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Women of the Thompson Valley 2020/21


Congratulations on your financial success. We help our clients achieve the clarity and financial confidence they deserve. MARILYN GIESBRECHT Executive Financial Consultant CFP®, RRC®

Marilyn is proud to be associated with IG Private Wealth Management for over 23 years. Over her time with IG she has helped hundreds of families structure their income for a prosperous, tax-efficient retirement while also ensuring they transfer as much wealth to the next generation as possible. Marilyn works with a select group of high net worth clients and business owners, managing their wealth and implementing strategies to enhance their legacy. Marilyn cherishes her three lovely grown daughters. She enjoys international travel, the outdoors and is an avid kayaker. As a widow, she deeply understands the importance of planning for all situations including the unexpected. Marilyn is involved with numerous charities, including the Kamloops Hospice Association and has completed several mission trips go Guatemala with Wells of Hope.

WHETHER YOU WANT:

• A detailed business succession strategy - so you know your clients will be in good hands. • A plan on structuring your income in retirement - so you can spend with confidence. • A strategy to transfer your wealth to the next generation - so your family is taken care of. • To leave a legacy - so you make a lasting impact. KELSEY BOUDREAU Associate Consultant CFP®, RRC®

Kelsey works with multiple generations of clients to realize their dreams through sound financial planning. She specializes in guiding families to enhance their financial results beyond what they have been able to accomplish on their own. Kelsey develops longterm relationships with her clients to accumulate and maintain wealth and protect their loved ones so they can spend more time doing the things they enjoy. Kelsey is passionate about providing business owners, retirees and professionals financial confidence and clarity through holistic planning strategies. She believes deeply in empowering people through personalized service and trusted advice that they deserve. When not with her clients, Kelsey keeps busy with her two children, her loving husband and their golden lab. She enjoys spending time at their lake house at the Shuswap, travelling and exploring the outdoors. Kelsey is a proud member of 100 Women Who Care- Kamloops.

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BIOGRAPHIES Marilyn Giesbrecht - IG Wealth Managment . . . . 2 Kelsey Boudreau - IG Wealth Managment . . . . . .2 Annie O’Dwyer - Access Countertops Ltd . . . . . .4 Sandy and Shelby Vollo - Wealthy Roots . . . . . .4 Lorraine Korobanik - Lorraine Korobanik Fitness . 5 Franca Muraca - Franca Muraca Notary Public . . .5

BEING TOO CONSERVATIVE CAN BE DANGEROUS

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Kamloops financial planner has written a chapter in a book called Financial Success for Women by Women.  The book has 27 chapters penned by 27 women across Canada — including one from Vanessa Cullen, an investment planning consultant at Bradford Financial.  Cullen’s chapter is called Women are Too Conservative as Investors.  “Twenty-five years ago, women generally deferred to their spouse on any investment decisions,” Cullen said. “They were not actively engaged in the decision-making process. Today, women are getting more engaged with investment decisions and are not afraid to ask questions when they don’t understand.” A shift in domestic roles in society has changed the role women play in the finances of many families. “Men are more involved with raising kids and sharing in the household tasks,” she said. “I do not see women taking on less of a home caretaker role, but more relaxed as the entire burden is not on them. It gives women time to participate in a more meaningful way in regards to financial decisions.” According to Cullen, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is proving how important it is for investors — women and men — to diversify. “Diversifying your investments is always important,” she said. “Amid the pandemic, we have seen how important technology is and that it’s here to stay. There is a process to investing based upon your time horizon, needs and risk tolerance. Many people got pets during the pandemic — pet foods and pet medicine is an industry that has gone up. Airlines and hotels are industries that have been hit hard. They will recover, but the unknown factor is when.”

In her chapter, Cullen talked about a woman she spoke with who was panicking during the 2008 stock market crash. She wanted to sell everything at a loss and buy GICSs. Cullen advised her not to, but the woman did — and Cullen said she always thinks of that woman, knowing she likely never recovered financially. In the chapter, Cullen talked about why women are so financially conservative and she cites being too busy/family commitments, having lower incomes, having a lack of knowledge/interest and having a lack of confidence. She says being to conservative is a problem for women because of several risk factors: • women tend to live longer than men and will need money for a longer period of time. • inflation means overly safe investments won’t keep up with cost of living. Cullen said women can stop being too conservative by becoming more active in their own finances and by taking the time to learn the basics of financial planning. She said women need to understand concepts such as volatility versus risk, saving versus investing and good debt versus bad debt. She closed her 11-page chapter saying women are becoming more liberal in their investments. “On a positive note, I have been a financial advisor for over 25 years and I can tell you that I have seen a shift in the average woman’s involvement with her finances,” Cullen wrote.  “I am starting to witness more and more women becoming less conservative and more confident and knowledgeable about their financial affairs, which I know will have a strong and positive effect on their financial future.”

Natalie Hebert - NLH Lawyer & Notary Public . . .6 Natasha Schrader - Kamloops Funeral Home . . . 7 Jas Rai - Kitchen Studio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Kirsten Carleton - Kirsten’s Hideout Café . . . . . . 8 Tamra Jaeger - Tamra Jaeger Photography . . . . . 8 Kim Nobert - Alternatives Funeral Services . . . . .9 Brandi Allen - Centre for Seniors Information . . . .9 Cayle & Cayle - The Chopped Leaf . . . . . . . . . . 11 Sara Wingerak & Kim Kryger - Urban Cabinets . . 11 Kristin Dangelmaire - Domtar Kamloops . . . . . 12 Linda Skelly - Kamloops This Week - . . . . . . . . 16 Liz Spivey - Kamloops This Week . . . . . . . . . . 16 Linda Bolton - Kamloops This Week . . . . . . . . 17 Jodi Lawrence - Kamloops This Week . . . . . . . 17 Bronwyn Lourens - Kamloops This Week . . . . 17 Marnie Freman - Runners Sole . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Nicole Aracki - Runners Sole . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Jane McCaw - Newgold . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Lisa Newman - Newgold . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Dr Preety Desai . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

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ANNIE O'DWYER STONE EXPERT

KAMLOOPS STONE EXPERTS QUALIFIED FABRICATOR OF PREMIUM STONE PRODUCTS Commercial • Residential

Annie arrived in Canada in 1994 from Manchester, England, and fell in love with B.C. and with amazing natural granite. “My career in sales of stone began in 2002 and I have worked in the industry ever since. I love it!” Annie assists her customers to achieve beautiful installations of top quality countertops in their home. “Access Countertops are stone specialists, and we help you to build your dream kitchen. We have the best tools and technology in Kamloops to cut your marble, granite or quartz perfectly. We know what’s on trend and how best to increase your home value. Please feel free to drop in, bring your cabinet layout and lets work together to realise your dream!” she says. Annie loves her job, working with her clients, and customer service is always a priority at Access. Drop in to meet Annie and view their new showroom today!

Access Countertops fabricates marble, granite and quartz products right here in Kamloops. Sourced from the finest suppliers, we fabricate our products from start to finish with no subcontractors, all at affordable prices.

One of their clients writes: “We love our countertops. The lines in the sink are perfect, seams are flawless, very impressed. Their crew is amazing and then there is Annie, the sales lady - she is a rock star. She is very helpful and pleasant to deal with. A total 5 Star company!

912A Laval Crescent | Kamloops | AccessCountertops.ca 778-471-4488

Women Who Care. THE WEALTHY ROOTS STORY Sandy and Shelby Vollo have built their company on the foundation of caring. They believe in work-life balance and offer flexible appointment times and meeting spots- a coffee shop, your work or your home. Sandy and Shelby, come from a family of advisors spanning over 3 generations and have a combined 50+ years of investment and insurance experience.

• INTRODUCTORY CONSULTATION • CREDITOR PROTECTED INVESTMENTS • RETIREMENT & ESTATE PLANNING • LIFE & MORTGAGE INSURANCE • CRITICAL ILLNESS INSURANCE • DISABILITY COVERAGE • HEALTH, DENTAL & TRAVEL INSURANCE

“We trust Sandy and Shelby from Wealthy Roots to care for all of the Mehta Family’s personal, and corporate insurance needs” - Dr. Rick Mehta

“We trust Shelby and Sandy with all of our Corporate and Personal Insurance needs” - Joshua Knaak, President, Arpa Investments “Sandy and Shelby truly are “Women Who Care” - Don Ogilvie, Retired Financial Advisor “Having worked for many years with Sandy and Shelby I know they have the skills and experience to work well with people with many diverse issues, efficiently and effectively” - Marilyn Poncelet, Retired Financial Planner

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250-828-2800 www.wealthyrootsfinancial.org


Franca Muraca

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ranca Muraca has lived in Kamloops since the day she was born. After a fulfilling 26-year career as a teacher in the Kamloops school district, she decided she needed a change. After completing a Masters degree in law at night while teaching full-time during the day, she opened Franca Muraca Notary Public in the spring of 2019 – a journey that has been chronicled over the past year in the pages of Kamloops This Week’s “Startup Story” feature in partnership with Venture Kamloops’s VK Accelerate program.

Franca is a single mother to two incredible daughters who both attend Westsyde Secondary school. She loves to cook, bake, read, travel, spend time with family and friends and soak up the amazing Kamloops weather in the summer. Franca is a huge supporter of women in business and passionate about giving back to the community.

FRANCA MURACA

NOTARY PUBLIC

www.muracanotary.ca info@muracanotary.ca 778-696-4LAW 301-619 Victoria Street

Lorraine Korobanik

Imagine being strong, fit and in the best shape of your life as your 50th birthday peeks over the horizon. Add to that picture, if you will, being an inspiration to hundreds, if not thousands of others as you lead fitness classes, train clients, post workout videos to YouTube, Instagram and Facebook, and share your passion for yoga. It’s a postcard perfect scene that’s become Lorraine Korobanik’s reality. Lorraine wasn’t always fit, and in fact, it was her dissatisfaction with her body and level of fitness that propelled her to first try a Bootcamp at a local gym. She fell in love with training and the results she saw, and so decided to switch careers from school teacher to become a Personal Trainer in 2015. In 2017, she became a Yoga Alliance Certified Yoga Instructor and added yoga teaching to her portfolio. Little did she know that only 3 years later she would be rewarded for her passion, expertise and dedication by being voted Kamloops’ Best Yoga Instructor AND Kamloops’ Best Personal Trainer. Lorraine Korobanik Fitness is the umbrella under which Lorraine manages various modalities of health and wellness. Be sure to check out www.lorrainekorobanikfitness.ca to discover what many in Kamloops already know: this vibrant, intelligent specialist has a plethora of tools to help you reach your wellness goals, whether they’re based on strength, endurance, flexibility, nutrition or brain health. Lorraine Korobanik loves helping people get in the best shape of their lives and is eager to hear from YOU!

#1 BEST TRAINER & BEST YOGA INSTRUCTOR www.lorrainekorobanikfitness.ca | www.neurofittechnologies.com neurofittech@gmail.com - 250-819-0807

WINNER 2020

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Natalie L Hebert

I(now known, of course, as

obtained my Associate’s Degree from the University College of the Cariboo Thompson Rivers University), followed by a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in English from Trinity Western University, and my law degree from the University of Manitoba.

I grew up in Williams Lake and went back there to article with Vanderburgh & Company. I was called to the Bar in May of 2008. I practised law in Williams Lake until May 2011, when I moved to Cranbrook and practised law there until January of 2016.  I opened my own firm here in Kamloops in February 2016 in order to be closer to family. My husband Chris and I have three children.  I am a sole practioner, with a focus on collaborative family law, child reports, and mediation. A majority of my career was in family litigation and as a parent’s counsel in Ministry of Children and Families matters. I love helping people with buying/selling their houses, working with people on wills and estates and corporate matters. We provide a personal touch, answering our phones throughout the lunch hour, offering evening and weekend appointments to fit people’s busy schedules, and can help assist with last-minute matters. Outside of the office, I am part of the executive for the Harper Mountain Ski Club and also serve with the provincial government’s Mental Health Review Board as chair of its hearing panels. I love being in the community of Kamloops!

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www.nlhlawyer.ca reception@nlhlawyer.ca 236-425-1981 546 St Paul st #370

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Natasha Schrader

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atasha was born in Kamloops and obtained her funeral director’s licence in 2003, having graduated from the Western School of Funeral Service. She is also a certified celebrant, able to assist families with creating personalized services for their loved ones. Kamloops Funeral Home and Cremation Services is a family owned and operated establishment and community is very important to Natasha. As a long time member of the Rotary she enjoys giving back, and one of her favourite Rotary events is the Food Drive. Natasha adores her fur baby Oliver, who spends his day by her side at the funeral home. Natasha recently celebrated her first grandchild’s first birthday.

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www.kamloopsfuneralhome.com 250-554-2577 285 Fortune Drive

Jas Rai

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amloops Kitchen Studio is pleased to welcome the talented Jas Rai back to their design and consulting team. Jas brings 17 years of expertise from the millwork & construction industry, She has a wide array of talents in both residential and commercial cabinet design, including large developments. Jas loves kitchen designing, as the kitchen is the most important part the house. “This where families spend most of their time. I love to build positive relationships with clients to make their dream kitchen happen” she says. “I really do enjoy working with clients and find no problem answering even the most trivial questions. I get a deep sense of satisfaction finding solutions for clients problems”. “I chose Kitchen Studio as they are a great group of people who care about their cliental and go above and beyond for customers needs. With Kitchen Studio you can Dream it, Believe it and Live it! Our only limitation is your imagination” she says.” Our 3D computer design program is amazing”! Jas immigrated to Kamloops 48 years ago from India. Her family strongly believes in supporting local. Her passion is painting, hiking and decorating. Jas welcomes her clients and friends, both new and past, to drop in to say hi! www.kamloopskitchenstudio.com sales@kamloopskitchenstudio.com 250-828-2656 734 Laval Crescent

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Kirsten Carleton

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irsten started in the food service industry 30 years ago when she was 14 doing dishes at Pizza Hut, before becoming a server. She has worked in many different restaurants and believes strongly in teamwork. Kirsten’s Hideout is a cosy, homey atmosphere that has a regular clientele. The staff know the clients by name and a bit of their personal lives, “its like a family” Kirsten laughs. “We know what they like to eat, what they can and can’t have, and we can do the order without even asking them. We just know.” The comfortable, relaxed vibe of the restaurant is exactly what Kirsten was going for when she opened. Kirsten and her staff love to try new things, not just follow the menu, and they care about what they are serving. “A lot of love goes into our food.” The staff all get along and work hard, but its all about fun and teamwork at Kirsten’s Hideout. One of the signs in the restaurant says, “Work hard, have fun, and no drama,” which seems to be the motto for this fun diner.

Tamra Jaeger

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amra first became interested in photography 5 years ago when she got her first DSLR. For her, photography is about capturing the feelings and emotions in a moment. She is an avid hiker and light chaser and can be found on trails throughout Kamloops and British Columbia where she finds inspiration in the beautiful environments surrounding her. As a natural light photographer, her portfolio includes adventure, lifestyle and equestrian photography that embrace the beauty of the BC outdoors. Tamra Jaeger Photography offers location based sessions in Kamloops and surrounding areas. When she isn’t working Tamra is chasing moments and exploring new locations around BC with her two dogs. Find her work online at Tamra Jaeger Photography or follow her on instagram @tamjaeger.

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1390 Columbia Street 250-851-3832 kirstenshideout@gmail.com


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lternatives Funeral & Cremation Services began in Western Canada in 1992 as Personal Alternative Funeral Services, with the goal of providing consumers with a comfortable, affordable and common-sense alternative to the escalating costs found in many funeral homes. Our mission is to deliver superior value, both financially and emotionally. Kim was born and raised in Kamloops and after 39 years found her calling as a licensed funeral director. She has attributed her “life’s lessons” to reach both her personal and professional goals. After starting her funeral director’s apprenticeship in 2011, Kim graduated Mortuary School in 2013 and was her class valedictorian. Kim was appointed as a Manager of Alternatives Funeral & Cremation Services® new location in Kamloops in August 2014. Kim married her husband Paul in 2001, and values his support of her career. Together they have three crazy rescue cats, four fantastic nephews; great parents, and many friends that she likes to share her time with when she can. www.myalternatives.ca kamloops@myalternatives.ca 250-554-2324 4-665 Tranquille Road

Brandi Allen

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randi Allen has been with the Centre for Seniors Information (CSI Kamloops) for ten years and the Executive Director since 2019. The pandemic brought a whole new world of challenges but Brandi says CSI Kamloops will come out the other side of this stronger than ever. She has been instrumental in the growth of the society with an emphasis on support work, advocacy, and volunteer guidance. CSI Kamloops offers a wide range of services to the senior population and their families that directly impacts their quality of life. Her passion for social justice has allowed her to focus on delivering services and educational information to our aging population. She is also an active volunteer with a national group that focuses on domestic violence awareness and provides 24 hour support services to survivors.

Centre for Seniors Information

www.csikamloops.ca info@csikamloops.ca 778-470-6000 brandi@csikamloops.ca

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Advice from Harrison?

ASK FOR A MENTOR

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ith more than 30 years of experience behind her, Anna Harrison knows a thing or two about being in the business world. And she has a piece of advice for anyone in that world. “Don’t do life or business alone,” she said. Harrison admits the quote didn’t originate with her. It’s adapted from a quote she picked up from her pastor, Johnny Strutt, at Motion Church, who would say, “Don’t do life or faith alone.” “If you work outside the home, if you’re a mom, a wife or a provider, you think you have to be able to do everything,” Harrison said. “And sometimes it’s hard for women to call on other people and say, ‘I need someone to come along beside me and support me.’ And there’s nothing wrong with that.” Harrison has similar advice for anyone just getting started — seek mentorship. “Look for someone who is doing what you want to be doing, and is doing it successfully, and ask them to mentor you,” she said. “Just go and

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ask them. That is the best way to do it.” Harrison attributes some of her success to memorable mentors along the way. She named Val Clement, with whom she worked for many years, as someone who was always very positive and encouraging. More recently, when she transitioned to a new type of work as a business and personal development coach at Thrive Business Strategies, she found mentorship from Cindy Piva. “Cindy has been a business coach and leadership development coach for many years and she’s basically taken me under her wing and has just been an amazing mentor,” Harrison said. Having the help of a mentor at this stage of her career is a blessing, Harrison said, explaining that making the switch has been the hardest thing she has done in business so far. “You’re going through a whole new learning curve and changing from working with a larger team of people to working with a smaller team, and sometimes on your own,” she said.

In spite of business being a generally male-dominated field, Harrison said she has never encountered any trouble as a woman in business. In fact, she added, there have been a number of positive male mentors in her past. Her final thoughts for women in business is to not let fear stand in their way. She thinks women tend to hold themselves back instead of pursuing their desires, but said they should ignore that fear, press on and do what they want to do, instead of looking back with regret years down the road. “What’s the worst that can happen?” she asked. Harris has held many leadership positions, including as president of the Kamloops Central Business Improvement Association (also known as Downtown Kamloops), as president of the Kamloops Chamber of Commerce and through many positions with Rotary. She owned and operated Genesis Beauty and Fashion Complex in downtown Kamloops for more than 32 years before moving to Thrive Business Strategies.


Sara Wingerak & Kim Kryger Partners in Kitchen Design

Urban Cabinets local owners, Sara & Kim, both love cabinet design and it shows as soon as you step into their friendly showroom. Using their 30+ years of combined experience, they have created a unique niche in the local renovation and new build market with their exclusive cabinet brands & efficient designs. They enjoy their work and clients immensely, laughter and having fun is part of the experience at Urban Cabinets. They believe in providing the highest level of customer service and treating their clients how they would like to be treated. Their most exciting decision was adding Carl Overson to their team. Carl brings an enormous amount of knowledge and experience to Urban Cabinets. He has the same commitment to their clients and takes their installs to the next level. Urban Cabinets leads the market with designer doors and custom color options for every room. “We could not have been happier and more satisfied with the products and level of service provided by Kamloops Urban Cabinets. Kamloops is fortunate to have a business of this quality and we continue to pass on recommendations to friends.” - Rick Howie

45-1967 Trans Canada Hwy East, Kamloops 250.571.4747

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MEET BRENDA AND CAYLE Cayle started out as a part-time employee while attending university for a teaching degree. She became a huge asset to the organization a quickly moved up the ranks. When the opportunity to become the general manager arose, Cayle decided this was the career path for her. She has been with the company for 7 years and the GM for 4 years.

� IC: HIii I� PIE Ill LEAF Brenda, owner of both Chopped Leaf locations, has been in the food business most of her life. Staring out at Boston Pizza and spending 15 years there and then onto Rivershore Golf for 10 years. Chopped Leaf opened its first location in Sahali over 9 years ago and then the Northshore 6-1/2. They they have been going strong ever since. Thanks to the support of Kamloops they will be expanding the Sahali location to twice its current size.

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Get to know your customers:

WHY DO THEY BUY?

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nderstanding why and how people purchase is probably the most important step in the marketing process. Business owners often miss this critical step because they assume their customers think, act and buy the same way they do. You can better understand your target market by answering three questions:

Who are they? This first question asks you to gain a deeper, more colourful understanding of your target clients. These questions will help determine what you want to know about them: • What do you know so far? • What does their lifestyle/business style look like? • Who do they think they are? How do they see themselves?

Their motivators — why do they buy? Customers are more open to services that meet their own image, solve their problems or put them into a better situation. The better the match, the more attractive you become. To gather answers in this section, consider these questions: • What are the biggest problems in your customers’ lives? • What are their problems specific to a product/service like yours? • What types of needs and wants do they have in their lives? • What are their needs/wants specific to a product/service like yours?

Their behaviours — how do they buy? Purchasing behaviours are the ways people prefer to buy. Purchasing behaviours do not change all that often (think of how you grocery shop— the store, the routine, the timing, etc.) The easiest way to meet the people you want to meet is to go to the places where they prefer to be. • How do they find out about products/services like yours? • When and where do they buy?

Why should you understand your market? The more you know about them, the easier it is to talk their language. That makes marketing simpler and more effective and lets you spend less time selling and more time making valuable connections. — This article is an excerpt from the Women’s Enterprise Centre’s Focused Marketing Learning Guide, On Oct. 21, the centre is hosting a free webinar to help entrepreneurs work through the main steps of focused marketing. Learn more online at wec.ca/BYB.

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TOURISM IS IN KAMLOOPS CEO’S BLOOD Beverley DeSantis is immersed in the challenge the pandemic poses Since April 2016, Beverley DeSantis has been CEO of Tourism Kamloops, an organization in a sector among the hardest it during the COVID-19 pandemic. KTW sat down (virtually) with DeSantis to talk about being a female leader, facing the challenges 2020 has presented and advice she has for others considering a similar career. Q:The business world is, in general, a male-dominated field. You are leading a large organization that is crucial to bringing tens of millions of dollars to the city. How do you combat any gender discrimination you may face in your business dealings? A: Tourism is unique in that it is a female-dominated industry until you reach the C-Suite. Historically, the top positions have been held by men. Recently, I have noticed a shift and more women are taking up leadership roles and have become far more active on relevant boards and task forces. Steadily, the scales are becoming more balanced as women continue to have their voice heard and their experience lead them. I grew up in a very traditional, male-dominated, entrepreneurial family. As the youngest and only girl, I learned at a young age to work hard, respect the room, be passionate about my beliefs and be heard on issues that matter. I took these learnings into my career from the start and

it has worked for me. I strongly believe that nothing is given to you because of your gender, that you must be educated, an experienced professional and best qualified or you do not deserve to be in the position, regardless of gender. I work hard for our stakeholders, striving to earn their support and their trust every day and I continue to be very passionate about lifelong learning. I find intelligence, compassion and respect will keep discrimination at bay and I work hard at continued growth in each of those areas. Q: The tourism industry has been among the hardest hit by the pandemic. How has the job of you and your team changed during this time? A: There is no question that the pandemic has hit the tourism industry harder that any other and there is no definite end in sight. For the most part, Tourism Kamloops has held on to our human talent and brought much of our work in-house. It is important to me that we become “generalists” and open to new and pivoting roles. Our team has completely embraced the challenges that face us and work tirelessly to keep our stakeholders at the forefront of our efforts. Our own budget has been affected by at least 60 per cent, which has forced me to look at how we market and stay above the noise as we continue to drive visitation to our city. I believe it is extremely important that we are aligned with the entire business

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Tourism Kamloops CEO Beverley DeSantis: "I would change nothing about my career path. It has been rewarding, challenging and very diverse. For me, it has been more than 35 years of rewarding and exciting opportunities. I have left for short periods of time, but have always been drawn back to where my heart truly lies — tourism."

community and, to that end, we have come together as YKAStrong, ensuring all businesses have access to information and resources imperative to their survival. I have worked extremely hard to ensure we have strengthened our community support through our Luv’n the Loops initiatives, ensuring everyone in and around Kamloops can enjoy activities and experiences that, historically, only our visitors have taken advantage of. I have also ensured we align our efforts with other neighbouring communities, as we have always known that Kamloops, as a destination, is enriched by those nearby experiences and remarkable places. By working together and collaboratively, we can increase our resources, expand our assets and combine our individual talents to come through this time a greater experience for both locals and visitors.

Q: Do you have any notable mentors who have helped you reach the position you now occupy? If so, are there one or two you can note and explain how they helped you? A: I believe that to be successful, one must surround themselves with people you admire, who you deem successful and whose moral compass aligns with yours. I have also learned quite a bit from people who I do not respect, who are completely misaligned with my own beliefs and have somehow gotten themselves into their positions despite themselves. I believe people come into our lives for a reason, some to teach positively and some to make us reflect on our own actions. Having said all of that, the women I was blessed to have in my life — my two grandmothers, my mom and my mother-in-law — were all very strong women who guided my path


Tourism Kamloops CEO Beverley DeSantis speaks about sustainability, one of five key components to the agency’s strategic plan of the agency, during a 2016 presentation at the Kamloops Coast Hotel and Conference Centre.

as a mom, grandma, friend and professional. They demonstrated strength in their own unique way; however, these four women did not seek, nor did they need. the limelight, but ensured their presence was known and each one made a positive contribution and difference in the lives of all who knew them. All these women were content to be thought of as supporting actors, to remain in the background, but when it mattered most, they came to the forefront and stood their line. Highly respected, intelligent, insightful, giving and kind. If my legacy is half of what they left the world, I will be grateful for my contribution. Q: What would you define as the three most important traits a business leader should have? A: 1. Surround yourself with trusted and productive people: No matter who you are and how talented you are, success cannot happen in solidarity. I work very hard to develop and nurture meaningful relationships, build advocacy and have a support system within my community and industry at large. During this time of uncertainty, it is the tribe of people I have surrounding me and our organization that will be instrumental in how we move forward and the redefining of success. 2. Passion and compassion: Without passion, there is no reason to strive for success. For me, passion is competitiveness,

excitement and the desire to keep learning, be better, smarter and more innovative than yesterday. Compassion answers the “why” of what I do. This industry is not simply bricks and mortar. The tourism industry is comprised of many businesses — small, medium and large. Each of these businesses is comprised of passionate people who have invested and keep investing to ensure great experiences of those who visit, to be the ultimate hosts. If I do not connect with compassion and understand their journey, I cannot share the stories that will inspire my own team, elected officials and our community to support and advocate for all those who drive this tourism economy. 3. Drive comes from within: It is who I am and what gets me out of bed in the morning. I would like to think that my drive inspires our Tourism Kamloops team to continue to give their best, work hard and reap the rewards of that hard work. Nothing worthwhile comes without effort; the more effort you expend, the more reward will come back. Drive is what keeps me wanting to learn, explore, take calculated risks and colour outside the box for bolder results. If you are not driven, you are simply a passenger watching all unfold with minimal contribution and little regard for the outcome. For some, that may work and that is OK. For me, it would literally drive me crazy.

Q: Leading a busy organization like Tourism Kamloops requires many hours of work. How do you balance the work-life ratio without burning out? A: If you love what you do, is it really work? Yes! My job and that of my husband (Downtown Kamloops executive director Carl DeSantis) historically included a lot of events and socializing, so the lines can get blurred between work and fun. But there is a limit and, when we reach the line, we jump on our motorcycles, hit the road and try something new and experience our own backyard. Of all the places to live and explore, B.C. is a gift and we are so very fortunate to live here. Just a few steps from our front door, we are away from it all and enjoying the peace of our own natural beauty. And then there are kids and grandkids. They will always ensure you do not get too wrapped up in the seriousness. Family always brings great joy and reprieve from the crazy. Q: What are your favourite three things to do as a tourist in your hometown? A: 1. I love our Kamloops Blazers and cannot wait for the games to begin again. 2. Western Canada Theatre: We have such an amazing arts scene here in Kamloops. My husband and I love to grab a great meal and catch the latest production. 3. Hiking anywhere: We are so blessed to have such an amazing trail system right here in our own backyard. We take our bikes or jeep

and get outside. We especially love our evening picnics at Paul Lake. Q: What advice would you have for a young woman seeking a similar career to yours? A: Tourism is the largest industry in the world and there is so much opportunity and diversity taking advantage of this career path. The skills are very transferrable — to be successful and expand opportunities, take advantage of all aspects of business, marketing, finance, technology, data, communications and PR. The more you educate yourself in one or several of these areas, the more opportunities you will have. For instance, the skills required in Kamloops are also the skills required in Italy, Asia, Australia and throughout the globe. The tourism industry is now recognized as one of the highest contributors to the GDP and, more than ever, is seeking diverse, innovative talent. I started my career as a travel agent. I then worked for a global tourism organization in business development. I owned tourism businesses. I worked at a university and a college. I worked for government. And now I am CEO, representing the best city in B.C. I would change nothing about my career path. It has been rewarding, challenging and very diverse. For me, it has been more than 35 years of rewarding and exciting opportunities. I have left for short periods of time, but have always been drawn back to where my heart truly lies — tourism.

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or the past six years, I have worked at Kamloops This Week as a print and digital marketing consultant. I have worked on many varied special publications and I can tell you, honestly, that the Women of the Thompson Valley publication is one of my very favourites. When all the work is finally done putting it together, and I sit down in peace and quiet with a coffee, I read each one of the profiles of the incredible women in our region and it gives me so much hope. I am truly inspired being amongst such hard-working, dedicated women. I truly believe that this year’s edition, published during this global pandemic, is one we will be looking back at for many, many years. It will remind us of how we handled our work and business life with this crisis surrounding us. I am amazed at all the silver linings women in business have discovered this year. You have all explored new options and found many innovative, out-of-the box ideas to help your businesses survive and, in many cases, thrive more than ever. The female power is strong and alive in the Thompson Valley. I see the beauty and positivity in all who have encouraged and supported me this year when there were times that I, too, felt pretty lost and worried. Kamloops is full of motivated, compassionate and generous women who will no doubt plough through this tough time with their heads held high. I can’t thank you all of you enough for showing up. I too, miss so many things this year, especially attending our annual community events, along with arts and theatre, but I know we all need to stay strong, safe. Yes, we are in this together! This year, more than ever, I can say I am so thankful to work at Kamloops This Week and I am so proud to be a woman of the Thompson Valley.

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iz is one of the print/digital marketing consultants at KTW as well as being the General Manager of The Kamloops Connector. She grew up in Iceland where she attended both Icelandic school and American Military school. She also played soccer in a girls league for many years. Liz previously used to work as a sales rep at The Squamish Chief Newspaper for many years, before leaving to manage a multi-disciplinary health clinic. In addition to Liz’s sales experience, she has a background in seniors health care. She served the community of Squamish as a postpartum depression councillor and supported literacy programs by helping children practise their reading skills. She also helped establish the award winning Between Shifts Theatre Company where she held a position on the board for over 20 years. Liz is an accomplished director as well as an award-winning actor. Funny things to know about Liz: She has a brown belt in Goju-Ryu Karate, used to be an avid break-dancer, is an excellent backgammon player, has problems saying the word “strategy”, and can conduct entire conversations using movie quotes. Liz is married to her wonderful husband Harvey and has three grown-up children. Her cheerful personality, positive thinking and her can-do attitude are key to her success.

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have been privileged to be involved with Aberdeen Publishing business for 21 years. During that time I have been blessed to learn and work with many great and successful people. I have been a sales consultant, sales manager and publisher, and have also been awarded various sales accolades. Each position I held offers a different look at the works of print media. The newspaper is a fast-paced work environment that requires the ability to make quick decisions and a willingness to take risks. Being a part of the community and watching the changes in Kamloops has been amazing. I pride myself on being knowledgeable about my work and believe it is important to reach objectives quickly. I have learned to evaluate situations quickly, identify competent people whom I may need to call on later for expertise, and know the proper questions to ask. It is my desire to help the businesses grow—and grow quickly—in order to maintain and enhance my clients’ competitive advantage. Over the years I have developed a special passion for the tourism and recreation industry. It is such a strong part of what makes Kamloops great. I like to offer encouragement whenever possible and often volunteer assistance, always following through on my promises. Direct involvement in situations that call for compassion is an enjoyable and satisfying part of my life. I believe that we are learning every day, no matter how much we believe we know and I look forward to the next lesson life presents.

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have always been in sales in one form or another and started advertising sales in 2011. It’s an intense world of deadlines but keeps me on my toes. I have met so many amazing people over the years and consider them friends. My nature is to help people and I get to do that everyday as we guide our clients in growing their businesses. I feel blessed to have had so many wonderful women confide in me on a level that becomes very personal. I appreciate their trust in me and I ensure that trust is always top of mind when I am working for them. In addition to working full time I am also a busy mom of two teenages, and have been married to my husband for 21 years. We moved to Kamloops in 2007 from Victoria and live in beautiful Barnhartvale. This year like many we planted our first garden. I can now add a green thumb to my skill set. Anyone need a Zucchini.

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rownwyn is a Media Account Manager hailing originally from South Africa hoping to add a bit of African flair to Kamloops!  With more than 20 years in the media industry, she started at the grassroots level as a sales administrator and worked her way up to be an Account Manager. Her approach has always been to get a thorough understanding of her clients’ marketing landscape, conducting value conversations which cover both planning and strategy. She consider herself as somewhat of a digital and print guru, having been blessed to sell and represent across both national and international publications. Previous publications that Bronwyn has had the honour of representing include: • IOL & Various South • Vodacom • Gumtree (Ebay) African Commercial • Second Screen • MSN Radio Stations • D6 School • Auto Trader Communicator • Indahash Bronwyn is focused on learning and development and is a firm believer in integrity and developing relationships with her team and clients alike. “I am honoured to have joined the Kamloops This Week team, whereby I hope to add value to the team with my print and digital background,” says Bronwyn. “If you ever require any advice with regards to print, digital or digital radio please do not hesitate to contact me!”

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LEADING THE CHAMBER’S CHARGE WITH ENTHUSIASM Acacia Pangilinan talks about communicating, learning from others and being brave when seeking a career

Acacia Pangilinan has been executive director of the Kamloops Chamber of Commerce since May 2019. She had been serving as interim executive director for four months before being hired permanently. KTW connected with a busy Pangilinan to talk about being a female leader, facing the challenges 2020 has presented and advice she has for others considering a similar career. Q: You are leading the preeminent business association in Kamloops and the region. A Telegraph poll last year found two-thirds of female leaders had experienced some form of sexism and felt they had been treated differently than their male counterparts in the business world. Have you ever encountered negative attitudes from others based on gender and, if so, how have you handled it? A: While I haven’t had an overwhelming amount of negative attitudes based on gender, race or age, it has happened to me on a few occasions since being in this

capacity. Honestly, I let my work speak for itself and really focus on just being myself. I realize that I am lucky. I am in a position that gives me personal fulfilment and I have a sense of purpose with what I do and I’ve found that when I focus on “doing me,” I’ve been able to attract positive or like-minded individuals who wouldn’t think twice about my gender or how old I am. Q: Do you have any notable mentors who have helped you reach the position you now occupy? If so, are there one or two you can note and explain how they helped you? A: I have learned so much from women around me and I wouldn’t be here if it were not for them. Teresa Dares from the Kamloops Ambassador Society helped guide me to find my inner confidence and opened the door to the possibility of finding a meaningful career in Kamloops. Deb McClelland, former executive director of the Kamloops Chamber, has been a professional mentor for me over the last number of years and I was able to learn her best practices and from her experience on how to approach my role at the chamber.

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Kamloops Chamber of Commerce executive director Acacia Pangilinan: “I love my job and, even though I’ve been in the role for over a year, I’m continually learning. I love connecting with people who are passionate about what they do and being in a position to elevate them is personally gratifying.”

Q: What would you define as the three most important traits a business leader should have? A: Effective communication skills, empathy to seek to understand and enthusiasm. Q: You became executive director of the chamber in May 2019. What about the job do you love? What about the job do you wish you could change? A: I love my job and, even though I’ve been in the role for over a year, I’m continually learning. I love connecting with people who are passionate about what they do and being in a position to elevate them is personally gratifying. If I could change anything, it would be the perceived ideas that people have about the chamber.

Q: This year has been like no other in our lifetime due to the pandemic and its myriad effects. Are there any obvious lessons to learn from this crisis from a business standpoint? A: I think this crisis has given people the opportunity to really look at their value proposition (what are they offering) and to align that with future growth and direction (where do they want to be). I don’t believe we’ve ever been given an opportunity like this to completely “throw out the playbook” and start from zero. While that can be intimidating and frightening, it can provide stronger purpose and more clarity. Q: What advice would you have for a young woman seeking a similar career to yours? A: Be brave, do what makes you happy or whole and find the right people to support you on your journey, whatever that may look like.


Turn your creative ideas into a business concept

WORKING TOGETHER FOR RESILIENCE Business partnerships can help when resources are stretched

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ou can use a strategic alliance to address the “pinches” or gaps in your business, to offer new products/services or to find new business opportunities. Today, business owners are exploring many different options to work together as they deal with lower demand or fewer resources. This culture of collaboration is one of the great outcomes of our current times. If you’re exploring collaborations with others in the community, here are some ways you can do it: COMPLEMENTORS: They provide goods or services that make other goods or services more attractive to the consumer. The appeal might be because: • One product needs the other to have value (e.g., a laptop and Wi-Fi connection). • Your product or service is really part of a bigger system (e.g., computer chips, hardware and software products, the internet). • They are a natural product fit together (e.g., bacon and eggs). • Partnering together makes purchasing easier and less complicated (e.g., cars and car loans). • They have similar customer bases or target audiences (e.g., kids’ movies and a fast-food chain). • Joining forces allows them to create a more marketable product or service, or enhances the image for each of them (e.g., coffee bars and book stores).

CO-OPETITORS: Co-opetition happens when you partner with potential competitors to tap into business that you might not otherwise be able to access on your own. In other words, the pie you can create by working together is much bigger. Co-opetition may allow you to tap into a market that is too large for you on your own, reduce competition, reduce costs or make your market bigger. COLLABORATORS: They are partners who help to build alliances that create a win-win, both for the organizations involved and for the community. The development of shared interests and passions is the seed for strategic partnerships here. Conversations, not elaborate proposals, are the most effective route. A collaborative alliance may allow you to: • Build a project that benefits your industry or community, and your business. • Promote your business while supporting community and charitable causes at the same time. • Create an alliance that fosters positive benefits for both your business and your non-profit partner. Collaboration, while rich in many ways, tends to be a slow process in development and often begins with less formal partnership levels. —C  ontributed by the Women’s Enterprise Centre. Interested in learning more about how to form a strategic alliance? The centre is hosting a webinar all about partnerships and how to form them. It will be held on Nov. 4 and registration is free online at wec.ca/BYB.

If you’re like many creative types, you have a ton of ideas sprouting like seeds inside your head and new ones burst out on a daily basis. One of the first steps to creating a business is to get those ideas out of your head and down on paper. Writing ideas down makes them more concrete and doable. Don’t be afraid to do this. There’s a flip side — just because you wrote it down doesn’t mean you can’t change it later. How to create a foundation statement for your business: A foundation statement that describes the reason why your business should exist provides a good starting point — it’s the hypothesis you need for further exploration. 1. M  y business concept is … 2. T  he customers I’m serving are (who and where) … 3. The problem I solve for them is … Here are some examples: • For a freelance fashion writer: “Fashion-related businesses in the Okanagan want creative, savvy web content updated in a timely manner to reflect their seasonal offerings.” •F  or a human-resources consultant: “There is a substantial need in Kamloops for an executive search firm that specializes in the financial services industry.” Knowing what you intend your business to be and whose need it will meet helps you to not only set a foundation, but a clear business path. You really can’t be all things to all people, so you need to identify what’s important to both you and your potential customers. Then, you can build your business concept around those things. It’s never too early to start getting clear about what you do and why you do it because, down the road, your ability to articulate your concept will allow potential customers to understand exactly what you have to offer and how you are able to serve them. —T  he Women’s Enterprise Centre is a nonprofit organization devoted to helping B.C. women start, lead and grow their own businesses. The centre’s full range of services includes business loans up to $150,000, business advice, skills training, mentoring, resources and a supportive community to help women entrepreneurs realize their business potential. Get connected today online at womensenterprise.ca. Women of the Thompson Valley 2020/21 | 19


Casimir and Tk’emlups council share a vision for the future Tk’emlups te Secwépemc Chief Rosanne Casimir penned this column for KTW’s Progress magazine earlier this year. Since then, much in the world has changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But the vision of Tk’emlups for the next decade remains intact. We think this column is a good fit in Women of the Thompson Valley as the impactful and wise words come from one of the leading women in the valley.

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s community leaders, we think about progress in the community of Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc, the larger Kamloops area and the Secwépemc Territory. Progress has a different meaning depending on your perspective. Part of progress for Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc is reclaiming our past. A vision of our community for 2030 would include the full recognition and implementation of title and rights, economic sovereignty and a healthy community that knows who they are as Secwépemc. In our vision for 2030, the larger Kamloops community would be fully educated about Indigenous history. All of our communities and governments will be working together to actively address the climate change crisis. In 2030, reconciliation of relationships between our governments and others have been fully recognized and Tk’emlúps is sitting at all tables as equal partners in decision making. This is Tk’emlúps vision of what can be achieved in the next 10 years. The realization of this vision is the gift of our generation to the next — a proud and brighter future. Within our organization, Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc is built on a high-performing culture designed to achieve excellence. We have assembled a strong and collaborative team of leadership and staff that are poised to lead us into the future. Tk’emlúps chief and council is exceptionally proud of the relationships that have been developed with various levels of government and the business community. We continue to advocate on behalf of our members to protect our title and rights, secure business

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opportunities and advance our community and organizational goals. In the Tk’emlúps organization substantial progress continues to be made in every department. Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc has committed significant resources to establish a language and culture department. Our goal is to increase the knowledge, use and understanding of language and culture. The band’s planning and engineering department is proud of the movement forward in its capital projects. The long-planned upgrades to the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc water distribution system have begun at the North Reservoir site above Chief Louis Way. This project will be completed and online by the summer of 2020 and will allow TteS to expand opportunities for economic development on reserve by providing underserved band lands with increased access to water. A master land-use plan has been completed for a 200-acre industrial and highway commercial development on designated band lands. The 7-Mile opportunity will ultimately support the expansion of transportation corridors to and from the Lower Mainland. Tk’emlúps Development Corporation (KIBDC) has successfully completed renovations for the Business and Economic Development and Planning and Engineering offices.

There have been four successful film productions that have filmed on the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc Territory. There has been revitalization of the Mount Paul Centre and success of Kamloops Race Central in developing the park. Our education department is committed to providing numerous training opportunities to ensure our members are prepared for the future. Community services provides multiple supports to our membership. Our natural resources team are consistently on the land managing our cultural and natural resources. Housing is always looking for more opportunities for our membership. As Kukpi7, I would like to recognize the hard work of our previous and current leadership and membership for achieving all that Tk’emlúps has achieved to date. Our great team of staff has executed the community’s vision of progress and for that we are grateful. At Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc, progress and growth are possible as long as we continue to honour ourselves, our people and our lands. We are excited to see what the next decade brings for all of our communities. For more information about our community, our history and economic development opportunities, visit us online at tkemlups.ca.


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MEET THE NEW LADIES OF RUNNERS SOLE Wayne and team are thrilled to introduce their new team members, MARNIE FREEMAN & NICOLE ARACKI Marnie was born and raised in Kamloops and has been running for 23 years. Growing up in her family business, the Big Boot Inn, Marnie had many years of specialized shoe fitting expertise and her move to join the Runners Sole team was a natural fit! Nicole moved to Kamloops from Squamish 6 years ago, and is also an experienced runner. She takes special interest in fitness through yoga, and is an accredited yoga teacher. Both Marnie and Nicole love people and especially love their new jobs at Runners Sole. They look forward to meeting you and helping you with your foot health and fitness needs. Drop in to say hi!

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Cammeo Goodyear

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Bonnie Speller

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Marcie Mutch-

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Linda August

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r. Preety Desai has called Kamloops home for 24 years. She graduated dentistry from McGill University and completed residency at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, treating medically compromised children. She was in private practice for 3 years in Toronto and in public health, treating new immigrants, the aged and disabled. She also spent many months in Northern Ontario providing dentistry on First Nations reserves. Dr. Desai then moved to BC to specialize in Periodontics at UBC. Dr. Desai and her husband loved BC so much that they settled in Kamloops to raise their family and enjoy the best quality of life.

Dr. Desai has surrounded herself with an excellent and attentive staff that are committed to quality patient care. She has pioneered the use of laser technologies in dentistry, and has become the only periodontist in Canada to obtain a Master’s Degree in Laser Dentistry. While enjoying life in Kamloops, she still manages to hold an Assistant Professorship at UBC, and lectures on laser technology internationally and at many American Ivy League Universities. She has trademarked these laser techniques which can save teeth previously slated for extraction, are less painful and shortens recovery time.She now does all surgery with laser technology.

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PRIDE OF LYONS There are no glass ceilings at Lyons, it is actually quite the opposite!

Three members of the six person Senior Leadership team are female - Nicole Atcheson, Director of Culture and Talent, Hannah Chretien Team Culture and Talent Specialist, and Liz Wilkinson Director of Retail and Marketing.

Our Retail Sales Coordinator is Kristina Bradshaw supported by our Retail Buyer Megan Blackmore and an amazing retail team who are all female (Gloria Howarth and Corrinna Guzzo) except two very tolerant men! Missing are Pat Davis & Ginger Powell. We have three female Account Managers, Kim Klassen, Kiana Karolyi, and Leslie Kelly in our sales team along with our Sales coordinator Donna Samson. Our construction scheduling team is lucky to have the amazing Meagan Bec in there getting them organised. OUR ACCOUNTING TEAM has the lovely Lovie Bellamy, Susan Toews and Rhiannon Daloise and Bre Suckel,

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