Saturday, September 11, 2010

New Look For Website

Well last night we launched a new look for

Thank you so much to my close friend Kendra Sitko (KITKO Photography & Dezine) who has spent countless hours designing and maintaining my website since we first began it! All your hard work was amazing and much appreciated!

After much thought and brainstorming we decided it was time for a change and that we wanted to add some new interactive features.

So check out which now showcases music, event calendar at a glance, gallery slideshows, video tutorials and so much more! I would love to know your thoughts!

I will be continuing to update with new photos and videos - if you have any photos you want to share - please email me or upload to our facebook page!

Again thank you so much Kendra and thank you for your continued help with the new site!


We are now accepting registrations for Crop for a Cure - Scrap Pink & there are still a few tickets left for our Home Routes Concerts - either season tickets or advanced tickets for our 1st concert Oct. 7th!!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

WEYA Awards Gala Highlights - May 20th at the Fairmont in Winnipeg!

To sum up the night with a quote from a favorite book "Brilliance - Uncommon Voices for Uncommon Women" (at my store LOL) states: Brilliance may be difficult to describe, but we all know it when we see it. It's a bright idea. a daring decision, an ingenious insight, a soaring aspiration or a wise compassionate action. This quote describes this fabulous evening to a tee by celebrating all of the very talented and brilliant women that night!

Brett & I had a blast! The night began with a VIP cocktail room for finalists and sponsors. All 23 finalists were just buzzing with excitement! I was so nervous to say the least!

We were then directed to enter onto the red carpet as we were individually announced, pause for the camera flashes... and presented a beautiful statue with our name engraved! Dinner was delicious and we had great speakers from government officials to other businesses to congratulate us all on such an achievement! The gala, MC'd by Maralee Caruso, CTV News Anchor, was well attended, with more than 450 people.They then played video bio clip on each finalist right before their respective categories and then the winners announced with an official envelope opening! It was like being at the Oscars.

My name wasn’t called but the experience and achievement of being a finalist is such an honour! All of these women were of outstanding caliber - it was great to meet them and was truly an amazing lifetime moment for me! This was not an easy task to be a finalist. After less then a couple of weeks to submit a very extensive book highlighting the growth and story of GSIB, and then succeed through the judging process and to be recognized by the judges as a finalist worthy, is not an easy feat, and all of these women are very special to be recognized!

"Each and every one of our 23 finalists are to be commended on their success in business. We take pride in the integrity of our submission and judging process and anyone named as a finalist is certainly a successful business woman. The nine women who won Awards in ten categories on May 20th will join an esteemed group of Woman Business Owners who have stood before them as winners of these prestigious awards,” said Christine Dubyts, President of WBOM and President of Dubyts Communications Inc. "Launching and running a business is a challenge for anyone. Being a woman business owner brings with it a unique set of challenges and it takes a true entrepreneurial spirit to embrace those challenges, managing risk andultimately reaping the rewards. The Woman Entrepreneur of the Year gala is our opportunity to recognize and celebrate these successful women.” Women represent a growing economic force in Canada:
· There are more than 821,000 women entrepreneurs in Canada.
· Women in Canada make up a larger share of the self-employed than in any other country.· Women contribute in excess of $18 billion to Canadian economy each year.
· Since 1976, the average annual growth rate for self-employed women has been 5.3% compared with 2.2% for men.
· One-third of self employed Canadians are women.
· Women entrepreneurs hold ownership in about 45% of Canadian small and medium enterprises.

Each day I am living the life I have imagined. As women entrepreneurs our life is full of everyday cares, concerns, commitments, our dreams, hopes and plans, our mistakes, setbacks & triumphs. Sure there is a lot of stress, anxiety, and major juggling but I wouldn't change it for the world.

Thank you everyone for your warm wishes, good lucks and lots of hugs!!

It is with deep felt thanks to the continued support from my husband, children, our parents, my GSIB Girls, close friends and customers. Without their support GSIB wouldn't be so successful. They helped put wings on my dreams to soar. I can only imagine where my dreams will take me next!

I hope my story inpsires other women to trust their dreams and take a leap! Thank you!

Friday, April 30, 2010

Finalist for the Women Entrepreneur of the Year Award

I am so very excited and honored to be one of 23 finalists for the 18th Annual Manitoba Women Entrepreneur of the Year Award (WEYA).

It has been such an amazing process. We each had to create a submission package for the judges highlighting our story and things we have accomplished. It was like a more creative business plan. Regardless of what happens I now have a book that shows me what I have accomplished in a short amount of time to make my dreams come true. I will be able to cherish it and hopefully add to it. See the link for the full press release!

I can't wait for the gala night on May 20th to find out who the winners are! Brett and I will be dressing up for a night out in Winnipeg at the Lombard. I am so excited and have my fingers and toes crossed. Wish me luck!

Friday, April 2, 2010

Rossburn Easter Egg Hunt

A few years ago Kendra and I began an Easter Egg Hunt. We had 2 little boys and thought this would be so much fun for them. It's amazing how it has become a family tradition for our children and the memories they share.

Over the past few years we have had more children and lead even busier lives. So this year we were grateful for the Rossburn Chamber of Commerce take over, add a fantastic lunch and help it continue to be annual community event.

It will continue to be a family tradition for us and trust me there is nothing quite like watching 25-50 children running around gathering easter eggs. It is pure chaos but the most adorable! From ages 0-9, you never know what kind pure enjoyment you will see. It is an experience like no other!

Each of my 3 children vary so much. This year Dalyn had to gather as many eggs as possible, Haley wanted only "the pink" eggs and Noelle was content to scoop up just a couple - toddle around shaking eggs (she's just walking so a little unsteady). Each year Dalyn also looks forward to feeding the bunny a carrot (during Kendra's photo shoot). It's amazing that he has never forgotten this moment since he was 2. Their ability to remember the neatest things continues to astound me. When we started the Egg Hunt - Haley wasn't even a month old and Noelle wore that dress today. I also see how they are growing up so fast.

I am so grateful that our community will continue to host this event. Children from all around can come and begin new family traditions and memories - just like ours hope to enjoy this for year's to come! So mark on your calendars to come join in the fun next Easter in Rossburn!