spanned 16
                                                                                              years, with the last ten as a registered                  101A-1771 Comox Avenue
                                         Floss’ clinic offers a relaxing environment,         dental hygienist. Floss remains dedicated to                    250.941.0488
                                         featuring a soothing waterfall, aromatherapy,        providing professional dental hygiene care and  

   The women of Invis would love to take you shopping. We won’t complain about sore feet and we won’t ask you to hold our handbags.
   Promise! Instead we’ll help you navigate through the process of renewing your mortgage. Because, it’s a fine art really, one the ladies have
   perfected for a combined 62 years in the industry. They know where to get the best deals and which lenders to approach for stellar service.

   If shopping isn’t your thing, don’t just take the same old, same old from your bank at renewal time. That’s what they’re counting on, for you
   to pay ‘regular price’ and just roll the terms over for the next five years. Instead, why not take advantage of these Invis shopping experts and
   let them see if they can save you some cash?

                                                                                                              Your home is the largest purchase you’ll ever make.
                                                                                                              You searched hours on end for the perfect fit, the
                                                                                                              home that just feels ‘right’ for your family. It makes
                                                                                                              sense to have a team of experts at your side as you
                                                                                                              invest so heavily in your financial future. Call Karen,
                                                                                                              Bonnie, Laurie or Ana for a chat. They will let you
                                                                                                              know if you should maintain your current renewal
                                                                                                              agreement or switch to another lender for some

                                                                                                                  “I don’t have time for shopping around, making
   Karen Ewing           Laurie Tinkler               Ana Fleck               Bonnie Borbridge                    phone calls and dealing with sales follow ups. It’s
    250.897.4571           250.897.8885               250.703.1149                 250.702.6193
                                                                                                                  great to know the women of Invis can take care of
                                                                                                                  it for me. No coupons required!”
18 Women in Business 2012                                                                                                                                                                                  Comox Valley Echo

   Women are juggling much more today than              not be practical for your situation. Work with                 the corners of the eyes. Don’t forget to cover
in years past. According to U.S. Census Bureau          your hair type instead of against it. Investing                under-eye circles if they are a problem.
reports from 2002, 31 percent of married cou-           in a good cut is a beauty secret every woman
                                                                                                                         • Don’t overlook your hands. Hands have
ples with children are two-income families, and         should know.
                                                                                                                       a way of giving away your age. Many women
many women are balancing work, family, social
                                                          • Select dual-purpose products. Saving time                  who use age-defying products or enlist in the
obligations, and additional activities. This can
                                                        can often mean using beauty products that                      help of plastic surgery fail to realize that their
leave little time for personal grooming.
                                                        serve more than one purpose. For example, a                    hands can reveal their age. Always moisturize
   However, looking your best doesn’t require a         moisturizer that’s also a sunblock saves on the                and care for your hands. Routine manicures can
lot of time or money. In fact, by focusing on a         extra step of applying SPF. Some mineral pow-                  help tame cuticles and keep nails and hands in
few areas, you can put your best face forward           der products serve as a foundation and a oil-                  top form. Use sun protection on your hands to
despite being under a time crunch.                      reducing finish coat. For women who want to                     avoid wrinkling and age spots from sun expo-
                                                        skip a foundation, tinted moisturizers are also                sure.
   • Invest in a good haircut. Consult with a styl-
                                                        an option.
ist who knows his or her stuff. Ask for recom-                                                                           • Whiten your teeth. Putting a fresh-face for-
mendations on what cut will work for your facial           • Play up your eyes. Bright eyes give the im-               ward also involves having a great smile. There
shape, lifestyle and trends you desire. You want        pression of being well-rested and healthy. If you              are many inexpensive, over-the-counter whit-
something that works for you and doesn’t re-            spend time on anything in your beauty regimen,                 ening products that can lighten the shade of
quire a lot of effort to achieve. For example, if       it should be adding some impact to your eyes,                  your teeth dramatically. They can be used while
you’re time-pressed and your ‘do requires 40            even if this just means using some mascara and                 you’re taking care of other tasks, such as laun-             Don’t compromise your beauty regimen just because
minutes of blow-drying every morning, it may            applying a highlight under the browline and in                 dry or making dinner, maximizing your time.                  you’re busy.

 DEL RIO ACADEMY OF HAIR & ESTHETICS                                                                                                                                                                       Rhonda Del Rio
                                                         Born in Alberta, Rhonda began her professional              The Academy’s design creates a Professional               profession from high school for more information
                                                      training at Marvel College in Edmonton and                  Salon/Spa environment this offers students the               on how to qualify that program, contact Randy
                                                      received her Certification as a beautician in 1983.          opportunity to train in an environment similar to            Gray at School District 71.
                                                      She opened her first salon at the age of 19 and              the kind they will experience once they begin their             “We want people to be sure this is the profession
                                                      has been a business owner ever since.                       new career in the industry. This also provides a             they want to do,” says Rhonda “so we also offer
                                                         In 2003 Rhonda and her family moved to Port              relaxing, quality and affordable services to our             a “job shadow” work experience opportunity.
                                                      Alberni where the first Del Rio Academy was                 clients.                                                     Potential students as well as the general public
                                                      opened. In 2011 Del Rio Academy expanded to                    To date all of the Del Rio graduates are                  are always welcome to a tour of the facility.”
                                                      the Comox Valley. With the rapid success of the             employed in the industry. With the current high                 For further information on our programs
                                                      Courtenay location combined with her love of                demand for well trained professionals most of our            and services contact Rhonda directly at
                                                      the Comox Valley Rhonda and her husband Bob                 students have offers of employment before they     

                                                                                                                                                                                   Del Rio Academy
                                                      decided to make the Valley their new home. In               have graduated from their enrolled programs.
                                                      the summer of 2011 they purchased a home and                   Del Rio Academy currently offers 5 PCTIA
                                                      mover their family here. “The Comox valley is               certified programs in Hair dressing, Esthetics,
                                                      everything I have ever dreamed of.” Says Rhonda,            and Nail technology as well as shorter refresher                     OF HAIR AND ESTHETICS LTD.
                                                      “Our 3 children are in school and they also love all        and apprentice support programs. Working with                         #4- 2720 Cliffe Ave Courtenay
                                                      the Valley has to offer! It has been such a positive        the local school districts’ “ACE-IT” Program, Del                         250-338-1233
                                                      change in all our lives!”                                   Rio Academy, can help local kids graduate with a            

 CENTRAL BUILDERS’ LIGHTING                                                                                                                                                                                        Dawn Elgin
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Lighting Consultant
                                                 After nine years with Central Builders Dawn has found         Dawn travels to light shows at least twice a year selecting    your romance with dimmers and ambience lighting, or
                                                 where she shines! A mother of an outgoing boy, she was        the best values and styles for showroom and stock. Her         think green with our wide range of energy efficient and
                                                 transferred to the valley six years ago. Dawn has brought a   focus is to combine the two functions of lighting, Task &      eco friendly lighting with LED lamps to fixtures!
                                                 flair for fashion, experience in the construction trade, and   Art when reviewing her customers needs.                        Don’t curse the Darkness, Deal with Dawn! She’ll put
                                                 a creative edge to the Comox Valley.                          Crystal, mouth-blown glass from around the world, accent       your needs in the spotlight, and find the right fixures and
                                                 She wants you to consider not only the style of your new      & display lighting, modern, contemporary to traditional,       placement to make your home, cottage or castle shine!
                                                 fixtures and the value they add to your home but also the      residential to commercial, she does it all. So get off track   Come visit Dawn and her team at Central Builders’ Home
                                                 placement and the dramatic effect this will have on your      and see the new rail or cable lights, or see your self in      Hardware, and experience the ever evolving showroom...
                                                 overall ambience.                                             a whole new light with bathroom vanity lights! Spice up        and the evolution of light!

                                                                                                                                                                                               Central Builders’
                                                                                                                                                                                               Home Hardware
                                                                                                                                                                               Locally owned and operated for over 80 years
                                                                                                                                                                              610 Anderton Ave. Courtenay 250.334.4416
Comox Valley Echo                                                                                                                             Women in Business 2012 19

BLINDS BILLIARDS & BUBBLES                                                                                                                                 Tracey McGinnis

                    By now, we think you have figured out what                just say slightly over 4 dog years). Recent           our 100% dedication to making certain your
                    Blinds Billiards and Bubbles does. Selling               empty-nesters with both kids off to University        experience with us is memorable. Come and
                    quality product in our Hunter Douglas Gallery            of Victoria, mom is seems good              visit, have a chat and discover why we are:
                    showroom, beautiful displays with up to                  with it. Tracey has been a director for the           Blinds Billiards and Bubbles; Quality and
                    date systems, custom draperies, ultra-sonic              Women’s Business Network, 4 years as                  Service worth remembering.
                    blind cleaning, repairs, service and of course           director with the Chamber of Commerce
                    complimentary in-home consultations to                   and the current 1st Vice-Chair. Supportive                                               Quality and
                    make the choices easier. What we thought                 of the Comox Valley Rotaries, currently                                                 Service Worth
                    we would tell you about is the people behind             raising funds and making sandwiches for                                                 Remembering
                    BBB and why you should consider buying                   Piercy Habitat For Humanity, St. Joseph’s
                    from Tracey & John. John was born in the                 Hospital Foundation, Vanier Senior Boys                                          221 Church St.
                    Comox Valley and brought his family back                 Basketball and many other community                                                 Comox
                    to live here 9 years ago. So it proves he                initiatives. We are continually striving to be         SALES, REPAIRS & CLEANING
                    is smart! Tracey has been in the window                  better as human beings, how we navigate
                    coverings industry since she was 17...(lets              through our lives and in our business with    

LAVENDERS BLUE LANDSCAPING                                                                                                                                    Linda Pritchard

                    When I was 17, I had graduated from                      clients. It just felt like the right thing to         Some of my projects can be viewed on
                    high school and wanted to take a break                   do!                                                   Facebook under photos
                    from going to school so I found myself a                 My business took off and it is still flying!!
                    job at a local nursery in Montreal.                      Now, living on the island, I have had the
                    I had no idea of the difference from a                   opportunity to design many gardens
                    marigold or a petunia, what a perennial                  and my love for it has flourished. I am
                    was or that all plant names were also in                 now proud to say that Lavenders Blue
                    latin! After one year of working at the                  Landscaping has been in business for
                    nursery, I became the nursery manager.
                    At the age of 21, I took the plunge and
                                                                             26 years! It is a real passion of mine! If
                                                                             you would like your dream garden to
                                                                                                                                    Lavenders Blue
                    started my own landscaping business.
                    Equipped with a 1958 Chevy truck and
                                                                             transpire, a place of tranquility, peace,
                                                                             right in your own backyard, please
                    a few garden tools, I ventured out and                   give me a call and let’s get your dream                   We turn dirt in to Art!
                    started to design and install gardens for                started!                                                    250.339.2583

 Lourdes Gant International                                                The Consulting Division of Justinian Enterprises Ltd.
                    LOURDES GANT is a professional auditor and               Administration (MBA) for Middle Managers at           Lourdes is certified by the International Register of
                    business advisor. Ranked as one of Canada’s              the Ateneo Graduate School of Business and            Certificated Auditors (IRCA) (Certificate No. PP4
                    Top 100 Women Entrepreneurs by PROFIT                    her Bachelor of Science in Accountancy at the         – 1250 & IRCA Registration No. R141 – Internal
                    and Chatelaine magazines in 2012, she brings             Polytechnic University of the Philippines where       Quality Auditing). She is also one of the founding
                    to the world of entrepreneurship a range                 she graduated cum laude. After graduation she         members of the Institute of Internal Auditors
                    of business advisory and managerial experiences          gained extensive experience with one of the big       Canada.
                    in the field of:                                          five auditing firms in the Far East where she worked    For a 30minute complimentary business strategy
                            Internal Audit                                   with the external audit team doing:                   session, contact Lourdes Gant directly at
                            Strategic management                                     Compliance audit                     or
                            Administrative planning                                  Planning audit systems                        call 250- 331-0486.
                            Marketing                                                Income tax preparation for clients                                        4097 Gartley Point Rd.
                    As an Internal Audit Manager in a multinational          She has also worked as a Chief Finance Officer in a                                     COURTENAY
                    company in Asia, she designed and installed internal     Canadian construction firm with operations in both
                                                                                                                                                                 F: 250.334.9672
                    control policies and procedures. She has valuable        North and South America. She is presently working
                    experience in working with multinational and multi-      as Vice-President of Manatee Holdings Ltd., a large                                      Skype:
                    lingual corporations including the Chinese market.       commercial fishing and aquaculture company on                                         lourdespelardo
                    Lourdes earned her Master’s degree in Business           Vancouver Island.
20 Women in Business 2012                                                                                                                                                                                 Comox Valley Echo

   Though men might be more commonly associated with buy-                                                                                                   movies online or playing games with phones or tablets.
ing gadgets, the tech industry is not as much of a boy’s club as                                                                                               These result might question conventional wisdom, but are not
one may think. Aside from one consumer electronic category,                                                                                                 necessarily that surprising. A survey commissioned by Rebtel, a
women are the consumers most likely to shop for tech toys.                                                                                                  mobile voice over IP provider, found that women are more likely
   When it comes to smartphones, laptops and tablets, more                                                                                                  to use social media than men. More than 60 percent of women
women than men can be found waiting in those long lines out-                                                                                                use social media to stay in touch with their friends and family
side the big electronics stores. At the 2012 Consumer Electron-                                                                                             members. This reality could be fueling women’s greater interest
ics Show in Las Vegas, HSN noted that women expressed more                                                                                                  than men in devices that enable social media and digital com-
interest in many of the hottest electronic gadgets than men.                                                                                                munication. What’s more, it has long been known that women
Women have shown more interest in tablets, laptops and smart-                                                                                               are the primary consumer decision-makers in the home, and
phones, and are two to three percent more likely to make pur-                                                                                               more and more women are now flexing their purchasing power
chases than their male counterparts. The only category where                                                                                                in the tech market.
men make up a larger percentage of interested parties is with                                                                                                  Although personal use gadgets are at the top of the list for
the intent to purchase flat-screen LCD televisions.                                                                                                          women’s purchases, females have also shown a growing inter-
   Parks Associates, a marketing intelligence firm, was in charge                                                                                            est in tech-powered appliances and other home-related conve-
of gathering information from female and male consumers and                Women are more interested in tech gadgets than men.                              nience items.
drawing conclusions about their intentions. The Dallas-based                                                                                                   The stereotype that tech items are a guy thing is quickly be-
firm collected surveys from around 2,000 adults in late 2011                  Furthermore, research indicates that after purchasing a top                    coming a thing of the past. Women are at the forefront in gadget
and found that women are more interested in tech gadgets than              tech gadget, women are more inclined than men to learn about                     purchases and becoming the prime decision-makers on these
men.                                                                       the device, participating in digital media offerings, like watching              types of purchases.

 DERMESSENTIALS                                                                                                                                                                                       Sharon Schwindt

                                                  “Look as good as you feel”                                    Assistants, recognize the need to continue                   • Custom Facials
                                                                                                                education in the ever changing technology,                   • Manicure and Pedicures
                                                  A registered nurse for thirty seven years                     and needs of our clients.                                    • Esthetics
                                                  and now celebrating ten years as a                                                                                         • Mole & Skin Tag Treatment
                                                  business owner, I appreciate the loyal                        We strive to provide this care in a relaxed and
                                                                                                                                                                             • Lamprobe Treatments
                                                  clientele, many friendships and how each                      professional setting where confidentiality is
                                                                                                                                                                             • Non Surgical Microcurrent Lift
                                                  person has contributed to the success of                      important.
                                                                                                                                                                             • Chemical Peels
                                                                                                                Services offered are:
                                                  Our goal is to assist each client with their                  • Botox & Juvederm
                                                  personal journey to rejuvenate, refresh, and                  • Laser Hair Removal
                                                  optimize their skin’s natural appearance.                     • Skin Rejuvenation
                                                                                                                • Laser Skin Tightening
                                                  Our consultive team of Medical Director,                      • Hydrafacial                                                #103-1757 Beaufort Avenue, Comox (The Landing)
                                                  Nurses, Skin Care Specialists, and Office                                                                                  Phone: 250.339.6771 |

 CENTRAL BUILDERS KITCHEN & BATH                                                                                                                                                                         Carolyn Dawson
                                             With your dreams and wishes of having a new kitchen            where her true passions lay. From there she branched           to make the interior of your cabinets equally as beautiful,
                                             finally becoming a reality, Carolyn at Central Builders         out, doing kitchen and/or bathroom designs for family and      functional, and organized as the new cabinets will look
                                             Kitchen and Bath Design Center can help you create it.         friends renovations. How lucky she is to be able to make a     from the outside.
                                             Whether your style is “Formal” or “Just Family”, whether       living doing something she loves.                              Carolyn invites you drop by Central Builders Home
                                             your space is large or small, Carolyn can not only help        The cabinets that we use at Central Builders Home              Hardware Kitchen and Bath Design Center Showroom,
                                             make your dream of a beautiful kitchen come true but…          Hardware are ``made in B.C.” and offer the latest in cabinet   with your plans and ideas to explore your options, and
                                             can make it functional too!                                    technology as well as “Green Solutions”.                       begin your journey toward your new kitchen or bathroom.
                                             Carolyn has lived in the Comox Valley for almost 20 years,     When designing a kitchen or bathroom for your new home
                                             choosing the Valley as the place to raise her children.        or renovating to create your dream kitchen, Carolyn will
                                             Carolyn has been designing in one form or another for 35       work with you every step of the way to your completed                               Central Builders’
                                             years. She has always been keenly aware of how colour          project. We will strive to express your personality and                             Home Hardware
                                             and texture play an important role in design. Through the      style, with your choices of door style and colour, and will     Locally owned and operated for over 80 years
                                             process of renovating her own homes, Carolyn discovered        enhance your dream kitchen by your choice of accessories       610 Anderton Ave. Courtenay 250.334.4416
Comox Valley Echo                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Women in Business 2012 21

      Welcome to Flight Centre Courtenay!
      Don’t let the name fool you. We are a full service travel agency in the heart of the Comox Valley offering assistance
      with more than just flights. We are travel experts specializing in everything from cruises, tours, hotel stays, travel
      insurance and more. Best of all, we do not charge a booking fee!
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      them with exceptional service. Couple this with our Lowest Airfare Guarantee and you know you are getting the best
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      Mention this ad and receive up to $50* off any Air & Hotel package.
      Flight Centre Courtenay | 250 338 8031
      Unit 8 – 795 Ryan Road, Courtenay
*Offer valid at Flight Centre Courtenay only. $50 discount applies to bookings that include roundtrip airfare and min. 3 nights hotel based on double occupancy. Packages based on single occupancy are entitled to $25 off. One discount per booking. Not valid with any other offer. Expires Nov 30 2012. † We will beat any
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                                                                         Meet our team of Banking Professionals
                             BARB ROWES, Branch                                                                    CAROLINE NEUMANN                                                                    TRISH MCMAHON has                                                                 MICHELLE BERARD
                             Manager is proud of                                                                   brings 35 years of ex-                                                              been a Comox Valley                                                               is a service-oriented
                             the Courtenay branch                                                                  perience with BMO to                                                                resident and banking                                                              mortgage professional
                             and the efforts made                                                                  her job. Caroline has                                                               professional for over 25                                                          that specializes in pro-
                             by the branch team                                                                    been involved in many                                                               years. Her customers                                                              viding customers with
                             to ensure that BMO is                                                                 local charity and non-                                                              appreciate her level of                                                           sound advice by draw-
                             the bank that defines a                                                                profit groups, since her                                                             experience and know-                                                              ing on her 30 years of
                             great customer expe-                                                                  transfer to the Comox                                                               ing their best interests                                                          experience, knowledge
                             rience. More than just                                                                Valley from Vancouver                                                               come first. Trish offers                                                           of the local real estate
                             a catch-phrase, it’s a                                                                in 1988. She has been                                                               one-on-one dedicated                                                              market and of BMO’s
  Barbara Rowes             way of doing business.                                   Caroline Neumann              part of the commer-                                  Trish McMahon                 service: she believes in                             Michelle Berard               financing      solutions.
  Branch Manager                                                                     Senior Commercial                                                                  Commercial                                                                         Mortgage Professional
                            With the dedication of                                                                 cial team for the past                                                             doing the right thing at                                                           She is ready to advise
                                                                                     Account Manager                                                                    Account Manager
  our partners, including onsite financial planning,                                                                15 years and is the Sr.                                                            the right time. Trish is a                           you from start to finish on any home financing
  small business banker, mortgage specialist and                                     Commercial Account Manager. Whether it is a new                                    valued member of the Courtenay/Powell River com-                                   matter. Michelle can help you understand your op-
  a commercial banking team we are always here                                       start-up, expanding an existing business or succes-                                mercial team, focused on satisfying the objectives of                              tions and find the right solution to suit your unique
  to help you meet your changing financial needs.                                     sion planning for the future, Caroline can be reached                              her customers. At BMO we are proud to offer local de-                              needs. Contact her to discuss the various mort-
  Stop by and meet our talented team of profession-                                  at 250-703-5330 and looks forward to discussing                                    cisioning for lending transactions. “Let me help your                              gage options available to you: 1-866-940-7983
  als!                                                                               your business banking needs.                                                       business be competitive in today’s marketplace.”                                   (tollfree) or email

                              WENDY SHEPPARD                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           LORI LANG is a Small
                              is proud to be your                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Business        Banker
                                                                                                                               DOWNTOWN COURTENAY
                              BMO Bank of Montreal                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     at BMO Bank of
                              Financial Planner. She                                                                                   585 England Avenue                                                                                                                              Montreal,     with    a
                              has over 25 years ex-
                              perience with BMO,
                                                                                                                                         Courtenay, BC                                                                                                                                 passion for surpassing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       the expectations of
                              including 21 years in                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    our small business
                              Courtenay,     working
                              closely with our team
                                                                                                              The Bank That Defines                                                                                                                                                     community. Lori takes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       a holistic approach

  Wendy Sheppard
                              to satisfy your bank-
                             ing needs. A Financial
                                                                                                                a Great Customer                                                                                                                           Lorraine Lang
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       with our small business
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       client, addressing both
  Financial Planner                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Small Business Banker
                             Planning     discussion
  with Wendy would include: Setting Goals, Defin-
                                                                                                                   Experience.                                                                                                                                                         personal and business
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           banking services. Experience the difference a
  ing Time Horizons, Identifying Gaps, Implement-                                                                                                                                                                                                          dedicated banking partner makes to your bottom
  ing a Plan, Consolidating Assets, and Review                                                                                                                                                                                                             line. Lori is delighted to welcome you and your
  Plan Progress. Wendy welcomes you to contact
                                                                                                                          Monday-Saturday: 9:30-4:30                                                                                                       business to BMO.
  her at 250-703-5337 to get together and take a                                                                               Closed Sunday
  fresh look at your Retirement Plan.
22 Women in Business 2012                                                                                                                                                             Comox Valley Echo

  The two-income family has grown so much in recent years                                                                                    time together. On other nights, take the time to touch base with
that it has almost become the norm. It’s often not a question of                                                                             everyone in the house. Aim for family dinners together, even if
“Does Mom work? but rather, “What does Mom do for a living?”                                                                                 it’s a quick meal of heat-and-eat convenience foods.
Still, having both parents contributing to the household income
                                                                                                                                                * Establish a routine. Kids (and often adults) feel most com-
means changes to the family dynamic are inevitable. This begs
                                                                                                                                             fortable with a routine, especially when they know what to ex-
the question of how to balance it all.
                                                                                                                                             pect. Create a routine that works for you -- don’t worry if it’s not
   Proponents of dual-income families say that in an economy                                                                                 the perceived “right” way to do things. For example, maybe the
where everything seems to cost more, it’s a smart idea for both                                                                              kids can eat a toaster cake on the way to school if breakfast
parents to work. This scenario may offer greater financial secu-                                                                              time is rushed. It’s alright to let the kids watch a few minutes of
rity, and protect against financial disaster should the “primary”                                                                             cartoons in the morning if it frees up a moment for you to hop
earner lose his or her job. It has also been said that when both                                                                             in the shower.
parents work, there are opportunities to split up responsibilities
                                                                                                                                                * Get some help. You don’t have to be Superwoman to get it all
at home and lay to rest any lingering stereotypes about what’s
                                                                                                                                             done. Sometimes it takes a little help. If the laundry is overflow-
man’s work and what’s woman’s work around the house.
                                                                                                                                             ing and you’d rather play with the kids on the weekend instead
   Others say that it’s actually a financial trap. There are argu-       see if one day a month can be taken so that you can volunteer        of spending the day folding clothes, drop it off at the laundromat
ments that the abundance of two-income families has driven up           time at school, with work hours made up on a weekend or with         to be washed and folded. Set up a kid swap with other working
prices so that it is more difficult for individuals with one income      a flex time program. Find out if party planning can be done after     moms so that one day they take and entertain the kids and the
to live comfortably. Plus, there’s no guarantee that two incomes        work hours.                                                          next day you do, especially if work commitments call. Perhaps
will provide financial security, especially when every penny is ac-        * Avoid busy mornings. With everyone getting dressed and           a grandparent or a neighbor can pitch in. Order groceries online
counted for, as is often the case in two-income environments.           ready for work and school at the same time, mornings can be          and have them delivered so it frees up more time for the family.
   Whether one is for or against two-income families, in a world        chaotic. The best idea is to do as much as possible the night           * Make time for you. It’s alright to set aside some time for
where it has become so prevalent, families are learning to adapt.       before. Everyone in the household should lay his or her clothes      yourself and your spouse. It doesn’t always have to be about
There are certain areas of life where it can be stressful or difficult   out for the following day. Briefcases and backpacks should           the kids. In fact, if your relationship is strong, it will carry over
to do it all, especially from the woman’s perspective. However,         be stocked and ready to grab. Lunches can be pre-made and            into the way you handle yourself with the children and promote
there are many strategies for staying sane while working and            stored in the refrigerator. You can have the children do as much     a stronger dynamic and could help you focus more at work.
caring for a family. Here are a few tips.                               as they can to free up your time to ready yourself. This will help   Whenever possible, take moments to talk with your spouse or
                                                                        them feel important as well as give you a break. Make arrange-       go to bed at the same time and enjoy private moments.
  * Stay involved in school. Working parents may be at a loss
                                                                        ments with neighbors to get kids on the school bus or partici-
as to how they can get involved with school or daycare happen-                                                                                  Balancing work and family is something more and more fami-
                                                                        pate in a car pool scenario.
ings without compromising work. While not everyone can be                                                                                    lies are having to do as of late. Learning strategies for making
“Class Mom,” ask the teacher what you can do to contribute on             * Making the most of evenings. Set aside at least one night a      the most of time at work and at home will enable working par-
your own time. Perhaps you can use business savvy to create             week where the family comes together. This means no late work        ents to reduce some stress and enjoy their days as much as
a class Web site or weekly newsletter. Talk with your boss to           projects, sports practices, etc. Turn off the television and spend   possible.

 CENTRAL BUILDERS TOOLS                                                                                                                                                               Tool Department

                                                                                        Tools are Cathy’s domain at Central Builders, where        For all you Hardcore professionals, guys or Gals who
                                                                                        she keeps the saw blades of her department turning.        are handy around the house, cabinet makers, finishing
                                                                                        Having worked as a Mechanic, Volunteer Firefighter,         carpenters or just in need of that miracle tool for that one
                                                                                        and being raised on a local Valley Farm, Cathy knows       time project, Cathy will point you in the right direction.
                                                                                        the importance of having the right tool for the job.
                                                                                                                                                   Cathy’s been working hard on revitalizing the entire tool
                                                                                        Since taking over, Cathy has secured Central Tools,
                                                                                                                                                   department. Expect new specialty items coming this
                                                                                        an exclusive dealer rights to Woodstock Tools, Bessie
                                                                                        & Kreg Tools, who all have a wide variety of unique
                                                                                        specialty items.

                                                                                        Be it air, power, battery or hand operated, she will use
                                                                                        her knowledge to help you select the right hardware                               Central Builders’
                                                                                        from our vast inventory for your work or project, and
                                                                                        ensure that you have the correct information to work
                                                                                                                                                                          Home Hardware
                                                                                                                                                            Locally owned and operated for over 80 years
                                                                                                                                                           610 Anderton Ave. Courtenay 250.334.4416
Comox Valley Echo                                                                                                                                              Women in Business 2012 23

                       Mackenzie Gartside                                                                 Lisa Gurney
                       Mackenzie,    the    senior    mortgage                                            An integral member of the team since
                       consultant in the office, worked in                                                 2007, Lisa splits her time between office
                       banking for 4 years before transitioning                                           administration     and    brokering    deals.
                       to brokering in 2006. With an energetic                                            When she wraps up her day managing
                       and determined personality, Mackenzie                                              our office, Lisa puts her design degree
                       works day and night to get our clients                                             to use as an independent Stampin’ Up!
                       the absolute best mortgage terms                                                   Demonstrator.                                      Mackenzie Gartside & Assoc.
                                                                                                                                                            VERICO SELECT MORTGAGE
   Mackenzie Gartside & Associates is a team of highly motivated, customer-focused professionals.                                                              212 5th Street, Courtenay
    All born and raised in the Comox Valley, we are dedicated to building a place in the community                                                 
                         through long-term relationships with all of our clients.                                                                  

                                      An evolving demographic has driven many of             of our staff have taken the Canadian Association        by Dr. Gansner, and later by Dr. Mary Lynn
                                      our new patients to come in for eye health             of Optometrists Certified Optometric Assistants          DesRoches, several decades ago.
                                      examinations and eyeglasses – none of us               course. We also have continuing education               Come by and say hi to our friendly, well-known
                                      are getting any younger! Fashion eyewear               seminars within the office for all employees.            front office assistants Erin and Emily, as well as
                                      has also become very trendy. As such, we               Our digital retinal imaging system has been             animal-lover Carrie; Helen (our SCUBA-diving
                                      see a great mix of patients and clients, from          a great addition to the clinical part of our            optician in training); problem-solving Laura;
                                      very young to very old.                                services. We have also expanded our eyewear             and our long-serving team members Lisa and
                                      We naturally strive to take a lot of care and treat    line to include such brands as Silhouette and           Jan. Make an appointment with us soon!
                                      everyone with respect and to consider their vision     Kliik. We supply many types of contact lenses
                                                                                                                                                           519 – G 5th Street Courtenay, BC
                                      needs, no matter their age or background. Caring       and offer unique spectacle and contact lenses
                                      for your eyes is an important health issue. It takes   for complicated cases. Mosaic Vision Care
                                      time and effort, and we provide that service. Most     is the current name for the clinic established     

SAMUDRA WEIGHT LOSS                                                                                                                                                        Kristin Bjarnason
                                                                                                                                                                            Registered Nurse
                                      Samudra is all about losing weight and keeping it      know their clients while supporting them through        The team at Samudra Weight Loss & Wellness
                                      off! The Samudra team employs three effective          the entirety of their weight loss.                      includes Studio Manager Alma Naranjo, Linda
                                      methods to help clients achieve a steady weight        Kristin Bjarnason, owner, coach, Registered Nurse       Wyton, Shelley Combs and Caroline Wilton. All five
                                      loss of 2-5 pounds per week: Ideal Protein (a four     and Certified Kripalu Yoga Teacher says: “Our mission    coaches have taken advanced training with Ideal
                                      phase method proven to help you lose fat, spare        is to motivate, educate & inspire you to achieve your   Protein and have medical backgrounds.
                                      muscle and feel great), Yoga and MIndfulness           weight loss goals and to provide ongoing support,
                                      Meditation. Each element can be used alone or          encouragement and guidance to our clients along
                                      together as part of a comprehensive wellness and       their weight loss journey.”
                                      weight loss package.                                   The new yoga studio at Samudra focuses on gentle         2-625 Cliffe Ave.
                                                                                                                                                      6th Stteet between Tulio’s and
                                      The success of this busy studio can be attributed      & restorative yoga for beginners. This fall, Kristin,    the Atlas Cafe.
                                      to a warm, welcoming environment & trained             along with experienced yoga teachers Debbie
                                      coaches who take the time necessary to get to          Leone and George McFaul, will be offering classes.
24 Women in Business 2012                                                                                                                                   Comox Valley Echo

CHERRY WINE FASHIONS                                                                                                                                              Livia Supplie
                                                  Cherry Wine Fashions is all about looking great everyday and      for the past 7 years and has owned it for the last 3 says “that
                                                  everywhere! We are inspired to dress women who want to            is exactly what keeps me loving my job, the customers! I
                                                  look and feel their best no matter what they are doing. An        am very lucky to do something I enjoy. My staff and I have
                                                  easy and enjoyable experience is top of our list! We carry        gotten to know so many ladies and their families over the past
                                                  quality clothing and accessories from a mix of lines most of      several years.
                                                  which are exclusive to Cherry Wine Fashions. This enables         THANK YOU to all the customers and staff that have made the
                                                  our shoppers to find unique items not to be found anywhere         past 7 years GREAT!
                                                  else in the valley. Some of our favourite lines that we carry
                                                  are Dex, GentleFawn, Guess clothing and purses, Foxy jeans,
                                                  Silver jeans, Point Zero, Soya Concept Lavand and Miss Me.
                                                  We are always on the lookout to add fun and quality lines to
                                                  the list.
                                                  Fashion is always changing and that is what keeps owning and
                                                  managing Cherry Wine Fashions interesting and challenging.
                                                  The customers are what make it so much fun!                                      430 5th Street, Courtenay, BC.
                                                  The owner Livia Supplie has worked at Cherry Wine Fashions
                                                                                                                                      (250) 338-0626

THE CORE EXERCISE STUDIO                                                                                                                                     Mia Sutherland
                                                                                                                                            Medical Exercise Specialist
                            The Core combines individual attention in a         mid-back and shoulder conditions; Functional       is modified for each individual within the class.
                            group setting for clients seeking specialty         Fitness is for people living with various          Classes are limited to a maximum of nine.
                            training in the area of health and fitness. It       forms of chronic pain; and the very popular
                            bridges the gap between the medical and             Transformation Project is for people wanting to    Although Mia has worked with injured clients
                            fitness fields in order to provide programming        make permanent health and fitness changes;          for 15 years she also has an extensive
                            for people living with certain health conditions.   Each program is designed to stabilize joints and   background working with athletes and people
                                                                                strengthen from within in order to prolong the     wanting to make major lifestyle changes. For
                            Medical Exercise Specialist and Post Rehab          chances of surgery or improve the outcome of       details visit or contact Mia
                            Technician Mia Jerritt has developed five unique     surgery. Although these programs are designed      at The Core is located
                            programs addressing the needs of special            for people living with certain conditions, many    at #5-821 Shamrock Place in Comox
                            populations. Happy Back was developed for           participants simply join because of the small
                            people living with low back conditions; Cranky      group format with the big challenge component.               Mia Sutherland
                            Hip and Knee is for those with hip and knee         Each class has a balance, flexibility, strength          The Core Exercise Studio
                            conditions; Posture 101 is for people living with   and core stability component and each action |

RE/MAX OCEAN PACIFIC REALTY                                                                                                                               Michele Courtney
                                                                                                                                            Personal Real Estate Corp.
                            Originally from Bowen Island with a 20 year         being sets her apart from the rest. She is         “We both knew after meeting Michele for just
                            career in education in West Vancouver,              committed to going the extra mile to ensure        15 minutes that we had chosen the right person
                                                                                                                                   to represent us in our real-estate needs. Her
                            Michele began selling real estate in 2005.          that all your needs are successfully met in
                                                                                                                                   professionalism, enthusiasm, dedication and
                            Specializing in residential and recreational        the most professional and honest manner.
                                                                                                                                   attention to detail made our transition easier than
                            properties as well as horse acreages, and           Michele receives annual top awards but states      we had ever expected. She will always remain our
                            resorts, she excelled in her field. Michele          “At the end of the day, it’s the recognition       friend and we delight in recommending her to all
                            is also a designated Seniors Real Estate            and endorsements from my clients that is the       our friends, & family.”
                            Specialist. She is honored to be able to work       reward that provides me the most satisfaction                             Mike and Carol McLaughlin
                            with Seniors and their extended families to         and pride.
                            ensure a smooth and stress-free transition          ”Ultimately, my goal is to have a long-term
                            from the ‘family home’ to easily maintained         relationship with you where I can provide such
                            comfortable    ranchers,    condominiums       or   exceptional service that you are confident in                OCEAN PACIFIC REALTY
                            patio homes. Michele’s love of people and           referring me to your friends and family for         2230A CLIFFE AVENUE, COURTENAY
                            her genuine care and concern for their well-        years to come.                                             250.334.9900
Comox Valley Echo                                                                                                                      Women in Business 2012 25

                    Situated in downtown 5th Street, Courtenay          which gives her wonderful customer service skills.   lenses can be made up quickly with our in-
                    1-Hour Optical has been serving the Valley’s        Our newest addition, Natasha, strives to exceed      house optical lab. We also offer the latest
                    optical needs since 1993! Our main focus            expectations while making customers feel relaxed     designs of digital and specialty progressive and
                    is customer service. Our staff goes above           and confident in their eyewear decisions.             bifocal lenses, as well as safety eyewear.
                    and beyond to ensure that our clients are           We have an exceptional selection of eyeglass         We are delighted to be able to make a positive,
                    satisfied with the eyewear and services             styles - over 800 frames for men, ladies,            effective difference in our clients’ daily lives. We
                    they receive through us.                            and children. Whether your look is fashion-          provide exceptional service without pressure…
                    Managing optician Martina has over 20 years of      forward or conservative, or if you simply need       and always with a smile.
                    experience, and her goal is to provide a positive   something functional, we have the eyeglasses
                    and   informative   shopping   experience   with    for you! Come check out our selection of                                            407-C 5th Street
                    regards to optical and sunglass needs. Sales        awesome sunglasses too, especially our Maui                                           Courtenay, BC

                    associate Lea-el has a positive, upbeat attitude    Jim collection. Most single-vision prescription                              250.338.1665

DR DEIDRE MACDONALD                                                                                                                           Dr. Deidre Macdonald
                                                                                                                                             Naturopathic Physician
                    Are you struggling with chronic physical or         hormone issues and more.                             If that sounds like the type of care that you’re
                    emotional health issues?                            She is the area’s premier naturopathic               seeking, we’d love to hear from you.
                    Are you feeling frustrated and feeling like you     physician, providing whole-family health care.       You can book a complimentary 15 minute “meet
                    are running out of options for help with your       With 9 years of university education and 15          the doctor” visit anytime by calling the clinic.
                    persistent health problems?                         years of medical practice, she effectively           You’ll be able to ask questions, find out how
                    Do you want a physician who cares and who           guides her patients towards optimal health.          we can help, and see if there’s a comfortable fit
                    will empower you to create optimal health?          Through a lengthy consultation, physical             with the doctor.
                                                                        exam and lab work, she provides clarity on
                    Dr. Deidre Macdonald is a naturopathic              diagnosis. Treatments are aimed at treating
                    physician who has helped thousands of               the underlying cause of health issues by the         448 - 10th St., Courtenay, BC
                    people with chronic health problems, pain,          principle of “lifestyle first, natural medicine              250.897.0235
                    stress, weight issues, digestive problems,          second, and pharmaceuticals third”.             
26 Women in Business 2012                                                                                                                                                                 Comox Valley Echo

WHAT NOT TO DO ON AN INTERVIEW                                                                                                                      TOP FEMALE
   In this tumultuous economy, landing a
job is difficult but not impossible. When
                                                 • Don’t lie about your past experience
                                                   or fudge your resume. Chances are
                                                                                                • Don’t inquire about salary or benefits
                                                                                                  too early into the conversation.
                                                                                                                                                       The Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that men are still
applying for a job you want do everything          lack of skills or experience will be
                                                                                                • Don’t forget to show enthusiasm                   earning about 20 percent more than women in a variety of
to portray yourself as the ideal candidate         discovered.
                                                                                                  during the interview, but do not lay it           different industries. But many women are closing the gap.
-- from resume to interview.                                                                                                                        There are certain jobs that are more lucrative for women than
                                                 • Don’t dress inappropriately for the            on too thick.
  Too often, however, individuals going            workplace. You can learn about the                                                               others. The U.S. Department of Labor says the job world favors
                                                                                                • Don’t ask too many questions or
on jobs fall prey to common mistakes.              company environment by doing                                                                     women with a slim majority (51 percent) as holding high-paying
                                                                                                  interrupt the interviewer.                        management and professional jobs.
Learn what they are so you can present             research on the company in advance.
the best version of yourself and get that                                                       • Don’t be unprepared. Be ready to                    Those women who must be the primary bread-winners in
                                                 • Don’t wear sunglasses, distractive
dream job.                                                                                        answer the standard questions.                    the household can look to these careers to be top earners,
                                                   jewelry or a Bluetooth device.                                                                   courtesy of Forbes.
• Don’t arrive late to the interview.                                                           • Don’t sound too cocky or be a name-
                                                 • Don’t receive or send phone calls or                                                             •   Chief executive officer
  However, don’t arrive too early either.                                                         dropper.
                                                   text messages.                                                                                   •   Pharmacist
  Give yourself a good 15 minute                                                                • Don’t forget to make eye contact.                 •   Lawyers
  window.                                        • Don’t bad mouth former coworkers or
                                                                                                • Don’t shake hands too firmly or too                •   Physicians/Surgeons
• Don’t walk in smelling of cigarettes or                                                                                                           •   Computer programmer
  overloaded with perfume.                       • Don’t speak in colloquialisms.                                                                   •   Occupational therapists

 CHAMBER OF COMMERCE                                                                                                                                     ...taking care of business!
                                                       The four women entrusted with the management        e-newsletter, and the introduction of the
                                                       of the third largest Chamber of Commerce            inaugural Top 40 Under 40 Awards are just a few
                                                       on Vancouver Island embrace the team spirit         of the ways this is being achieved. The Chamber
                                                       to organize events, work in partnership with        also organizes regular Business Mixers, special
                                                       community stakeholders and manage a roster          events and the Annual Community Awards,
                                                       of almost 700 members.                              which are held every January.
                                                       Last year, the Chamber launched a new website       “Connie Calis, Laura Brown, Terri Perrin and I
                                                       which integrates membership management              work well together because we each recognize
                                                       and accounting. This year, the team has been        each other’s strengths,” explains Chamber
                                                       working hard to incorporate more social media,      president and CEO, Dianne Hawkins. “We

 From left to right: Laura Brown, Administrative
                                                       marketing and communications strategies.            embrace a spirit of collaboration and, I think, that
                                                                                                           collective power is evident in all we do. We are
 Assistant, Membership & Events; Connie Calis,         On-going membership engagement is also a                                                                          2040 Cliffe Avenue,
                                                                                                           an adaptive, flexible and results-oriented team…
 Accounting Administrator; Terri Perrin, Marketing &   top priority. Planning more frequent networking
                                                                                                           and together, we are taking care of business!”                  Courtenay, BC.
 Communications Coordinator; and Dianne Hawkins,       and educational events, a redesigned weekly
 President and CEO.                                                                                                                                       

                                                               The CGA designation is one of the most widely     Elaine   Blackburn      received       her   CGA   the office strives to keep services affordable.
                                                               recognized and highly trusted professional        designation in 1988, has been in public            They provide all the up to date resources
                                                               designations in British Columbia.                 practice for 22 Years and has operated             and information that the CGA Association
                                                                                                                 a local office in Cumberland for over 12            demands. The office tackles all projects in a
                                                               Certified General Accountants (CGAs) act           years. “Cumberland’s growth has been               friendly welcoming atmosphere, drop in for a
                                                               as advisers to individuals, small businesses,     phenomenal”, says Elaine,” the village has         visit, or give us a call to set up a meeting.
                                                               corporations, financial institutions, nonprofit     an active and vibrant business community”.
                                                               organizations, and government agencies on         Dunsmuir Ave is now full of unique shops,
                                                               a wide range of financial matters. Individuals     restaurant and services, come check us
                                                               turn to their CGAs for tax services, investment   out.                                                     i n c o r p o r a t e d
                                                               advice, estate planning, and more. If you
                                                               are starting or operating a small business,       Elaine and her staff of five, serve the area                       General
                                                               considering making a major purchase or            in the most professional and accessible                          Accountant
                                                               sale, a CGA is your most knowledgeable            manner possible. Well known for explaining            2732 Dunsmuir Avenue, Cumberland
                                                               resource.                                         difficult financial problems with a ready smile,       Phone: 250-336-2630 | Fax: 250-336-2631
Comox Valley Echo                                                                                                                                                     Women in Business 2012 27

SHAR-ONS ALL-SIZES LADIESWEAR                                                                                                                                                     Sharon Anderson
                                                   I am Sharon Anderson the owner of Shar-On’s           Top Brand names that I carry are Tan Jay, Alia,     and affordable prices. Why settle for anything
                                                   All Sizes Ladies wear store located at 438-5th        Ezze Wear, Tyr Bathing Suits, Picadilly Fashions,   Less??
                                                   Street in Courtenay, at the top of 5th and we         Simon Chang Pants & Jeans,
                                                                                                                                                             Shop Locally and Save and be given the
                                                   have convenient parking in front of the store.
                                                                                                         Miracle Body Jeans, French Dressing Jeans,          attention from a salesclerk that cares about
                                                   I have been in the Comox Valley since June            Taylor Brooke Jeans & Pants,                        how you look and how your clothing is bringing
                                                   1965, first as an Avon Manager for                                                                         out your best style that works for you.
                                                                                                         Fen-Nelli Coats, Elita Bra’s & Hanna Briefs.
                                                   13 years, and then opened Shar-On’s in October
                                                                                                         In March Maida’s Boutique moved in with me,
                                                   1996. I started out as a Plus Size Store but I
                                                                                                         so we are now “TWO Stores in One”, featuring
                                                   now carry all sizes: Sizes Petite 8 to 16, Regular
                                                   size 8 to 18 and Plus Sizing 1X to 3X.
                                                                                                         Lingerie and Casual wear.

                                                                                                         Lingerie Lines are Diamond Tea Robes,
                                                   Flattering Fashions for all sizes, for the young
                                                   at heart and also for the mature customer and
                                                   I also carry Fun Fashions and Accessories and
                                                                                                         Triumph, Freyda Bras’, Slips, Jockey Briefs.
                                                                                                         P.J’s, and Nighties.
                                                                                                                                                                         Ladies Wear
                                                                                                                                                                        438-5th St., Courtenay
                                                   Costume Jewellery.                                    We have a Great selection, excellent quality,

                      LaBellAmie •HAIR STUDIO
                           •                HAIR             AESTHETICS                        BOUTIQUE
                                                                                                                                                                                      Isabella Woods
                                                                                                                                                                                  Owner / Operator

                                                                         salon experience that will      reflexology. Our professionals are trained to        of communication and relationship. Their
                                                                         leave each one feeling          accommodate your privacy. Allow us to create        online monthly newsletter contains interesting
                                                                         relaxed and nurtured—           an experience especially designed for you.”         features that range from choosing the right
                                                                         renewed in mind, body and                                                           hair colours to the benefits of facials. You’ll
                                                                         spirit.”                        With a full range of superior hair services         discover information in their website about the
                                                                                                         and products, LaBellAmie prides itself as a         newest hair product R&D, ideas about caring
                                                                         As an educator, Isabella        Paul Mitchell Focus Salon—the only one in           for your skin and hair, and current specials at
                                                                         is strongly committed to        the valley—featuring affordable luxury in Paul      the salon.
                                                                         keeping abreast of industry     Mitchell hair coloring, styling and care products
                                                                         standards, innovations and      designed by hairdressers, for hairdressers, and     The icing on the cake, so to speak, is
                                                                         trends. As well as ongoing      the salon guest.                                    LaBellAmie’s newest feature: a delightful
                                                                         in-house training, the staff                                                        accessories boutique that adds the “bling” to
                                                                         is dedicated to participation   “On the day of their appointment,” notes            the whole fun experience of the salon visit.
                                                                         in national and international   Isabella, “guests qualify to redeem 10%
                                                                         conferences and seminars        off on any products recommended by our              Unique earrings, necklaces, bracelets, purses,
                                                                         to explore, enhance and         professional staff.’                                scarves, and hair accessories—ranging from
               Back Row, L-R: Lisa, Anna, Isabella, Almira
                                                                         perfect their craft and their                                                       the sophisticated to the purely fanciful—
                    Front Row, L-R: Laurel, Barbara
                                                                        artistry for their clients.      The staff at LaBellAmie understands the value       compliment a range of personal styles and are
Leading a team of consummate professionals Warmly greeted by Laurel or Lisa, guests feel                                                                     as stunning they are affordable. The boutique
at LaBellAmie Hair Studio and Aesthetics, that confident expertise as they ease into the                                                                      is a wonderful place to indulge: treat yourself
stylist Isabella Woods combines a passion for salon’s congenial atmosphere, relax and enjoy                                                                  or find that perfect little gift.
her art with 34 years of experience in the salon the pampering and skill of Isabella, Anna,
industry. Celebrating 7 years as the owner of Almira, and Barb.                                                                                                At LaBellAmie—“the pretty friend”—is YOU!
LaBellAmie, she has expanded her location in                                                                                                                                              Isabella Woods
the new CANEX Centre to include aesthetic LaBellAmie Aesthetics embraces the oppor-
services and a sparkling accessories boutique. tunity to enhance the inner and outer beauty
There, she leads a team of exceptional caring of each and every guest. “At LaBellAmie,” says
professionals who pride themselves in providing Isabella, “we indulge your senses. Personalized
outstanding service and products.                    treatments are part of our signature. We                                                                    ...indulge
                                                     consider all aspects of our guest’s treatments.
“We are committed,” Isabella says, “to Our experts will work closely with you to meet
                                                                                                                                                                     your senses.
addressing every guest’s needs and all your personal needs—from skin and nail
expectations while creating an extraordinary care to waxing and tinting, to massage and

                            1625B- Military Road, Comox                               250-339-3510
28 Women in Business 2012                                                                                                                  Comox Valley Echo

                                                                           MEET THE WOMEN OF SUPERSTORE
                                   Sue W                                      Diana K                                             Elizabeth M
                                   Assistant Store Manager                    Joe Apparel Department                              Over-the-Counter (OTC)
                                   – Food                                     Manager                                             Department Manager
                                   Sue has been with Superstore               With over 19 years experience                       Elizabeth has spent the past 18
                                   for 19 years. She started working          with Superstore, Diana has helped                   years within the Health Department
  When you think of                                                           customers look and feel their
                                   part-time in the Deli, then to Deli                                                            of Superstore Pharmacy. Now she
                                   Manager, and now she is the                best. Originally from the Beauty                    is focusing her energy on the other
  your local Superstore            Assistant Store Manager. She               Department, Diana accepted the                      side of wellness by accepting the
                                   works closely with all the food            position of JOE Fresh Apparel                       position as Natural Value Manager.
  you      may       not     be    departments to ensure standards            Manager 11 years ago. She                           Her experience with gluten free
                                   are met and that customers receive         encourages her staff to create                      products and vitamins makes her
  thinking        about     our    the best possible experience when          a comfortable and welcoming                         the right fit for a healthy choice.
                                   they shop. If you are lucky, you           environment for customers. Diana
  experienced,            highly   might catch her behind the Deli            stands behind the JOE brand and
                                   service case giving them a hand.           believes fashion should be fun.
  trained     management

  team. You may not

  know that about 50%
                                   Sue P                                      Shari L                                             Ingrid P
                                   Photo/Electronics                          Beauty Department                                   Pharmacy Manager
                                   Department Manager                         Manager                                             Ingrid has been with Superstore
  of our Managers are
                                   Big changes have occurred                  Shari has been with Superstore                      Pharmacy for 12 years. She
                                   since Sue started working in the           for the past 14 years. The last                     started as a technician 9 years
  women or that between                                                                                                           ago then left to obtain her
                                   Electronics Department 14 years            10 years has seen Shari on the
                                   ago. Now, in an open concept               sales floor as Beauty Manager.                       Pharmaceutical degree. Upon her
  those 11 women there             department, Sue and her staff are          She is putting a new spin to her                    return to Superstore, she became
                                   able to help more customers with           career by accepting the position                    Pharmacy Manager and built a
  are over 135 years               their shopping. With competitive           of Office Administrator.                             strong team. She loves her job
                                   pricing on her side, Sue has years                                                             and it shows. Ingrid was voted
  worth of experience              of experience with Electronics to                                                              the ‘Number One Pharmacist’ in
                                   provide her customers with the                                                                 British Columbia. Now she is in the
  in the Departments               best products to suit their needs.                                                             running for the national pharmacy
                                                                                                                                  Award for ‘Commitment to care
  you shop in everyday.                                                                                                           and Service’.

  When you see one of
                                   Michelle C                                 Deb B                                               Debbie L
  our Managers on the              Front End Department                       Leisure & Garden                                    Beauty Dept. Manager
                                   Manager                                    Department Manager                                  Debbie has been a busy woman
  floor,     don’t    hesitate      New to our management team is              Debrah has been with the company                    since she started working with
                                   Michelle. She applied to Superstore        for 5 years in the Leisure & Garden                 Superstore 5 years ago. She
  to      approach         them    8 years ago. Starting as a cashier,        Department after 25 years as a                      became Home Department
                                   she moved up to Front End back-            homemaker with no prior retail                      Manager in 2009, Beauty
  with     any      questions      up supervisor 5 years ago. In May          experience. She attended college                    Department Manager in 2011,
                                   of this year, Michelle accepted the        to enhance her administrative                       and now she has accepted the
  you may have about               position of Front End Manager. Cool        knowledge and then applied to                       position of Operations manager.
                                   under pressure, she oversees many          work at Superstore. Debrah was                      Debbie brings with her a multitude
                                   staff and any technical difficulties        promoted to Department Manager
  the      products         and    that may arise. She encourages her
                                                                                                                                  of skills to ensure operations runs
                                                                              this past July. She loves her job and               smoothly.
                                   cashiers to give their customers the       does whatever she can to provide
  let     their     confident,      best possible experience. Michelle         a great shopping experience to all.
                                   brings a bright, positive infusion to
  and       knowledgeable          our management team.
  response guide you in
                                   Babe H                                     Rebecca F
  choosing the brands              Financial Administrator                    Deli Department Manager
                                   Babe has worked for Superstore             After applying to a job posting
  and price ranges which           for 5 years, the past 4 being the          online, Rebecca has become
                                   Financial Administrator. She is            the newest member to our
  work best for you.               highly organized and loves to              management team. She has
                                   dabble in everything from hiring           worked in the food industry for the
                                   to payroll and fundraising. Babe           past 15 years as a caterer and in
                                   is an integral part of our team
                                   when it comes to keeping things
                                   running smoothly.
                                                                              a coffee shop. Rebecca hails from
                                                                              North Vancouver, moving to the
                                                                              Island to accept the position of Deli
                                                                              Manager, looking for something
                                                                              new and outside her comfort
                                                                                                                      757 Ryan Road, Courtenay
                                                                              zone. She is looking forward to the

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