2014 WOMEN IN BUSINESS AWARD NOMINEES & WINNERS!

Arts and Culture - Nominees:

Deana Lloy, Red Label Kilts
Rankin Sisters:  Heather Cookie & Gen, The Red Shoe Pub
Sarah Beck, Wildfire Pottery

And the winner is:

Rankin Sisters:  Heather, Cookie & Gen - The Red Shoe Pub

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Shown in the picture:  Natasha Jackson, NS Dept. of Communities, Cultural, and Heritage; Heather Rankin, The Red Show Pub, accepting the Award; and MC Bette MacDonald. 

Submission:  The Rankin Family members are a legend of the Cape Breton music scene and we have shared them for many years with the world.  They are from Mabou and three of the sisters, Heather Rankin, Cookie Rankin Massenburg and Genevieve Fakoory are the owners of an icon in their hometown, The Red Shoe Pub, which they purchased, renovated, and reopened on June 1, 2005.

The fun, the food, and the music combine to make 'The Red Shoe' a destination for locals and tourists alike.

 

Communications - Nominees:

Mary Southwell, Internet Search Media Cape Breton
Tanya Collier MacDonald, Pure Project Relations and Consulting
Tracey Boutilier, Vibe Creative Group

And the winner is:

Tracey Boutilier, Vibe Creative Group

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Shown in the picture:  Heather Fowlie, CB Post; Tracey Boutilier, Vibe Creative Group, accepting the Award; and MC Bette MacDonald. 

Submission:  As Managing Director of Vibe, Tracey is responsible for overseeing client relations and strategy development for this leading creative agency.  Tracey brings over 22 years experience in corporate communications and loves the challenge of solving problems.  She loves her Island (Cape Breton that is) and values relationships above all else.  In between travels – Nashville was a recent favourite – you can find Tracey rescuing stray animals and sipping Malbec. Mind you, not at the same time.

 

Continuity - Nominees:

Alma Head, Alma's Family Hair Design
Angie MacKinnon, Angie’s Natural Foods
Anita Dicks, Wiggles and Giggles Day Care                                                                                                                                  
Debbie Lush, Cape Breton Glass                                                                                                                                                    
Elma MacKenzie, Cedar House Bakery and Restaurant                                                                                                                   Jennifer Halliday, Advanced Mobility Orthopaedics Ltd.                                                                                                                         Lisa Ramsay, Ramsay’s Honda Auto Sales                                                                                                                                           
Mary Muise, Pollett Drug Store                                                                                                                                                  
Melody Dauphney, The Clucking Hen Cafe and Bakery 
Rebecca Korven (Dr.), Celtic Creatures Veterinary Clinic
Sandra Small, Healthy Touch Massage Therapy

And the winner is:

Elma MacKenzie, Cedar House Bakery and Restaurant

An imageShown in the picture:  Councillor Mae Rowe, CBRM; Rosalind Forest accepting the Award on behalf of Elma MacKenzie; and MC Bette MacDonald. 

Submission: Elma MacKenzie started the Cedar House as a coffee shop and bakery in Boularderie near the Seal Island Bridge 30 years ago in 1984.  From soup, sandwiches, and cinnamon rolls, it has grown to include a delicious array of home baked meals and desserts – try the fish cakes and lemon meringue pie! Many of the employees have been with Elma and the Cedar House for all of the 30 years and the rest of the staff for over 20 years with very little turnover. Twenty-four of the 25 employees of Cedar house are women !!

 

Customer Service - Nominees:

Angela Moore, What Women Want
Cheryl Card, Boston Pizza
Darlene Martell, Down Under Bakery 
Michelle Aucoin, LearnAbility Cape Breton
Rebecca Korven (Dr.), Celtic Creatures Veterinary Clinic
Valarie Sampson, REMAX Park Place

And the winner is:

Valarie Sampson, REMAX Park Place

An imageShown in the picture:  Rob Redshaw, Newcap Radio; Valarie Sampson, REMAX, accepting the Award; and MC Bette MacDonald. 

Submission:  Since opening her company in 2010, in 4 short years, Valarie Sampson has grown her Real Estate business from one location in Sydney to four and a soon to be opened fifth office.  Located in Sydney, St. Peter’s, Port Hawkesbury, Antigonish and soon Baddeck, Valarie takes pride in providing excellent customer service on a continuous basis.  She strives to obtain 100% satisfaction for each and every client by providing honest and top quality service.  Valarie incorporates up to date marketing strategies, innovative and effective promotion, in-depth research and current market information for clients.  Valarie’s mission is to always meet or exceed the real estate needs of clients.

 

Impact - Nominees:

Kim Boudreau, Kreative Design
Tracey Boutilier, Vibe Creative Group

And the winner is:

Kim Boudreau, Kreative Design

An imageShown in the picture:  Lora MacEachern, NS Dept. of Labour and Advanced Education; Kim Boudreau, Kreative Design, accepting the Award; and MC Bette MacDonald. 

Submission:  Kreative Design is a trend setting boutique offering a unique shopping experience.  We have 'kreated' a welcoming atmosphere at our boutique, then filled it to the RAFTERS with Uniqueness!  Kreative Design is dedicated to unprecedented customer service, with a focus on finding unique, ONE-OF-A-KIND Fashions, Jewellery, Handbags, Wallets, Accessories and MORE.  Kim searches the globe to find the best quality at the BEST prices possible, bringing in items from High Fashion Cities like New York, California and of course our own Montreal!  Kim caters to the business women in our community and she is continually looking for cutting edge fashions and accessories for special functions and events!  As you know, fashions and trends are continually changing… for this reason so is the inventory!  Which keeps clients coming back for more! 

 

Innovation - Nominees:

Corrine McIsaac, Health Outcomes Worldwide
Gina Deveaux (Dr.), Dr. Gina Deveaux Dentistry
Mary Southwell, Internet Search Media Cape Breton
Michelle Ryan, Snow’s Econoprint Ltd.
Patty Melnick, Pier Deli and Restaurant  

And the winner is:

Mary Southwell, Internet Search Media Cape Breton

An imageShown in the picture:  Amanda Tarr, Innovacorp; Mary Southwell, Internet Search Media Cape Breton, accepting the Award; and MC Bette MacDonald. 

Submission:  Mary Southwell is an Internet Marketing Strategist from Glace Bay, Nova Scotia.  She operates Internet Search Media CB providing online and offline marketing solutions to business owners through various internet marketing channels and strategies that include social media, website creation, website redesign and training workshops.  Mary is an active member of the business community meeting regularly with local business groups and sitting on various committees.  Notably, Mary has just completed one year as Chair of the Sydney and Area Chamber of Commerce Barriers to Business Growth and Prosperity Committee.  In the past, Mary has worked in partnership with both the Chamber and the NS Dept of Labor and Advanced Education to deliver a 40hr training course on Social Media For Business.  Mary is extremely passionate about lending a hand in the local community and helping other businesses realize their true potential through the application of the latest internet marketing strategies. 

 

Start – Up - Nominees:

Julie Sutherland and Missy Lebans, Doktor Lukes Coffee House
Kim Boudreau, Kreative Design
Tanya Collier MacDonald, Pure Project Relations and Consulting
Tracey Martell, Martell’s PharmaChoice Drug Store
Valarie Sampson, Remax Park Place

And the winner is:

Tracey Martell, Martell's PharmaChoice Drug Store

An imageShown in the picture:  Catherine Ann Fuller, NS Economic & Rural Development & Tourism; Tracey Martell, Martell's PharmaChoice Drug Store, accepting the Award; and MC Bette MacDonald. 

Submission:  Tracy Martell is a resident of Arichat, Isle Madame, Cape Breton where she was born and raised.  She graduated from Dalhousie University in the spring of 2009 with her Bachelor of Pharmacy and decided she would move back home to start her career.  Tracy worked as a Registered Pharmacist for a few years until she decided she wanted to make a difference and a have a greater impact in the healthcare services she provided to the residents of local communities.  She and her husband Jason went into business together to open Martell's PharmaChoice on May 6th, 2013 in Arichat, NS.  Tracy manages the pharmacy on a day to day basis and provides excellent patient care and customer service in both French and English.  Tracy prides herself on making her patients her number one priority and works diligently to assist and provide expertise to her patients by providing the highest quality of patient care. She is sincere, professional, kind, enjoys counselling patients, and has a wealth of knowledge and expertise at such a young age and so early in her career.   

 

Business Woman of the Year - Nominees:

Alma Head, Alma’s Family Hair Salon
Carol Rizzetto, Carol Rizzetto Ltd.
Kim Boudreau, Kreative Design
Lori Kennedy, Louisbourg Seafoods Ltd.
Melanie MacLeod, MacLeod Travel and Cruise Centre

And the winner is:

Carol Rizzetto, Carol Rizzetto Ltd.

An imageShown in the picture:  Ellen Stoddard, Shannex; Carol Rizzetto, Carol Rizzetto Ltd., accepting the Award; and MC Bette MacDonald. 

Submission:  In 1998, following a major fire in downtown Sydney, Carol decided to play a role in revitalizing the area by purchasing property, planning, and overseeing construction of the Rizzetto Building which now houses more than 10 businesses and organizations including Canada Post, the Business Development Bank of Canada,  the Sydney and Area Chamber of Commerce and the Cape Breton Partnership.  Carol oversaw the day to day operation of the building and then began residential real estate activities.  In 2008, Carol graduated from CBU with highest aggregate in her program after returning to university following a break of many years while raising her four children.  In 2010, Carol joined ReMax Park Place and rapidly became one of the top ranking agents in Cape Breton.  In 2013, she received the ReMax Platinum Award for top sales.  She plans to surpass that award this year.  Carol’s husband Gilbert Oravecz has joined her in the real estate business where both are kept very busy with their realty work and their family of 6 children.  She still finds time for many volunteer community activities and is the 2014 Campaign Chair for the United Way Campaign. 

 

Congratulations to all Nominees and Winners!

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