Hamilton/Burlington Members

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Tanya Vakil Fernandes (www.tanyafernandes.ca) operates a full serviced real estate business, assisting her client’s reach their real estate goals. Being part of the Interior Design industry she seamlessly integrates the two by offering value added services to her clientele. Her enthusiasm for real estate is infectious, which comes across when you meet her.
She is an active member of the community she lives in, endorsing the Milton Chamber of Commerce & supporting local businesses. She understands the importance of a great family life, setting personal & professional goals that are realistic & fulfilling on a mental, physical & spiritual level. She has been featured in the Mompreneurs Magazine 2016 & is on the leadership team for United Way - Circle of Women. 
She believes in constantly updating her knowledge on the real estate market, giving her clients an advantage by professing strong negotiating skills at the table.


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Justin (www.justtrain.ca) is a graduate of Mohawk College’s Television Broadcasting program, an industry which he worked in for 5 years. Shortly after starting his television career Justin realized he had a passion for fitness and proceeded to get certified as a personal trainer and start his own business. As the owner of Just Train Fitness, Justin D’Olimpio has demonstrated continuous commitment to the health and wellness of his community through his fitness program and fundraising initiatives. Justin’s dedication and drive have played a significant role in transforming the lives of those he comes in contact with on a daily basis. He also runs quarterly fundraising drives for various organizations within his community. Justin’s goal is not only to better his community, but, to have major impact on the health and wellness of Hamilton. Just believes in leading by example and helping to grow his community in any way he possibly can. He looks to be a driving force in Hamilton for years to come.


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Waters Edge Salon and Spa (www.watersedgesalonspa.ca is owned and operated by hairstylist, Liza Bouchard-Bain. Liza ensures each and every visit is as valued as your first.

Liza has been in the Hair industry as a hair stylist in Burlington for over 27 years. She has consistently won Burlington’s Readers’ Choice awards 12 years in a row, with her advanced knowledge in colouring and styling, her commitment to her large clientele and her expertise has allowed her to become one of the industry’s best!

Liza has continued her education in order to best provide each guest with the highest quality of professionalism, current trends, products, and services. With a talented, committed team of professionals to compliment Waters Edge, each and every service provider will ensure your visit will present you with a feeling of relaxation and contentment that will allow you to look and feel your absolute best!


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Tara MacIntosh

Words. I love them, and I can’t get enough of them. I am often spotted writing in journals or composing poems or stories, for fun! To be able to write every day I started my writing based company, The Writing Suite. The Writing Suite is all about effective communication and creating an unmistakable presence. We specialize in helping our valued clients stay top of mind, in their respective circles, by writing and distributing communication pieces on their behalf. Creating custom plans for each client is how we help them achieve their highest potential. With our help, our clients free up their time to focus on what they do best - we take care of the rest. In this competitive world it is imperative to be heard, and heard often, by sharing valuable and relevant information. Your success is our success. Together anything is possible!

To follow my journey as an entrepreneur follow my blog at www.thewritingsuite.com. Visit the site for a full list of services and follow us on FB, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter under The Writing Suite. If you would like to connect please reach out - looking forward to hearing from you!  


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Darlene Gudrie Butts

I am a story geek and have been writing and reading them for as long as I can remember. Growing up I filled spiral-bound notebooks, little diaries with heart locks and mini keys and hundreds of lined pieces of paper pulled from school notebooks. In 2009, I finally managed to string enough words together in a row that were good enough to be published and became a full-time author. I have recently travelled across Canada gathering stories about people, places, and things for my third book, 150 Canadian Stories, which will be released in early 2018. Check it out at www.150CanadianStories.ca.

A few years ago I realized I had the ability to help others tell their stories. Whether helping people write and publish their own book or write amazing blogs and marketing copy, it is satisfying to help others reach their writing goals. And, if you can’t write your own, I am happy to write for you! You can find out more at www.beanauthortoday.com.

Most days you will find me writing, reading, or on a stage somewhere telling a story as there is nothing better than be transported to another world, inspired by another person’s life, or to be educated about something new AND be entertained at the same time!


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I am Tahira Bharmal (www.authenticfactor.com), a Success Coach! I have never subscribed to the masses and don't intend to do so anytime soon. I have big ambitions and I intend on accomplishing each and every one of them. While I work towards and achieve them, I make sure I love the life I am living! By being myself unapologetically, I am not denying myself or the world my uniqueness. And by being true to me, I am giving my best to those around me and in turn to the world. Marching to your own beat is hard, but totally doable. I have years and years of practice doing it. My mission is to help people find their inner voice and stand in the strength of it, all while working towards their goals and being true to themselves. I am all about pushing the envelope; questioning the beliefs I have; breaking the shackles and; continuously learning, all whilst having laser sharp focus on my goals and achieving them!If you are ready to step into your own and fulfill your ambitions, I AM your creator of possibilities!! Lots of love and light!


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Heba Malki is well-known for her ambition, discipline and purpose, qualities that have driven the achievements of both her very successful businesses.

Heba is the Director of Business Operations of domilya GROUP, an award winning home renovation, design and custom construction company in the Halton and Peel Regions of Ontario. With more than 12 years’ experience, and whether it’s building a new home, finishing a basement, working on a commercial space or upgrading a bathroom, domilya GROUP has the skills and the people to turn renovation dreams into reality.

Heba is also a Senior Manager with SendOutCards, an exceptional online tool for marketing and networking that helps you increase referrals, business leads and relationships. Heba has grown a huge successful SOC business in only two years with hundreds of customers and distributors worldwide.


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Silke Michaeli works in TV production by day and outfits her clients as a Stella & Dot stylist by night. She has been enjoying this flexible side hustle for 3 years and loves meeting new women through the shared passion of jewelry and style. With the recent addition of tops to the Stella & Dot product line she is excited to be offering a complete new look to her clients. Silke is looking forward to connecting with many H.U.B Inc members to share the latest collection of jewelry, bags, accessories and clothing for any occasion.

 


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Hi, I am Janice Ross, the founder of JANICE CAROL COSMETICS (www.janicecarolcos.com). In 1981, I started my career as the manager of the cosmetics department of the first Shoppers Drug mart in Toronto. Following this, I became a regional account manager for Orlane cosmetics, responsible for such clients as Holt Renfrew, Eatons, and various independents. Next I was hired by Clarins to do some cosmetics training and then they asked if I would be their regional training manager. I was thrilled at this opportunity since I love teaching, but I was at a crossroads in my career and in my personal life.

Years later, I was motivated by my entrepreneurial spirit, my continued passion, work and experience in the cosmetics industry, coupled with the high incidence of cancer in my own family, to develop a high-end yet reasonably priced, healthier line of cosmetics. This line is fabulous for any age group, any skin type and uses primarily paraben-free and mineral bas formulas!


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Kevin Benevides is a true creative at heart. He founded and runs The Canvas Within. The Canvas Within began as his personal blog where he shared his journey through mental illness and the pieces of art that were created as an expression of his emotions and experiences. The Canvas Within incorporates all of Kevin's creativity, Graphic Design and Woodworking. Kevin spent 12 years in the corporate world working as a Graphic Designer but in the beginning of 2017 he left the security of his job to pursue his creative passions. He aims to bring the unique canvas within each Company, Home and Person out into this physical world through his designs, furniture and inspiring messages. He loves to collaborate with his clients and truly connect to the essence of what their needs and story are within each design project or furniture piece.

 


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Hi, I'm Andrea Henry. I am a business and tax lawyer with over ten years of experience advising and representing businesses at all stages of their existence, from start-up to exit. I’m the daughter of an entrepreneur and I married one too, so I’m pretty much obsessed with all things business. Despite the blood, sweat and tears that go into it, I firmly believe that entrepreneurship is the best way to create the life you want to live and I am a passionate advocate for and protector of those who move our country forward by following their dreams.  
 
When I’m not meeting with clients or learning about new developments in the law, you can find me snuggling with my three kids and trying to figure out how not to kill any more plants in my garden.

 


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Hi my name is Monica Graves. I created glamjulz because I had a dream. I wanted to do something with my life that made women feel empowered. I worked in the corporate world for 18 years and in 2007 I decided to take the leap and follow that dream.

Personally I was always a big fan of jewelry and loved how it made me feel. Wearing heirlooms from my Mom and my grandmothers always made me feel special and all grown up when I was a little girl. As I got older I developed my own taste in jewelry and realized that it really helped me to express who I was in the world.

So glamjulz really is a collection of designs that are reflective of a woman's uniqueness and individuality. We hand make each piece using the highest quality glass beads, crystals and semi-precious stones. We continue to develop our dedicated consumer fan base (yes that's you!), and glamjulz has now become a favourite of Canadian talent, fashionistas and Hollywood's who's who.

 


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My name is Puja Misra and I am a portrait photographer specializing in Contemporary Portraits for Women. My passion & mission is empowering women by capturing their inner light & beauty & gifting it back to them.

I chose to specialize in women portraits because one day as I was looking through our family albums for my daughter's school assignment where they had to bring in their family photographs to put up on their classroom wall, I realized that there were hardly any photographs of myself & that I was missing in them. After gaining weight over the years I began avoiding the camera. I also noticed that no matter the body type (lean or curvy) this was the case; not just with me but with many women I knew, whether they were my friends, family or even strangers. I decided to set out on a journey, on a mission i.e. to change this perception of women feeling disconnected with their true beautiful inner self & feeling not good enough. I wanted women to see for themselves that they are enough & beautiful inside out no matter where they are in their life physically & love themselves for who they are because their light & true beauty shines from within them. I wanted to show them that they no longer need to shy away from the camera saying things like “I want to lose 10 pounds first before I get my portraits taken or I am not photogenic, my photos never come out good or the camera doesn’t like me”. I want all women to celebrate themselves at every stage of life, as 10 years from now what will matter & be important is not what weight she was at but the moments with her loved ones & a legacy of beautiful portraits of herself to enjoy & cherish forever. I view beauty portraits as an opportunity to give all women the confidence they deserve & the knowledge that they are beautiful & worthy.

 


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Pina Santoro is a passionate visionary and advocate for supporting others.

Having worked in various social service roles for over fifteen years, it is no surprise that her first trip to Ghana in 2008 would inspire her to find a way to merge the global communities. Almost instantaneously, her passion for Ghanaian culture, history and politics surfaced and she made the connection with the Shea Butter - a product she loved, that made her skin feel amazing and that she could bring home and share with her community. Inspired by the power of relationships, and motivated to share the great natural powers and benefits of this beautiful, nourishing product to the forefront of North American culture, the Kra Company (Kra Co.) was born.

Creating a company that nourishes the soul, Pina discovered an interest in the potential of healing our own bodies through Reflexology - a modality of pressure points on the foot to promote healing. She completed her certification in 2014 and has since been supporting clients on their path of healing and relaxation through their feet and teaching at the community college.

Pina's committment to social responsibity and her passion to support people keeps her striving to provide the best products and services to her clients, to engage in local community initiatives and to continue building relationships that close the gap of distance and differences. As she continues to work at having a 'soulful' life, she would love to share it with you. Connect with Pina at www.thekra.co.