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Judy Mason, owner of OASIS GIFTS in downtown Invermere, organizes her jewelry display. Photo by Dave Sutherland

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March 30, 2007

2 • Women in Business

Teresa Rogal, Owner Hair Tricks

Teresa grew up here and then spent 19 years in Vancouver and Alberta before returning to the valley three years ago. With 15 years of hairdressing experience, she opened Hair Tricks in Fairmont, and has recently relocated with her family to Invermere. Teresa, who says she absolutely loves her job, has a beautiful home studio and offers a full-service hair salon. She also carries Aura hair products and Biagi Jewelry. “I do my best to listen to my client’s hair needs,” says Teresa. “If you’re looking for a new spring look, please give me a call.”

1018-6th Street, Invermere

(250) 342-7264

Alita Bentley, Owner Be Gifted

Alita offers an interesting variety of products and services in her store on Main Street, Invermere. She strives to provide unique and well-priced products, individually or pre-packaged. Customers can also create their own gift baskets! All they need to do is select the items and within 24 hours, Be Gifted will have it wrapped and ready. Alita works with corporate customers to create that special gift for clients. Customers may shop on-line through Alita’s website, and she will ship anywhere in Canada. “We take a lot of pride in serving our customers well and making sure they are completely happy with their shopping experience at Be Gifted!”

(250) 341-3775

Sharrie Jones, Owner

Heaven’s Best Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning I’ve lived here since 1992. In October 2006 I had the opportunity to purchase the Heaven’s Best Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning franchise. I’m impressed with the training, research and development, and the integrity I see in those involved in this franchise. The product we use is incredible and the results thrill us, and our customers. All equipment comes inside, leaving the home or business secure. It’s a low-moisture system, reducing the concern of mold or mildew. Drying time is one hour. Our cleaning process is safe for septic tanks and nontoxic. We clean all types of floors as well as upholstery.


Bonnie Bavin, Owner Bavin Glassworks

Bonnie Bavin is proud of Bavin Glassworks, the successful glass art business she has built with her husband Pat and sons Ryan and Marc. It’s a family affair and everyone has a role. Bonnie focuses on the overall administration of the business, including the glass blowing and bead making classes that are fun to participate in or simply to watch. A talented bead worker, Bonnie also oversees Bavin Beadworks. Her work is available under the “by design” label. All the employees at Bavin are artists whose work is exhibited at the company’s two galleries: in Invermere and at the Bavin Glass Cabin at Panorama Mountain Village.

Invermere (250) 342-6816 • Panorama (250) 342-6816

Lana Blain, Owner Tranquil Escape

A registered massage therapist and reflexologist, Lana began her business called Tranquil Escape one year ago. She offers reflexology, massage, facials, pedicures, manicures and hot stone massage at her Fairmont Hot Springs studio. Lana takes a holistic approach to body care. Her products are all natural because she believes that what you put on your skin is as important as what you put into your body. She is passionate about her work and has earned praise from many of her clients. She invites you to call her and take time to renew and rejuvenate. To book appointments, call 345-2155.

Fairmont Hot Springs

(250) 345-2155

Elizabeth Shopland, Owner Homefront Essentials

A Certified Horticulturist, Elizabeth Shopland started her business five years ago to care for gardens, lawns and homes. After 15 years in management, with a background in environmental education, it was time to return to “digging in the dirt.” Homefront Essentials provides complete maintenance for all gardens and lawnscapes. As a Nikken Independent Wellness Consultant, Elizabeth is pleased to help clients create their own Wellness Homes. These products provide the homeowner with fresh, pure water, clean air, quality rest and nutritionals. “What could be better - to help bring health, wellness and beauty to people’s homes and gardens.” (250) 342-8978

March 30, 2007

Women in Business • 3

Marlene Champagne, Realtor Rocky Mountain Realty

Glenda Wah, Co-Owner

Winderberry Greenhouses & Nursery

Marlene Champagne is proud to be a sales representative at Rocky Mountain Realty. Starting in 1979, Marlene worked at CIBC in Invermere, and then later in Radium Hot Springs. From there, she joined a highly professional and exhilarating team at Radium Hot Springs Resort. She then worked with a high-caliber group of leaders in the forest industry at Tembec Industries. She has been treated with nothing but honour, integrity and respect in all of these professions, and is now extending the same courtesy and consideration to her clients in real estate.

(250) 341-5600

Lana Banham, Owner

Bow-Wow Meow Pet Care Services

Glenda Wah and her husband Jack Steedman hadn’t planned on being in the nursery business for more than five years. That was 24 years ago, and Winderberry Greenhouses & Nursery in Windermere is still “growing” strong. The business has grown from two to 12 greenhouses specializing in bedding plants and inspirational planter and hanging basket combinations. Winderberry also carries a full line of top-quality trees, shrubs and perennials, as well as organic soil conditioners, fertilizers and pest controls. “We truly love what we do here,” says Glenda. “And we enjoy sharing our love of gardening with our customers.”

1681 Highway 93/95

Heidi Thompson, Co-Owner Sunset Motel, Radium

Heidi and Darren Thompson are busy preparing for their fourth tourist season as the owner/ operators of the Sunset Motel in Radium Hot Springs. Heidi says that when they bought the motel they had no idea how much work it would be, or how much fun. The transition from the big city of Edmonton to the resort village has been both interesting and challenging for the couple and their daughters Grace and Anna. The motel has gotten progressively busier every year, which is wonderful, says Heidi. “We’re so glad that we made the change.”

Lana grew up in Invermere and returned to open her business in 2005. She offers day care for pets, in-home pet visits, grooming and boarding. She does not have a traditional kennel, as dogs and cats have the run of Lana’s house. She boards only four dogs and three cats at a time. Lana keeps the dogs entertained with swimming, hiking, playtimes, cuddling and of course, treats! Free nail trims and write-ups on how your pet has spent their days are available as time permits. Lana makes grooming a positive experience, especially for nervous or older pets. Bow Wow Meow is now hiring. Interested applicants please call, or send resume to

(250) 342-5859

Karen Vold-Oakley

Investment Advisor, CIBC Invermere


(250) 347-0021

Tina Brunner, Co-Owner

Columbia Cycle & Rec-reAction Lifewear

Karen Vold-Oakley believes that investors deserve more from their investment advisor. Karen strives to understand you and your objectives before recommending the investment strategy that’s right for you. “Investors deserve a customized strategy - not a generic cookie-cutter approach,” she says. Karen is motivated by the desire to help you understand your investments, and to provide focus and clarity to help you reach your goals. Her practice extends from Kimberley to Edgewater. Consistent contact is a fundamental cornerstone of her business and house calls are always available. Call to find out how Karen’s “extreme service” can benefit you.

(250) 342-3236

Tina and her husband Scott opened Columbia Cycle in 1996. In 2000, Tina introduced clothing to the bike shop, under a clever heading: Rec-reAction Lifewear. She brought in a few good lines and took charge of that part of the business. Last spring the couple renovated and expanded the shop. They now carry active lifestyle clothing for children, junior women, women and men. That includes swimwear and workout wear, plus jewelry and accessories in several lines. Says Tina: “It’s a lot of work with two young boys at home, but I’ve got a great husband and great staff to help.”

375 Laurier Street

(250) 342-6164

March 30, 2007

4 • Women in Business

Wendy Bennett, Owner

Rocky Mountain Pet Resort & Spa A true entrepreneur, Wendy has expanded her business portfolio with Rocky Mountain Pet Resort & Spa. The new home-based business for dogs and cats opens in late April, but reservations are already filling up for boarding, day care and grooming. Whether they’re two-legged or four-legged critters, give Wendy a call. Wendy has a lifelong passion for animals, a desire to work from home, and a diploma in pet grooming, with honours. A longtime valley resident and volunteer, she also keeps busy with business consulting and Elderhostel programs at her other business, Rocky Mountain Training.

(250) 347-9911

Tannis Elenko, Owner FresHair design

Tannis Elenko is a Journeyman Hairstylist with advanced cutting and Master Colorist status. Ten years ago she founded FresHair design as an in-home, full-service salon with a fresh attitude towards client care. Last year, FresHair moved from Fairmont to Invermere, where new clients are raving about great hair design, coloring and pedicures! Tannis says the secret of FresHair’s success is commitment to ongoing education combined with her passion for making people look and feel great! “I want the whole salon experience to be refreshing and rewarding!” Call today for an appointment, or book services online.

Rocky Mountain Realty

I’ve been in the valley for nine years and when I first considered the idea of going into real estate it was a “light bulb” moment. This is what I was always meant to do. Buying and selling property is such an exciting and often emotional experience for people. I always get caught up in their excitement and consider it an honor to be able to help them through the process. There’s nothing better than seeing the joy on my clients’ faces when they take possession of their dream property, and knowing that I’ve helped make that dream a reality!

Columbia Garden Village

Columbia Garden Village is a privately-owned housing facility offering nutritious meals, 24-hour staffing and a wide rage of activities for active, independent seniors. As Community Manager, Karen oversees a staff of 20 serving the needs of 70 residents. Karen has a wealth of experience in the seniors housing industry, having successfully managed properties in Victoria and Calgary prior to moving to Invermere in 2005. In addition to managing a career and raising two sons, Karen is active in Rotary where she contributes her time and energy towards worthwhile community projects. She continues to work on her CGA designation.

(250) 341-3350

(250) 341-5269

Bendina Miller, Superintendent School District No. 6 (Rocky Mountain)

School District No. 6 incorporates all the schools from Field to Kimberley. Bendina Miller has been the district’s superintendent and chief executive officer for six years. She has 39 years of experience in education, having taught students in Grades1-12, including special and alternate education. Passionate and committed, Bendina says it is “an honour” to work with a school board that is committed to providing students with the best education possible. Through a partnership with teachers, support staff, administrators, parents and the students themselves, the district strives to support all students in the attainment of their goals.

(250) 342-6636

Karen Shand, Community Manager

800-10th Avenue, Invermere

Dee Wolfe, Realtor

(250) 342-6313

Lindsay Johnston, Owner

Fundamental Events Marketing Inc. Lindsay Johnston had a passion for sports, adventure, fine dining and entertainment—and a notion that she could somehow combine all these into an enterprise. That notion is now a reality. After completing a degree in Business and Entrepreneurship with a specialty in sports and recreation, Lindsay has finally launched Fundamental Events Marketing Inc., in Invermere. The tourism based marketing company will offer customized travel packages for individual and corporate clients seeking a fun, stress-free mountain vacation. “The opportunities to have fun here are endless,” she says. “We’re going to provide a truly authentic Canadian Rocky Mountain experience.”

(250) 342-0420

March 30, 2007

Women in Business • 5

Anicka Blais, Owner

Penny Powers, Owner

A Healing Place

Columbia River Kayak and Canoe

Anicka is a Reiki Master and Tarot Reader. Since 1989, she has explored the Healing Arts. In 1992, she was initiated to Usui Reiki and in 2002 she became a Reiki Master. Reiki is a gentle and powerful hand-on-healing modality that channels “Universal Life Energy.” It rebalances one’s energy on the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual levels, bringing peace and harmony, a renewed sense of self and wholeness. Through Tarot Reading, Anicka can help you find answers to specific questions, clarify one’s life direction, etc. With Compassion, Humility and Honesty. “A Healing Place is a Sacred Space For You.”


(250) 342-0822

Judy Mason, Owner

Penny Powers bought Columbia River Kayak and Canoe this year, after previously owning a rafting company and tour company offering tours and packages to Western Canada. She is looking forward to the continuation of the successful operation, giving locals and tourists the chance to experience our local waterways. Her company will offer hourly canoe and kayak rentals as well as self-guided wetland and river tours, and possibly courses and instruction. Penny also operates Home Check, providing weekly home checking services for owners who are away on a regular basis. For more information, visit

Chizuko Purschwitz, Dealer


Crystal Dew Skin Care

Judy Mason moved to the valley from Calgary with her husband Rob and family in 1993. After working in the family business, Huckleberry’s Restaurant, for ten years, Judy recognized the need for more specialty stores in the area. In 2003, she opened OASIS GIFTS in Invermere. Judy says the success of the thriving retail store is based on exceptional customer service, one-stop shopping and a line of products that are exclusive to the valley, including Pandora Jewelry. And the store’s employees are “amazing,” she says. “You come here as a customer and leave as a friend.”

(250) 342-9339

Cindy and Sheri MacKay, Owners Four Winds Travel

Retiring from 30 years in the tourism industry a few years ago, I teamed up with the licensed laboratory chemist in Calgary, and became a manufacturer of Crystal Dew Anti-Aging Skin-Care Products. The ingredients of the products are almost all natural. I use colloidal Tourmaline gem stone and Quartz Crystal as the active empowering ingredients. My product lines are: Original Lotion, Moisturizer with Collagen, Body Firming Lotion with CAFFEINE, Moisturizer with Sunscreen SPF 25, and Night Cream with Plant Extract. Most of my products can be found at the local stores. Visit the “Where to Buy” page.


(250) 342-9941

Natascha Kendler, Owner Helna’s Stube

With today’s online conveniences, one might ask: why book your next trip with a travel agency? Travel agencies can save the client a lot of time and money because they do all the research. Travel experts know exactly where to go to find the best rates, and have first-hand experience when searching for accommodations, attractions and activities. In B.C. travel agencies are registered with the Business Practices and Consumer Protection Authority, which protects your travel investments from airlines and travel companies going bankrupt. Four Winds Travel can fine-tune every part of the trip to ensure an enjoyable vacation.

(250) 342-7397

Natascha had ten years of experience in the tourism industry in Austria when, in 1999, she and her husband Helmut, an international chef, combined their expertise and opened Helna’s Stube in Radium. People come from far and wide to enjoy their authentic Austrian cuisine. Helmut’s appetizers, entrees and desserts are an ever-changing variety of mouth-watering treats. Natascha and her servers make sure to provide all their patrons with an excellent dining experience in a tastefully decorated cozy room. “We take a great deal of pride in our business,” she says. “Our motto is ‘For the love of fine food.’”

(250) 347-0047

March 30, 2007

6 • Women in Business

Stephanie Clerk RMT, Owner Renaissance Wellness Centre

Stephanie started her business 14 years ago with a Spa and Clinic, then eight years ago she opened Renaissance Wellness Centre and Massage. Stephanie’s husband Jean-Luc Cortat will join the clinic May 1st as a Certified Hellerwork Practitioner, which is specialized deep tissue work (see During her maternity leave she was joined by Registered Massage Therapist Tony Berryman, and Stacy Douglas. The clinic will continue to offer complimentary therapies in associated fields, like psychologist EMDR Linda Wilder and Ayurvedic Medicine. Stephanie will also offer new treatments when she returns from maternity leave.

505-7th Avenue, Invermere

(250) 342-2535

Norma Hansen, Co-Owner Pete’s Marina

Norma Hansen has worked in the financial industry for 24 years. She has lived in the valley for 14 of those years. Norma got acquainted with Pete’s Marina about four years ago. Today she is involved in overall operations at the popular marina, including finances, marketing and human resources management. “It’s been very rewarding to watch this business grow,” she says. “Pete and I are partners and we share a vision.” Norma has made some beneficial financial and management changes in the past four years. She continues to focus on offering great service to local customers and visitors.

The Stem Floral Design

Shandrea O’Brien loves flowers. The fully certified floral designer and owner of The Stem Floral Design provides mobile service throughout the Columbia Valley and in the Calgary area. Shandrea is currently working on opening a shop in 2008 in the Fairmont area. Her focus is on providing quality, customized arrangements for weddings, special occasions and events of all kinds. She also supplies flowers on a weekly basis for individuals and businesses. Shandrea’s family has been in the valley for five years. “My inspirations come from people’s personalities and nature,” she says.

All Things Beautiful Books & Gifts Brenda Holden has the skills to help you live a joyful life consistent with universal law—at work, at home and at play. Brenda is a qualified Belief Re-patterning™ practitioner, Reiki Teaching Master, Yoshea Instructor and Nikken Wellness Consultant, with many satisfied personal and corporate clients. She will help you to value yourself, to find the joy in every situation, and to realize your full potential. Brenda and the team at All Things Beautiful assist clients to find personal touchstones that let them translate energetic principles into a practical way of living.

(250) 342-7010

(250) 342-8209

Gigi Plassmann, Owner Gigi’s Fine Woodwork

Gigi Plassmann learned the art and craft of making fine furniture from her father. The European-style cabinetmaker encouraged her “to imagine, to make things and to care for them.” Gigi won awards for her fabulous designs even before graduating from the Fine Woodworking Program at Selkirk College, in 2001. She designs and makes pieces that are specifically suited to her client’s lifestyles and tastes—everything from custom mouldings to beds. “Anyone can build a table,” she says. “I want my tables to be unique and interesting and still in use two hundred years from now.”

(250) 342-9626

Brenda Holden, Owner

1206-7th Avenue, Invermere

Shandrea O’Brien, Owner

(250) 342-5283

Dianne Powers, Store Manager Pharmasave

Dianne Powers is the store manager at Pharmasave in Invermere. She came to the Columbia Valley from Edmonton with her husband in the fall of 2004. Dianne acquired extensive business skills during 28 years as a manager with Shoppers Drug Mart. She is recognized as an expert in the field of cosmetics and skin care. Dianne oversees the front-of-store operations at Pharmasave, at its new expanded location in the Chisel Peak Medical Centre, at 417 – 10th Avenue. Pharmasave now has a great resource for women looking for special assistance in meeting their health and beauty needs.

417-10th Avenue, Invermere

(250) 342-8877

March 30, 2007

Women in Business • 7

Kathy Dobbs, Owner Sole to Soul Foot Care

Consistent foot care is fundamental for mobility, comfort and independence. As a professionally trained foot care nurse, my aim is to restore and maintain optimum foot health through assessment, intervention, education and ongoing evaluation. As a nurse, I do not perform any treatment below the second layer of skin. To safely complete optimal foot status, one or two appointments may be necessary. Then recommended foot care services are usually held every six to eight weeks. The initial assessment costs $55, with a followup appointment every six to eight weeks at $35. Mobile services are available for a fee; discounts for appointments with more than one person.

(250) 342-3423

Cathy Dalrymple, Owner

Toby Creek Custom Woodworking Cathy Dalrymple studied architectural drafting and furniture design and production in Ontario. In business for over 15 years now, she worked in Toronto before founding Toby Creek Custom Woodworking, in Invermere. Cathy specializes in furniture design, production, antiques repair and refinishing. She has been profiled in national newspapers and women’s magazines, and has appeared on television. She is also a contributing editor to Canadian Home Workshop magazine and a regular speaker at the annual national wood show in Toronto. In Invermere, Cathy offers classes for women interested in the art and craft of woodworking.

(250) 342-3022

Carole Georgeson, Jacqueline Moller Co-Owners, Rivergems

Carole Georgeson has always loved rocks and jewelry and fossils. Seven years ago she parlayed her passion into Rivergems, a museum-style jewelry store and fossil gallery, in Steveston, B.C. Last fall, Carole moved Rivergems to downtown Invermere. The store carries beautiful high-quality sterling silver and ammolite jewelry, minerals and fossils for the avid collector, and stunning natural gemstone clusters for home décor. “There is something here for everyone,” says Carole. “My business partner Jacqueline Moller and I look forward to sharing our passion for nature’s art with local customers and visitors to the valley.”

(250) 342-0177

Sue Miller, Owner La Cabina Restaurant

Sue Miller is a veteran in the restaurant business. She and her husband Richard first opened La Cabina Restaurant in 1997 in Golden, where they operated for three years before moving La Cabina into the Prestige Inn in Radium Hot Springs in 2000. With them they brought their head chef Nicky Brough, who continues to serve authentic Italian dinners with steak, pizza, veal and fish. The restaurant also serves great Canadian breakfasts and lunches. “Many of our loyal customers still come from Golden, and since moving we have also built up a local clientele,” says Sue, who wishes to thank all her customers inside and outside the valley.

Prestige Inn, Radium

(250) 347-2340

Barbara Konig, Co-Owner Konig Meat & Sausage Company

If you’ve been to Invermere, chances are you’ve chatted with Barbara Konig, the friendly face behind the counter at the Konig Meat & Sausage Company. Barbara and her husband Jurgen founded the deli in 2000, and quickly earned raves for their fabulous fresh and barbecue-ready meats, full deli, European-style sausages, imported cheeses, sandwiches, little snacks and treats, salads, wholesale orders, custom cutting and deli-trays. Barbara and Jurgen pride themselves on providing delicious and affordable gourmet foods in a distinctly European setting. “We based our business on a tradition of excellence,” says Barbara. “We honour that tradition every day.”

1210-7th Avenue, Invermere

(250) 342-9661

Bonnie-Lou Ferris, Owner Sunsations Day Spa

Owner of Sunsations Day Spa in Invermere since 1989, Bonnie-Lou (nickname Sunshine) has many passions including nature and the great outdoors, fresh mountain air and a healthy lifestyle, mountain/dirt biking, kayaking, swimming, hiking, water skiing, back country touring, sledding, camping, photography and animals. “I love the valley lifestyle and I am so grateful to live here and do what I love,” she says. Her services include massage, facials, hair, esthetics. Now by appointment ONLY. “It give me great pleasure to help others look and feel their best.”

(250) 342-6899

March 30, 2007

8 • Women in Business

Marketing help for women in business As the valley grows, there is more and more competition for your marketing dollar. How do you know where to spend your money in order to promote your business to your target audience? A one-day workshop called Focused Marketing: Targeted Effort, Tangible Results will be held in Invermere on Friday, April 20th. Sponsored by the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Columbia Valley Pioneer, this workshop is aimed at women business owners but everyone is welcome. This workshop has been presented in other part of the province by the Women’s Enterprise Centre, B.C.’s leading resource for women who are starting, purchasing or growing a small business. “Focus Marketing: Targeted Effort, Tangible Results” offers Columbia Valley small businesspeople, men and women alike, a proven method for increasing the power of their marketing in this full-day workshop. Focused marketing gets at the ‘why’ of marketing. This practical workshop guides you through the process of building a sound marketing strategy for your business. It’s about strategy first, then tactics. This full-day workshop will help participants: • determine the best customers for your marketing efforts; • understand how to connect with and target those customers, both with a message and the marketing tools they will find attractive; • match your marketing strategy to your own personal strengths; • discover how to translate your learning directly into a marketing plan and budget for your business for the next 12 months. The seminar will be held at the Lions’ Hall at the crossroads from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The cost of $69 will include lunch and a Focused Marketing Learning Guide valued at $59.95. For more information and registration: or call 1-800643-7014, ext. 112.

Barbara Konig, owner of Konig Meat & Sausage Company in downtown Invermere, with her delicious deli food.

BC’s leading resource for women business owners ... who are starting, purchasing or growing a small business. With offices and business advisors throughout the province, we provide essential resources and services designed to build business capacity and fuel success. Register for our Focused Marketing workshop, running from 8:30-4:30 April 20th. This workshop gets at the ‘why’ of marketing and goes through the process of building a sound marketing strategy for YOUR business. Go to to register early and pay only $99.00. For more information call 1-800-643-7014 or visit us online at Vancouver | Victoria | Kelowna

Laurel Douglas, CEO Women’s Enterprise Centre


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