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It’s likely there has never been a time in history when there have been more women entrepreneurs. And the spotlight shines on some of them in this Tri-City News Women in Business section. This special feature package highlights women who are leaders in their businesses and community. This recognition is in celebration of International Women’s Day. The internationally recognized day celebrates the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. Celebrate International Women’s Day with the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce for its 5th annual celebration on March 8. The event will recognize the gains that women have made in gender equity and the men who have supported and encouraged the change. Attend to connect, inspire, and empower with peers from your community.


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In addition to printing and delivering local news to your door once weekly, the Tri-City News team offers print and digital marketing advice including: Website Design, SEO & SEM, Social Media Management, Brand Video Creation, Website Remarketing, Community Display Advertising, Programmatic Advertising. To the women of the Tri-City News - we could not do it without you. You are integral to our success. Every day our business is better because of your presence across all of our departments. Pictured Left to right, Sheryl Jones, Media Consultant, Arlene Grant, Media Consultant, Marianne LaRochelle, Media Consultant, Janis Warren, Reporter, Christina Ross, Media Consultant, Shannon Mitchell, Publisher, Diane Strandberg, Reporter, Karen Seguin, Circulation Supervisor, Leia Kim, Digital Marketing Co-ordinator, Sonia West, Media Consultant, Brenda Coulbourn, Sales Support. Missing: Kim Yorston, Circulation Manager and Elayne Aarbo, Sales Support.


International Women’s Day MARCH 8, 2019. 11:30AM 2:00PM -



RCC, Olympian, Mental Health Advocate


• Lexa Hobenshield, External Relations Manager, Trans Mountain • Claire MacClean, CEO, SHARE Family & Community Services Society • Michelle Tremblay, Health and Wellness MPowerment Coach, MPower Lives Company








Join the Westwood Honda team in celebration of women’s achievements! To the women of the Tri-Cities - today we celebrate you! Your contribution to the community and our families is nothing short of awe inspiring. Westwood Honda is committed to treating women with the respect they deserve. From service to sales, our team is respectfully here to assist you with all your automotive needs.

Serving the community since 1978

Sales: 604-337-1136 Service: 604-409-4638 Parts: 604-670-3058

Browse our new and used inventory at www.westwoodhonda.com

2400 Barnet Highway, Port Moody British Columbia




Julie Fisher

Dr. Leah Montgomery


his is an important time for women in business to continue speaking up for themselves and others and seek out leadership roles. Coqutilam is a progressive and caring community that I am very proud to be part of and to serve both in my law practice and volunteering currently with Coquitlam Public Library, Coquitlam Foundation, and TriCities Chamber of Commerce WIB Committee.



Denied or Cut Off Long-Term Disability Benefits, CPP Disability, Life Insurance, Critical Illness or other insurance benefits? My law practice covers disability and other insurance claims, personal injury, estate litigation, and other civil disputes.

211 - 1015 Austin Ave., Coquitlam 604.939.8321 jfisher@dbmlaw.ca www.dbmlaw.ca

Call or email for your FREE initial legal consultation today!

pecial pets need a special team to care for them. In 2001 Dr Leah Montgomery took over the Shaughnessy Veterinary Hospital and began building such a team. She realized a dream in 2016 by opening the Tri Cities first and only veterinary clinic dedicated to the specific needs of cats. At both clinics, the staff is dedicated and compassionate and you can be confident your pet is receiving the very best care and attention. The Meadow Brook Cat Clinic is a Gold level certified Cat Friendly™ Practice and the staff at both facilities are Fear Free™ Certified.

The doctors at the Shaughnessy Veterinary Hospital offer not only traditional medicine and surgery but are also trained in acupuncture and chiropractic treatments. Chronic painful conditions such as arthritis can be managed with our therapeutic cold laser and massage. Feel free to give either clinic a call for more information, or stop by to ask for a tour. We’re proud of what we have to offer and welcome you to our family.

At the Meadow Brook Cat Clinic you and your kitty will be relaxed and comfortable knowing that everything there is designed for cats - no noisy or smelly dogs to upset anyone and the exam room is closer to a room in your house than a clinic.


Hayley Rae


ayley Rae is a professional photographer located in Port Coquitlam. Offering wedding, portrait, and headshot photography, she has a passion for capturing genuine, authentic moments. Whether it’s a new headshot to elevate her client’s brand or the bliss of a wedding day, she has a talent for capturing the joy in the lives of her clients. With over 5 years experience, Hayley has quickly built a reputation as one of Vancouver’s leading photographers, and continues to develop her career by attending workshops and conferences all over North America. She is thrilled to celebrate International Women’s Day, and hopes to take your photo very soon!


Unit 2129 2850 Shaughnessy Street, Port Coquitlam I 604.945.4949 www.coolvet.com A113 - 2099 Lougheed Hwy, Port Coquitlam 604.767.6424 | hayley@hayleyrae.com www.hayleyrae.com


Unit 111 3200 Westwood Street, Port Coquitlam I 604.944.7297 www.coolcatvet.com facebook.com/meadowbrookcats


Dr. Navpreet Sangha - Creating Beautiful Smiles


aving a Beautiful Smile is like wearing beautiful Jewellery and Everyone Deserves One”- in Dr. Sangha’s words. Dr. Sangha is a highly skilled Dentist who ensures to provide dental care with a great degree of clinical ability combined with a caring attitude and patient centered approach. She strives to create beautiful smiles that one has always wanted.

Dr. Sangha obtained her DDS degree from Canada’s highly regarded Dental SchoolUniversity of Alberta. She has had the chance to serve as student dentist for people of Northern Alberta during her school rotation program. Since her graduation, she has been working as a dentist in the lower mainland. Dr. Sangha was born to educationist parents. Dr.

Sangha’s father is a mathematician, educator, and author of books on mathematics. Dr. Sangha says that she was blessed to be born in a family with both her parents being teachers. Lincoln Dental Center - Where your smile goes a long way

Cosmetic Dentistry along with Comprehensive Dentistry have been the main stay of her practice. Treatments like Teeth Whitening, Invisalign, Veneers, Bonding, Implant restorations are treatments offered as part of cosmetic dentistry. She is proficient in providing general dentistry to children and adults. Lincoln Dental Center has been serving Tricities since 1985. It was Previously owned by Dr. Carol Thorpe. The Team at Lincoln Dental Center is very warm and friendly. They make sure you are

comfortable during your dental visit. When we asked Dr. Sangha how she feels about wearing multiple caps of a dentist, a wife, a businesswoman? She replies with a wide smile that, “When a patient leaves my office with a big smile, I gain more energy and motivation to work harder and better.” Dr. Sangha believes that one is always a student and she keeps updating her skills and knowledge with continuing education courses. She works hard to stay updated to provide best treatment for her patients. Dr. Sangha is fluent in English, Punjabi and Hindi. She calls lower mainland her home and have been living here since 2009. She lives with her husband in Surrey. Dr. Sangha’s husband is also a dentist by profession.

#121 - 3030 Lincoln Ave, Coquitlam 604.552.9500 info@lincolndentalcenter.ca lincolndentalcenter.ca





Selina Robinson

Diane M. Kirkland,CFP


would like to take this opportunity to recognize women in business here in the Tri-Cities and throughout the Province of British Columbia. Female entrepreneurs, innovators, and CEOs have been transforming the landscape of our business community. Let us celebrate the advancements we have made, recognize the work that still needs to be done and work together to achieve it. 102 - 1108 Austin Avenue, Coquitlam, BC, V3K 3P5 Thank you for your leadership, for building community and for strengthening our economy. I am proud to recognize the achievements of BC’s Women in Business.

Phone: 604-933-2001 Email: selina.robinson.mla@leg.bc.ca Twitter: @selinarobinson Web: www.selinarobinson.ca


his year, Edward Jones Financial Advisor Diane Kirkland, is celebrating 18 years of serving individual investors in the Tri-City area. Diane specializes in helping clients develop strategies that help them provide income for today, and growth for the future. She serves a wide variety of clients including pre-retirees, retirees, women investors, and business clientele. At Edward Jones, we understand that our clients invest to meet specific financial goals, and a desire to provide for themselves and loved ones. My role is to help you make the decisions to turn those goals into achievements, through smart investments.



elcome to Canada!” These were the first words spoken to Lynn when she moved to Vancouver in 2013. Born and raised in Belgium, Lynn always wanted to live one year abroad after finishing her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology. That became a slightly different story when she met her future-husband in Ypres, Belgium, a Canadian soldier traveling with the British Columbia Regiment. Her plan of a one-year visa grew into permanent-residency, and will soon aim for Canadian citizenship instead. Lynn became a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) in the BCACC in 2014 and started her own private practice soon after. Additionally, she was employed as a Mental Health Screener and Addictions Counsellor within the BC prison system. However, James was also an RCC, and the goal was to open their own wellness clinic, providing different health services to clients. Lynn officially opened Aster Wellness Centre on Shaughnessy Street in Port Coquitlam two years ago. Driven, passionate, excited, and adventurous are some of the words that fit Lynn the best. In two years, the Centre was able to expand services, and now consists of Registered Clinical Counsellors, a Naturopathic Doctor, Registered Massage Therapists, Registered Dietitians, and Certified Bowen Therapists. You will see Lynn and the Aster team at different events in the Tri-Cities as community-involvement & support is a priority to the Centre. Lynn’s passion focuses on those clients who are struggling with symptoms of anxiety, depression, immigration related issues, and

19237 - 122A Avenue, Suite 102, Pitt Meadows, BC V3Y 2T1 604-465-7992 www.edwardjones.ca diane.kirkland@edwardjones.com


Lynn Windels MSc, RCC “


Laura Grist relationship-challenges. Because of her move to Canada, she has experienced firsthand how difficult immigration can be, and can fully empathize with immigrants who are stressed during their transition to the community. During her spare time, you will find Lynn in the mountains with her husband, her Havanese dog, Pippa, and friends. She loves nature and the outdoors because that is her free therapy and her self- care. On top of that, she has always loved to be involved with multiple travel-projects in Africa. She recently returned from a volunteer-program in Kampala, Uganda, and in other years, Lynn has also worked in an orphanage in Mombasa, Kenya.

Suite 203-2550 Shaughnessy Street Port Coquitlam, VC3 3G2 604-474-2790 Info@asterwellness.ca www.asterwellness.ca


urning a dream into a reality always sounds like a cliché…. But for Laura Grist, it was the only outcome that was imaginable. The dream was to be able to build a house at age 8. Now life gets in the way of achieving goals, but fortunately for her, it was a detour that only lasted 32 years. After raising her four children who grew up in Port Moody with husband Bruce, she decided at the ripe old age of 40 to go back to school. From the first moment of schooling, it was a love affair with Interior Design that is only surpassed by her 3 grandchildren. Building a business in the Tri-Cities for the last 10 years has been Laura’s greatest accomplishment. Starting out on her own and slowing growing her business, the team at Laura Grist Interior Designs has now grown to include 2 full time Interior Designers, Ashley Levett and Katelyn Thompson, and we have rounded off the team with an Interior Decorator with 15 plus years of experience, Laurie Soul. It truly makes the boutique firm of Laura Grist Interior Design a full service Interior Design firm that takes you from “Concept to Completion” ! Specializing in AutoCAD drawings, RCP, Permit Drawings, Material Lists for every aspect of the renovation or new build, we pride ourselves in NEVER repeating the same look twice so that every home is unique to the client and every commercial property is a reflection of its owner.

The team has won the GVHB design for the Best Renovation for Kitchen and Great Room 2018 and the HOUZZ award for service five years running. We look forward to new designs and more awards coming from this successful group of women. Located at 16 Shoreline Circle – 604-724-2551

16 Shoreline Circle Port Moody, B.C. V3H 4V9 604-724-2551 www.gristinteriors.ca Office Hours: Monday to Friday (9:00 am – 5:00pm) Evenings & Saturdays (By Appt. Only) Sundays (Closed)




Emelin Ferrer (Owner)

Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce


he Green Moustache Organic Café is Canada’s only chain of 100% organic, plant-based restaurants serving whole food meals, desserts, juices and smoothies. The Port Moody Café, owned by Holistic Nutritionist Emelin Ferrer, is the company’s second Vancouver franchise location. I am honored to be a part of Women In Business and passionate about being able to provide healing, nutrient dense, organic, plant-based food to this amazing community! I believe that nutrition is key to a strong foundation for each individual and there is simply no “one size fits all” when it comes to disease prevention, healing and maintaining a balanced lifestyle.


202 Newport Drive, Port Moody (778) 355-9282 portmoody@greenmoustache.com www.greenmoustache.com


Cathy of Business Cena Director Development

stablished in the fall of 2017, the TriCities Chamber of Commerce brought a powerful group of business leaders together to create the Women in Business committee. The committee’s purpose is to bring business women together, along with supporters of women in business, to further the future success of our business community, specifically by elevating women into leadership positions. The Women in Business (WiB) Committee is responsible for advocating, motivating, strengthening, encouraging and developing female talent and leadership in the TriCities business community. These women include entrepreneurs, business leaders, change agents, and innovators. They are Jennifer McKinnon, Catherine Ackerman, Catherine Polonio, Fatma Taha, Julie Fisher, Lisa van Reeuwyk, Lora Covinha, Michelle Murray, Oana Constantin, Shelley Linn, and Tereza McDermid.

IWD will be the perfect opportunity to explore the drive and ambition of the WiB Committee. The event will showcase the strength and support of the women in our Tri-Cities community as they initiate a better gender-balanced world. In light of this year’s theme, the Tri-Cities Chamber hopes to see gender-balanced attendance at this event. As for “what’s next?” keep your eyes open for some networking and educational opportunities coming down the pipe. Educational events will focus on a variety of topics including mental wellness, health and fitness, negotiating skills, and financial prosperity.

Bringing Business Women and Supporters of Women Together to Further their Success

To fulfill its mandate, the WiB Committee will produce and host events throughout the year to encourage meaningful connections, education, personal development, leadership skills, strategic thinking, assertiveness, selfawareness, and mentorship.


eing able to persuade others through public speaking not only helps with presentations, but allows us to reach higher levels of success in all aspects of our lives. At Fostering Debate Talent Academy we believe that debate and public speaking is the single best investment in a student’s future. By equipping our students with the ability to voice their opinions in a manner which ensures they are heard. We support equal access to opportunities for all individuals regardless of gender. Contact Cathy at (778) 903-4611 or visit www.fdtacademy.com Find your voice, it matters!


778 903 4611 www.fdtacademy.com

Their first event for 2019 is International Women’s Day (IWD), Thursday, March 8 at Westwood Plateau Golf & Country Club. International Women’s Day is recognized around the world to acknowledge the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. This year’s theme is #BalanceForBetter honouring women’s achievements while calling for a genderbalanced world.

www.tricitieschamber.com 604 464 2716 info@tricitieschamber.com tricitieschamber.com

PA I N T & D E S I G N

The Team at Tri-City Paint Left to Right

Jackie, Bridget, Toni, Thoma and Stacey


homa Doehring has been the owner of your local Benjamin Moore Tri-City Paint & Design for the past 27 years. Many in the community remember her first store over in PoCo Place Mall (from 1992-2010). She then moved over to Oxford Connector from 2010-2018. Now, Tri-City Paint & Design has settled on Ottawa Street, right near Costco and Save-on-Foods. Just like many families, as Tri-City Paint & Design has moved over the years, their family has also gone through much growth and many changes. The face of retail has changed and with so much

competition, corporations and big-wigs moving into the neighbourhood, the team at Tri-City Paint is proud to see how our community sticks together, supports local and supports one another. This matters because community matters. Women in business is about more than just the one person. It’s about the community, it’s about family and it’s about the internal and external systems in place that support our rise and our vision.

There are many wonderful women on our team that have helped make Thoma’s business run smoothly and that advise their customers on ways to make their house feel more like a home. They have literally and figuratively done some heavy lifting for the Tri-Cities. We feel honoured to be able to help you make your house feel more like your own. Wishing you a day filled with love and gratitude for the women in your life, just as we are for the women in ours.

#420 - 2325 Ottawa Street, Port Coquitlam 604-464-6162





Heather Hughes-Veljacic Lease and Fleet Manager


eather has over 32 years experience in the Automobile industry and she has enjoyed every minute of it. She is currently the Fleet and Lease Manager at Eagle Ridge Chevrolet in Coquitlam. Her specialty is “All Makes and Models” leasing on New and Used vehicles. If you are looking for a true professional Heather is the one for you! The car business has changed dramatically over the years and Heather has been able to weave through all of the challenges to stay on top. But one thing that hasn’t changed is the customer service that is always first and foremost when dealing with Heather and

her team. From the moment you step into her department it is evident you are dealing with the best of the best. Heather and her team are a close knit group that pride themselves on dealing with each client on an individual basis. She genuinely cares about putting people in the right vehicle and setting them up with the proper finance or lease. Her knowledge and networking have brought her to the top of her field. So if you are looking for just one vehicle or a whole fleet of them Heather will walk you through the process with ease and tailor make a lease for you.

Michelle Law,CFP ®


y primary goal as a Financial Advisor is to determine what’s most important to my clients. Through an established process, I build personalized strategies to help clients achieve their financial goals. I take pride in partnering with my clients through their life to help keep them on track. I specialize in planning for retirement, education, preparing for the unexpected and saving money on taxes. I have lived in Port Coquitlam for 28 years. With my 16 years of experience in the Financial Industry, it is my honor to be a woman in business and to be able to build relationships within my community.

19237 - 122A Avenue, Suite 102, Pitt Meadows, BC V3Y 2T1 604-465-7992 www.edwardjones.ca michelle.law@edwardjones.com


Joan Isaacs


2595, Barnet Highway, Coquitlam Lease Department: 604-552-4561 heatherveljacic@eagleridgegm.com www.eagleridgegm.com

oan spent over three decades in the financial services industry, establishing a successful investment firm. She later founded a consulting company to help non-profit and for-profit organizations with business development and charitable planning. Joan has been a great steward of community, lending her passion for housing and homelessness, mental health, youth and family, restorative justice and seniors to many organizations in the Tri-Cities. In addition to serving the constituents as MLA for Coquitlam-Burke Mountain, Joan has served as Opposition Co-critic for health with a focus on seniors. Joan was recently appointed Assistant Deputy Speaker of the British Columbia Legislature.

Joan Isaacs, MLA Coquitlam-Burke Mountain

604-942-5020 @JoanIsaacsMLA @joan_isaacs @joanisaacsbc


Dr. Myrna Pearce


r Pearce graduated from the UBC School of Dentistry in 1985 and opened her own dental practice right out of school. She wanted to practice dentistry the way she thought it should be done, with an attention to detail and a focus on strong relationships with her patients and team members. The office has grown over the years, adding more people to provide even more patient care. Every team member brings their own personal strengths to the office. Dr Pearce has a passion for learning. Ever since her first year of practice, she has been enrolled in courses and programs to challenge and train her to be the best she can be. From

internationally recognized programs like the Misch Institute Implant Program, the American Academy of Implant Dentistry Maxicourse, DOCS sedation training and most recently the Kois Center for Excellence, she has consistently sought out the best programs available throughout North America. She has attained Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology status with the AAID. Monthly Study Club sessions where dentistry is done hands-on under the watch of fellow practitioners keep her skills sharp and up to date with the latest technologies.

Dr Pearce is thrilled to be mentoring two fine young Associates who will carry on her legacy at On Track Dental.

Dr. Candace Woodman


r. Candace Woodman studied Biology and Animal Physiology at Capilano College and Simon Fraser University for four years prior to dental school. She completed her DMD degree at the University of British Columbia in 2007. Dr. Woodman has been practicing family and general dentistry with Dr. Myrna Pearce and Associates since her graduating year. Outside of her dental practice Dr. Woodman keeps active with various

activities, including running and tennis. She loves to spend time with her friends and family hiking, camping and exploring the great outdoors. Dr. Woodman is also dedicated to volunteer work within her church (Coquitlam Alliance) and dental community.

Dr. Woodman has a keen interest in oral surgery, restorative and pediatric dentistry. Dr. Woodman strives to educate, inform and provide comfortable care for her patients.

2203 - 2850 Shaughnessy Street, Port Coquitlam 604.552.9700 www.ontrackdental.com




Polly Krier

Councillor Zoë Royer


ou will often hear me say, “Relationships are the key to my success.” I am proud of the relationships I have built since coming to Canada in 2005. These relationships continue to grow & impact my personal life & my career. They are built on trust, respect and honesty & have taught me how to be my authentic self. They have prepared me to take my Event Management Company to the next level & allow me to spend time doing things that are close to my heart; supporting homelessness with the Homelessness Task Group, supporting local agencies through events with my fellow Divas, Diana Dilworth & Selina Robinson & most recently supporting the community I live in as Councillor for the Village of Anmore.


2697 Sunnyside Road, Anmore, BC, V3H 5G9 604.861.8650 | polly@pollyk.ca www.pollyk.ca

ecently re-elected to serve her third term on Port Moody city council, Councillor Zoë Royer is wellconnected with the arts scene in the City of the Arts.

and serving homeless persons on night shifts at Tri-Cities shelters. She is a long serving Library Trustee and chairs Port Moody’s Seniors Focus and Arts & Culture Committees.

“As a city councillor, I’m interested in what makes our community thrive, and how government can be more accessible and inclusive. Opening a business in the City of the Arts that welcomes people and nurtures artists made sense to me.”

In her home on Ioco Road, she hosted Earth Day vigils and fundraising events for the Port Moody Arts Centre and Crossroads Hospice. She ran highly successful fundraising campaigns for Golden Spike Days and other charities. Royer founded and chaired KaBoom! the Port Moody Art Explosion, and co-founded Port Moody’s Art Walk; The Shuffle.

Silk Gallery is nestled amongst cafes and shops along historic Clarke Street on Gallery Row in Moody Centre. Its picturesque storefront, swaying signs and naturally bright, welcoming interior is filled with warmth and tranquility, much like Royer herself.


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Since 2016, the Gallery has hosted dozens of exhibitions featuring works by some of BC’s finest professional and emerging artists. As guests pour into one of her many events, Royer’s genuine love of people radiates much like her energy, hugs and refreshing glass of champagne offered.


hen my mother-in-law was selling her metaphysical bookstore and wellness centre last year, I knew it was exactly where I wanted to be. I jumped in with both feet. Now I’m my own boss and I have the chance to find wonderful products for my customers, and offer psychic readings and many helpful therapies like yoga, meditation, sound healing and Reiki. My life is very busy and many unexpected challenges appear daily but I love every minute. Drop by Reflections to see my wonderful new adventure and meet my great staff. We will be having a fantastic sale for our 31st anniversary at the end of March!

Since 2004, Zoë Royer is thankful to live, work and play in Port Moody, City of the Arts, as she contributes to endeavours where thoughtful human interaction is still the best way to communicate. She takes pride in operating a local business that makes her more easily available to hear from her constituents.

As an artist and published author of for Sweetheart Bakery Press, Zoë Royer created a heartwarming world of delightful characters and love of baking as the basis for her children’s series.

1111D Austin Avenue, Coquitlam BC V3K 3P4 604-939-6000 www.reflectionsbooks.ca

A woman of many talents, for over two decades Royer helped dental practices in the region excel and deliver outstanding client care. As an entrepreneur and business owner, she knows first-hand what it takes to make payroll and run a successful business. A dedicated volunteer, Royer is equally at ease participating in board meetings

2419 Clarke Street, Port Moody 778-355-5399 www.silkgallery.ca


Trish Pigott


s a Mortgage Broker for over 15 years and Owner of Dominion Lending Centres Primex Mortgages, I can assist with all things Mortgages! My services are of no cost to you, so it’s important get expert advice on a topic you might not be entirely comfortable with. My specialty is a full service model taking care of the entire process of arranging your mortgage and long after completion. We pride ourselves on a great overall experience from start to finish. Whether it’s purchasing your home, or restructuring and re-organizing your debts, my team will take care of everything. If your mortgage is coming up for renewal, it’s critical to review all options and don’t assume your bank will offer you the best rate for your


next term. We give no cost, no obligation second opinions and will not steer you wrong. We’ll save you time and money as we are on top of rates and products on a daily basis with all banks and lenders. We love giving back to the community. I’m proud to support many local initiatives such as our Helping Schools program by providing fresh fruit to schools each week, Movember in support of Men’s Health and our First Responders program to assist with the entire mortgage and home ownership process. I’m so grateful for the contributions made in our communities. Thank you and to all my clients, friends and family for your continued support. Wishing everyone a prosperous 2019!

Organizations I support:

604.729.7940 trish@primexmortgages.com www.trishpigott.com





Lety Benitez

Suzanna de Souza, PCC



lipping career and talent management right on its head was the key motivation for Talent By deSign. “After working as a Career Consultant in the talent management and outplacement industry for the past five years, I came to realize that I needed to be part of the solution and not just the post-mortem; working with terminated employees”, says Suzanna de Souza, Founder of Talent By deSign. “I wanted to get in front of the changes by a) putting individuals back in the driver’s seat of their careers and b) supporting organizations that understand the need to coach and develop their most valuable asset – their people”. She explains the essence of leadership is about being personally responsible for navigating your life and taking action. “The stats are real. Over 65% of employees are unhappy, dissatisfied and disengaged at work but stay due to fear and uncertainty of the future.”, says de Souza.

coaching sessions in between. Suzanna also works closely with organizations to design, develop and deliver training and coaching programs in support of their corporate talent management strategies. “It’s great to see companies searching out new ways to re-engage and develop their current workforce. It’s a winwin with coaching and leadership programs offering long-lasting results and much needed cultural shifts,” she says. Talent By deSign is located at Co-Works by Elevate in Port Coquitlam. Suzanna de Souza is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) and has a degree in Business and Administration as well as a background in global marketing and HR.

Enter the Next Level Career Program; an 8-week program targeted at individuals looking for a clear step-by-step career plan guided by a certified career coach. “The Next Level program is my answer for those wanting to step powerfully into the future they desire and deserve. It’s affordable and held after business hours so participants don’t have to take time-off work and, when ready, they can pull the trigger!”, she says. The program will run four times a year with limited seats in each intake; the first session starting mid March running until the end of April. The workshops are all held faceto-face in Port Coquitlam, with personal



lever Cupcakes is an allergy-friendly bakery. Lety Benitez has been passionate about creating cakes and cupcakes since she was a little girl. She is proud that the cupcakes, cakes and cookies (new product) are all prepared with healthy ingredients and in a healthy way. “Eating healthy should not compromise taste”, she says. As a mother, she loves baking for her family and watching them enjoy her cupcakes at home in the same way her customers do at the store. Lety feels honoured to be part of her customer’s lives when she creates custom cakes for anniversaries and special events. Sometimes clients like Vegan while others prefer gluten, egg, dairy or sugar-free cupcakes.

109-2985 Northern Ave., Coquitlam 604.942.2872 info@theclevercupcakes.com www.theclevercupcakes.com facebook.com/TheCleverCupcakes/

C O L D - P R E S S E D J U I C E RY

Jessica Clark


quish Juicery in Port Coquitlam is a locally owned and operated coldpressed juicery that opened to the TriCities community in December 2018.

2099 Lougheed Highway, Port Coquitlam 604.785.8966 coachsuzanna@gmail.com www.talentbydesign.ca

Jessica Clark is the co-owner and operator and is passionate about providing an enjoyable juicing experience while focusing on lifestyle balance and creating healthy habits, not restrictions. Her goal is to create products that have a balanced flavour profile so that your juicing journey is not only healthy but also delicious. As a resident of the Tri-Cities for over 30 years she is excited to share her journey of health and wellness with everyone who walks through their doors.

180B 2099 Lougheed Hwy Port Coquitlam BC V3B 1A8 604.469.6929 orders@squishjuicery.com www.squishjuicery.com


Jocelyn, Trish, Patricia, Johanna, Carla, Andria


udget Blinds began serving the TriCities, Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge communities 13 years ago and is owned and operated by long-time Tri-City resident Trish Kuffner. Trish and her amazing team of employees offers free, personalized in-home consultations, professional measuring and installation, and a rich selection of quality window treatments including shutters, blinds, shades and draperies made by North America’s leading window-covering manufacturers. “Budget Blinds is the largest and fastest-growing window covering company of its kind in North America,” says Trish. “Because of our size and buying power, we are able to offer our customers

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great prices without sacrificing quality and service. Our exclusive Signature Series® brand offers top-quality products with a no-questionsasked warranty that is unparalleled in the industry. We also have exclusive partnerships with Lutron, the leader in the lighting control industry, and other manufacturers that allow you to effortlessly control your shades and drapes with your smart phone. And this year, with Budget Blinds exclusive new Smart Home Collection®, we will be able to retrofit older window coverings to automate them. This makes window coverings safer for kids and pets, easier to operate for those with mobility issues, and just plain fun for those who love technology!”

Since their business began in 2006, Trish and her team have been thrilled to see Budget Blinds grow to become Canada’s #1 choice for window coverings. “It has also been a lot of fun to see Budget Blinds participate in many popular TV shows such as Undercover Boss, This Old House, Love It or List It Vancouver, DIY Network’s Blog Cabin, Buying and Selling with the Property Brothers, and Designing Spaces,” says Trish. The Port Coquitlam showroom allows customers the choice of coming to Budget Blinds or having the showroom come to them. You can visit Trish and her team Tuesday to Friday 10:00am to 4:00pm, and Saturday 10:00am to 2:00pm or at other times by appointment

#108 - 1320 Kingsway Avenue, Port Coquitlam 604.944.3375 www.budgetblinds.com




Nancy Gattey

Sherley Lopez


n business for 19 years, Creekside Fashions has gained a reputation for providing irresistible fashions, great fit, along with exceptional customer service. Nancy Gattey, owner of the Boutique, has spent nearly 37 years in the Fashion Industry. “We genuinely care about our customers. We want them to look great and feel even better!” The store offers fabulous lines including Michael Kors, Brighton Collectibles, Sandwich, Joseph Ribkoff, Frank Lyman, Liverpool, French Dressing as well as beautiful accessories and shoes! Stop in soon to check out their new Spring Collections and check out the Creekside Fashions Facebook page for a great overview of what’s happening at the Store.


3325 Coast Meridian Road, Port Coquitlam 604-942-8554

Tiria Michalski & Melanie Sinclair


e have a heart for the city and it’s people. With a strong desire to build relationships in the community, we have managed to develop a niche market that includes Community Services, Fraser Health and Municipal City contracts. We have been the Tri-City providers for the Better at Home program for over 5 years.

Are you an office worker with an active social life yearning for a beach body, or a single mother with two children who wants the energy and the figure to enjoy both their lives and your own for the first time ever?

Sherley Lopez brings South American energy, a BSc in Human Nutrition from the University of London, as well as years of experience and results to back you up in your quest for a healthier, more powerful version of who you are.

No matter where you’re at and what your aim, Sherley’s How2LiveOnEarth system tailors its guidance using the same rigorous scientific fundamentals which themselves inform a process of simple-touse techniques that will have a powerful, measurable impact on your life.

Because people are tailored by nature, your guidance and routines should be tailored to the nature of your life, your body type and your personal health ambitions. 604-767-5037 spickandspansisters@hotmail.com www.facebook.com/spickandspansisters

The science of good health can be yours, and yours to share. Call today for a FREE session with Sherley Lopez in Port Coquitlam!

Telephone/Text: 778-895-7015 Email: sherley@how2liveonearth.com Instagram: how2LiveOnEarth Facebook: Sherley Lopez Twitter: how2LiveOnEarth


E V E N T S & F E S T I VA L S

Eagle Ridge

Erika Ledlin

Hospital Foundation



edlin Events, began the Port Moody Oktoberfest in 2016 to bring awareness to Eagle Ridge Hospital. The Oktoberfest combines community fun with charity fundraising. Due to the event’s success, other Canadian cities now reach out to her to organise, run and operate their events and festivals. Erika provides event consulting, film industry rentals, weddings, and corporate and private functions of up to 2,000 attendees. Tents, custom wooden tables, benches, stages and bars are available for rent. Bands and even Bratwurst and pretzels can be arranged. She is always willing to talk more about planning nonprofit and private events.

ouble the results of your workouts and learn to sustain a healthy lifestyle in the real world with one-on-one tutoring from an experienced medical nutritionist and personal trainer.

Her tailored ‘How2LiveOnEarth’ system is built on her experience at MRC, one of the world’s leading medical institutions in Cambridge, England (where DNA and penicillin were discovered and the genome was first published!), and focuses on an educational approach to health and nutrition, so that Sherley’s clients learn to succeed on their own, even in a world of aggressive marketing, mixed messaging and a steady flow of new and confusing products. This faith-free system strips away the lies, such that only techniques and approaches that have a body of scientific evidence available to demonstrate their proven effectiveness ever make their way into your workout routines and your dietary guidance.


We are deeply humbled by the loyalty of our clients and we will be celebrating 10 years in business on March 1st. We would like to acknowledge the hard work & dedication of our staff members both current and those who have come and gone along the way. It is truly a collective success!


604.720.3326 ledlinevents@gmail.com Oktoberfest.bc.ca

aising millions of dollars every year is a hard job, but when it means improving the health of our community, the team at Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation (ERHF) is always up for the challenge. The Foundation team is made up of six dynamic women - and one very brave man - who spearhead numerous fundraising initiatives and events in the community, including the current campaign to raise $5 million to support the expansion of Eagle Ridge Hospital. The ERHF team celebrates International Women’s Day by applauding all of the talented women they have the honour to work with and all of the amazing men who support them.

L to R: Clayton, Kristina, Kailah, Charlene, Suzana, Gabriela, Theresa

475 Guilford Way, Port Moody 604.469.3128 | info@erhf.ca





Eagle Ridge Hospital Thrift Shop

Sherry Blamey



herry has a passion for numbers, details and people. This long-time resident of Port Moody has been working in the financial industry for over 25 years. She enjoys working hard to ensure that the knowledge & experience she has gained can be used to help others. Whether working with her clients on planning for short- and long-term goals, investment & risk management or providing help with a specific financial event in life, she works tirelessly and often late into the evening to be there for her clients. Being a mother of three, she also believes in empowering and educating youth which is why she is a volunteer for Junior Achievement. Sherry believes that clear and concise communication is the key to a successful working relationship. Beyond that, ensuring a clients’ investment portfolios are aligned with their tolerance for risk is at the root of a successful, long term client/advisor relationship.

Sherry Blamey Director, Private Client Group Investment Advisor HollisWealth®, a division of Industrial Alliance

ur diverse volunteers come together at the Thrift Shop to work towards a common goal, providing funds for Eagle Ridge Hospital. Our efforts have allowed us to donate over a million dollars towards the Hospital, including a 2018 donation of $250,000.00 towards the new emergency room. We also support the Manor Music Program, Trauma Bears for Children in the ER, Patient comforts for patients with no outside caregivers and we provide two bursaries of $1000.00 each to Tri-City students. The people that make up our organization are in business to serve and do it proudly with no small amount of dedication.

2811 Shaughnessy Street, Port Coquitlam 604.469.3338

7th Floor, 609 Granville Street, Vancouver, V7Y 1G5 604-895-3331 1-800-665-2030 Ext. 3331 Fax: 604-688-1191 Sherry.Blamey@holliswealth.com www.holliswealth.com

Sherry is a Chartered Investment Manager (CIM®), CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® as well as a Fellow of the Securities Institute (FSCI®), which is the highest honor in Canadian financial services. It is reserved for an exclusive group of financial professionals who demonstrate unparalleled leadership, integrity, commitment and dedication to their clients and industry.


Olga Goroupitch

and the Avora Skin Spa Team


elebrating 9 years in Business, Avora Skin Spa is blessed with a very loyal clientele. Their success, in part, can be attributed to treatments that are on the forefront of the latest non-invasive technologies for skin rejuvenation and body contouring. Each treatment plan is as individual as the person themselves. Clients range from teens to adults and Olga is very proud of their success in achieving beauty goals.

HollisWealth® is a division of Industrial Alliance Securities Inc., a member of the Canadian Investor Protection Fund and the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada.

Today, Avora Skin Spa is a team of seven amazing women who passionately dedicate their career to the health (Acupuncturist), beauty ( three Estheticians) and wellness industry( two RMTs).

#106-3008 Glen Dr., Coquitlam 778-285-1012 avoraskinspa.com


Terri Spilsbury


ongratulations to all mothers, daughters, sisters and friends for yet another successful year in business! I can say that as a woman in business, this year has certainly been one of change, growth and excitement. As Co-Owner and Managing Broker of one of the largest real estate brokerages in the Tri-Cities, Pitt Meadows/Maple Ridge and now Surrey areas, I understand the need for all three. We at Keller Williams Elite Realty focus on a culture where our agents can find balance in their lives by working smarter…not harder.

One of our proudest accomplishments is RED Day when our entire company (177,000 plus agents worldwide) cease operations to focus on giving back locally. In previous years our offices have worked on restoring the gardens for patients in palliative care, completed a total yard renovation and pool installation for a group home for the developmentally disabled, cleaned up the Coquitlam River and surrounding parkland and partnered with Ruben’s Shoes to collect over 2000 pairs of gently loved shoes for shipment to third world countries for children in need.

We host education programs in our onsite training centre for agents at all stages of their careers. Keller Williams is the #1 training company in the world and we want to make sure our agents have access to the very best. If you are considering a career in real estate, want to attend one of our classes or even lend a hand for Red Day, give my office a call at (604) 468-0010. kwelitecanada Keller Williams Elite Realty

PORT COQUITLAM: A123-2099 Lougheed Highway, Port Coquitlam MAPLE RIDGE: #550-20395 Lougheed Highway, Maple Ridge SURREY: #200-5450 152nd Street, Surrey www.kwelite.ca




Daniela Serena

Paula McInnis


s a resident of Port Moody for over 23 years where I live, work and play you will find me participating and supporting local community events. With experience of over 12 years as a trusted mortgage advisor, I make you and your mortgage my top priority. A smooth, easy process with a savvy advisor that you can trust is key when making a huge financial commitment. Unlike a bank, which can only offer you one product, I have access to every lending option, and excellent rates to ensure you find exactly the right fit. My services are free and flexible, to suit your schedule - I look forward to assisting you throughout the lifetime of your mortgage!

Daniela Serena Your Mortgage Expert

You and your mortage are my top priority

604.889.6750 serenamortgages@gmail.com serenamortgages.com


ired of your dog not listening to you? Do you want to work on building your relationship with your dog but the thought of another Obedience Class just doesn’t thrill you? Then Scent Work might be the answer. I’ve worked with dogs for almost 20 years and I understand how challenging working with a fearful, anxious or unfocused dog can be. Dogs need a job. Scent Work taps into your dog’s natural seek and searching abilities, providing incredible mental stimulation which in turn, tires your dog.


You know the saying, “A tired Dog is a Good Dog?”

Denise McIntosh

Our dog’s daily lives are completely directed by us. We tell them when to eat, when to go out, when to sleep, when to play, and how to behave. The focus of Scent Work classes is first and foremost, fun for the dog and fun for the handler!


enise established Genesis Kitchens in 2007 after being part of the design industry since 1994. Denise maintains an active presence within her community supporting local sports teams, multiple charities and the Austin Heights Business Improvement Association. Specializing in Architectural Millwork, Denise found her passion in Kitchen design. Her dream was to create a company that took the evolution of the kitchen from design concept to a finished product that clients will enjoy and appreciate for years to come. Genesis Kitchens offers a complimentary in home consultation where they combine their client’s esthetic choices, needs, and lifestyle within the function of their space. Denise is not stopping there she has now brought on two Outdoor Kitchen cabinet lines and has taken the functionality and design of the Indoor Kitchens outside.

Our dogs are the experts when it comes to Scent Work and for a change, they are in the lead, while our job is to learn to read them and ultimately, become their students. Scent Work is a great skill to harness in your dog that can build their confidence, provide physical and mental stimulation and reduce environmental sensitivity through teamwork with their handler. Little to no Obedience is required and dogs take their turns one at a time so even shy or “Reactive” dogs can play! Unlike some other Dog Sports, Scent Work is suitable for most ages and physical capabilities, (Canine and Human) as there is no running or extreme physical exertion required. Scent Work helps insecure dogs build their confidence and high energy dogs learn to focus and is a Fun and Exciting way to enhance and strengthen the wonderful bond that you already share with your dog! Still not sure if Scent Work is for you? Sign up for my FREE Introduction to Scent Work class to be held on March 24. Hurry, as spots are expected to fill fast!

Unit #13, 1750 McLean Avenue, Port Coquitlam 604.945.3364 (DDOG) info@dapperdog.ca www.dapperdog.ca 1037 Ridgeway Avenue, Coquitlam 604.937.7336 www.genesiskitchens.ca

• Obedience Training (Group or Private classes) • Scent Work classes • Daycare • Grooming • WAGS Teeth Cleaning


Laura, Kim, Alayna


Minute Hit is a fast growing gym with over 70 locations and proudly serving the women of the Tri Cities. With the first ever franchise location to open up in Port Coquitlam 13 years ago and the Port Moody location opened its doors 6 years ago. Every day we have the pleasure and honor of getting to know such amazing women. We get to learn about their lives, meet their families and help them on their fitness journeys. 30 Minute Hit is not just a 30 minute boxing/ kickboxing circuit, it’s MORE than that. It’s a communHITy of women, growing as individuals, getting physically healthier and stronger together. A place where new relationships and friendships are made. Kind of like a sisterhood!


We provide unlimited training, a kid friendly area and a 30 Minute Hit Trainer by your side every step of the way! Our workout is FUN, FAST and EFFECTIVE and great for all ages and fitness levels. We would love for you to give us a try and see what so many women are talking about!

Testimonials The fact that I can bring my kids to the gym while I work out is great. - Kari

From my very first work out I knew 30 Minute Hit was the gym for me. - Tracy

In the last six months I have seen my clothes start to become looser, my doctor reduced my cholesterol medication by half, my eating habits have improved and it motivated me to quit smoking. - Marie I love that each day I can challenge myself to hit harder or try something new. - Alyson The progress that I’ve made through 30 minute Hit has given me motivation to live a healthier lifestyle. - Shannon This is one adventure you’ll never forget!! - Jen www.30minutehit.com

30 Minute Hit Port Moody 3012 St Johns St, Port Moody 30 Minute Hit Port Coquitlam #407 1515 Broadway St. Poco





Judy & Korina

Sandra Brynjolfson


or years, women have been told that the construction trades are no place for them. One of Sandra’s priorities is to change that message. As a Coordinator for the BC Centre for Women in The Trades (BCCWITT), Sandra’s role is to lead, mentor and collaborate on countless initiatives. While encouraging and supporting women in the trades through her speaking engagements and political advocacy, Sandra’s main focus is on retention and advancement of women in the skilled trades. “I wanted this job so I could do more work for women.” As a Red Seal Electrician for over 20 years, a Board member at the Electrical Joint Training Committee (EJTC) and a Co- Chair of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 213 Women’s Committee, Sandra wants to see respectful workplaces and equal opportunity in the workplace.

D Women going into the trades often leave while still apprentices due to barriers such as discrimination, harassment and bullying. “I am passionate about breaking down cultural barriers — specifically, the barriers that have prevented women and other underrepresented groups from entering, excelling at, and ultimately enjoying the rewarding careers in the trades.”

aniel Chocolates Port Coquitlam, a franchise of Daniel Chocolates, opened its doors in 2017, bringing handcrafted and locally produced chocolates to the area, along with pastries, ice cream, Milano’s coffee, and a new addition of inhouse grilled sandwich creations. Judy Waters and Korina Houghton, mother and daughter, are two of the three owners of this family run business. Their goal is to provide a warm and welcoming atmosphere where loyal and new clientele can enjoy friendship, family, and food, and to support local organizations whenever possible.

#105-2331 Marpole Ave, Port Coquitlam 778-941-9049 facebook.com/danielspoco

And that’s exactly what she’s doing. Among the Centre’s initiatives is the development and delivery of programs to encourage fellow tradesmen to be leaders who stand up to inappropriate behaviours. “Those barriers that we have faced and that we are still facing, I want to see those disappear,” says Brynjolfson.


Shirley, Kayla & Rupa

F 1424 Broadway Street Port Coquitlam, BC V3C 5W2 Mobile: 778-229-1499 Office : 604-554-0698 Email : sandra@bctradeswomen.org

or some time now we’ve been involved in the Coquitlam real estate market and have a genuine passion for following real estate news, trends and ensuring that our clients get the best representation possible. Whether buying, selling, looking to invest or re-financing we are confident that we can provide you with skilled insight and professional support though the entire processes. We want to recognize Shirley Brown, Kayla Bal & Rupa Aulak who are 3 Generations of Powerful Influential woman that are crucial to the success of the Award Winning Laliberte/DiTosto Real Estate Group.

Royal LePage West RES #101-2264 Elgin Ave, Port Coquitlam 604-939-6666 www.LDrealty.ca


Susan Jarema


ew Earth Marketing (NEM) was established in 2008 by Susan Jarema, to provide an affordable agency experience for non profits and small businesses in the TriCities. NEM strives to help its clients build websites that convert and transform their website into a marketing engine that generates consistent leads.

As a conversion expert, Susan helps clients understand their sales funnels. She works with clients to align strategy and tactics, marketing and sales, with technology. This translates into creating websites that get found via search, messaging that converts and marketing automations that engage.

Susan has been an entrepreneur all her life. Since completing her MBA in Marketing, Susan taught at SFU and the Douglas College Self Employment Program. She started selling online in 1995, the early days before Google Search and Facebook ads. Since this time, Susan founded several online businesses and now helps fellow entrepreneurs and local environmental organizations navigate the world of digital technology.

Let us HELP you GROW the BUSINESS you LOVE New Earth Marketing, a local marketing technology partner provides custom responsive web design, SEO, lead generation, branding, web maintenance, marketing & sales automation, custom programming, API integrations and even malware removal.

Susan now offers her PowerFlow Marketing & Sales Training Program that takes participants through a process to take control of their sales. Susan has met hundred of entrepreneurs who tell her they feel they are wasting their time and money on marketing campaigns that don’t work. If you’ve ever thought the same, contact her for a free marketing assessment to see how you can find effective ways to increase your sales.





Veronica Wright

Allison Johnston


Basket Because is based in Port Coquitlam and specializes in completely custom, corporate gift baskets. Veronica started the business one year ago and has a true passion for designing unique gift baskets. “I saw an opportunity in the market and created a business that allows for complete customization and branding of gift baskets. If a client wants to include their company swag or logo, I will create a personalized, custom basket, one of a kind! Seeing the smile on a client’s face when they receive our gift baskets is truly the best job in the world”

Owner & Artist


eauty in the Burbs opened their doors in March 2018 and has become your one-stop, go-to destination, for the conscious beauty lover. All the offerings you’d find in the big city, in your own backyard – the ‘burbs!

604.346.5530 abasketbecause/ abasketbecause/ www.abasketbecause.ca


Our Boutique-style, open concept Beauty Studio offers low maintenance services and products that enhance your natural beauty. Our focus is on offering personal care products that are natural, organic & safe, with non-toxic ingredients and no harsh chemicals, good for the whole family. The innovative and constantly growing collection of locally made (whenever possible) products currently available in store: ATIVO SKINCARE • BARE SKIN BAR BRUSH NAKED • K’PURE • NALA CARE NATURE DERIVED • PLENTY + SPARE REUSABLE STRAWS • SCHMEAR NATURALS • SEALUXE • TOK BEAUTY TRUE • ELATE COSMETICS • MAD HIPPIE ORGAID • EYENVY

Sharene Orstad


am a proud partner and business owner at Drysdale Bacon McStravick LLP, providing legal services to the Tri-Cities for over 40 years. Our firm is committed to supporting the community including our DBM Relay for Life Team. As a meals on wheels volunteer, I enjoy serving seniors and educating the public on protecting the elderly. Inheritance Questions? If you have questions concerning financial abuse of the elderly, mismanagement of assets, disputes over the validity of a will, the distribution of assets, other estate litigation issues, or personal injury claims, and other general litigation matters, please contact me for a free initial legal consultation today!

Beauty in the Burbs was built on providing the following signature, high-caliber services: HydraFacial™ – (Machine guided, medical grade facial) YUMI™ Lashes – (Lift & Tint) Cosmetic Tattooing – (Microblading, Cosmetic Eyeliner, Lip Blushing)

211 - 1015 Austin Ave., Coquitlam 604.939.8321 sorstad@dbmlaw.ca www.dbmlaw.ca

By welcoming additional independent, like-minded beauty professionals into our studio, we have been able to expand our superior services to include HAIR, MAKEUP APPLICATION, WAXING, and LASH EXTENSIONS.

Our integrity as a company goes beyond the quality of our services and the products we choose to use. We want you to be wellinformed too! We want you to broaden your awareness and learn new things. Beauty in the Burbs wants you to see the faces and hear the voices providing you with information, from those who are educated on personal care topics. We want to listen to your questions and concerns and do our best to answer and respond to them. It’s time to put some healthy distance between you and your Google search engine as a means for research! Partnering with local beauty and health experts, we offer education and information nights along with fun, social events, DIY workshops, and tutorials a few times a month! We’d love for you to join us! If you’d like to be kept up to date on our upcoming events, promotions and services, be sure to subscribe on our website to become a #BurbBabe and receive our Newsletter! Book your service online and receive 15% off using the code: TRI-CITY

#101A - 2748 Lougheed Hwy Port Coquitlam 778.859.3644 www.beautyintheburbs.ca @beauty_in_the_burbs facebook.com/burb.babes/


Keri & Laura McKinney



hese sisters have been resurfacing sundecks together for over 6 years. Keeping it all in the family, their father, a spouse, a cousin and friends are who make up the hardworking NewPort Dry Deck Team.

The McKinney’s decided that homeowners, like them, would want a coating that would first and foremost, be waterproof and last. After resurfacing decks for friends, word started to spread. NewPort Dry Deck was born!

They were frustrated that deck recoating only lasted a short time. After a lot of research, they found a better solution.

Keri and Laura take a lot of pride knowing family homes will remain protected from the elements for well over 20 years.

They discovered polyurethane. The family was pleased that they could seal around wooden railing posts and bond to the stucco siding, without it having to be removed. They even coat stairs!

Their deck surfaces last and last. Every year they replace 100’s of worn out vinyl and fiberglass decks with their unique waterproof coating, OmegaStone.

OmegaStone is a water based, troweled on polyurethane coating. It’s seamless, easy to clean, and it doesn’t rip, tear or stain. “I love doing the estimates, booking the jobs, then having my sister and crews work their magic. Whether it’s the deck, stairs, railings, or garage floors, the transformations are beautiful! “We are passionate about what we do and it shows. Getting to work with my family is the bonus” Keri McKinney, Owner. No maintenance, seamless, durable...Decks that Last, and Last!

604-256-1158 info@newportdrydeck.com www.NewPortDryDeck.com





Ramya Narayanan

Anna Teglasi



amya started Lantern Academy to cultivate a joy of learning in middle and high school students.

nna’s Travel Adventures is a local full-service travel agency specializing in family and luxury travel. Founder, Anna Teglasi; has had a passion for travel her whole life, she’s been lucky to travel to over 70 countries and follows this passion by helping her clients plan their dream vacations.

Current educational trends focused on grades instead of foundational learning produces an unjustified fear of math. Lantern Academy believes that the solution lies in challenging students’ minds and encouraging their curiosity in a fun and engaging environment. Ramya has a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and an MBA from UBC. She feels that the numbers of women pursuing STEM careers is low and is keen to encourage girls to enjoy subjects like math and science. Lantern Academy is introducing their first all-girls coding class, in the hopes that more young women will take a step forward into this exciting field.

“I love nothing more than seeing my client’s photos of their kids splashing in the water from their private yacht charter in the Caribbean.”

#104-1120 Westwood Street, Coquitlam 604.484.8942 info@lanternacademy lanternacademy.com

With a background in business, Anna also owns ATA Plumbing alongside her husband Tomas.

CPBC #75945



Dr. Tracie Tanaka


r. Melody Sun, with the help of her warm, like-minded team, founded Sun Dental Centre as a place where oral health care could take place, with community, relationships, education, and integrity in mind. We are a place where relationships matter. A place where we can help patients smile with renewed dental health and increased self-confidence. A place where complete patient satisfaction is our goal.

Dr. Tracie Tanaka joined the Sun Dental Centre team in June 2018. Dr. Tanaka was born and raised in Vancouver, B.C. She attended the University of British Columbia where she completed her undergraduate degree in Medical Laboratory Sciences, followed by a degree in Dental Medicine (DMD). Dr. Tanaka strives to support patients by having honest and straightforward discussions regarding treatment options. She believes in the importance of providing all the necessary information to allow patients to make informed decisions regarding their dental health. Her goal is to provide dentistry in a comfortable, compassionate, and gentle setting. When not practising dentistry, you can find Dr. Tanaka baking or cooking in the kitchen, tending to her backyard vegetable garden, or spending time with her family outdoors. Dr. Tanaka is also an avid traveller and is always looking for recommendations on where to travel next! Dr. Tanaka is excited to be joining the team at Sun Dental Centre and is looking forward to getting to know you and your family!

604.992.5259 annastraveladventures www.annastraveladventures.com info@annastraveladventures.com

Pamela, Flora & Madonna


Whether your vision is achieving life-long dental health, regular maintenance, or a beautiful smile, we are here as your partners, to listen to your questions and collaborate with you to provide solutions to your oral health needs.

elcome to Pallas Athena Greek Kouzina. We are located in the Tri-Cities, available to satisfy your desire for authentic, homemade Greek kouzine. All of our dishes are prepared daily with Love!

From pregnancy through to adulthood and beyond, we welcome you to our Sun Dental Centre family!

Pallas Athena Greek Kouzina is owned and operated by a mother and daughter team, Pam and Flora. Our first location opened up in 2006 in Port Coquitlam, and with the talent and devotion of family friends, it has provided fresh, quality food and excellent, friendly service for the past 13 years. Our causal, elegant décor combined with high quality dishes at affordable prices has earned us many loyal patrons.

Proudly serving smiles of all ages across Coquitlam, Port Moody, Port Coquitlam, and the Greater Vancouver Area. Dr. Tanaka is now accepting new patients! Call and book your appointment today! We hope to see you soon!

Our Family restaurant’s mission is to exceed your expectations not only in the quality and freshness of the food but also in the care of service you experience. We love to serve you! Are you celebrating a birthday or anniversary? Planning to throw a baby or bridal shower? Baptism? Confirmation? Small wedding or office party?

Dr. Melody Sun and Associates 101-1155 The High Street, Coquitlam 604-944-4616 info@sundentalcentre.com www.sundentalcentre.com

Photo Credit: Viktoria Lakovleva

Let us take care of your catering needs. We also offer home delivery daily after 5pm! We believe: • In the highest quality of ingredients • In teamwork

• In fresh, extra virgin olive oil

• In good food, good drinks and good times • In the joy of loving and caring for one another • In family and friends WE BELIEVE IN US!

We look forward to serving you and welcoming you to our family. See you soon! ~ Pam & Flora & Baby Madonna

101-1250 Dominion Street, Port Coquitlam 604.941.4871 | www.pallasathena.org





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