2 Women in Business 2012 Comox Valley Echo
BRIAN McLEAN CHEVROLET BUICK GMC
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
entails managing and using social
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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PORTFOLIO STRATEGIES SECURITIES INC. Lori Ste. Croix
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
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
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 www.braidwoodnaturopathic.com
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 www.abcprinting.ca
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WOMEN OF TRAVEL MASTERS
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 list...now 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:
THE LADIES OF SUBLIME FASHIONS
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 www.members.shaw.ca/
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
CROWN ISLE RESORT & GOLF COMMUNITY
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
Born and raised in the Comox Valley, Spent 13 years in Toﬁno www.crownisle.ca
Pictured Left to Right: Sky, Kathy, Mindy, Donna, Bren, Sharon as the Front Ofﬁce Manager at a resort. Loves the hospitality
Comox Valley Echo Women in Business 2012 5
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
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
COASTAL COMMUNITY CREDIT UNION
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,
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.
WOMEN OF CV ORGANIC COLLECTIVE
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
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
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 email@example.com
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JUDITH MOORE, INTERIOR DESIGN Judith Moore
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 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.
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 www.bluemoonwinery.ca
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
TIPS TO MAKE YOUR START-UP A SUCCESS
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.”
River Highway 19A
Lewis Comox Road
Park Comox Road
250.334.9993 1025A COMOX ROAD OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK 5th 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. AuctionHouseVi.com 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 www.AuctionHouseVI.com
“Pass it On…” Antiques & Collectibles for everyone each week 250.941.1999
THE WOMEN OF UNIGLOBE TRAVEL
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.
Congratulations to Amanda on baby Kaden. She
will be back at Uniglobe in March 2013 to serve
250.334.3442 | 1.866.334.3442 UNIGLOBE Alliance Travel 10–1599 Cliffe Avenue
10 Women in Business 2012 Comox Valley Echo
MARGOT RUTHERFORD, NOTARY
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
BODYWORX PHYSIOTHERAPY PILATES AND HEALTH
“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
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 ofﬁce@bodyworxphysio.com
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 www.unionbaycatering.ca
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
Comox Valley Echo Women in Business 2012 11
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
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
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HAIR STYLIST HAIR STYLIST ESTHETICIAN RECEPTION RECEPTIONIST ETHETICIAN
319A 4TH STREET, COURTENAY • SALON & SPA: 250.338.8552
12 Women in Business 2012 Comox Valley Echo
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
Comox Valley Echo Women in Business 2012 13
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
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 0eurospa.com
www.level10 250 334-0209
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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
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: email@example.com
them the resources they need to improve http://www.liveyourdream.org
WE support many local projects to allow http://www.soroptimist.org
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
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 Lara.Austin@rbc.com.
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
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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 www.ﬂossdentalhygiene.ca
THE WOMEN OF INVIS - WEST COAST MORTGAGES
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
BEAUTY TIPS FOR BUSY WOMEN
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-
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 www.delrioacademy.com
CENTRAL BUILDERS’ LIGHTING Dawn Elgin
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!
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 sad...dad 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 www.blindsbillardsandbaubles.com
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
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 www.lourdesgant.com/strategy-session 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
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
WOMEN SURPASS MEN IN TECH BUYS
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 | www.dermessentials.ca
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!
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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 email@example.com
WENDY SHEPPARD LORI LANG is a Small
is proud to be your Business Banker
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
closely with our team
The Bank That Deﬁnes community. Lori takes
a holistic approach
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
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
BALANCING ACT: HOW TO JUGGLE
COMMITMENTS TO WORK AND FAMILY
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
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
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 & ASSOCIATES
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
through long-term relationships with all of our clients. www.comoxmortgages.com
MOSAIC VISION CARE
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 www.mosaicvisioncare.com
SAMUDRA WEIGHT LOSS Kristin Bjarnason
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. www.samudraweightloss.com
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
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
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 www.happyback.ca or contact Mia
Technician Mia Jerritt has developed ﬁve unique surgery. Although these programs are designed at medﬁtmia@gmail.com. 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 www.happyback.ca | medﬁtmia@gmail.com
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
COURTENAY 1-HOUR OPTICAL
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
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”. www.getwellhere.com
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. www.comoxvalleychamber.com
ELAINE BLACKBURN INC.
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.
438-5th St., Courtenay
Costume Jewellery. We have a Great selection, excellent quality,
LaBellAmie •HAIR STUDIO
• HAIR AESTHETICS BOUTIQUE
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
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 www.labellamiehairstudio.com
28 Women in Business 2012 Comox Valley Echo
THE REAL CANADIAN SUPERSTORE
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.
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
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