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  • Day MerrillDay Merrill

    A career services professional with expertise in coaching, training and consulting, Day Merrill founded 2BDetermined Inc. to help individuals; teams and organizations increase workplace effectiveness and satisfaction. Day worked for a number of human capital management firms in Canada and the U.S., Her first career was secondary school teacher/administrator. Day holds a B.A. from Connecticut College, a Master of Arts from Wesleyan University and is a graduate of Coach U’s professional coaching program. She is active in the International Coach Federation, the Association of Career Professionals and the Human Resources Professional Association, teaching Organizational Behaviour in the CHRP program. Day is a certified Inside Out Development Coach, serves as Career Coach for the Executive MBA program at Western University’s Ivey Business School and is on the faculty of Women With Vision—Training, Coaching & Mentoring Institute.


  • Dean HollinDean Hollin

    Born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario, Dean began his theatrical career during his high school years and continued his performance studies working in various community theatres wherby he honed his skills both on and off the stage. One of his primary training grounds was Hamilton Theatre Inc., which prior to and during his tenure (1985-1993) were in the practice of retaining various New York/Broadway talents to direct and choreograph their musical productions. He considers himself extremely fortunate to have worked with the likes of John Sharpe (Bob Fosse's assistant choreographer for films such as Cabaret), Jack Timmers (MGM contract dancer and Stage Manager for original Broadway production of Annie), Edie Cowan (choreographer for original Broadway production of Little Shop of Horrors), Michael Mann (original Broadway production of Barnum), and Rudy Tronto (Director of sketches for Broadway's Sugar Babies starring Mickey Rooney and Ann Miller, for which Rudy received a Tony Award nomination).


  • Deborah JohnsonDeborah Johnson

    An Internationally-known Visionary, Medium and Keynote Speaker who utilizes over 20 years’ experience in working with others. Deborah works in person and by phone with clients seeking guidance and direction in their lives and also works extensively with corporate clients offering both an esteem and empowerment based venue, which dovetails effectively with traditional business practices, as well as private consultations focused specifically on the business at hand. A major avenue of interest for corporate clients is HR profiling. This also leads into how business professionals can tap into their own intuition to make the best decisions possible to avoid employee turnover, theft, or simply poor inter-office communications and relationship skills.


  • Donna MesserDonna Messer

    1937 - 2015. "Speaker", "journalist", "author", "coach", "trainer", "advisor", "facilitator", "mentor" and "leader" are all words that describe Donna Messer to a tee. Look closer, however, and you’ll see that a common theme runs through them all – a love of people. For more than two decades, Donna has been a renowned expert on and promoter of the often overlooked, true currency of business – personal relationships – how to forge, nurture and leverage them to enable those who properly cultivate these relationships to put them to mutual benefit.


  • Jane TilleyJane Tilley

    . Jane enjoys the quest for unusual destinations and the experiences that unfold en route. This typically excludes five star, group tours. Rather, she chooses to cover small areas in depth. This enables her to become well acquainted with the nuances of local life and the rhythms of the lives of people who live there. Her writing shares the joys of the road less travelled and the knowledge gained along the way. Jane is also involved with the Canadian Foundation of the Mully Children's Family, an orphanage with 2,500 children in Kenya - more than 10,000 children have benefitted from its care over the past 25 years. As Jane says, "take a step off the prescribed path and see how your life can alter. Embrace the unexpected and find its joy."


  • Janet KuraszJanet Kurasz

    Interpretive Horticulturist. A lifelong gardener and student of nature, Janet returned to school in 1997 aspiring to become a professional gardener. After completing her studies in Horticulture at the University of Guelph, Janet founded the Garden Decorator (2000 – 2009), a Horticultural company providing garden maintenance, landscape design and consultation services throughout Southern Georgian Bay. She developed a diverse clientele which included the Scenic Caves Nature Adventures, the Municipality of Meaford and the Town of Blue Mountains, along with a number of notable private gardens in Wasaga Beach, Collingwood, Thornbury, Clarksburg, Lora Bay and Meaford. Janet is now focused on design and consultation, offering her services in Brant and Norfolk Counties. Always learning, Janet continues to take courses in horticulture and studies naturalized environments. Her years of experience gardening in some of the toughest areas in South-Western Ontario, has taught her how to combine ornamentals and native plant material to ensure diversity and greater success. She refers to this style of gardening as the “Georgian Bay Style”. One of the original contributing writers to Women with VisionTM, Janet offers motivational talks on following your dreams, entrepreneurship, and gardening therapy.


  • Janette BurkeJanette Burke

    A branding/publicity consultant, coach, columnist, trainer and speaker and founding publicist of Prime Time PR - a boutique public and media relations marketing firm located in Thornhill."Janette's PR Process" is the comprehensive PR coaching and training program designed exclusively for small and mid-size organizations, entrepreneurs, professionals and book authors looking to get on board with PR


  • Jessy MorrisonJessy Morrison

    As an Energy Healer Jessy Morrison is an accomplished and beloved Reiki Teacher, a highly intuitive & results oriented Health and Wellness Mentor. Jessy Morrison has helped hundreds of people improve their health and happiness, when doctors gave them NO HOPE of recovery for their allergies, depression, anxiety, high blood pressure, menopause...


  • Karen BrungerKaren Brunger

    is Founder and President of the International Image Institute and international Past-President of the Association of Image Consultants International (AICI). She is a recipient of the international Award of Excellence and was Who’s Who Canadian of the Year for 2009. Karen served as AICI’s international VP Education for four years, where she was responsible for the standards of image training worldwide. She is also a Past-President of the Toronto chapter of AICI. Media-trained, and a regular guest expert, Karen has appeared in most major print and broadcast media in Canada, as well as in international media. She is co-author of Executive Power Image and Bushido Business and is a contributing writer to Active Magazine.


  • Karen SencichKaren Sencich

    A speaker, writer and an award winning Professional Organizer. Her Havoc to Harmony strategies overcome life's obstacles. She has self-published numerous organizing booklets and she has been featured on Canada AM and in Chatelaine. She provides training through Professional Organizers in Canada and also at Sheridan College.


  • Laura HodgkissLaura Hodgkiss


  • Lesley PaulLesley Paul

    Pharmacist Lesley Paul manages the family business, Stuart Ellis IDA Pharmacy in Downtown Collingwood. She specializes in custom compounding and provides personalized consultations on female health issues. My goal is to help women experience personal and physical satisfaction through the transition years of menopause and beyond. For questions or to book a consultation: stuartellis.ida@dt.pharmassist.ca


  • Linda ThornLinda Thorn

    re-tells the well loved dog story of Beautiful Joe. Her book, Beautiful Joe- A true dog rescue story, is a poem format of the timeless and universally loved story by Margaret Marshall Saunders. This new book returns Joe to his Georgian Bay roots where his true story took place. Editor and graphic designer, Kelsey Carriere created an 1894 era theme for this delightful and visually attractive book which enhances the original turn of the century novel. Linda’s version describes in rhyme, the true story of the cruelly mistreated mongrel pup called Joe and his grateful rescue to a family who loved him in spite of his appearance. Joe lived a long happy life and there are actual photos of Joe’s gravesite and park. A portion of each book sale is donated to The Beautiful Joe Heritage Society which endorses this enterprise. There are 14 artistic new sketches by artist, Lin Souliere. Find a surprise sketched on each page for younger children. However, the book appeals to adults who will want this new version by e-book or print copy in their collection alongside the original book which sold 7 million copies in 14 languages by 1934. Author: Beautiful Joe- a true dog rescue story


  • Lorraine LeslieLorraine Leslie

    Publisher, Certified Life Coach, Personal Trainer, Psycho Spiritual Life Coach and Business Mentor founded Women with Vision!® in 1998. Her vision continues to educate, motivate, inspire and promote women of all ages and career backgrounds. As a professional speaker Lorraine helps groups and individuals to understand their true life passion and to bring that passion forward to create the life they want to live. With over 45 years as a Professional Life Coach Lorraine specializes in validation therapy, personal and business development through her writing, television show, conferences and trade shows. In creating a niche market with her Women with Vision!® Magazine she now oversees many Women with Vision!® Networking Chapters. Her philanthropic goal continues as she builds the Women with Vision!® Institute and Bursary that will assist young entrepreneurs between the ages of 18 to 29 to follow their vision...in their life and career.


  • Lynda PogueLynda Pogue

    is a popular writer, artist, professor, world-class keynote speaker, consultant, and workshop leader who delights in belly laughs, genuine people, her husband, her family and friendship. She believes in the power of positive energy.


  • Marilyn WetstonMarilyn Wetston

    Every Saturday morning at 8, Marilyn Wetston gives it to you straight FROM A WOMAN’S PERSPECTIVE, on AM740, Zoomer Radio. Marilyn is a multi-faceted woman entrepreneur, who is passionate about helping individuals lead a fulfilling and enjoyable life regardless of their age or challenges. She proves that style and function can be combined both in her role as the Wardrobe Doctor and as the Co-founder of the ReliAble Living Centre in the heart of Toronto’s Fashion District at 200 Spadina Avenue


  • Mary Ann MatthewsMary Ann Matthews

    A certified handwriting analyst since 1994, Mary Ann Matthews is the owner of handwriting.ca. Having a background in Human Resources as the Staffing Coordinator for a major real estate developer, Mary Ann’s area of expertise is in compatibility issues – whether it’s learning about that new person in your life, hiring a nanny for your children hiring a new employee, building a team, or finding out why a person gets along better with some people rather than others.


  • Monica GibsonMonica Gibson

    A Sales Representative with Century 21 Millennium Inc. Monika’s expertise in Real Estate, combined with her knowledge of the Georgian Triangle Area and a passion for working with people and helping them make their dreams come true, makes her a wise choice if you are considering buying or selling.


  • Rick ZiemskiRick Ziemski

    A Chartered Accountant and experienced senior financial executive, is owner and principal of Weslaw Management Services (Hamilton, Ontario), a provider of strategic and operational management services to small and medium sized businesses. He enjoys being the “grey hair” support to younger and less experienced entrepreneurs and business owners.


  • Sophia BennettSophia Bennett

    is a freelance writer based in Eugene, Oregon. Her lifelong passion for writing started at age 7, when she penned a short story, and became a career at age 17, when she wrote her first successful grant application. In 2009 Sophia began offering her services to a wide array of clients through a freelance writing practice. Her work has appeared in over two dozen publications including Acres USA, TeaTime, 1859 Oregon’s Magazine, Oregon Business and the Eugene Register-Guard. She is a regular blogger for Recycle Nation and a columnist for Eugene Magazine. See the Publications page for additional writing samples. Sophia spent five years as a member of the marketing and communications team at St. Vincent de Paul of Lane County, a large nonprofit. Her primary role was coordinating digital communications (including managing the organization’s website and social media platforms), but she performed multiple other tasks as well. She shares her skills with several businesses that need assistance with writing, editing, communications and social media projects. See the Professional Services page for more information. Sophia holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Southern Oregon University and has taken several writing and editing courses at Lane Community College. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, gardening, reading, craft projects and spending time with her husband and twin daughters.


  • Susan BakaSusan Baka

    A business content expert, Susan Baka, President of Bay Communications & Marketing Inc., specializes in marketing strategies and in launching, writing and producing newsletters and web sites that showcase her clients' expertise. Her firm is one of the first to be certified by corporate-led WEConnect Canada that opens doors for women entrepreneurs into the supply chains of companies and government.


  • Susanne MiklerSusanne Mikler

    a cook with a passion for food, was nominated for 2006 Woman Entrepreneur of the Year.Her special interests include Cuisine Canada Culinary, Canadian Chef Educators Association, and Women in Food Industry Management. Susanne is the current president of WFIM: Women in Food Management.She is committed to improving the culinary arts in Canada and passionate about her role mentoring chefs and chefs-in-training.



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