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PUTTING THE SPOTLIGHT ON WOMEN IN BUSINESS The Women in Business who are in the spotlight in this Tri-City News feature section are entrepreneurs, mentors and leaders.

• Sandra Horton — creator and facilitator of Empowering Women’s Workshops, change agent, Royal Roads University MBA in Leadership;

So it seems an opportune time to highlight an opportunity this month for them and other women in the Tri-Cities to take part in an inspirational business event being held on International Women’s Day.

• Trish Mandewo — independent owner of multiple award-winning Vancouver Tumblebus, microbiologist, Zimbabwean immigrant;

On Tuesday, March 8, the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce is hosting its second annual International Women’s Day conference at SilverCity Coquitlam’s VIP Cinema, an event that will applaud the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. From 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., there will be talks and panel discussions featuring female business leaders. The day kicks off with a light lunch and some networking time. Then, Rachel Lewis, chief operating officer of the Vancouver Whitecaps FC, will give the keynote address. Lewis is the only female C-suite executive of any of Vancouver’s professional sports teams and the only female chief business officer in Major League Soccer. Her work with the Whitecaps has seen her honoured as one of the Most Influential Women of 2015 by the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS), a Game Changer as one of the 2013 Most Influential Women in Sports by the Sports Business Journal, one of British Columbia’s 100 Women of Influence by the Vancouver Sun in 2011 and a recipient of Business in Vancouver’s “40 Under 40” awards in 2008.

• Hazel Postma — community connector, student supporter, recipient of 2013 Queen’s Jubilee Medal for community service, vice-president of external relations for Douglas College; • Bonita Zarrillo — Coquitlam city councillor, business owner, breast cancer survivor, delegate to United Nations’ Commission on the Status of Women 2016. The list of speakers alone is inspiring, just wait until you hear them. If you wish to participate (cost is $40 for Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce members, $55 for others), go to I’ll see you there!

Shannon Balla Shannon Balla Publisher | Tri-City News

Lewis’ keynote address will be followed by a panel discussion featuring four local women of influence and moderated by Cathy Cena, host of CKPM 98.7FM’s Catching up with Cathy and on Tri-City Community TV. Panelists are:

NIKI JACQUES Nufloors is entering its 30th year of business. Peter Denroche opened the doors to Nufloors Coquitlam in April of 1986. Now a second generation family business, Peter’s daughter Niki has plans to keep the family business going for another 30 years. “I take pride in every relationship I build in the community. Every customer is important, every employee is important. The most valuable thing I have is my staff, and I appreciate all that they do with me and for me, day in and day out. I couldn’t run this business without their help, their knowledge or their dedication.” Built on trust, loyalty and relationships, Nufloors has prided itself on a name that Tri-City residents can count on for all their flooring needs. They are a full service store and offer full warranty on all products they carry and everything they install. Over half of Nufloors employees have been with the company for more than 20 years. That is a testament to the values of this family run business. You can be confident that, from your first interaction with the receptionist to your experience with their certified installers, that your satisfaction is Nufloors number one priority. In this era of information overload, Nufloors has the knowledge and experience to guide you as you make your flooring decisions. New flooring is one of the biggest purchases you will make for your home. Nufloors is committed to helping you choose a product that you not only love but is durable, reliable and manufactured by companies that have the same values as you do. Nufloors stands behind ever product they sell. Niki and her staff invite you to drop in, say hello and experience the Nufloors difference.

Niki Jacques Niki Jacques President | Nufloors Coquitlam






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CONTACT INFO: 1100 Lansdowne Drive, Coquitlam 604-942-4109







Windsor Plywood is a locally owned and operated Family business. Nicole has spent her life immersed in the home improvement industry and has worked as a part of the family business for the past 18 years. In that time she has seen many changes in not only the industry but also in her customers.

In business for fifteen 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 35 years in the Fashion Industry. “We genuinely care about our customers. We want them to look great and feel even better!”

Women are responsible for over 90% of the purchasing decisions in a family and that is evident by the foot traffic in the store. Women are a big part of the DIY market. It doesn’t matter if you are replacing a lock or renovating an entire house. Nicole and her team are experienced, knowledgeable and offer a level of customer service that you will not find anywhere else.

The store offers fabulous lines including Brighton Collectibles, Sandwich, Joseph Ribkoff, Frank Lyman, Liverpool, French Dressing and more!

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. Nancy and her staff look forward to making your next shopping trip an incredible shopping experience!

Stop by Windsor Plywood. Ask for Nicole and let her know you saw her in Women in Business.

Windsor Plywood SHELLY SMITH



2700 Barnet Highway, Coquitlam 604.941-1768 | Find us on Facebook

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



As a Mortgage Broker for over 12 years and Owner of Dominion Lending Centres Primex Mortgages, I work for my clients with the major banks and financial institutions to arrange mortgage financing most suitable to each home owner.

When you bring your vehicle to Port Moody Auto & Air Repair, likely the first person to greet you is Owner, Shelly Smith. This female friendly complete automotive repair facility is a bustling business, whose focus is very happy customers.

Proud Supporter of: • Bullying Ends Here, sponsored by Dominion Lending Centres • Our national charity Breakfast for Learning • Movember, a campaign supporting Mens Health • DLC Bikes For Kids that we proudly donated over 2500 bikes, helmets and locks to less fortunate children across Canada last Christmas.

For the third year in a row they have been voted “Favourite Auto Repair Shop” by the Tri Cities residents. They were also bestowed the great honour of being awarded the 2015 Peter Hulbert Award, related to customer service for persons with physical disabilities. Shelly states, “We were so excited because our number one priority is to ensure our customers are thrilled with the service they receive from our shop, and our customers are certain to let us know that they are indeed happy by rewarding us with these awards”. As a licenced Government Inspection Facility, Port Moody Auto & Air is always staying on top of today’s technical expertise. As Shelly sees it, “We are a 3rd generation family business, so it’s an integral part of our continued success and growth to implement state of the art equipment paired with the excellent knowledge & skills of our Technicians. “Knowledge of new technology is key for all our customers, but a noticeable side effect of this is that we have noticed a huge surge in new customers with European vehicles. This has grown 10 fold in the last 5 years. I guess the word is out, we repair them every day. Emergency night drop available. Shelly and the entire crew want to say Thank You to all of our customers and look forward to greeting new ones! “Lights, Camera, Action” view us on You Tube under Port Moody Auto & Air

Free Courtesy Cars Available

If you are in need of expert mortgage advice and a bit more help and direction than the banks offer, contact me, I would love to assist you with your next mortgage and make sure you get the best one.

CONTACT INFO: 604-729-7940

TERESA E. KUPPAN Chartered Professional Accountant With over 20 years of experience working in public practice, a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration – Accounting & Information Technology and a Chartered Professional Accountant designation, Teresa has the perfect combination of skill and education to serve her clients. Teresa joined the J. Fitzpatrick & Associates team in 2011 and looks forward to serving new and former clients. Reach Teresa at

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Finding the right office space to lease or rent is an investment in the future of your business. We are Business Centre Solutions, with two full service business centres – one in Burnaby and one in Coquitlam. We offer a positive, energetic environment that will enhance your professional image and take your business to the next level.

Dianne’s believes that trust is the foundation of all relationships in life. Both business and personal. It has earned her many referrals from family and friends. Many of her clients return even after many years. It is with gratitude and a sense of pride that for Dianne this continues today.

You will enjoy a professional and secure environment with flexible evening and weekend space availability. Our reception and support staff is friendly, helpful and discrete; and will manage your appointments for you. Our counselling spaces have customized lighting and seating and we have shared office options as well as hourly, daily and weekly rental space.

As a cancer survivor Dianne is an active fundraiser for different causes and believes giving back is important. Philanthropy is one of her core values.

Ethical Leadership is interwoven in all her actions and advice. It is important to her clients too.

If you are looking to grow your business or if it is time to downsize. Business Centre Solutions has the solution for you.

CONTACT INFO: Royal Lepage Sterling Realty 3137 St John’s Street, Port Moody Telephone Direct: 778-836-3300 Email:

SHAUGHNESSY VETERINARY HOSPITAL DRs Animals rely on the people in their lives to love and care for them. Special people like Dr. Leah Montgomery and her team. Dr. Leah took over the Shaughnessy Veterinary Hospital in April 2001. Dr. Ashley joined her in 2011 following graduation from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Jocelyn Chan joined the team in 2014 enabling the clinic to offer longer hours in the evenings during the week, making it more convenient for you to have your pet cared for. There’s a special feeling when you walk through the doors of the Shaughnessy Veterinarary Hospital. The staff is dedicated and compassionate and you can be confident that your pet is receiving the very best care and attention. If you would like more information about the services available please stop in or visit the website.

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BUSINESS CENTRE SOLUTIONS Lincoln Centre - 3030 Lincoln Avenue, Coquitlam, BC, V3B 6B4, Suite 211 604-942-6322

Lake City - 3292 Production Way, Burnaby, BC, V5A 4R4, Suite 501 604-415-4788


Dr Leah Montgomery, Dr Jocelyn Chan and Dr. Ashley Milner. (left to right)


Caring for your pets with heart and integrity

2129 - 2850 Shaughnessy Street, Port Coquitlam 604-945-4949

MARIA & JULIA IVANYUK A Taste of Ukraine continues to grow and has even more to offer, from our Handmade Perogies to our authentic Ukrainian Cabbage Rolls, Borsch, soups, salads, meals to go, Poppyseed rolls (makivniks), baked goods & 100’s of imports. Today we are proud to have 2 Deli’s, a cafe and a catering/production facility and more on the way. Most of you probably remember us from our 1st Port Moody location which we had lost in August 2015 due to a serious fire, however; we began from scratch again and were happy to open our doors again for customers in Port Moody on Oct 8th 2015 just a few blocks east of our old location. The new store is modern, fresh looking and once again filled with amazing food and a loving atmosphere for everyone. A Taste of Ukraine’s main goal is to offer everyone quality homemade food at reasonable prices. Happy coming Easter, and don’t forget we make everything from scratch - even our EASTER BREAD!


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2720 St Johns St, Port Moody - Deli - 604-492-0878 4976 Kingsway, Burnaby - Deli - 604-336-0887 #105-1611 Broadway St, Port Coquitlam - Cafe - 604-474-0789

Dapper Dog Daycare and Grooming Dogs. They are precious, honest, sensitive, and funny. They are teachers and loyal companions. The pure love and joy they selflessly give is so monumental that it never fails to affect me. I understand how important your dog is to you. I am lucky enough to be “owned” by a wonderful dog, (or three). Dogs are family, and deserve to be treated with respect, care and kindness. I welcome you to drop in to Dapper Dog and meet our talented Daycare Staff, Groomers and Trainers. Our commitment is to provide a safe and enjoyable grooming and daycare experience for your dog. This is a commitment I have upheld for the past 16 years. Dogs really are Man’s and Women’s Best Friend. We are happy to help with any questions you have regarding care for your Furry Family Member.

Unit 13 • 1750 McLean Ave., Port Coquitlam Just off the Mary Hill Bypass 604-945-DDOG(3364)







As a resident of the Tri-Cities, a social worker and lawyer, Meena Dhillon of MD Law provides the immediate attention you need to secure your legal rights.

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Contact MD Law if you have been injured in a car accident and it was not your fault. MD Law is here to help. MD Law is pleased to announce the Meena Dhillon is an approved interviewer to provide Hear the Child / Child’s View reports in family law proceedings. Contact our office to discuss further. • ICBC Auto Injury Claims • Hear the Child Reports / Family Law • Wills Estate Planning Call MD Law for a FREE CONSULTATION. Get the local experts working for you.


Brenda Cheng has been in the Tri-Cities real estate business since 1993. She grew up in Port Coquitlam when the City was just a small rail town, and later called Coquitlam and Port Moody her home. Equipped with a vast knowledge of the Tri-Cites and great skills, Brenda is dedicated to making the purchase of your new home or the sale of your family home a “no stress” experience. With many happy past clients, you’ll be glad you called.


CONTACT INFO: 2300 - 2850 Shaughnessy Street, Port Coquitlam 604-941-1234 604-942-0606 102-2748 Lougheed Highway, Port Coquitlam




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La Boutique Consignment is now in their fourth year in business. A popular stop for women has now expanded to include Menswear. Barbara’s husband Brent has provided a lot of support to her business and is the inspiration for adding menswear. Outside of the big box stores there are few if any shopping options for Men in the Tri-Cities. Everybody likes a sharp dressed man and now you can direct them to La Boutique Consignment.

March 8th, International Women’s Day, is an excellent time to celebrate the accomplishments of women in business. Over the past 60 years women have made meaningful advances both as entrepreneurs and corporate leaders. I would like to take this opportunity to recognize all women in business here in the Tri-Cities, and in the Province of British Columbia who are transforming the landscape of our business community.

Shopping at La Boutique is always a treat. The store is well laid out, clean and organized. Full of stylish options in a variety of sizes. Customers love the fact that Barbara posts many of her items on Instagram and Facebook giving them the convenience of browsing on line. A few days per week you can meet Barbara’s rescue dog Bella in the store…she is most definitely a favorite attraction. If you have quality current clothing that you no longer wear it is time to clean out the closet and call Barbara to book an appointment. La Boutique Consignment your shop for fabulous finds for both Men and Women.



102 - 1108 Austin Avenue, Coquitlam, BC, V3K 3P5 Phone: 604-933-2001 | Email: Twitter: @selinarobinson | Web:

2509 St. Johns Street, Port Moody 604.917.0147



Dr 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.

Dr. 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.

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 Associate Fellow status with the AAID and continues on that journey. 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 three fine young Associates who will carry on her legacy at On Track Dental.

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.

CONTACT INFO: 2203 - 2850 Shaughnessy Street, Port Coquitlam 604.552.9700







Lindsay Wilson is the Artistic Director of Coastal Edge Dance Centre, a friendly warm and family oriented dance studio. Her extensive dance training in all genres of dance has given Lindsay many accolades and choreography awards over 30 years. Having fulfilled a life long dream, Lindsay brings to her studio, an abundance of energy and enthusiasm, and her dedication and commitment to dance is shared with her students ages 2 1/2 through to her Pros and Adults. Always a passion for teaching dance, Lindsay is committed to bringing out the best in each and every one of her students. Her mission is to inspire, encourage and build confidence and to give her students a rewarding and fun-filled dance experience. Lindsay would like to thank her staff, parents and students for their continuing support in making Coastal Edge Dance Centre a very special and unique dance studio which continues to have success each and every year.

Success in Dentistry

CONTACT INFO: #108 – 1525 Broadway Street, Port Coquitlam 778-285-3300

CAROLE WEBBER 28th Anniversary, Reflections Books. After many years of dedicated work and good customer service, Carole is able to step back a little from her busy store and work only two days a week. Ordering and book-keeping are done at home. She opened Reflections with a business partner in 1988 and after buying him out nine years later, expanded with The Oasis Wellness Centre upstairs. The 1990’s were difficult for small stores like Reflections, as big box stores opened and internet buying began. However, Reflections diversified their store inventory, offered psychic readings daily and focused on serving their customers well. It has paid off and now there is a trend to ‘buy local’ and many small stores are booming again.

Come and celebrate with Carole and her staff for their Anniversary Sale, March 25th - 26th, when everything at Reflections is 20% Off

CONTACT INFO: 1111D Austin Ave. (near Marmont) Coquitlam 604-939-6000

Dr. Carol Thorpe has been practicing dentistry in Coquitlam since 1985. She moved to the Port Coquitlam area in 1968 at the age of 10 years old. Originally from Penticton, her family moved to the Lower Mainland so her mother could seek cancer treatment that was available at Vancouver General Hospital. In her earlier years, Dr. Thorpe attended Glen Elementary, Mary Hill Junior Secondary and Port Coquitlam High School, all in the same classes as Terry Fox. She remembers having classes in the “old original building” at Glen School, where there were separate entrances for boys and girls. Her business is only blocks away from her elementary school! Dr. Thorpe has seen the substantial changes in the Tri-Cities over the years. After high school, she attended Simon Fraser University and obtained an honours degree in biology. During her first year, she taped science classes for Terry Fox so he could continue his studies while he was hospitalized for cancer treatment. Dr. Thorpe had to remind her female friends to “censor” their girl chat during classes because these tapes were going to be sent to a boy! It is quite possible Terry Fox listened to some humourous moments during his hospital stay.

Dr. Carol L. Thorpe, Dentist Dr. Carol Thorpe Inc.

Upon completing her honours degree, Dr. Thorpe was then accepted to the University of British Columbia to obtain doctorate in dental medicine. She then returned to her home turf and set up a brand new dental practice in 1985. She has been able to enjoy her profession and her community ever since. Being a small business owner is a challenging task, especially to a young professional, but dentistry felt natural and easy to Dr. Thorpe. Further, coming from a family of small business owners, she had some preparation for the business aspect of the profession. Dr. Thorpe would like to thank the community and salute all female business owners. It is steady challenge to juggle family and business. However, the rewards are definitely worth it. We have reached levels that would make our mothers and grandmothers extremely proud. As a community, we will continue to support our children to pursue their dreams to further expand opportunities for them.

Dr. ...where your smile goes a long way


CONTACT INFO: 121 - 3030 Lincoln Avenue, Coquitlam 1 block from Coquitlam Centre 604-552-9500 |

THE WOMEN BEHIND PHOENIX TRUCK & CRANE Phoenix Truck and Crane is the largest same-day delivery company in greater Vancouver, offering a fleet ranging in various sizes and capabilities and can accommodate any job. Phoenix is also very proud to be celebrating 25 years in Coquitlam. Over half the office employees are women making up an integral part of the team that makes Phoenix so successful. Lora the General Manager, Emily in Accounts Payable, Kristyn and Trish in Accounts Receivable, Jen and Sarah heading up the Sales Department, Cara,

Jessica, Amanda, Melanie and Tammy in Administration, Gaynor in Quotes and Pricing, Katrina in Driver Services and Kelli and Ashley our Call Takers. We are proud to be close to becoming COR certified. We are implementing policies to better define our commitment to maintaining a safe and healthy working environment. Commitment to our customers is our number one priority. Phoenix has had the opportunity to partner with charities that are important in the community.

CONTACT INFO: 2320 Rogers Ave, Coquiltam, BC, V3K 5X7 604-520-0890

Back Row: Front Row: Missing:

Kelli, Gaynor, Katrina, Tammy Jessie, Trish, Kristyn, Lora, Amanda, Melanie, Emily, Sarah and Ashley Cara and Jen (maternity leave)







MLA, Anmore, Belcarra, Port Moody and Coquitlam

Funny things happen when your family owns and operates a business for 24 years. Your kids have run amuck in the store, worked in the store and then moved on from the store. Thoma’s teenagers have now grown up and moved on and as she watched her kids grow she also watched the community grow. Customers come in and tell us “my Parents came here for their paint”. Others reminisce about how Thoma came into their home and chose colours for their room when they were teenagers. They are now inviting Thoma into their first place to help them with their decorating needs. Thoma’s business started out as ‘just’ a paint store. But with your continued patronage and support, the business has expanded to serve all of your decorating needs. It’s really your families, not just ours, carrying on the tradition. We invite you to come in to Tri-City Paint and Design, your local Benjamin Moore store in Port Coquitlam and meet Thoma and her team of experts.

It is my honour to represent and serve the citizens I have in my constituency. I am particularly pleased to celebrate my female colleagues in business, all of whom make substantial contributions to our community. Best wishes for International Women’s Day, March 8th. Thank you for all that you do.



Unit 500 - 1970 Oxford Connector, Port Coquitlam 604.464.6162

604-469-5430 | Facebook: /linda.reimer.796 | Twitter: @LindaReimerMLA



Cathy Cena is the host of Catching up With Cathy heard on 98.7 CKPM FM on Fridays at 720am and 420pm. You can also find her on Tri-Cities TV as she talks about the “what’s what and the who’s who” of the region.

Beauty with results. That’s the philosophy behind Avora Skin Spa. Celebrating 5 years in Business, Avora Day Spa is blessed with a very loyal client base. 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. Time is taken before any treatment to really understand the specific needs and wants of each client. Clients range from teens to adults and Olga is very proud of their success with helping individuals who are suffering with acne. She is also confident that they have the best anticellulite treatment available in the region. If you want to experience visible results call Avora today. Their friendly and highly skilled team will take good care of you.

A Port Moody resident, Cathy is a community advocate and has sat on many boards including The Crossroads Hospice Society, Port Moody’s Millenium organizing committee and Port Moody’s transportation committee As busy as she is, Cathy says that her most rewarding job is being a mom to Frankie and Tonya and their dog Mocha. Something you don’t know about Cathy, she was born in Italy and speaks Italian fluently. La Vita é Bella.

Register online & receive $20 Avora Spa Credit with your first service with us



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TRISH, ANDRIA, JENNIFER & JOAN Budget Blinds began serving the Tri-Cities, Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge communities 10 years ago and is owned and operated by long-time Tri-City resident Trish Kuffner and her family. Along with several employees, they offer 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 great prices without sacrificing quality and service. Our exclusive Signature Series® brand offers top-quality products with a noquestions-asked warranty that is unparalleled in the industry. And this spring we are excited to announce Enlightened Style™, another quality brand exclusive to Budget Blinds.” 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. Visit Trish and her team in their Port Coquitlam showroom Tuesday to Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, or Saturdays 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. You can also find them at the upcoming Tri-City Home Expo April 1-3 as well as the Ridge Meadows Home Show April 29-May1.

Trish & Andria

Jennifer & Joan

CONTACT INFO: #108 - 1320 Kingsway Avenue, Port Coquitlam 604-944-3375







Owner of Reel Steel Ltd. – Industrial, residential, commercial reinforcing steel placing service. A FIRST NATIONS OWNED COMPANY CELEBRATES 29 YEARS IN 2016. Helen Bell is a proud member of the Carrier Nation. She made a concerted effort to educate herself about her First Nations culture so she could utilize these teachings in her everyday life, including her business life. Her husband learned the trade of ironworking from his family and together they decided to start their own business. It was decided that Mike would work in the field and Helen would be the administrator. Helen is proud to state that she runs the business with the philosophy that we must share our good fortune with those we work with. She regards her employees as the backbone of a company that is regarded as one of the best in the industry. She celebrates their hard work and accomplishments as if they were a member of her family. A teaching she received from a respected Elder, “be aware that your good fortune can only be fu lly appreciated if it is shared” is one of Reel Steel‘s guiding principles. Reel Steel Ltd. is always looking for new employees to join our team. For more information please email Helen at or call 604-913-0310.

“Since January 2015 Little Gypsy’s Fine Jewelry, Gifts & Gallery has been home to the work of over 30 local B.C artists, featuring beautiful jewelry, pottery and ceramics, glassware, stone and wood carvings, custom knives, art cards and more.


If you’re looking for custom jewelry design, repairs including bead stringing and pearl knotting, as well as shelf after shelf of beautiful, one-of-a-kind ready made jewelry, you’ll find it at Little Gypsy’s. Tucked into this tiny, freestanding heritage building is also an everexpanding selection of metaphysical tools, stones and crystals.

Owner, Lydia Podobnik can be reached at the gallery six days a week, and is often found on the porch chatting with customers as they leave the shop, because as far as she is concerned, the conversation doesn’t end once the sale is complete. Come on in, but with so much to see in such a tiny space, plan to stay a while!”



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49 Queens Street (Old Town) Port Moody 604-931-2662 | Rated by Trip Advisor as one of the top 10 Port Moody Attractions or call 604-913-0310



Savita Tugnait & Sonia Tugnait a mother-daughter duo have opened up their restaurant in Port Coquitlam.

As the daughter of a strong feminist who marched in the women’s movement and who was a founding member of the Poco Women’s Centre in the ‘70s, it is my pleasure to celebrate International Women’s Day with our community.

Savita came to Canada in 1986 and started her journey not knowing much about the Canadian culture. As time passed she adapted. Savita opened her first indian restaurant on the Vancouver Island in Nanaimo which gained popularity & got 4.5 stars in the Times Colonist Newspaper. After the success of her first location, her daughter Sonia motivated her mother to open other locations of the family owned restaurant to other locations. The mother daughter duo opened their second location in Parksville & the third in Victoria. The mother-daughter were keen on introducing Amrikkos on the lower mainland & opened up in Port Coquitlam

CONTACT INFO: 2883 Shaughnessey Street, Port Coquitlam 604-474-4020

The Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce has a history of supporting and empowering women in business, and as the 2016 Chair, I am proud to say our board is comprised of an equal number of women and men. Please join me and the Chamber to formally celebrate inspiring women of our own business community at our 2nd annual International Women’s Day. Tickets are available online at



CONTACT INFO: Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce 1209 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam 604.464-2716 |

LILI BLACKWELL & LISA BORSATO Lili Blackwell and Lisa Borsato of Blackwell Borsato Real Estate are a local real estate team. They are dedicated to providing top notch customer service to their clients. Both Lili and Lisa are family-oriented, involved in the community and participate in local fundraising events. Their main goal is to guide their clients through the real estate transaction with ease and comfort. They take your concerns to heart and provide you with conscientious support throughout the entire process. Prepare to be treated like family. If you are considering buying or selling a home give Lili or Lisa a call. You won’t be disappointed.



Lisa: 604-908-7062 | Lili: 778-887-5454 1020 Austin Ave, Coquitlam, BC V3K 3P1 Lili Blackwell

Lisa Borsato







Artist Christina Christie had a vision to create a comfortable tattoo studio run exclusively by women. After receiving her BA from Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Christina made that vision a reality when Black Rabbit Tattoo Studio opened in 2011. Located in the heart of Port Moody, Black Rabbit Tattoo Studio works to stand apart from the competition in the TriCities and beyond. Together with the help of Glenn Seymour and Birdie, Christina Christie has created an inspiring atmosphere filled with custom work in an art gallery setting. Each artist at Black Rabbit Tattoo Studio offers their unique style and spin on every piece that they complete.

Whether you’re in the market for your first tattoo or your tenth, call Black Rabbit Tattoo Studio today to book your consultation.

604-917-0262 | 3246 St. Johns Street, Port Moody, BC |


To Love what you do - choose something you Love. That’s what this gal did! Heather has been working in the Automotive business for 30 years this July. Even she can’t believe it. “ Time flies when you are doing something you love”, she says. “ I truly enjoy my work”. Heather is the All Makes and Model Leasing Manager at Eagle Ridge Chevrolet in Coquitlam. “ I get to deal with all sorts of interesting people and build relationships with them and their families”. She genuinely cares about putting people in the right vehicle and setting up a lease that is tailor made just for them. She knows the leasing business inside and out and is very passionate about what she does. Customer service is always first and foremost when dealing with Heather. That is made evident the moment you walk into her office. Her knowledge and networking has brought her to the top of her field. Whether you need just one vehicle or a whole fleet of them, Heather will immediately put you at ease and walk you through the process on any of your vehicle leasing needs.

What is parent consulting? Understanding what drives children to behave in the ways they do is key to becoming the parent your child needs you to be. A parent consultant works with parents helping them to make sense of their children’s behaviour. Through this process parents discover what is required from them in order to support their unique child’s emotional growth and development. Common Parenting Challenges: Anxiety, Aggression, Alpha Children, Adolescence, Attention Problems, Discipline, Defiance, School Issues, Separation Anxiety, Sensitivity, Peer Pressure, Preschoolers, Behavioural Problems Bridgett Miller has a background in Education, Special Education and Psychology. She is an Authorized Facilitator of the Neufeld Institute. Her focus is on preserving and strengthening the relationship between parent and child as this is the foundation for healthy emotional and psychological development.



For further information or to book a consultation 240-2227 St. Johns Street, Port Moody FaceBook: TrueGrowthParenting



(Certified Financial Planner )

This year, Edward Jones financial Advisor Diane Kirkland CFP®, is celebrating 15 years of serving individual investors in the North Fraser area from her office in Pitt Meadows. When she joined the Mississauga-based financial services firm, she brought with her an additional 12 years of experience in the industry. 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. Diane says working and living in the same community is unique among financial services firms, most of which do their business by telephone. Edward Jones’ practice of establishing one-broker offices in urban, suburban, and rural communities enables me to establish one-on-one business relationships with my clients.

Diane Kirkland

rating b e l e C 15 Years

2595, Barnet Highway, Coquitlam 604-464-3941 |


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 best decisions to turn those goals into achievements, through smart investments and insurance products to protect those achievements. Member - Canadian Investor Protection Fund. Insurance and annuities are offered by Edward Jones Insurance Agency (except in Quebec). In Quebec, insurance and annuities are offered by Edward Jones Insurance Agency (Quebec) Inc.

CONTACT INFO: 19237 - 122A Avenue, Unit 102, Pitt Meadows, BC V3Y 2T1 604-465-7992 |







Chef Iwona takes the greatest pride in presenting you with delightful homemade Polish dishes. Raised in Poland as a little girl, she carefully watched her mother and grandmother cooking the most delicious meals with recipes passed on from generation to generation. Soon she began making her own creations using secret ingredients of her grandma, and quickly her passion became a true profession.


Now she is a talented and experienced Chef eager to share her passion for food with you. She loves being creative and adds her magic spin to the dishes with Polish cousin core ingredients. This is what proudly distinguishes Izba from other restaurants you have ever visited.

Not only does Iwona introduce some traditional polish dishes but she also brings with her to Izba, the warmth and hospitality of polish people. The sole name Izba is not just a random name but a carefully chosen word to capture what Izba Bistro stands for.

CONTACT INFO: 1545 Lougheed Highway, Port Coquitlam 604.475-8864

Real estate is all about timing we at the Francis & Hawthorne Team are all about tailoring your “perfect selling / buying moment” to your goals & needs in an ever changing market. As your neighborhood values increase, let us interpret the statistics for you and brainstorm your ideal options - we understand that many factors go into a selling or buying decision. As your local TriCities established family practice since 1976, we have you covered in any climate. Call Michelle Hawthorne & Sheila Francis at 604-936-7653 for a confidential consultation.

ELIZABETH & SYNNOVE Esposito Massage has been treating clients all over Tri-Cities since 2007,owned and operated by Elizabeth Esposito, a Registered Massage Therapist who originally trained in Ontario, and graduated from Centennial College and McMaster University. Elizabeth has a passion for working with post-surgical, pre- and post-natal patients and anyone who has health goals they would like to reach. Synnove Arnet is a graduate from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy, has a passion for rehabilitation as well as an appreciation for a team approach to healthcare. She works with other healthcare providers to make effective use of treatments, and utilizes research based techniques to return patients to optimal health. We are here to help you discover your path to wellness! Learn about healthy living tips on our monthly newsletter and website

Sheila Francis & Michelle Hawthorne


CONTACT INFO: 778-847-4378 #11-2402 St. Johns Street, Port Moody


RE/MAX Sabre Realty #102-2748 Lougheed Highway, Port Coquitlam 604-936-7653 |



Denise established Genesis Kitchens in 2007 after being part of the design industry since 1994. She is an active member of the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA), the Greater Vancouver Home Builders Association (GVHBA) and the TriCity Chamber of Commerce. 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. By incorporating the client’s ideal style or helping them discover it, they are able to facilitate the design process and provide peace of mind throughout the renovation stages. Genesis Kitchens carries multiple cabinet lines to coordinate their clients with a product that best suits their design style. Using the latest design technology, Genesis is able to create conceptual 3D drawings which allow their clients to better visualize their ideas. Coordinating with their client’s budget, Genesis supplies a complete design package including price quotes and product specifications. Genesis Kitchens has a qualified design team ready to help their clients bring concepts to reality.

This past year has been a significant one for me, both personally and professionally. I have experienced my highest highs and my lowest lows and in the end I have realized how resilient I am. I am truly humbled at the support we have at Hair We Are Beauty Boutique for us to be celebrating 7 years in business. I feel very blessed to get to wake up every day and live my vision by doing what I am passionate about, surrounded by an amazing team and circle of support. My profession allows me to build trusting personal connections with my clients while also connecting them with the community. The conversations behind my chair are not just about hair, they are often profound, informative and I get to learn and share about what really matters. Connection is a necessity in every aspect of my life and I believe that it is a tremendous part of my success. I have done a lot of personal development, which has really catapulted me into a higher level of awareness. I have been able to do things that I never believed were possible and I have been able to hold my own when people have doubted my ability or commitment. I pride myself on the fact that I positively impact lives and have the ability to help others find their passions in contribution. I live by inspiring others to fly. I continue to be an Ambassador with our Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce and will be stepping into my second year as Community Director for The Rotary Club of Coquitlam Sunrise. I am so grateful to have received the Award for Community Spirit at this years Business Excellence Gala as well as Rookie of the Year with Coquitlam Sunrise Rotary. I certainly don’t give to have the recognition, however it is an amazing feeling to be acknowledged and bring awareness to worthy causes. I am committed to always continuing my education and focusing on my personal growth to be able to provide my clients with the highest quality of service and knowledge at every visit. I strive to make every visit memorable and enjoyable, so please come by and allow me to earn your business.


“Turning Your Dream Kitchen Into a Reality Where Affordable Luxury Comes To Life Through Quality & Design”

1037 Ridgeway Avenue, Coquitlam Showroom: 604-937-7336 Cell: 604-789-9935 Visit our website:

CONTACT INFO: 1528 Prairie Avenue, Port Coquitlam 604-468-4247 | www.hairwearebeaut







As a full time Real Estate Professional for over 18 years, I take pride in looking after my clients by listening and understanding their needs through every step of the Buying or Selling process. You can count on personal, attentive, patient and professional service. I am most proud of my relationships with past clients and Realtors across Canada, resulting in the majority of my business, being referrals. My experience and education accreditations are some of the qualifications that make the difference. I enjoy working with everyone from First Time Buyers to Empty Nesters and everyone in between. I am a Senior Real Estate Specialist & Accredited Green Agent, a Board of Director with the Evergreen Cultural Centre and past Area Director with the Greater Vancouver Real Estate Board. I work for a large Canadian Owned Real Estate company, which understands the importance of keeping Canadians informed.  Top 5% in the Greater Vancouver Real Estate Board  Top 5% with Royal Lepage Canada My goal is to make lasting relationships with my clients, their families and friends.

Canvas & Cocktails? That’s right! The next time you walk into your favorite pub or restaurant, you just may see Pro Artist Cheyenne Williams of Paint Star leading her crowd of guests on a uniquely fun filled 3 hour evening of what she calls “Paintalizing”, to which she explains as this, “You take 1 part Painting on Canvas, 2 parts Socializing, with a squeeze of your favorite drink and a splash of a cool venue and you get…Paintalizing! . Whether guests are very creative or only Stick Man capable, Cheyenne guides the crowd, step by easy step so they end the event with their completed Masterpiece, instant gratification, a sudden Paint Star! Patrons are blown away, the majority cannot believe they made these paintings. “It is so much fun, it’s hard to describe, but I will warn everyone, it is VERY addicting! Our Spring & Summer schedule includes great venues such as Montana’s, Orrange & Brew Street”. But it’s not just for hospitality venues, her service is perfect for birthday/private parties ages 10-adult, Corporate events, School Fundraisers etc—sky’s the limit.




West Real Estate Services

Thinking of starting your own business?

Paint Star Party

For Ticket purchases or info, go to: 604.880.4517

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Are you unemployed and do you need help getting your business started? Learn how WorkBC can help get your business off to a great beginning through their no-cost self-employment program!

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Call today for more information: 604-917-0286 or drop by at 601-130 Brew St, Port Moody The Employment Program of British Columbia is funded by the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia.

Financial Parties for Women

Countdown To Retirement How Much Is Enough? How Do I Protect My Nest-Egg?

2 FREE Seminars

Thursday, March 3rd, 6:45 PM

Taking Control

Your Roadmap to Financial Success

Wednesday, March 16, 6:45 PM

Presented by Corry Staff Financial Group

604.939.4173 Register at

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Sought after speaker, Certified Financial Planner, Corry Staff is known for her fun and engaging seminars for women. “Women learn through storytelling and sharing” , and this CFP is not afraid to share her own financial struggles and how she turned things around financially in both her personal and business life, and has an uncanny way of getting women to share their own struggles with money. Corry and her team continue to focus on a key area for financial success, Relationship First! It starts by getting to know people as individuals, then helping them to identify their wants and needs. This enables Corry and her team to find unique and individual solutions to help clients reach their financial goals. Corry says, “Our primary goal is to ensure our clients are prepared for all the opportunities and challenges that may come their way, allowing them to live the lifestyle they desire stress free!” Ten years later she now has her own Financial Planning Firm, and through the creation of Cocktails and Cash™ financial parties for women, and Financially Speaking a new Corporate Lunch & Learn Series, has been able to have a monumental impact on the lives of hundreds of women, men and their families. Corry’s focus now is not only to continue to inspire financial success in others, but to also mentor and support other young woman coming into the financial business, who want to do the same. For a complimentary look at your current financial situation, or to discuss career opportunities with Corry Staff Financial Group, please connect:



“YOU drive, We’ll navigate. Your road to financial success starts here.”


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All our souvlakis are served with rice pilaf, roasted potatoes, Greek salad, tzatziki dip and pita bread.

Chicken Souvlaki


Beef Souvlaki


Prawn Souvlaki


One skewer of fire grilled chicken breast marinated with oregano, garlic and olive oil.

Dedicated to the ‘Women in Dinakis’

One skewer of fire grilled top sirloin beef marinated with oregano, garlic and olive oil.


One skewer of fire grilled garlic prawns, brushed with garlic butter.

A minimum purchase of $20 is required, Gift card can only be used on next visit.

Dinakis Beef Burger $13.99 Sirloin beef patty, cured bacon, aged cheddar cheese, pickles, caramelized onion, shredded lettuce and tomato on an artisan bun dressed with garlic aioli. Served with crispy golden french fries.

HAPPY HOUR DRINKS & BITES Every day 2pm - 6pm & 8:30pm - closing

Dinakis Chicken Burger $13.99 Cured bacon, aged cheddar cheese, pickles, caramelized onion, shredded lettuce and tomato on an artisan bun dressed with garlic aioli. Served with crispy golden french fries.


Gyro Chicken Wrap $12.99

Fire grilled chicken breast wrapped in a flat pita with tzatziki sauce, lettuce, tomato and red onion. Served with crispy golden french fries.

Gyro Beef Wrap


Gyro Prawn Wrap


3.99 $ 4.99




To Port Coquitlam and some areas of Coquitlam.

Fried grilled sirloin beef wrapped in a flat pita with tzatziki sauce, lettuce, tomato and red onion. Served with crispy golden french fries.

Meet our polite, respectful and professional team at your doorstep.

HOURS: Mon-Thurs 11am-9:30pm; Fri & Sat 11am-10:30pm; Sun 11am-9:30pm

Fried grilled prawn wrapped in a flat pita with tzatziki sauce, lettuce, tomato and red onion. Served with crispy golden french fries.

Minimum delivery is $20.00. Delivery orders will be accepted up to half an hour before closing. Prices do NOT include taxes. Limited time offer for Dine In, Take-out and Delivery.

All meals come with a free can of pop FREE


We also provide catering services for your corporate, special events. Call us for more details.

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