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WOF 2019 - Toronto Nominees

Andrea Grant-Jones - Nominee for Go-Getter Award

Andrea Grant-Jones - Nominee for Go-Getter Award
Andrea Grant-Jones is a Certified Leadership and Success Coach for Women with over 20 years experience in helping leaders, young woman and being actively involved in her community. Her mission is to help women break through limiting beliefs, achieve their highest potential; while leading and living authentically in and out of the workplace.

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Andrea Hudson-Lindsay - Nominee for My Little Light Award

Andrea Hudson-Lindsay - Nominee for My Little Light Award
My motto of have less, do more is a daily reminder to give and help others no matter how small as we never know the life we can changed. I am giver, a server and a lover of life who lives each day to the fullest. I was born in Jamaica and raised in a family that was poor monetarily but rich in love, compassion and the belief you are your brother’s keeper.

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Anna S. Hill - Nominee for Lifetime Achiever Award

Anna S. Hill - Nominee for Lifetime Achiever Award
Anna Hill is passionate about guiding people through their pain and into happiness. As a graduate from the Computer Science and Technology program at Sheridan College and self-employed since 1989, she has a unique 30+ year career in software and hardware training and development for Fortune 500 companies around North America.

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Ashley-Ann Pereira - Nominee for Young Entrepreneur Award

Ashley-Ann Pereira - Nominee for Young Entrepreneur Award
Ashley-Ann is a conscious story teller and author of The Key to Happiness. She coaches startup authors on how to write, design, brand, and launch their books.

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Brittney Donaldson - Nominee for Performer Award

Brittney Donaldson - Nominee for Performer Award
I am an Early Childhood Educator who loves to sing. I have been singing all of my life, ever since I could remember. Growing up, I began singing in my church; which helped to shape the gift that God has given me into what it is today. I am a Praise and Worship Leader at my church, and I also sing on the team.

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Carolee Parkes - Nominee for Butterfly Award

Carolee Parkes - Nominee for Butterfly Award
Carolee Parkes was born and continues to reside in Toronto, Ontario. She has worked as an Early Childhood Educator and Intensive Resource Support Worker for children with behavioral needs for over twenty years.

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Chantai Finesse - Nominee for Author Award

Chantai Finesse - Nominee for Author Award
Through writing, Chantai Finesse has been able to capture every role, thought, and dream for the purpose of sharing. In spite of her quiet demeanor, her message of being intentional has allowed her to speak on several platforms, from the youth in congregations and schools, to a wider listening audience through radio.

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Dr. Sylvia Bramwell - Nominee for Lifetime Achiever Award

Dr. Sylvia Bramwell - Nominee for Lifetime Achiever Award
A Registered Psychotherapist of Ontario working out of Cambridge Ontario. Sylvia holds a Doctorate in Christian Counseling. Sylvia worked as a Health Promotion Officer and Case Manager with Toronto community Housing for about 12 years.

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Eddie Suliman - Nominee for Go-Getter Award

Eddie Suliman - Nominee for Go-Getter Award
After 12 years of working in the aviation industry Eddie Suliman started considering a career change. Her colleagues watched her in action as she sat on the company’s Special Events Committee assisting with the planning process for events that at times consisted of 600 plus guests.

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Fanny Balseca - Nominee for My Little Light Award

Fanny Balseca - Nominee for My Little Light Award
In the early 1970’s, together with her husband and four young daughters, Fanny Balseca immigrated to Canada. She had no other family, no friends, no knowledge of the English language, yet she did not allow those barriers to stop her. She overcame anxiety and depression caused by having been separated from her close-knit family in Ecuador.

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Fernanda Silva - Nominee for Lifetime Achiever Award

Fernanda Silva - Nominee for Lifetime Achiever Award
Married with her wonderful husband for almost 50 Years, mother of 3 amazing guys. Joined Mary Kay from a Corporate Job,in 1991 ( this year will be 28 years) and in 1 1/2 year become a sales Director with Mary Kay Cosmetics.up to Now , Love what I do and the friends I make.

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Flora Igoki-Terah - Nominee for Butterfly Award

Flora Igoki-Terah - Nominee for Butterfly Award
Flora Igoki Terah is a Kenyan-Canadian author, a compelling storyteller and a most sought after inspirational speaker who shares her powerful lived experiences of undying human spirit to help advocate for women and girls rights around the world.Asa victim of horrible violent acts, the need for peaceful solutions is never far from her thoughts.

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Gaya Nagendra - Nominee for My Little Light Award

Gaya Nagendra - Nominee for My Little Light Award
Gaya Nagendra is a practicing Community Service Worker, in the Region of Peel. She has been in the field of Social Work for the past 11 years. She came from a background of working in the Business field. Her life took a turn in 2002 when she went to volunteer in her native Sri Lanka during the ceasefire period.

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Ivyisha Douglas - Nominee for Author/Writer Award

Ivyisha Douglas - Nominee for Author/Writer Award
Ivyisha Douglas who is better known as Queen Visha, is a self-published author and motivational speaker who began her journey in 2017. Her journey through depression, and self-discovery helped her find her life's purpose, which is writing, speaking, and helping others.

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Jackie Nugent - Nominee for Author Award

Jackie Nugent - Nominee for Author Award
In response to what Jackie calls a “Divine appeal, to revive the power of sharing personal testimonies”, Jackie Nugent has recently authored and published her first book titled- 13 Seats: The Women Who Dared to Testify. In this compelling book, Jackie prolifically garnishes her personal story...

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Jhannell Edwards - Nominee for Single Mom Award

Jhannell Edwards - Nominee for Single Mom Award
Growing up in Northern Ontario, Jhannell Edwards had a zest for public speaking and expressed entrepreneurial inclinations from the tender age of 3. A self-proclaimed “entertainer”, she enjoyed building forts with her fathers left over yard scraps, selling girl guide cookies door to door...

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Judy Jackson - Nominee for Single Mom Award

Judy Jackson - Nominee for Single Mom Award
Judy Jackson is a single mother of four children. She has a Masters degree in Social Work, a B.A in Sociology and a Diploma in Community Work. She has worked for over 30 years in the social service sector, including employment at Children’s Aid Society.

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Lavon Johnson - Nominee for Young Entrepreneur Award

Lavon Johnson - Nominee for Young Entrepreneur Award
Lavon Johnson is a fashion entrepreneur, stylist and accessories designer. Lavon describes her style as futuristic and colourful. Striving to bring class, colour and modesty back into the fashion world, her jewelry and purses are all handmade and are designed by her using precious stones and soft metal.

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Leatrice Lindsay - Nominee for Single Mom Award

Leatrice Lindsay - Nominee for Single Mom Award
Leatrice Lindsay is the creator of S.M.I.L.E – Single Mothers Independently Loving Endlessly. As a Single Mother herself she have broken generational chains in life. And was able to use what’s in her hands to beat all odds.

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Lee-Ann Alexis - Nominee for Go-Getter Award

Lee-Ann Alexis - Nominee for Go-Getter Award
Energetic, Real & Tenacious - Lee-Ann Alexis is a Professional Faith-Based transformation and resiliency coach who enjoys working with women to help align their spirits, minds, and bodies enabling them to live completely whole assisting each heart to manage stresses in all aspects of life through exercise, nutrition, and mentorship.

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Lizy Triffo - Nominee for Business Woman of the Year

Lizy Triffo - Nominee for Business Woman of the Year
Canadian radio and television host Lizy Triffo was born in Chile and raised I Brazil. Entrepreneurship and storytelling were skills that Lizy had expressed interest in at a young age. She always pretend to interview people around her while sticking a fake microphone in their faces.

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Lolleta Cunningham - Nominee for Community Award

Lolleta Cunningham - Nominee for Community Award
I am a native of Jamaica, hailing from Kingston and have lived in Canada for almost 50 years. Married to my soulmate Barry for 25 years who is my rock and pillar. I am a mother of two children, Andre (33) and Felecia (31) and grandmother of Shellyce 14 and Joavin 1 year with one on the way.

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Lucia Crammer - Nominee for Community Award

Lucia Crammer - Nominee for Community Award
Born in Kingston Jamaica and raised in Toronto, Ontario. Lucia is the founder of Sisters Overcoming Together, a non profit organization which entails monthly meetings, workshops, and events that gear towards single mothers. ecoming a single mother of two at the age of 19 and facing her own hardships, Lucia found her calling as a mentor for single mothers.

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Myrna Kahan - Nominee for Business Woman of the Year

Myrna Kahan - Nominee for Business Woman of the Year
Myrna Kahan is a bilingual Public Relations Personality at its finest, representing her roots to the highest wherever she goes as a successful Hispanic business woman and Journalist from San Juan Puerto Rico-USA; long with her 31 years of marketing hand-on experience in Toronto, Canada.

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Nadeshia McIntosh - Nominee for Young Entrepreneur Award

Nadeshia McIntosh - Nominee for Young Entrepreneur Award
A Toronto-based fashion designer who specializes in men and women occasional, casual and evening/bridal wear. She started off as a self-taught fashion designer by reconstructing old garments into new pieces. After doing a few DIY’s of her own she was approached regarding where her pieces could be found; which motivated her to start her own clothing line.

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Natalie Cousins - Nominee for Go-Getter Award

Natalie Cousins - Nominee for Go-Getter Award
Natalie Cousins is a Real Estate Agent, Business Coach, Speaker, Trainer, & mentor globally. She Transforms your career and business with her 6 Pillar Systematic Processes to enhance your Visions, Goals, and Marketing to Standout, get Repeat Clients, Referrals, to deposit more money in your bank account!

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Nisreen Askar - Nominee for My Little Light Award

Nisreen Askar - Nominee for My Little Light Award
Nisreen graduated with Honours in Fine Arts from Sheridan College and received a Visual Arts Diploma from the International Career School. Her inspiration for new creations is the love expressed to her by others, in appreciation for the joy her work evokes in them.

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Paola Gomez - Nominee for Community Award

Paola Gomez - Nominee for Community Award
Paola Gomez is a trained human rights lawyer, community organizer, public speaker, artist facilitator, writer and dreamer. A member of PEN Canada’s Writers in Exile, Paola is involved in causes such as ending violence against women and forced migration, as well as community engagement.

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Pauline Wangari - Nominee for Community Award

Pauline Wangari - Nominee for Community Award
Pauline Wangari Mwangi is a passionate community leader with over 10 years experience as a Developmental Service worker in Social Justice, Advocacy, Human rights, Diversity, Health Policy and Governance.

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Rebecca (Rivkah) Tedoldi - Nominee for Business Woman of the Year

Rebecca (Rivkah) Tedoldi - Nominee for Business Woman of the Year
Passionate, Strong, Faithful - Rebecca (Rivkah) Tedoldi, was born and lived in England UK and is now living in Kingston Ontario. She is a doula who goes as far as Brampton/Mississauga for births and is inspired to help women have the births they deserve.

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Renee Fraser - Nominee for Business Woman of the Year Award

Renee Fraser - Nominee for Business Woman of the Year Award
Renee Fraser is the founder and owner of EmilyRenee Decor & Events. She has years of experience in decor and event coordination and has a strong team of talented individuals that share her passion to deliver exceptional service.

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Shamena Maharaj Nominee for Community Award

Shamena Maharaj Nominee for Community Award
Shamena Maharaj MSc. CHRL, ACC, NLP, Q.Med - Shamena Maharaj is an award-winning Human Resources and Organizational Development Professional with over 20 years of experience. She is a speaker, coach, change leader, mediator, scholar and facilitator.

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Sharon Weeden - Nominee for Business Woman of the Year Award

Sharon Weeden - Nominee for Business Woman of the Year Award
Sharon Weeden is the owner/operator of BALLYHOO! Push Pin Media, Toronto's favourite indoor poster and flyer distribution company in operation since 2004. Sharon has built great relationships with the best indoor advertising venues in Toronto.

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Sherese Jesuorobo - Nominee for Go-Getter Award

Sherese Jesuorobo - Nominee for Go-Getter Award
Sherese is the Creator of Simply Highp Productions who's mission is to promote self awareness and unity though Crystal Healing, Energy and Mind Power. Her vision is to awaken humanity to their personal power to heal and promotes that with her famous #ThePowerofYou hashtag on her social networks.

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Soraya Lozano - Nominee for Performer Award

Soraya Lozano - Nominee for Performer Award
Soraya Lozano is the owner and artistic director of Inspiracion Latina Dance and Estampa Peruana. She is a versatile and highly trained dancer, instructor and choreographer who has been involved in fitness, dance and the performing arts her entire life and has extensive training in gymnastics, fitness, Arabic, Brazilian, Peruvian and Latin dances.

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Tenesha Wilson - Nominee for My Little Light Award

Tenesha Wilson - Nominee for My Little Light Award
Tenesha Wilson is an entrepreneur, mother and motivational speaker. Born and raised in St. Andrew Jamaica, Tenesha moved to Toronto, Canada at the age of 16. Tenesha left home at 18 with high hopes of attaining independence and fulfilling her goals.

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