December 15, 2021

Meet Some Of Our Amazing Women Mean Business Members

As mentioned in our last issue of Connect & Flourish, in the coming weeks, we will be taking the opportunity to celebrate some amazing women in our community and members of the Women Mean Business Network, including some of our fabulous speakers, who graciously shared their time and talent with us over the past 20 months! So please do read on and meet some of our community champions and business leaders. Do reach out to say hello and network in a bit of a different way from our regular live events. In addition, check out this week's edition's list of resources available to grow you and your business. Enjoy!

In friendship,

Gail Paquette CEO, Your Kingston Media

Owner of  Photography by Gail

Gail is a talented creative professional that enjoys taking on new challenges.

With over 30 years of entrepreneurial/freelance experience to hone her craft,  she recognizes the visual opportunities in every moment. 

Whether it’s a photo op, live video, interview, or candid shots, she has fun, and the results are stunning.

She believes the heart of who you are, is what people want to see.

She helps brands define what that is and turn it into an experience which then turns engagement into sales.



 Debbie Goulding - Make up Artist

My Mission Is To Help Women Uncover Their Inner Strength And Beauty And Find The Confidence To Pursue Their Dreams. 

Bridal Makeup – Makeup lessons – Special occasions – Corporate photos

My mission is to help women uncover their inner strength and beauty and find the confidence to pursue their dreams. With her blossoming business, Debbie offers a travelling suite of services, including professional makeup applications, and makeup lessons.  She is also a strong advocate for safer beauty products and works with Beautycounter as her exclusive line.


See Debbie's profile on Women Mean Business website

Loretta Wieting - Sun Life Financial

As a Financial Advisor with Sun Life Financial, I am in the business of helping people protect what is most important to them.

With an initial 20 minute meeting we can discuss any questions you may have about life, health, wealth or even your group benefits. Please do give me a call.

Loretta Wieting, BA, PFA |Financial Advisor | SunLife Financial|

Mutual Fund Licensed,Member: Advocis

Mobile: 613.876.1183


Catherine Bell - Prime Impressions

First Impressions – Guide Perceptions


The challenge is that perception and reality often are not in sync with each other, and alone, it is difficult, even for the most experienced person, to understand the ultimate impact of their image and first impression.  Therefore, enlisting the services of a perceptive, Certified Image Professional to assist you in aligning these image indicators makes very good business sense.

Because you and your company are unique, this work starts with a thorough understanding of how you want to come across to others, and then strategies are developed so that you and your staff will consistently and confidently convey the right messages in the marketplace – so that you’ll always make a PRIME Impression!

See Profile on Women Mean Business Website


Sherry Lachine - Broadmind

We know that when we are not our best selves it may seem that tasks are harder and tempers are shorter. This has an impact on our professional and personal lives. Learning and practicing the tools to take care of our mental health in the moment and in the long term can really help.

In this popular presentation, created for Women Mean Business Network of Eastern Ontario, participants will have an opportunity to engage and practice tools for better mental health. Sherry Lachine, a mental health expert is the owner of

Janet Armstrong - Simply Swank Décor

Simply Swank Décor Creates Comfortable, Livable, Accessible Interiors 

Janet is a graduate of the Interior Design Institute, CAPS certified (Aging in Place Specialist), design and Décor columnist with Fifty-Five Plus Magazine and member, Director and Membership Chair with the Board of Decorators of the Decorators and Designers Association of Canada (DDA Canada) Services Residential.

Whether you want to update the furnishings and Décor in a room or renovate one or more rooms in your home, Simply Swank Décor will partner with you in a collaborative and engaging way and use Universal Design principles to create a comfortable, safe and accessible space that reflects your personal taste and style.

Phone: (613) 483-8036

See Profile on Women Mean Business Website

A Salute to Women In Construction, Trades

Jacqueline Collier - Incoming President of the Kingston Home Builders Association

Sales & Marketing Manager - Tamarack Homes Kingston

 Professionally, I have two decades of experience in the residential construction industry and currently hold the role of Sales & Marketing Manager with Tamarack Homes in Kingston, Ontario, where I also manage the Interior Design Center with an amazing team of designers and am the lead designer for our Model Homes. I host a weekly Interior Design Segment with CKWS TV/Global News Kingston, titled Design Ideas with Jacqui.

For volunteer work, I am privileged to hold the roles of President of the Kingston Home Builders Association, Chair of the Board for Habitat for Humanity Kingston Limestone Region, Chair of The City of Kingston’s Housing and Homelessness Advisory Committee, Vice President of the Board with both the Boys & Girls Club South East, and Big Brothers Big Sisters KFL&A, and Co-Chair of Kingston’s Kids First.

I partner with local and provincial organizations to attract new generations into the construction industry, with particular emphasis on welcoming and saluting Women in Construction. I am passionate about energy-efficient construction and have won EnerQuality Corporation’s prestigious Builder Achievement Award for Ontario in 2018, and the ENERGY STAR Champion Award for Ontario in 2017 for dedication and involvement in green construction.

Learn more about the KHBA and the benefits of being a member at 

Limestone School Board - Specialist High Skills Major Programs for youth

Meet the dedicated and dynamic SHSM team at the Limestone District School Board who encourage their students
to find their best potential.

Be In The Know 

Pivoting away from fear and towards opportunity

by Nanci Corrigan- Founder of C3inc |


How do we maintain a positive, forward-looking attitude during a pandemic? Nanci and Reinier from C3inc talk about turning away from fear and towards opportunity.



Post Pandemic Sales Strategies for CEO’s and Sales Managers

How buyers' behaviours have permanently changed . Presentation by John Asher

VIDEO Presentation

TEC Kingston is affiliated with TEC Canada, based in Calgary, Alberta.

There are over 1,400 TEC members throughout Canada generating more than $60 billion in sales and employing over 100,000 workers.

To learn more about the Kingston Chapter of TEC go to WEBSITE

To learn more about our Canadian members, click here.

Welcome Pascan Aviation - Kingston Airport's New Airline Service

The SAAB340 aircraft on the airport runway. Photo Credit: Pascan Aviation

The City of Kingston is pleased to announce that Pascan Aviation will begin providing airline service from Montreal (Pierre Trudeau/Dorval Airport) to the Kingston Airport in March 2022. Flight service will be offered three-times daily Monday – Friday, and twice daily Saturday and Sunday.

Pascan Aviation has interline agreements with Air Canada and Air Transat that allow the passengers of its current network to seamlessly connect anywhere in the world where Air Canada and Air Transat fly and intends to add Kingston within these agreements.

To book your Pascan flight, visit WEBSITE

Ask the Expert Series Hosted by Kingston Economic Development Corporation (KEDC)

KEDC’s Ask The Expert program allows small business owners to have free access to experts in the fields of accounting and bookkeeping, legal, social media, human resources, coaching and marketing, and business strategy. To be eligible, the business must be registered as a Sole Proprietor, General Partnership or Corporation with 1 to 5 employees. The business needs to be currently operating, earning some revenue and affected by COVID-19. 

Click here to learn more.

What will retail, manufacturing and construction look like in a decade?

Could Blockbuster have seen Netflix coming? Could hotels have done more to prepare for the rise of Airbnb? You should always keep an eye out for what's coming around the corner. Discover the top trends that can impact your industry and get tips to prepare your business. 


7 Ways to Succeed with Instagram as a Business

by Mike Hepburn, Founder of Your Social Strategy

Nowadays, owning a business is not just selling your products to people face to face. A business has to have an online presence, which will help keep clients and make new ones. When looking specifically at Instagram, it can be overwhelming to figure out how to attract clients and keep the ones you already have.


Veterans and Small Business Community Challenge 

The Veterans and Small Business Community Challenge is an experiential training program designed to accelerate and enrich small business recruitment, onboarding, and hiring of Veterans in individual communities across Canada.

This pilot, funded by ScotiaRISE, will bring together up to 40 Veterans and 40 business owners in the Belleville-Trenton, Ontario, area with a long-term goal of improving the income resiliency in both groups through knowledge and skills exchange and increased employment opportunities.

Learn More

Need to update your business skills?

An MBA gives you the freedom to do that and more. Access MBA is the ideal place to learn about the opportunities that matter.
Join the One-to-One event in Toronto on 18 November and meet with representatives from top business schools, including John Molson School of Business - Concordia University, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, INSEAD, HEC Montreal, Yale University, and more.

Sign up for Free .

Canada Ontario Job Grant

The Canada-Ontario Job Grant provides direct financial support to individual employers or employer consortia who wish to purchase training for their employees. It is available to small, medium and large businesses with a plan to deliver short-term training to existing and new employees.

Learn More

ReStart Kingston is a well established, community based, non-profit service committed to providing high quality assistance to both job seekers and employers. Learn more about the $2,000 signing bonus plus an apprentice for your business!

Call 613-542-7373 ext. 108

Micro-Grants Available for Small Businesses Growing their Business Online

A recently announced government program -- Grow Your Business Online --will help up to 90,000 smaller businesses, including restaurants, tourism and recreation-based businesses that haven't yet adopted digital technologies take advantage of e-commerce opportunities.

Eligible businesses will receive micro-grants of up to $2,400 to help with the costs related to adopting digital technologies.

Grow Your Business Online  will also support a network of up to11,200 youth digital advisors who will provide advice to and help the small businesses adopt e-commerce.

Click here to learn more.

Limestone District School Board

Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) programs are specialized programs that allow Grade 11 or 12 students to focus their learning on a specific economic sector while meeting the requirements to graduate from secondary school with an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).

A school approved to offer an SHSM program will offer the program in all four pathways: apprenticeship training, college, university, and the workplace. SHSM programs may be connected to a Dual Credit Program offered in the Limestone District School Board. Students must complete all components to graduates with their SHSM red seal on their diploma.

Students earning SHSM will be able to make more informed career decisions and ultimately be better prepared for their post-secondary destination of choice.


Meet Some Of Our Sponsors

Kingston KIA 

The Power To Surprise!

The first-of-its-kind by Kia Canada, the Electric Vehicle Experience Centre educates Canadians on the benefit, opportunities and future of electric vehicles.

The future of the automotive industry is electric, and with Kia Canada introducing 7 all-new plug-in hybrid or dedicated electric models by 2025, the EV Experience Centre will offer the public an EV learning opportunity like no other. 

Learn more about their electric / hybrid models at Kingston KIA


Advanced Women’s Health

Dr. Sarah Wilson, ND

Advanced Women's Health is a premier medical clinic that provides evidence based integrated medical care catering to women’s hormonal health. After struggling for years with her health, founder, Dr. Sarah Wilson, Naturopathic Doctor, became passionate about ensuring that no woman would feel alone or dismissed in her journey to feel well. Our vision is to create a community in which women are educated and supported. No woman should feel alone in the face of hormonal chaos and every woman has the right to want the healthiest pregnancy, postpartum period and perimenopausal transition.

No woman should feel ‘complicated’ leaving a medical appointment, only empowered and hopeful.

Our Mission

When women are at their best communities and businesses thrive.

We are on a mission to help professional women, busy Mom’s and Momma’s to be to not only reclaim their health, but also take a proactive approach to wellness.

In today’s chaotic world it can seem impossible to balance it all and stay healthy, but AHW is here to help make that goal do-able!


Wild Idea Co.

Handy Fairies Professional Cleaning Services

Fully Bonded & Insured - Fully Trained Staff - Free Estimates - Work Guaranteed

Our customers keep coming back to us, because we provide services that work and keep their homes clean, right down to the little details. This extensive cleaning system, which we call our Detail-Clean Rotation System, has been proven to be effective in more than five million cleans!. Please do contact us today for a FREE estimate!

Satisfaction Guaranteed - Over 17 years of Quality Assurances Experience and Locally Owned

"A team of four came to my home and did an incredible job! I am very picky and I am very impressed! Thank you Handy Fairies" Dale Leroux

WEBSITE Phone: 613-438-2233

ReStart Employment Services is a proud supporter of women (and everyone) in the workplace!

At ReStart we provide free services and resources to Kingston community members including job seekers, employers, and entrepreneurs of all ages.

ReStart was named the winner of the 🏆"Best Employment Services"🏆 category for 2020 by Kingston Community Votes!

Learn More

Right At Home Kingston

Do you have a loved one who needs some help to stay at home safely? If you have any questions

reach out to Sue Robinson, Regional Manager & Care Planner for Right At Home Kingston.

More Resources to Help You Grow Your Business and YOU

Microsoft Launches Initiative to help 25 Million People Globally To Acquire Needed Digital Skills

Marketing Guide for Businesses Reopening During Coronavirus

Digital Main Street Announces Three New Programs

As part of a partnership between the Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario, Digital Main Street recently announced three new programs to support businesses across Ontario. From $2,500 Digital Transformation Grants to ShopHERE: a program to help you get selling online right away!

The Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub

(WEKH), in partnership with the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs (FWE), is delighted to launch a new sharing platform built by SheEO to help women entrepreneurs and the women who support them across Canada easily connect.

Kingston Mental Health Resources List

Need Help in Getting Your Business to Go Digital. 

Canada Emergency REsponse Benefit / CERB:

City of Kingston Tax Relief

The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy

Covid 19 Tools & Resources for Business - Ontario Chamber of Commerce

Canadian Business Resilience Network

Public and private sector programs and initiatives across Canada that support businesses and their employees.

Kingston Community information and resources

University & College Students Learn Free With Accredited courses!


We Would Love To Hear From You!

Please do connect with us by email. We would love to hear from you.

Gaby Eaton at or

Josie Walsh at


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