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Sunday, March 20, 2011 - North Shore News - A21

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You’ve come a long way, baby. The ’70s slogan still perfectly embodies the strides women have made around the world, including right here on the North Shore. Back then, women had come a long way: from the oppression and inequality of the early 1900s — when they worked long hours for little pay and had no voting rights — to the decade known for “secondwave feminism,” which addressed de facto inequalities, sexuality, family, the workplace and reproductive rights. Today, women have come even further. The new millennium has witnessed a significant change and attitudinal shift in both women’s and society’s thoughts about women’s equality and emancipation. Girls are welcomed into university, women have choices about career and family;There are female astronauts and prime ministers,

more women in the boardroom, greater equality in legislative rights, and an increased awareness of women as role models. One hundred years ago, in 1911, the first International Women’s Day was more of a call to action than a celebration. Honoured in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland, more than one million women and men attended rallies campaigning for women’s rights to work, vote, be trained, to hold public office and end discrimination. We owe much to those women and men, and now as we recognize 100 years of IWD this month, there is much to celebrate. Now an official holiday around

the world, thousands of events are taking place to inspire women and celebrate their achievements.A global web of diverse activities connects women — ranging from political rallies, business conferences, government activities and networking events through to local craft markets, theatric performances, fashion parades and more. This month, we honour women who strive to do more, be more and to blaze their own path. For all of us: make every day International Women’s Day. Help ensure that the future for girls is bright, equal, safe and rewarding. ❧

Holly Back celebrates her career & community connections As a businesswoman, teacher, local politician and tireless volunteer, Holly Back has made a career out of blurring the lines between education and employment, customers and community.

students full-time employment as well. I can basically guarantee 100 per cent job placement. So I called back some of my old students from Carson and we got the salon and the school going at the same time. It’s been fantastic. We have “Our community is our life,” says Back, also supplied maybe 90 per cent of the owner of Holly’s Salons & Schools. “If we salons on the North Shore with staff. I didn’t support our community I wouldn’t feel it brought salons together rather than feel very good about myself. competing with each other. I I’ve had three children go always say there are enough through our school system people who need haircuts so I obviously support the “Our for everybody. I think it’s schools. We have a client who made us work together community asked us to support A Breast rather than against each is our life...” in a Boat and I know a few other.” people with breast cancer. Almost everything people are In order to keep those fundraising for touches your people walking in the door, life in some way, so it’s hard to say no.” Back makes a big effort to get outside, both to promote her business and give After leaving a teaching position at back to the community. Carson Graham secondary in 1998, the lifelong North Vancouver resident decided “If I don’t go out into the community, to fuse her experiences in hairdressing who is going to know I’ve got a business?” and education. It’s a novel business model she asks. “My business depends on the — a hairdressing school and salon under public.” one roof. Just how many different causes and teams “I was starting the school but I really and fundraisers has the school and salon wanted to have the salon so I could offer supported?

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“Hundreds.” Back says without hesitation. “We just did Cops for Cancer. We sponsor all the schools. We probably get asked once or twice a week for sponsorship. Our only policy is that anyone who is a client of ours, we will support their fundraising event. But seriously, there’s hundreds.” In between launching her own charity events, picking up a Best Employer award from the North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce and 11 consecutive North Shore News Readers’ Choice awards, Back also found time in 2008 to be elected to the board of the North Vancouver school district. “I think we need an emphasis on careers that we don’t have yet. I’m not saying that (being a school trustee) is volunteer work because there is pay, but I think it’s a great way to give back at a higher level.You put in a lot of time.” Yet another of Back’s side projects is to try and break the stigma of men working in hairdressing, an effort that has led top

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American hair stylist Philip Wilson to send his son Ross north to learn at the 14th and Lonsdale school. “I’d like to break that stereotype and go back to what they were in the ’60s,when they were a bunch of hot guys with British accents,” laughs Back.

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Stylish, Savvy & Service-Driven Unique in any area, but notable in Edgemont Village is the above average number of businesses owned and operated by women. Mentoring one another, cross marketing and finding ways to work, be supportive and respectful of each other has made this small community of women driven businesses very successful over the years. Here are just of a few of these remarkable, women:



Yohana & Mishella


Sandra Bodnarchuk and Team THE COMEBACK

Elda Bolton


Elena Grant TRIMS

Marlene & Morgan Tate



Sherry Violette



Roberta Perrin

Reen Collins


Goli Massah

the individual personalities of their customers. Owner Sherry Violette provides a beautiful selection of silver and gold jewellery, much of it hand made by local artisans. Like her father before her, Sherry also provides repair services for jewellery, watches and clocks, and they have been voted the North Shore’s Favourite Jeweller twice.

For 21 years, Marlene Tate, At Giftworks, on the corner of owner of Trims, has been providing ...above average Edgemont Boulevard and Highland, the Lowermainland with exclusive number of Roberta Perrin has built a lines of high-end artificial flowers, reputation for bringing a selection businesses unique seasonal novelties and free of truly unique gift ideas under one owned and customer design services. Known for roof. From paintings and jewelry to operated by her fabulous window displays and local pottery, art glass, specialty baby eclectic creativity, Marlene uses her women. gifts and more, you’re bound to find design skills to help her customers something you can’t get anywhere to just “FAKE IT”. else. Committed to supporting the community, over 50% of their products are Canadian made. Just mention La Galleria Fine Foods to anyone and you’ll conjure up images of luscious, fresh At Pizazz, Roberta’s second location, she brings sandwiches, salads, pastas, home made soups the same quality-oriented focus to offering the full and deli treats. Sisters Yohana and Mischela line of Pandora jewelry, fine linens from Europe, Immanuel and their dedicated crew have custom furniture from Vancouver Island and more earned the North Shore News Readers’ Choice unique gift ideas. Favourite Deli and Sandwich Bar Awards seven If your focus is on eyewear, Sharyn Webber’s years in a row and there’s always a fine selection Highland Optical is a full service, award winning of Italian pastas, oils and more on their shelves. optical boutique with a lively, fun atmosphere. Sandra Bodnarchuk’s Zig Zag Fashions has Sharyn’s handpicked product lines assure your been serving the North Shore for over a decade. distinction, and her licensed team’s dedication to She shops the world to uncover the latest trends technological education and personal service add in fashion, footwear and accessories. to their renown. Also dedicated to New, seasonal products, feature her community, Sharyn has served designers from Simon Chang to Fly ...we are more than a decade as Edgemont’s Shoes, offering something for every Event Coordinator, & ensures that connected to occasion. Zig Zag is renowned for Highland Optical is prominent at all of our residents their distinctive and incomparable their neighborhood events. shoe selection, winning them the in a very Specializing in the latest in golf wear, in personal way... North Shore News Readers summer, you will also be delighted to Choice Favourite Shoe Store Award see Reen Collins’ wide selection of multiple times. smart casual wear, perfect for today’s lifestyle for Thrifty? On a budget? Love a bargain? Got an men and women.The focus is on quality, comfort, eye for style/someone else’s style? Then The affordable prices, and always friendly personalized Comeback is precisely the clothing store for you. service. Womens sizes include petite as well as Elda Bolton’s much lauded consignment store regular, and mens sizes from Small to XXL.You will has served both North and West Vancouver be pleased to see what they offer, and how well for 20 years selling only the finest, gently worn you will be treated. garments. Always paying close attention to current If a new look is what you’re looking for, Deborah’s trends and colours; you can enhance your current Place Hair Studio is ready to help your whole wardrobe with a delicious designer find or build family. From hair and skin care to nails and more, from scratch with style guide Elda, winner for 10 Deborah Turton and her team know how to consecutive years in their category in the North help you look your very best. Offering the latest Shore News Reader’s Choice Awards. Aveda and Davines products, you get a healthy, Staying informed about the latest immune booster beautiful look AND respect the environment. It’s a during cold season or how to alleviate headaches great win-win. naturally can be mind boggling unless you have Opened to offer ‘tween’ aged girls an ageGoli Massah of Healthworks advising you. Goli appropriate fashion alternative to the diva or offers her customers experience and knowledge flirt look, Elena Grant’s Sofiabella gives girls with a compassionate approach coupled with the opportunity to dress with confidence and excellent service and a wide selection of vitamins stand out rather than just fitting in. With the and supplements. Goli or one of her experienced latest looks in special occasion party dresses, tops, staff members will be happy to assist! bottoms, outerwear and accessories, Sofiabella is Our Edgemont Village situation remains very committed to helping your young lady reach her unique in that geographically we lay in the heart of full potential. a community. So as a collection of women driven Edgemont Village Jeweller is a unique “gem” of businesses we are connected to our residents in a store specializing in Canadian diamonds and a very personal way... many of us have children in coloured gemstones. For 23 years their designer’s schools/daycares together, we live in the area, we unbound creativity has been captured in their pay the same taxes, we share the same dreams; one-of-a-kind custom pieces designed to reflect for ourselves and for them. Women to women.

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Dr. Debra Rovinelli Dr. Debra Rovinelli has enjoyed care professionals along with pre and practicing optometry on the North post laser surgery care Shore for over 25 years! This began 3.We fit and dispense all types of contact when West Vancouver Optometry Clinic lenses including those opened its doors in the for astigmatism and to Dundarave area of West correct reading problems. “We have qualifi ed Vancouver in August Opticians to 1984. 4.We have qualified Opticians to dispense dispense eyewear Dr. Graham Foster eyewear that is stylish that is stylish and joined West Vancouver and appropriate for your Optometry Clinic as Dr. appropriate for prescription.We carry Rovinelli’s partner 2 years your prescription.” very fashionable frames, ago and along with their some exclusive, such as associates Dr. Corinne Lindberg, Sospiri, and Knight and Dr. Elana Schiller our new line ECO made from recycled this foursome continues to provide material, as well as Lafont, Silhouette, and excellent eyecare. Maui Jim just to name a few. Our services include: New Patients are always welcome. Please 1. Comprehensive eye examinations “SEE” us to care for all your vision needs! which involves determining a prescription, Thank you for your support! and assessing eye health for any conditions such as cataracts, macular degeneration, glaucoma, as well as inflammatory conditions of the eye. 2. Co-management of eye disease with ophthalmology and other health


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Posy - a labour of love blossoming in Lynn Valley Kristin Ames was enjoying a successful “Because we’re a neighborhood shop, career as a professional accountant in the our customers have varying degrees of golf business when she realized it might knowledge about flowers,” says Kristin, be time for a big change. She was looking “I love being able to help someone who for a new challenge when an idea began knows nothing about flowers make the to bloom. perfect choice.The personal relationships I’ve formed “Once I took “I’d always had creative with my customers are my first hobbies,” says Kristin.“I even some of the most rewarding went to interior design professional aspects of my business.They school at night after I finished floral design are passionate about the my accounting designation course I was same things I am and it’s because it was so much hooked.” so much fun to share ideas fun. I’ve always had an back and forth.When we entrepreneurial spirit and get a really great color or decided it was time to shift the balance variety of fl ower I will often think ‘I know in my life from business to creative, so just who will love this!’” starting my own creative business seemed like the perfect fit. I had been working It’s Kristin’s attention with flowers on my own for years, to detail and real but once I took my first professional floral understanding of design course I was hooked, and her customers that 8 months later I opened Posy.” makes Posy such a valuable resource Today, located in Lynn Valley Village, Posy for people. is a boutique flower shop where the emphasis is on personal service, variety “Hard work and the quality of your experience once and a positive you walk in the door. attitude will get you everywhere.”

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Sunday, March 20, 2011 - North Shore News - A25

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A physiotherapist for 24 years, Paige Larson is founder and owner of North Shore Sports Medicine Clinics. Her team of physiotherapists, massage therapists, acupuncturists, and Pilates instructors share her goal of providing patients with the finest, award-winning care.That dedication has led to thousands of satisfied patients, as well as awards, including in 2010 the North Vancouver Business Person of the Year Award and the North Shore News Reader’s Choice award.

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Our customer service is more than just numbers search for faith, unity, understanding, The Footprints vision literally “fell out of justice and peace. Footprints is truly more the sky” in June last year when Sign of than just a store. Not only are people the Fish, the north shore’s only Christian able to visit and share in fellowship with bookstore ended its 36 year legacy one another, but it also supports social serving the community. With an extensive outreach projects that education and leadership background, and a passion directly benefit those in “Not only are people local and international for spiritual direction and able to visit and social justice, Linda Graham communities who are decided to approach some share in fellowship most in need. Footprints friends in the quest to fulfil gives 10% of all coffee with one another, the community’s need but it also supports machine sales to Father for inter-denominational Ken Forster’s downtown social outreach resources and support. It eastside Imagine projects...” is thus, that four ordinary project that hopes to women: Linda, Carol,Tracy renovate an old school and Laurie came together, with undeniable into a community outreach centre. backing from family, friends and associates, Another worthy cause is the Operation to share their gifts that would bring about Blessing well project where the sale of the birth of a new faith resource chapter, sterling silver well charms designed by Footprints on the Shore. Compelling Creations directly supports building a well in a third world village that The name is inspired by the renowned needs water. poem, Footprints in the Sand, and recognizes the human need for support In addition, a weekly special feature is especially in times of trial and suffering. children’s story time from 10:30 a.m. The team is humbled to invite people of to 11:30 a.m. on Saturdays where high all backgrounds into a unique gathering school volunteers are able to mentor space to educate one another in the younger children in a relaxed, fun-filled

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environment. Upcoming events include a visit on Saturday, April 2 at 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. from Paul Clark, renowned author of the inspiring Stone Soup for the Soul.This is a fundraiser to support local winter Olympic athlete, Georgia Simmerling, who recently experienced a devastating accident that has jeopardized her future dreams to represent Canada. It is these servant driven initiatives that define the Footprints’ mission: • Multi-cultural appeal that supports local and international artisans • Inspirational, top-quality, Christian/spiritual literary resources and gifts

• Service with a personal touch • Specials that reward • Inviting, tasteful ambiance • On line web site and ordering • Novel coffee gathering/guest features The Footprints team welcomes customer suggestions and orders as it endeavours to grow with the community’s needs in sight. In time, on-line ordering will be offered to further expedite service. Business hours are:Tuesday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and the phone number is 604-9240090.Visit the Footprints website at:

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