Congratulations to this years Sparkle Award Winners!

Sparkle Award Winners  

Nominee names and bios are in no particular order, please read to the end.  Voting will take place at the event on Nov 15/17

2017 Volunteer of the Year

Read the Volunteer of the Year Nominee Bios

Alexandra Georgakopoulos

Alexandra would like to thank you for the nomination and also thank the town of Shelburne for the support this year!

Since moving to Shelburne this past year, Alexandra has dedicated her life to servicing the wonderful community she now calls home. She has spent countless hours as a volunteer coordinator for the Shelburne Farmers’ Market where she utilized her skills to promote and organize the market each week. Through her efforts, the market thrived and was the most successful year so far! 

Also, Alexandra was heavily involved in helping to raise funds for the Shelburne Splash Pad Project through the Heritage Music Festival. She continues to support the initiative and is currently working with all the service groups to develop and execute a 5km race to raise more funds for the splash pad. 

Lastly, Alexandra continually dedicates her time to volunteering for other organizations, such as local shelters, blood donor clinics and more. She decided to turn a negative situation of someone taking her husband’s shoes, into a positive campaign. Through her #Shoes4Shelburne, she has helped to raised over 200 pairs of shoes for those in need in Shelburne and Dufferin. 

 

 

Brenda Burman

Brenda Burman is the Campus Manager for Georgian College’s Centre for Career & Employment Services at the Edelbrock Centre and the Orangeville Campus.  As a longtime resident of Dufferin County, she has been an active volunteer in the community professionally and personally.  Brenda has supported and dedicated volunteer hours to helping not-for-project organizations that support youth, minor sports and community capacity building initiatives. Building collaborative partnerships between local groups, new and established businesses, and levels of government is key to building a strong community foundation for the next generation. Brenda believes strongly in continuously encouraging others to find the time in their busy schedules to volunteer their time in the community. 

 

Brenda Seltzer

Passionate about many non-profits within Dufferin, Brenda is very grateful to be nominated in the Volunteer of the Year category for the Dufferin Women in Business Sparkle Awards.  Brenda began volunteering very early in her career where she was a charter member of the Orangeville Jaycees.

Since then Brenda has volunteered with many local organizations including Dufferin Women in Business.  She has been an active member with them for almost 10 years and served as the chair for two.  During that time, Brenda also held a position with the Board of Directors.  As the Resource Development Specialist with Habitat for Humanity Wellington Dufferin Guelph, she currently volunteers her time as an Ambassador with the Dufferin Board of Trade and helps promote their “think local” campaign.

Brenda was very active with the Canadian Cancer Society and sat on the Dufferin Relay for Life Committee as “Survivor” chair for 6 years.  More recently, Brenda focused her volunteer efforts closer to home and helped support “Taking the Edge off Cancer”, raising money for Headwaters Hospital’s oncology unit.  Brenda’s parents are both cancer survivors so she is passionate about supporting this cause.

 

Deanna Avison

My name is Deanna Avison, and I am very humbled by being nominated for this award.   

I am a Grandma, also known as the “AUTISM GRANDMA”, and I live with my daughter and her family. When my twin grandchildren were diagnosed with Autism at age 2, life changed. I saw first hand how having children with autism affected the family. 

My wish was to make a difference by advocating, supporting, and to bring acceptance and awareness of Autism to our community.  

With my grandchildren being my inspiration, I requested the Town of Shelburne to have April 2 proclaimed NATIONAL (WORLD) AUTISM AWARENESS DAY.  Council granted my wish, I was given the Proclamation.  Town hall also shows their support by Lighting It Up Blue.

 For the past 4 years I have written this letter to tell my story of my grandchildren and how much it means to all the families in the community living with ASD, that they are supported.

Last year Council granted that my legacy carries on by granting the Proclamation and declaring every year forward as National (World) Autism Awareness Day on April 2.

I am currently working on the 3rd annual HEARTS WIDE OPEN FOR AUTISM fundraiser along with my co-chair Megan Young. I spend months seeking out sponsors and gathering silent auction items. To date, we have raised over $14,000.00 which has been donated to the Upper Grand Learning Foundation and distributed to all Elementary Schools in Shelburne.  The funds help support the Special Education Program provide children with disabilities with necessary devices and aids which help them learn and cope during their school day. Our goal is to include the high school next year.

I have many special Mommy friends of children with ASD and I do all this, not only for my grandchildren, but for all of them as well.  I love to give; and if I can make a difference for these families, then my heart is fulfilled.

So being nominated for this award comes as a result of the love I have for my grandchildren. But in the end * I AM JUST A GRANDMA*

 

Ida Tetlock

Community service is a core belief put into active practice by Ida Tetlock every day.   A lifelong volunteer starting from the early days of being a student helper with kindergarten classes and covering the phones in the office during elementary school to volunteering anywhere there is a need.

Ida is proud to serve as a volunteer!  She is the current chairwoman for North GTA Chapter Executive of Professional Organizers in Canada; member on the Ambassadors Committee of the Dufferin Board of Trade; active in her parish of St Timothy Church, Orangeville having served in several ministries and recently joined the Catholic Woman’s League.   Ida supports community organizations through active participation in awareness, outreach and fundraising campaigns.  An initiative that is very close to Ida’s heart is the United Church Women’s Purse Project partnering with several social service agencies and community members in Dufferin, Caledon, Peel and Wellington since the programs inception in the Fall of 2016.  

In her business practice at SMART Organizing, Ida serves her clients by empowering them to address the situational disorganization they have encountered in life at home and in business through the implementation of goal based organizing and productivity solutions.   Partnering with social service agencies and churches in Dufferin County and surrounding areas, initially as a value added service to her clients, Ida has since identified the need and created a resource network to help members of the community recognize the opportunities available to donate items that directly benefit individuals serviced by these organizations and also from the proceeds of resale & recycling efforts these organizations participate in while keeping them out of our landfills.  In the past year, several thousands of items have been donated in support of CHOICES Youth Shelters, Westminster United Church, Family Transition Place, food banks, Community Living Dufferin, Habitat for Humanity Dufferin Re-Store, SPCA’s Paws & Claws Thrift Stores and Animal Center, Children’s Wish Foundation, and the Canadian Center for Abuse Awareness Hope House as well as private refugee committee sponsors and many others.

Ida is honoured to have been nominated and recognized for the Dufferin Woman in Business, 2017 Volunteer of the Year sparkle award among many amazing and deserving women who contribute so much of themselves everyday in #OurDufferin.  It is the smallest of actions that can have the biggest impact on the lives of others. 

 

Jamie-Lee Higginson

Jamie-Lee is a young entrepreneur who lives with her family in North Dufferin County where she works from home running her decor & furniture manufacturing business, Prim Pickins. It is here (and at a warehouse further North) she creates products that can be found in retail businesses nationwide and homes all across the world. Capturing the interest of and creating products for large retailers like Hallmark, Sears, Great Wolf Lodge, Home Hardware and more, Jamie-Lees products have also been sold in hundreds of individually owned retailers across Canada.

After landing a deal on DRAGONS’ DEN (season 10 episode 9) she later declined the offer in the interest of pursuing her business at her own pace and direction. Jamie-Lee now focuses on more direct to consumer sales and events as well as caring for her family and extended family.

She has shown that preserverance and resiliency is key in an entrepreneurs world and has a unique hands on and humble approach to business. She spends many hours volunteering for community events as well as being a third year member of the Shelburne street festival committee where she has proven herself as a worthy member of the community and helped spearhead the tremendous growth of the event. Prim Pickins is the host of the Vendor Market portion of the event growing it from 30 + vendors to over 220+ vendors last year, giving entrepreneurs and business owners alike a chance to be noticed and market their companies.

She can also be found mentoring others and answering questions others have regarding running your own small business. She will be a guest at an event at the end of the month where attendees can ask her questions and listen to her speak about her small business experience while creating a handmade project with her. She is always donating her time and products wherever she can and volunteers at events, schools and youth groups. She has also been asked to create projects with youth groups like Brownies as a guest artist. She recently sponsored the Dufferin Board of Trades BEA awards, hand making over 175 gifts for each attendee. She has been a gift sponsor for the DWIB sparkle awards in previous years.

She is always fundraising for local charities and events and currently raises monetary donations for the Feral Cat Rescue, donates to Ronald McDonald House charities and SICK KIDS hospital division of Neurology in name of her nephew Madden, who has spent a large part of his life in their care so far.

Jamie-Lee is honoured to have been nominated for Mentor of the Year, Woman of Influence and Volunteer of the year and congratulates all the other nominees as well.

“Beautiful is the woman who knows people, places and things don’t define her. She is defined by her acts of loving kindness, and a generous heart”

 

Karen Ross-Smith

I am so grateful to be nominated for” Volunteer of the Year”  You may recognize my photo from the 25 years I have been a waitress in this community at some of our amazing restaurants.  I love this community, I met my husband here and we had our daughter here at the old hospital  21 years ago! 

Volunteering started for me delivering meals on wheels on Christmas Day with both my husband and daughter. In some cases we might be the only faces they see that day which filled our hearts and inspired me to do more. Early the next year a very good friend was diagnosed with cancer and she was part of Relay for Life. I sought out how I could help so joined the committee for the survivor dinner. For five years I was on the committee providing dinner for 120 survivors with their spouse or caregiver and then opening the ceremony with their first walk around the track. Unfortunately last year my friend Sean Coulter lost his battle with cancer and I formed a committee to keep Sean’s goal for “Taking the Edge Off Cancer”. This year we raised $23,000 for our Headwaters Oncology department. 

Also this year I joined the Habitat for Humanity committee and we hosted “The Ultimate House Party”. With this fundraiser we raised $63,000 to go towards building homes through affordable home ownership in Dufferin County. This was the first of our five year goal and breaking ground in 2018. 

Finally my biggest accomplishment has been starting my Believe Bag campaign. Christmas 2012 I spearheaded this non-profit, community spirited campaign which focuses on Christmas gift bags for moms who are facing crisis and/or financial hardships. The first year with the help of family and friends we filled 12 bags full of toiletries and gift items that went to every women at Family Transition Place. Over the next 4 years with the help of this community we have risen to 200 bags which now goes to FTP, DCAFS, The Orangeville Food bank and Big Brothers and Sisters which allows each child to take a gift bag home to their Moms. Please help awareness and like our Facebook page Facebook.com/Believebagsorangeville  to find our drop off locations and how you can contribute this year. With the love and support of this fantastic community I’m sure Believe Bags will continue to be a success. Thanks again for your very kind nomination. 

 

 

Sohayla Smith

Thank you so much for the nomination! I do a lot of community work with my company Troupe-Adore – the mission of which is to make arts and culture more accessible while fostering a climate for artists to thrive – not just survive. Troupe-Adore is a team, so I prefer to say “we” often. We volunteer our time and arts services for events such as Shelburne Town Pharmacy’s Fundraiser for Sick Kids, Shelburne Farmer’s Market – offering face-painting, mehndi, and live music, SOUP HAUS – offering free food, baked goods, and, with the support of Trinity United Church starting in November, a sit-down meal every Tuesday evening! The inspiration for SOUP HAUS is that we all have something to give – even when we feel we have nothing. Maybe because I love to cook, Food = Love. It gives hope to anyone struggling in any way, feeds the body – nourishes the soul for both the person receiving, and the person giving. Our chorale volunteers at Dufferin Oaks and Shelburne Residence, and I provide harp therapy. I run belly dance classes with a body-positive-confidence-building purpose, we’ve volunteered at both seniors homes, and for Savour Shelburne – we also volunteered our Clowns! We host Christmas Chorale in the Park sponsored by the Shelburne BIA, bringing singers and the community together for warm drinks, sweet treats, and carols. I volunteer on the Shelburne Heritage Advisory Committee because I feel a responsibility to learn more about our town, as well as help to preserve it’s roots as it grows. And lastly, I volunteer on the Santa Claus Parade committee because “it’s the most wonderful time of the year!”

 

Lindsay Wegener

My name is Lindsay I have been living in dufferin county for 15 years now after starting my pet groom if business I realized the need for volunteers in many areas of the community so thus started my volunteer path. I currently sit on the shelburne fall fair board and just recently left a three year term of homecraft president I also sit on the board of the non profit Jr schooners fastball league where I aid with sponsorship and social media I am a committee member for the shelburne street festival where I run the soap box derby. I was fortunate to have organized  the vendor market and children’s activities for the shelburne heritage music festival on behalf of the BIA.  I am currently assisting in the planning of the shelburne Santa Claus parade on behalf of the BIA. I also assisted in organizing the vendor market for the Canada festivities in shelburne back in July and also ran the vendor market for charity at the town’s Easter event, where I was able to donate 900.00 to local non profits such as feral cat rescue, generis international, and scouts Canada. I have also hosted many vendor marketplace events where I help promote local small business and donate rental table sales to local charities inc the OSPCA those listed above and the shelburne Christmas hamper fund. Volunteering is extremely important to me   because it allows my soul to feel fulfilled I know how hard it is to build an empire and if I can help someone build theirs and maybe make it a little easier for them then I feel whole.  I’m a mom of 2 and a small business owner just like many others if I can give my time to help others then I know my purpose.

 

Lisa Post

Words cannot express my gratitude for being nominated for this amazing award! I have lived in Orangeville for over 25 years and I am passionate about giving back to the community that has been so great to me and my family. I currently sit on the Board of Directors for Community Living Dufferin, Hospice Dufferin and Community Safety Partners and I am also a member of the Town of Orangeville’s Arts & Culture Committee.

I love to work with amazing organizations to create and plan new and unique fundraising ideas and I feel so fortunate to have met such amazing people along the way. I have held fundraising events for ‘OneSight’ and ‘The Ride to Conquer Cancer’, but ‘Taking the Edge Off Cancer’ is one cause that holds a very special place in my heart. ‘Taking the Edge Off Cancer’ was started a few years ago by a dear friend, Sean Coulter, as a way to raise funds for the oncology expansion at Headwaters Healthcare Centre. Sean lost his battle with cancer early this year but we are committed to keeping his vision of bringing cancer care closer to home alive by continuing his legacy through events like ‘Sean’s EDGEstravaganza’, ‘BurgerQuest’ and ‘The Sean Coulter Shootout’.

I am super excited this year to be working on a few new projects including my new business, Written Works, as well as being a part of the committee that is bringing the first Celebration of Diversity to Dufferin County in June 2018! Stay tuned!

 

Lori Robertshaw

I am humbled and grateful to be recognized as a community volunteer by DWIB.  I grew up in Pickering Ontario and moved to Orangeville in 1992 with my loving husband and raised one terrific son.  Studied travel & tourism where I then spent the next two decades working in the industry sending travellers all across this glorious globe to make their dream destinations a reality.

I now spend my full work week managing a very busy desk at a family medical clinic where we do our best to come to the aid of those needing medical attention.   I have been a volunteer for over 25 years with organizations such as the Heart and Stoke Foundation where I was the event chair for the Orangeville Big Bike Ride for 13  years . Then I retired the wheels, and started walking the track at the Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay for Life event where I was team recruiter / committee member for 6 years and chair for one.

I feel blessed to have met many inspiring people along the way. I have also committed my time to many day events such as  Habitat for Humanity’s House Party, Ribfest and coming soon, Free Hugs day!

I held a three year term on the executive as fund raising coordinator for CFUW Orangeville- Canadian Federation of University Woman’s group where we support girls and education locally and in Haiti.

My passion grew stronger to ensure my focus was something sustainable and would have direct positive impact in “my own backyard “. That is when I helped bring Soup Sisters to town. Along with my Souper Sisters at Lavender Blue , we gather a group of women and men each month to make, share and donate 150-200 servings of hugs in Bowl to the victims of abuse and women in crisis at Family Transition Place. We deliver fresh , made with love, soup in special freezable containers. With the support of other generous helpers, we plan to keep the soup flowing in Dufferin.

I feel volunteering is a natural way of making this world a better place to live. We rise by lifting others.

 

Rapinder Kaur

Rapinder Kaur is particularly drawn to the concept of individual empowerment and how this process can lead to collective change. A Registered Psychotherapist and Art Therapist, activist and facilitator, she is fascinated with the idea of using art to disrupt traditional thinking and imagining new possibilities for engaging in the world. She has been in the mental health field for over 20 years and is a strong advocate for de-stigmatizing mental illness.

For the past 8 years, Rapinder has been running a private art therapy practice in Orangeville, Mississauga and Milton, supporting children, teens, adults and families with their mental health needs. In addition to that Rapinder volunteers her time on a number of non-profit Boards and community groups including Dufferin Child and Family Services. Rapinder strongly believes that art has the potential to change lives and often in profound ways. When words are not enough, people can turn to images and symbols to tell their story and in telling their stories through art, they can find a path to health and wellness, emotional reparation, recovery, and ultimately, transformation.

 

 

Sharon Mordon

Bio coming soon

 

Stephany St. Louis

Stephany St.Louis wears many ‘hats’ in the community, she is the founder of Hats On Dufferin a non-profit organization whose goal is to ensure that every child, person, and family within our community has a hat to keep warm this winter, bookkeeper & program manager for Headwaters Tourism & bookkeeper for the Dufferin Board of Trade.  She owns her own business management company that helps businesses with their financials, human resources and making sure they are using their resources optimally.

Stephany also sits on the board of her children’s school parent council as treasurer, she is on the poverty task force committee for DC Moves and sits on the board for the Dufferin Young Professionals.  Stephany is a resident of Orangeville along with her partner, two children, dog and rabbit.

 

Vanessa Kruezer & Terry Doel

Lavender Blue Catering and Prepared Foods was founded by 2 friends with ambitions to change the expectations around food and what full service catering should feel like.  Their home away from home at the Athlete Institute on Hwy 9 houses a commercial kitchen for catering and a café-retail location. They are responsible for the nutritional needs of the Athlete Institute’s Basketball Academy and are committed to providing healthy meals and strong mentorship for these aspiring young men.  Vanessa and Terry have contributed in many ways to ensure that there are a number of scholarship spots available at the academy.  There are currently 4 students from Africa and many others from around the world training here to build a better life.  Good meals, laughs and hugs are always at the ready.

Terry and Vanessa are fully committed to their community.  They began their volunteerism with the Dufferin Relay For Life, as committee members and then co-chairs.  They began Mac & Cheese Fest in 2017 with proceeds to the Headwaters Hospital Foundation.  They support the Orangeville Foodbank, Choices and the Lighthouse Soup Kitchen.  They are great supporters of Family Transition Place and Community Living Dufferin and are equal opportunity employers.  Vanessa sits on the volunteer committee for Dufferin Child and Family Services.  Terry & Vanessa along with Lori Robertshaw, have brought great success to Dufferin Soup Sisters.  A monthly event that is hosted at Lavender Blue Café and produces 75 litres of soup for Family Transition Place.  The Lavender Blue Café also plays host to Hats on Dufferin monthly as well.  They are strong entrepreneurs who will continue to push forward by also taking the hands of others and pulling them forward as well.

As Terry and Vanessa always say “We live in a tremendously giving community and sometimes you just have to make the ask.  We are proud to be able to walk into any food establishment in this area and call them all friends.  We would not have been able to make many of these charity events happen without their support.  We are truly blessed to be a part of the big picture.”

2017 Mentor of the Year

Read the Mentor of the Year Nominee Bios

Alexandra Georgakopoulos

Alexandra would like to thank you and the town of Shelburne for the support and nomination! 

Alexandra’s true passion has always been mentorship. At a young age, she was lucky to have had many great mentors both in her athletic and profession careers-mentors who she says helped her become the person she is today.

Because of this and as a way to give back, Alexandra has dedicated to assisting others who are looking for guidance and support in their careers.

Alexandra mentors several young women and men looking to achieve an athletic scholarship to the United States. As a former collegiate athlete herself, Alexandra helps to guide aspiring the young athletes and their families through the recruiting process while also ensuring they find the best school possible for their needs.

Alexandra is also very passionate about mentoring entrepreneurial women, especially those who have businesses focused on innovation and the future. Alexandra has used her recent exposure to the self-driving car and digital media as a source of inspiration to her mentees. She believes the future is young entrepreneur women and men working in tech and Alexandra does as much as she can to support these individuals in their careers.

 

 

Jamie-Lee Higginson

Jamie-Lee is a young entrepreneur who lives with her family in North Dufferin County where she works from home running her decor & furniture manufacturing business, Prim Pickins. It is here (and at a warehouse further North) she creates products that can be found in retail businesses nationwide and homes all across the world. Capturing the interest of and creating products for large retailers like Hallmark, Sears, Great Wolf Lodge, Home Hardware and more, Jamie-Lees products have also been sold in hundreds of individually owned retailers across Canada.

After landing a deal on DRAGONS’ DEN (season 10 episode 9) she later declined the offer in the interest of pursuing her business at her own pace and direction. Jamie-Lee now focuses on more direct to consumer sales and events as well as caring for her family and extended family.

She has shown that preserverance and resiliency is key in an entrepreneurs world and has a unique hands on and humble approach to business. She spends many hours volunteering for community events as well as being a third year member of the Shelburne street festival committee where she has proven herself as a worthy member of the community and helped spearhead the tremendous growth of the event. Prim Pickins is the host of the Vendor Market portion of the event growing it from 30 + vendors to over 220+ vendors last year, giving entrepreneurs and business owners alike a chance to be noticed and market their companies.

She can also be found mentoring others and answering questions others have regarding running your own small business. She will be a guest at an event at the end of the month where attendees can ask her questions and listen to her speak about her small business experience while creating a handmade project with her. She is always donating her time and products wherever she can and volunteers at events, schools and youth groups. She has also been asked to create projects with youth groups like Brownies as a guest artist. She recently sponsored the Dufferin Board of Trades BEA awards, hand making over 175 gifts for each attendee. She has been a gift sponsor for the DWIB sparkle awards in previous years.

She is always fundraising for local charities and events and currently raises monetary donations for the Feral Cat Rescue, donates to Ronald McDonald House charities and SICK KIDS hospital division of Neurology in name of her nephew Madden, who has spent a large part of his life in their care so far.

Jamie-Lee is honoured to have been nominated for Mentor of the Year, Woman of Influence and Volunteer of the year and congratulates all the other nominees as well.

“Beautiful is the woman who knows people, places and things don’t define her. She is defined by her acts of loving kindness, and a generous heart”

 

Jennie Bradley

Jennie is a well-known local professional who is proud to have lived her whole life in Dufferin County.  She is a busy Mom of three and has been a dedicated member of the Millennium1 Solutions for the last 23 years.  She is a fantastic example of home-grown talent, working through various progressive roles throughout her tenure. During this time, Jennie has mentored hundreds with her vast operational expertise, as well as experience in quality assurance, continuous improvement, project management, career pathing, and business development.
Currently, Jennie has accountability for all operational teams, including contact centre, and back-office administration functions, offering executive level support to roughly 1700 team members. She is a kind and compassionate leader, who is skilled at bringing the right minds together to build creative solutions that meet each client’s needs.

Jennie is also a strong supporter of the community she works and lives in, with involvement in many local charities.  She encourages a supportive culture within the facilities she leads, with thousands raised each year for charities in Dufferin County.  She also has influenced numerous clients to consider Dufferin County for future business growth, with multiple new clients launching programs – and bringing new jobs – to Orangeville each year.  Jennie is honoured to have been nominated and is looking forward to celebrating with the many local business women who will be attending the gala on November 15th.

 

 

Jessica Beukema

Jessica is the owner/operator of the successful Dutch Touch Photography founded in 2012 .

Jessica grew up in Orangeville and even at a young age was an involved member of the community. In high school she was a member of MYAC ( Mayor’s youth advisory committee ) . In 2009 Jessica became a big sister with big brothers/ big sisters of Dufferin.  More recently Jessica be found volunteering her time and services to aid local charities or fundraisers.

In 2014 , she became a first time mom and wanted to find a way to provide for her family but spend more time with them . It wasn’t until late 2016 that Jessica took on running Dutch Touch full time.

As an active member of the rising tide society and an advocate for community over competition early  2017 Jessica, with the help of a few other photographers created a Safe and judgement free place online for owners of local photography businesses to network, share and learn.

“I grew tired of the stigma that all local photographers disliked each other and were all only out for ourselves. So I brought them together and so far it’s been well received”

Jessica is always willing to share her successes and failures with others who are new to the business behind photography and often finds herself coaching others along the way.

Although she feels she still has so much to learn in both her art and business , she loves helping others grow

 

Linda Cameron-Turchet

 

 

Lindsay Wegener

My name is Lindsay I have been living in dufferin county for 15 years now after starting my pet groom if business I realized the need for volunteers in many areas of the community so thus started my volunteer path. I currently sit on the shelburne fall fair board and just recently left a three year term of homecraft president I also sit on the board of the non profit Jr schooners fastball league where I aid with sponsorship and social media I am a committee member for the shelburne street festival where I run the soap box derby. I was fortunate to have organized  the vendor market and children’s activities for the shelburne heritage music festival on behalf of the BIA.  I am currently assisting in the planning of the shelburne Santa Claus parade on behalf of the BIA. I also assisted in organizing the vendor market for the Canada festivities in shelburne back in July and also ran the vendor market for charity at the town’s Easter event, where I was able to donate 900.00 to local non profits such as feral cat rescue, generis international, and scouts Canada. I have also hosted many vendor marketplace events where I help promote local small business and donate rental table sales to local charities inc the OSPCA those listed above and the shelburne Christmas hamper fund. Volunteering is extremely important to me   because it allows my soul to feel fulfilled I know how hard it is to build an empire and if I can help someone build theirs and maybe make it a little easier for them then I feel whole.  I’m a mom of 2 and a small business owner just like many others if I can give my time to help others then I know my purpose.

 

 

Melissa Vinden

As an accountant by day and mom by night the one thing that both of these important roles have in common in Melissa Vinden’s life is relationship.

After joining RLB Chartered Professional Accountants 4 years ago Melissa has continued to build the  business at RLB through networking, and sincerely trying to give back to her family, colleagues and community in any way she can. In her professional and personal life she has had a number of mentors that have influenced her growth. Each has instilled the simple value that having time for others, and sharing knowledge with no expected return, is just the right thing to do. 

Melissa enjoys hearing the story behind every client. It is the people and the conversations that make her days exciting. Every day she uses her education and experience as a Chartered Professional Accountant to help business owners understand what their numbers mean. Often business owners only stop to find out “how they did” when they file their annual tax returns. Melissa sees her role as that of an advisor or coach, helping the business owner to explore opportunities and build a plan for the future.

As a proud resident of Dufferin County, Melissa can often be found enjoying community events with her family, or at the local dance studio with her daughter Rachel. For many years she was an active member of the Dufferin Chamber of Commerce which she also credits for the extensive business network and support she has today.

 

 

Shirley Boxem

Shirley is the Lead Project Consultant with Headwaters Communities in Action, overseeing the variety of projects that contribute to community well-being. She has been a Mulmur resident for over 12 years and is very happy to have found the best place to live on the planet. After over 20 years in Adult Learning, Performance Consulting, Business Analysis and Project Management in the IT and financial sectors, she brings a variety of skills to her role. She is a passionate advocate of farmland and source water protection having spent 5 years with the North Dufferin Agriculture and Community Task Force (NDACT), and two years as it’s chair and chief advocate of the Food and Water First campaign. “Working with HCIA, which connects me to so many talented and committed people, and touches so many sectors of the community is a wonderful place to be. I feel very blessed to be with this organization and living here in Dufferin County which is the centre of the universe. Citizen engagement and a sense of belonging is key to happy healthy people and communities. Through collaborations and partnerships of both organizations and individuals, I truly believe we can make life better together.”

 

 

Suzanne Longstreet

Suzanne has been thinking strategically in business while focusing on the customer experience her whole career. With her degree in business, Suzanne has always been fascinated with communication and human dynamics. This fascination is what led Suzanne into her roles in the corporate world in Sales, Leadership, Human Resources, Learning, Talent Management and Organizational Development.

Today Suzanne is a Clarity Coach and the Founder & CEO of Pinkpreneurs.

Since 2011, Suzanne has been coaching and mentoring entrepreneurs to overcome the negative beliefs and doubts that are stopping them from creating the lives and businesses of their dreams.  Once they have cleared up their negative emotions from the past, Suzanne coaches and mentors each entrepreneur on their customized plan to focus on their bright future and take action to build the lives, career and business of their dreams.

Past clients have reported that their lives have been transformed as a result of the work they have done with Suzanne. They are now earning more money in their business. Most clients have tripled their yearly income after working with Suzanne. In the past three years, every client has stated that their relationships with their spouses, children and family members have improved. Many report that they are happier, more confident, transformed and see a much brighter future than ever before.

Suzanne calls herself a Clarity Coach because her clients always state how much more clarity they have a result of being coached and mentored by Suzanne.  

 

 

Vanessa Kreuzer

Lavender Blue Catering and Prepared Foods was founded by 2 friends with ambitions to change the expectations around food and what full service catering should feel like.  Their home away from home at the Athlete Institute on Hwy 9 houses a commercial kitchen for catering and a café-retail location. They are responsible for the nutritional needs of the Athlete Institute’s Basketball Academy and are committed to providing healthy meals and strong mentorship for these aspiring young men.  Vanessa and Terry have contributed in many ways to ensure that there are a number of scholarship spots available at the academy.  There are currently 4 students from Africa and many others from around the world training here to build a better life.  Good meals, laughs and hugs are always at the ready.

Terry and Vanessa are fully committed to their community.  They began their volunteerism with the Dufferin Relay For Life, as committee members and then co-chairs.  They began Mac & Cheese Fest in 2017 with proceeds to the Headwaters Hospital Foundation.  They support the Orangeville Foodbank, Choices and the Lighthouse Soup Kitchen.  They are great supporters of Family Transition Place and Community Living Dufferin and are equal opportunity employers.  Vanessa sits on the volunteer committee for Dufferin Child and Family Services.  Terry & Vanessa along with Lori Robertshaw, have brought great success to Dufferin Soup Sisters.  A monthly event that is hosted at Lavender Blue Café and produces 75 litres of soup for Family Transition Place.  The Lavender Blue Café also plays host to Hats on Dufferin monthly as well.  They are strong entrepreneurs who will continue to push forward by also taking the hands of others and pulling them forward as well.

As Terry and Vanessa always say “We live in a tremendously giving community and sometimes you just have to make the ask.  We are proud to be able to walk into any food establishment in this area and call them all friends.  We would not have been able to make many of these charity events happen without their support.  We are truly blessed to be a part of the big picture.”

 

 

Jackie Pritchard

As a bored housewife I have tried my hand at almost everything handmade. Sewing quilts and clothes, making cheese, soap, lotions and bath bombs and I’ve done hundreds of farmers markets and craft shows. So what do you do when your husband gets laid off from the job he’s had for the past 10 years and his career is, in effect, over? You roll your sleeves up, pick your best-selling product and plot to take over the world! The Canadian Bath Bomb Company was created more than two years ago, my husband Neil and I  now run one of the largest bath bomb manufacturing companies in Canada! An overnight success? Well, not quite…

Our journey has taken us from Orangeville farmers market and every craft show in the region, to supplying more than 400 stores across Canada and the U.S. Including “More Than Just Baskets” on Centenial in Orangeville, shameless plug! We supply many well known chains; Home Hardware, Stag Shop and Platos Closet along with independant gift stores, spas and pharmacies. The Canadian Bath Bomb Co also manufactures bath bombs for one of the many lines that distributor Giftcraft Inc. Produce.

Dufferin Women in Business has been a regular fixture on my calender for many years. I have had the privilege of learning from and working with many talented DWIB women, and had the pleasure of shouting about it on Facebook!

Thank you for the nomination!

2017 Networker of the Year

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Brenda Seltzer

As a nominee for the Networker of the Year award, Brenda is very flattered to be part of this category.  As a strong believer in the power of networking, you will often find Brenda out in the community participating at a network event, or supporting a local charity by attending their fundraiser.

Brenda began networking in the community when she opened a business back in 2009 to meet and develop business relationships, however she now works in the non-profit sector as the Resource Development Specialist for Habitat for Humanity Wellington Dufferin Guelph, and continues to leverage the contacts that were established years ago. Brenda knows that networking doesn’t just happen at events, but at social gatherings with family and friends.  Casual conversations can often turn to opportunities to help you succeed.

Although advertising through print or social media are all part of getting customers, Brenda believes nothing is stronger than building solid relationships.  Multiple studies have shown that people buy from people they know, like and trust and Brenda knows first hand that networking works no matter what type of business your in. 

She is passionate about helping others succeed and encourages others to join network groups to help grow their business and build relationships.  To support their efforts, you will often find Brenda introducing people and working on collaboration strategies to help promote their business.

 

 

Diana Morris

Diana Morris is the General Manager of the Dufferin Board of Trade (DBOT). She holds a diploma in Business-Marketing and a certificate in Human Resource Management from St. Clair College, and has completed several courses and certificate programs in finance, management, and administration. She is currently in the process of completing the Certificate in Economic Development program through the University of Waterloo, and pursuing her Ec. D. designation.

Diana joined the DBOT team in early 2015 after deciding to relocate to Dufferin to purchase a farm and start tilling the “Hills of Mulmur” with her husband. Together, they are raising about 75 acres of field crops, and two lovely daughters. Diana spent the seven years prior to joining DBOT running the office of a farm equipment dealership in Wellington County, and the four years before that in the banking industry. She is responsible for managing DBOT’s operations, ensuring that the needs of our members and the greater Dufferin business community are well-served.

 

Emma Rogers

Emma considers herself one of the lucky ones who have the opportunity to be a persuader of philanthropy. As a campaign manager at United Way, she enjoys being a community connector, nothing lights her up more than connecting people with each other and doing good for our community. She loves what she does and the local impact it has.

Whether it is being the president for the board of the Young Professionals Network, chairing GuelphGives, sitting on various committees, such as the Chamber of Commerce Advocacy Committee, Dufferin Board of Trade’s Young professional committee, Hope House’s JOY home tour and various other community committees, Emma specializes in helping non-profits grow. She is also able to do this through her expertise in millennial trends and giving. Starting an initiative called GenNext: a movement that presents a unique opportunity for the next generation of leaders to bring about change right here in our community, Emma educates employers on how to better engage millennials within the workplace while involving our younger generation in community giveback.

Through Emma’s work in the community the focus is always positive impact, raising over 3.5 million dollars annually for our community through her work at United Way. Emma has been working and supporting non-profits for upwards of ten years, she knows a community that is being uplifted by community leaders will not only continue to succeed but most importantly, thrive.

 

 

Jessica Beukema

Jessica is the owner/operator of the successful Dutch Touch Photography founded in 2012 .

Jessica grew up in Orangeville and even at a young age was an involved member of the community. In high school she was a member of MYAC ( Mayor’s youth advisory committee ) . In 2009 Jessica became a big sister with big brothers/ big sisters of Dufferin.  More recently Jessica be found volunteering her time and services to aid local charities or fundraisers.

In 2014 , she became a first time mom and wanted to find a way to provide for her family but spend more time with them . It wasn’t until late 2016 that Jessica took on running Dutch Touch full time.

As an active member of the rising tide society and an advocate for community over competition early  2017 Jessica, with the help of a few other photographers created a Safe and judgement free place online for owners of local photography businesses to network, share and learn.
“I grew tired of the stigma that all local photographers disliked each other and were all only out for ourselves. So I brought them together and so far it’s been well received”

Jessica is always willing to share her successes and failures with others who are new to the business behind photography and often finds herself coaching others along the way.
Although she feels she still has so much to learn in both her art and business , she loves helping others grow.

 

Roberta Fracassi

Whenever Roberta Fracassi drives along Broadway in Orangeville, she has fond memories of growing up in the hills of Headwaters.

After travelling to Brampton for 19 years as a dental assistant, she decided to change her career focus and work from her hometown where she takes such pleasure in her current job as an In The Hills marketing manager .

Roberta is celebrating her 10th anniversary with the In The Hills family. She says, “We have an amazing team spirit and it’s no wonder In The Hills is the best loved and most read publication in all of Headwaters.” She believes the magazine has the most talented group of creative people and publishing professionals the region has to offer.  And she gets enormous satisfaction from helping both new and longstanding business owners connect with their customers as well as others in the business community. Always keen to share her expertise, she says, “I’m thrilled to be able to support the local economy and watch my clients’ businesses grow. “

Roberta volunteered for three years with Dufferin Women in Business , where she savoured the opportunity to build friendships with other businesswomen and help them network in the community.

“ We live in a small community and we all need to help one another to succeed,” she says.

Roberta is most passionate about living life to the fullest and she enjoys time with her husband, their two children and her friends.

 

 

Sara Winterbottom

Sara was born and raised in Dufferin County making her a lifetime member of this community.  Sara is co owner and CEO of Citrus City Tattoo along side her husband Keith Winterbottom, an award-winning tattoo artist and celebrated artist through The Faces of Headwaters.

She has always strived to make the world around her a better place and to be a positive role model not only to her daughter but  all women. Sara has been active in breaking down the stigma associated with mothers and tattoos and has been featured in an art show celebrating her uniqueness and her pure joy of being a parent as well as a successful business woman.  Sara is an  ardent believer in giving back to the community. She is very active in the community and supportive of different charities such as Family Transition Place as well as being part of a feature piece by In The Hills celebrating female entrepreneurs on Broadway.

Sara’s contributions to the community and the world are not limited to just attending fundraisers. She has and continues to host  and manage her own fundraising events. When the Tsunami of 2004 struck Sara was quick to organize an event to raise money  for the victims.  She has also been involved in raising money for families in need when personal tragedy has struck. Many years ago Sara’s dog Mickey need to be put down. Sara chose to make this sad moment in her life into something positive and created  a one of a kind art show to raise money for the SPCA. What started off as a small show with a handful of artists has grown into nationwide event with artists contributing from across Canada as well as internationally.

Dead Things just finished its 7th year and attracts artists and patrons worldwide. It is Canada’s longest running charity Art  Auction utilizing humanely acquired animal skulls and shells. Every year the Show is a major undertaking and Sara uses her  exceptional organizational skills to make everything for this event run flawlessly from finding artists willing to contribute their time and skills to then shipping all of the humanely acquired animal skulls. Sara’s creative networking skills have expanded the show to include an award ceremony for the artists that contribute. A few years ago tragedy struck Sara’s own life and since then  the focus of the fundraising has been shifted to Hospice Dufferin who have accepted with open arms this unique show and the  contributions it makes.

 

Stephany St. Louis

Stephany St.Louis wears many ‘hats’ in the community, she is the founder of Hats On Dufferin a non-profit organization whose goal is to ensure that every child, person, and family within our community has a hat to keep warm this winter, bookkeeper & program manager for Headwaters Tourism & bookkeeper for the Dufferin Board of Trade.  She owns her own business management company that helps businesses with their financials, human resources and making sure they are using their resources optimally.

Stephany also sits on the board of her children’s school parent council as treasurer, she is on the poverty task force committee for DC Moves and sits on the board for the Dufferin Young Professionals.

Stephany is a resident of Orangeville along with her partner, two children, dog and rabbit.

 

 

Tammy Schneider

I started the Snap newspaper in the fall of 2007, and just celebrated 10 years in the Dufferin community. Before Snap I spent many years in management positions helping other people succeed, so when the opportunity to put my skills to good use presented itself, I jumped at the challenge and never looked back. SNAP satisfies my natural curiosity to find out about other people’s careers, hobbies and passions. It offers a special “behind the scenes” look at what motivates someone to open a business, or a volunteer to give countless hours to a cause, to coach, or fundraise. I love the opportunity to meet new people and believe everyone I encounter enriches my life in some way.

Now that Snap has changed ownership, my next challenge will be adjusting to retirement. I’m anxious to start taking a more active role with the many non profit organizations I have supported in the past, and look forward to becoming a full time volunteer.  In the past 10 years I have developed a passion for many local services – especially those that address hunger and homelessness – and hope to offer whatever assistance I can to those in need.

I am grateful to the Dufferin Women and Business group for helping me move my business to the next level in much less time than I would have expected – every business community should have such a group. The support and advice offered by other successful business women has been invaluable. I also wish to congratulate nominees in all categories for their mentorship, hard work and perseverance. You are all winners! 

 

 

Victoria Johansen

Networker. Not sure even if that’s what I do. What I think I do is create and maintain relationships and make connections. To me it’s simple, it’s who I am and it’s really like A, B, C. Now the “A” you might think is my “Advertiser” but it’s not. To me the “A” is anyone doing almost anything who give it their ALL. Sometimes they are, and sometimes they are not the owner of that business or entity, but they are the person who commits and cares about the success of it. Then there’s the “C”. Possibly the customer? Correct, but more importantly to me it’s the strong and avid CONSUMER. The person who requires a product or service. “A” needs to communicate to “C” and “C” needs to know about “A”. That’s where I come in. Yes, I’m the “B. I am the BELIEVER. I am the one who believes in the person who gives their ALL and the CONSUMER who wants to know about it. I am that catalyst and I take that to heart, to share the stories and assist in making that connection. That’s all it is.  Making relationships, connecting the dots so that the ABC equation works, and works well for the win win. I was quite successful in doing this within the realm of radio, a strong and powerful medium, however I am incredibly excited to get down to the grass roots and engage face to face, from event promoter to event participant, to community spectator, within the new to me community scrapbook known as Snapd. Our community is rich in talent and interesting people and I have the privilege to share all of it.

Making and creating these amazing relationships, and making connections is my CALLING and if that deserves to be applauded so be it. It’s not why I do it, but appreciate someone notices the effort and the results.

 

 

Yvonne Guse Rahn

Thank you for the pleasure of being nominated as Networker of the Year by my peers.  I feel truly blessed to be recognized for doing something that I love for the betterment of others.

I have been in the Financial industry for 31 years working and developing relationships with Members and connections in The Dufferin community since 1993.  As a Financial Advisor,  I have the pleasure of helping Members achieve their goals by developing Member Centric Strategic plans that either give them guidance and direction or connect them with those who can.  I love how we are all interconnected and supporting others only makes our community grow and thrive further.    Thank you for this opportunity.

2017 Woman of Influence

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Alexandra Georgakopoulos 

Since coming to Shelburne and Dufferin County, Alexandra has worked tirelessly to give back and help grow the community she now calls home.

With her husband, Alexandra has built their wellness clinic Shelburne Family Chiropractic into a thriving and award-winning clinic. Through Alexandra’s patient-focused business model, creative social media campaigns, and innovative clinical practices, the centre has grown from starting off with 0 patients to now seeing over 100 patients a week. 

Alexandra has also worked hard in becoming involved with as many activities as possible in Shelburne. She is heavily involved as a volunteer coordinator for the Shelburne Farmers’ Market. Alexandra has also helped and continues to help raise funds for a splash pad in Shelburne through the Heritage Music Festival and now, a 5km race she is currently developing.  She also gives back through her shoe raising campaign #Shoes4Shelburne and mentors young athletes and professionals looking to jump-start their careers. 

Lastly, Alexandra has managed the social media pages and provided advice to the Shelburne BIA on a frequent basis, with the main focus of helping the committee to grow and stimulate business in Shelburne. 

Alexandra is extremely thankful for all the support Dufferin and Shelburne has shown towards her this year and she hopes to continue to serve the community for years to come, both on a volunteer basis and perhaps within town council one day. 

 

Amie Zukowski  

Amie Zukowski – Headwaters Racquet Club

Amie is passionate about making people feel comfortable with fitness. Her vision was to create a club that was family friendly and broke the barriers of traditional gyms. When Headwaters Racquet Club opened, the vision came true. Amie was raised in East Garafraxa and grew up learning about business through her family. After attending University, she came back to the community to get involved. Along with her family, they realized that the community needed more family oriented facilities and activities. From conception, Amie has worked hard to make Headwaters Racquet Club what it is today and feels fortunate for the incredible team that surrounds her and helps the dream become a reality every day. Today, she is the Club manager and oversees the day to day operations of the business. Amie’s focus is to make HRC a comfortable, non-judgmental place for members and guests to get active and lead healthier lifestyles. Aside from being at HRC every day, Amie also has a love for philanthropy. She is an inaugural member of Headwaters Heath Care Foundation’s Innovators Group which raises funds and awareness for the local hospital. She is also involved heavily with the Orangeville Rotary Club and has been the volunteer coordinator for Orangeville Rotary Ribfest for the past several years.

Amie loves our community! She lives locally with her husband and two young sons and hopes to continue to make Dufferin County a wonderful place to work (especially for women!), live and play!

 

 

Brenda Seltzer   

Brenda is honoured to be nominated as the 2017 Woman of Influence for Dufferin Women in Business’s 15th Annual Sparkle Awards.  This kind of support and recognition from the business community means so much to her. Having been part of the Dufferin Women Business group for almost 10 years, Brenda has always strived to promote local businesses, especially those run by women, and encourages others to support local.

As part of her commitment to promote local, Brenda is an Ambassador with the Dufferin Board of Trade and continuously shares with organizations the value of supporting the community. She knows that to succeed in any business, you need to build solid relationships within the community in which you work. 

Over the years Brenda has been nominated for several awards with both Dufferin Women in Business, as well as the Dufferin Board of Trade and was lucky enough to be the recipient in 2012 for the Dufferin Women in Business Volunteer Award, and in 2014 received the Chamber Member Excellence Award.

With her role as Resource Development Specialist with Habitat for Humanity Wellington Dufferin Guelph, Brenda feels fortunate to be a part of such a great community and enjoys connecting people and has a strong passion for helping others succeed.

Brenda is thankful to have met so many wonderful people over the years but is especially grateful for the love and support of her friends and family who continue to encourage her to believe anything is possible.

 

 

Dr. Colette Whiting    

 

 

Heather Holmes

Heather is honoured to be nominated for a 2017 Sparkle Award along with so many wonderful women of our community.

In May 2012 Heather opened TriTone Music Studios in Orangeville and has been loving every minute of it. The arts and culture community in Orangeville is lucky to boast so many talented and dedicated people.

Heather is very involved in Orangeville’s theatre scene. She currently sits on the board of Orangeville Music Theatre as the Vice President. OMT is a non-profit community theatre group. Heather has been the music director for many OMT productions since 2013 including, Mary Poppins, The Little Mermaid and Legally Blonde. Heather is currently working on My Fair Lady and will always have more shows on the horizon!

In her spare time, Heather enjoys singing in local choirs and writing and recording her own music. A lot of Heather’s original songs she shares with the students and teachers of TriTone Music Studios to perform at events like studio recitals, seniors centres and local events.  Congratulations to all of the amazing women this year!

 

Jamie-Lee Higginson  

Jamie-Lee is a young entrepreneur who lives with her family in North Dufferin County where she works from home running her decor & furniture manufacturing business, Prim Pickins. It is here (and at a warehouse further North) she creates products that can be found in retail businesses nationwide and homes all across the world. Capturing the interest of and creating products for large retailers like Hallmark, Sears, Great Wolf Lodge, Home Hardware and more, Jamie-Lees products have also been sold in hundreds of individually owned retailers across Canada.

After landing a deal on DRAGONS’ DEN (season 10 episode 9) she later declined the offer in the interest of pursuing her business at her own pace and direction. Jamie-Lee now focuses on more direct to consumer sales and events as well as caring for her family and extended family.

She has shown that preserverance and resiliency is key in an entrepreneurs world and has a unique hands on and humble approach to business. She spends many hours volunteering for community events as well as being a third year member of the Shelburne street festival committee where she has proven herself as a worthy member of the community and helped spearhead the tremendous growth of the event. Prim Pickins is the host of the Vendor Market portion of the event growing it from 30 + vendors to over 220+ vendors last year, giving entrepreneurs and business owners alike a chance to be noticed and market their companies.

She can also be found mentoring others and answering questions others have regarding running your own small business. She will be a guest at an event at the end of the month where attendees can ask her questions and listen to her speak about her small business experience while creating a handmade project with her. She is always donating her time and products wherever she can and volunteers at events, schools and youth groups. She has also been asked to create projects with youth groups like Brownies as a guest artist. She recently sponsored the Dufferin Board of Trades BEA awards, hand making over 175 gifts for each attendee. She has been a gift sponsor for the DWIB sparkle awards in previous years.

She is always fundraising for local charities and events and currently raises monetary donations for the Feral Cat Rescue, donates to Ronald McDonald House charities and SICK KIDS hospital division of Neurology in name of her nephew Madden, who has spent a large part of his life in their care so far.

Jamie-Lee is honoured to have been nominated for Mentor of the Year, Woman of Influence and Volunteer of the year and congratulates all the other nominees as well.

“Beautiful is the woman who knows people, places and things don’t define her. She is defined by her acts of loving kindness, and a generous heart”

 

 

Jennie Bradley   

Jennie is a well-known local professional who is proud to have lived her whole life in Dufferin County.  She is a busy Mom of three and has been a dedicated member of the Millennium1 Solutions for the last 23 years.  She is a fantastic example of home-grown talent, working through various progressive roles throughout her tenure. During this time, Jennie has influenced the careers of hundreds, by leveraging her deep business experience to mentor others

Currently, Jennie has accountability for all operational teams, including contact centre, and back-office administration functions, offering executive level support to roughly 1700 team members. She is a kind and compassionate leader, who is skilled at bringing the right minds together to build creative solutions that meet each client’s needs. She uses her influence within the company to influence strategic corporate decisions, including new business development endeavours.  She has influenced numerous clients to consider Dufferin County for future business growth, with multiple new clients launching programs – and bringing new jobs – to Orangeville each year.

Jennie is also a strong supporter of the community she works and lives in, with involvement in many local charities.  She encourages a supportive culture within the facilities she leads, with thousands raised each year for charities in Dufferin County.   Jennie is honoured to have been nominated and is looking forward to celebrating with the many local business women who will be attending the gala on November 15th.

 

 

Joselyn Foster    

My name is Jocelyn Foster and I am 20 years old. I am currently in my third year of Graphic Design at Georgian College in Barrie. For the past 5 years, throughout high school and college, I have been working part-time at Dufferin Oaks Long Term Care home as a nursing assistant and dietary aide.  This summer I applied to the Summer Company Program offered by the Orangeville & Area Small Business Enterprise Centre (SBEC) and received an amazing opportunity to start my own business, JF Designs, which I have been operating in Shelburne for the past five months. Although completing my education is my first priority, I am continuing to expand my business with the incredible support of my local community. My passion is with small business branding and I provide a variety of services including logo design and the development of promotional products, such as business cards, posters, flyers and advertisements. On the other side of my business, using my graphic design background, I create a variety of rustic home decor items such as signs, wall and vehicle stickers/clings, pillows, t-towels, and glassware. Recently, I have begun to offer “Sign Nights” where attendees can tap into their creative side and make their own sign. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all the women who were nominated this year for a Dufferin Women in Business Sparkle Award.  I am truly honoured and humbled to be included in an outstanding group of women who play a huge role in our community. I would also like to express my sincere gratitude for the success I have experienced thus far with my business. I couldn’t have done it without the support of a community that chooses to buy locally! #girlpower, #buylocal, #jfdesigns

 

 

Kim Bailey

Born and raised in Orangeville, Kim is the co-owner of Lynbrook Family Golf Centre. She shows her dedication to supporting local businesses, particularly women in business, by promoting them as sponsors for Lynbrook Mens` and Ladies’ Golf Nights.  As the purchasing manager for the course,  Kim is also an advocate for SHOP LOCAL, with the mindset to spark conversations that increase traffic in the golf industry and area businesses. 

As founder of the Lynbrook Charity Challenge, Kim lead business owners in raising over $13500 for charities within Dufferin County.  Additionally, Lynbrook`s Golf Fore the Cure brought together 72 ladies to raise $3750 with the support of local contributions. 

With a passion for entrepreneurship,  Kim encouraged her two daughters to start their own businesses including a vending machine company, knitted garments, graphic design and Muncheese Grilled Cheese food truck.  She is very proud of her husband and two daughters Lindsay and Brooke, her ongoing inspirations. 

Kim is an active member of the community who believes in conducting her business with the utmost respect and regard for others. She is very honored to be nominated in such gracious company.

 

 

Margorie Grime

It is an honour to have my name stand with so many of the capable and outstanding women in our community.  I am in awe of the many talented women and also the many unsung heroes.

My life priorities have always been:

My Beautiful Family who was raised here;

My Community and giving back through participation in the Rotary Club, a number of other Charitable events, Partnerships and Sponsorships (Island Lake Race, Island Lake Trail, The Grime Team Van, Theatre Orangeville…);  

Being physically fit – participating inTriathlons and most recently the Iceland Trek for Shelter;

My many Passions – Skiing, Duplicate Bridge, Hiking and of course my Work.  

My Business:  I began my Real Estate career in 1975 after 4 years as a High School Math Teacher.  42 years helping wonderful people move to, from and around the Headwaters region.  I love my job and have worked to be a leading edge realtor with the aid of our team of professionals

 

This quotation we have framed in our office and reflects our business practices and focus:

A customer is the most important visitor on our premises,

He is not dependent on us.  We are dependent on him.

He is not an interruption in our work, He is the purpose of it.

He is not an outsider in our business.  He is part of it.

We are not doing him a favour by serving him,

He is doing us a favour by giving us an opportunity to do so.

Mahatma Gandhi

 

 

 

Mary Lawson     

Vice President and General Manager, Dalerose Homes

Mary Lawson has been part of the home building industry for more than three decades with experience in land purchase, market research, plan development, product design, site merchandising, sales management and training. She is currently Vice President and General Manager of Dalerose Homes . Dalerose builds retirement communities, custom and semi-custom homes, and has recently completed some major renovation projects. 

Mary’s volunteer service to the home building industry includes serving as President of the Calgary Region Home Builders’ Association in1988, the Greater Toronto Home Builders’ Association (BILD) in 1998, and as the first woman President of the Canadian Home Builders Association (CHBA) in 2004. She has also served on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum.

Mary has participated in Women in Motion, a mentorship program that helps young women make effective career choices. She continues to encourage young women to consider careers in trades and construction.

Her involvement with George Brown College is long and deep. After serving a six-year term on the Board of Governors, she went on to a similar term on the Board of the George Brown College Foundation. She supported the Centre for Construction and Engineering Technologies (CCET) as a member of several Program Advisory Committees, served as CCET’s first Executive-in-Residence, and has been a professor and frequent guest lecturer. Mary has also been instrumental in working with industry to establish scholarships.  George Brown presented Mary with an Honorary Degree as a result of her ongoing commitment.

Inducted into the Building Industry and Land Development Association Hall of Fame in 2010, Mary was recognized as “A pioneer for placing women in a position of leadership and recognition in the residential construction industry.”

Most recently, Mary received a “Lifetime Achievement” Award from the Province of Ontario.

 

 

Rebecca Landman    

Rebecca Landman, owner of Landman Gardens and Bakery, is one of six children. From a young age Rebecca has been involved in the family farm. Her love for growing food started at a young age, Rebecca’s grandfather, Sjoerd, lit the spark for her love of nature. Rebecca remembers her grandpa explaining to her three year old self what a seed needs to grow and the importance of earthworms.

After completely her Culinary Management Diploma at Canadore college and Sustainable Agriculture diploma at Fleming College, Rebecca combined her love of growing food and cooking to create Landman Gardens and Bakery.

Landman Gardens and Bakery opened in 2011 with the completion of an on-farm kitchen. Since 2011, Rebecca has grown the business significantly now employing 2 full time and 3 part time staff. Rebecca attends two local farmers’ markets and teaches cooking and canning workshops in the farm kitchen. They also host farm-to-table dinners in their dry stone Blackhouse, a replica of a Scottish dwelling. They raise chickens, turkey and pork sustainably on their farm just north of Grand Valley. In their on-farm kitchen they produce many homemade preserves, baked goods and meals to go!

Rebecca believes in the importance of creating delicious, homemade food. Landman Gardens and Bakery is in the business of connection people to their food, by reliving powerful food memories and creating new ones.

 

Sara Winterbottom    

Sara was born and raised in Dufferin County making her a lifetime member of this community.  Sara is co owner and CEO of Citrus City Tattoo along side her husband Keith Winterbottom, an award-winning tattoo artist and celebrated artist through The Faces of Headwaters.

She has always strived to make the world around her a better place and to be a positive role model not only to her daughter but  all women. Sara has been active in breaking down the stigma associated with mothers and tattoos and has been featured in an art show celebrating her uniqueness and her pure joy of being a parent as well as a successful business woman.  Sara is an  ardent believer in giving back to the community. She is very active in the community and supportive of different charities such as Family Transition Place as well as being part of a feature piece by In The Hills celebrating female entrepreneurs on Broadway.

Sara’s contributions to the community and the world are not limited to just attending fundraisers. She has and continues to host  and manage her own fundraising events. When the Tsunami of 2004 struck Sara was quick to organize an event to raise money  for the victims.  She has also been involved in raising money for families in need when personal tragedy has struck. Many years ago Sara’s dog Mickey need to be put down. Sara chose to make this sad moment in her life into something positive and created  a one of a kind art show to raise money for the SPCA. What started off as a small show with a handful of artists has grown into nationwide event with artists contributing from across Canada as well as internationally.

Dead Things just finished its 7th year and attracts artists and patrons worldwide. It is Canada’s longest running charity Art  Auction utilizing humanely acquired animal skulls and shells. Every year the Show is a major undertaking and Sara uses her  exceptional organizational skills to make everything for this event run flawlessly from finding artists willing to contribute their time and skills to then shipping all of the humanely acquired animal skulls. Sara’s creative networking skills have expanded the show to include an award ceremony for the artists that contribute. A few years ago tragedy struck Sara’s own life and since then  the focus of the fundraising has been shifted to Hospice Dufferin who have accepted with open arms this unique show and the  contributions it makes.

 

Shirley Boxem    

Shirley is the Lead Project Consultant with Headwaters Communities in Action, overseeing the variety of projects that contribute to community well-being. She has been a Mulmur resident for over 12 years and is very happy to have found the best place to live on the planet. After over 20 years in Adult Learning, Performance Consulting, Business Analysis and Project Management in the IT and financial sectors, she brings a variety of skills to her role. She is a passionate advocate of farmland and source water protection having spent 5 years with the North Dufferin Agriculture and Community Task Force (NDACT), and two years as it’s chair and chief advocate of the Food and Water First campaign. “Working with HCIA, which connects me to so many talented and committed people, and touches so many sectors of the community is a wonderful place to be. I feel very blessed to be with this organization and living here in Dufferin County which is the centre of the universe. Citizen engagement and a sense of belonging is key to happy healthy people and communities. Through collaborations and partnerships of both organizations and individuals, I truly believe we can make life better together.”

 

Tammy Schneider       

I started the Snap newspaper in the fall of 2007, and just celebrated 10 years in the Dufferin community. Before Snap I spent many years in management positions helping other people succeed, so when the opportunity to put my skills to good use presented itself, I jumped at the challenge and never looked back. SNAP satisfies my natural curiosity to find out about other people’s careers, hobbies and passions. It offers a special “behind the scenes” look at what motivates someone to open a business, or a volunteer to give countless hours to a cause, to coach, or fundraise. I love the opportunity to meet new people and believe everyone I encounter enriches my life in some way.

Now that Snap has changed ownership, my next challenge will be adjusting to retirement. I’m anxious to start taking a more active role with the many non profit organizations I have supported in the past, and look forward to becoming a full time volunteer.  In the past 10 years I have developed a passion for many local services – especially those that address hunger and homelessness – and hope to offer whatever assistance I can to those in need.

I am grateful to the Dufferin Women and Business group for helping me move my business to the next level in much less time than I would have expected – every business community should have such a group. The support and advice offered by other successful business women has been invaluable. I also wish to congratulate nominees in all categories for their mentorship, hard work and perseverance. You are all winners! 

 

Terry Doel & Vanessa Kreuzer      

Lavender Blue Catering and Prepared Foods was founded by 2 friends with ambitions to change the expectations around food and what full service catering should feel like.  Their home away from home at the Athlete Institute on Hwy 9 houses a commercial kitchen for catering and a café-retail location. They are responsible for the nutritional needs of the Athlete Institute’s Basketball Academy and are committed to providing healthy meals and strong mentorship for these aspiring young men.  Vanessa and Terry have contributed in many ways to ensure that there are a number of scholarship spots available at the academy.  There are currently 4 students from Africa and many others from around the world training here to build a better life.  Good meals, laughs and hugs are always at the ready.

Terry and Vanessa are fully committed to their community.  They began their volunteerism with the Dufferin Relay For Life, as committee members and then co-chairs.  They began Mac & Cheese Fest in 2017 with proceeds to the Headwaters Hospital Foundation.  They support the Orangeville Foodbank, Choices and the Lighthouse Soup Kitchen.  They are great supporters of Family Transition Place and Community Living Dufferin and are equal opportunity employers.  Vanessa sits on the volunteer committee for Dufferin Child and Family Services.  Terry & Vanessa along with Lori Robertshaw, have brought great success to Dufferin Soup Sisters.  A monthly event that is hosted at Lavender Blue Café and produces 75 litres of soup for Family Transition Place.  The Lavender Blue Café also plays host to Hats on Dufferin monthly as well.  They are strong entrepreneurs who will continue to push forward by also taking the hands of others and pulling them forward as well.

As Terry and Vanessa always say “We live in a tremendously giving community and sometimes you just have to make the ask.  We are proud to be able to walk into any food establishment in this area and call them all friends.  We would not have been able to make many of these charity events happen without their support.  We are truly blessed to be a part of the big picture.”

 

Award Criteria  – Nominations will open Oct 1-Oct 20/17

2017 Woman of Influence – sponsored by Tony’s Garage – a woman in the Dufferin business community who has used her skills and influence to promote local business, especially those run by women and remains committed to high standards and ethics in her business practice.

Volunteer of the Year – sponsored by Marlin Travel– a woman in the Dufferin business community who participates on a volunteer basis to local charities, non profits and events for the betterment of others and the community.

Mentor of the Year – sponsored by Budget Blinds – a woman in the Dufferin business community who has used her skills and experience to lend a hand to entrepreneurs, new business and growing businesses to increase their likelihood of success.

Networker of the Year – sponsored by The Town of Orangeville  – a woman in the Dufferin Business community who participates in local networking groups and events and understands that building relationships with others is the key to success.

2017 Sparkle Awards

The History

The Sparkle Awards were conceived six years ago by the DWIB committee. The intent is to provide a way to recognize women in business who are high achievers without judgement.  As women we work hard to juggle home and work life, child and parental responsibilities, hobbies and education. Isn’t it nice to be recognized?

The Awards

Women can be nominated in four categories. All nominees will be asked to provide a short bio and photo that speaks to their accomplishments in the award category.  DWIB will invite the public to read the bios online in preparation to vote at the Gala on Nov 15/17.   Votes will be tabulated and winners announced at the Gala. 

Origin

What does the word “Sparkle” signify?

The Sparkle (diamond) symbolizes the change in self-realization, a deeper understanding of mental & emotional maturity.  It’s a symbolic meaning of prosperity, strength, harmony, purity and peace.  We encourage everyone to be the diamond in their rough and be the best they can be.