Randstad Canada Women Shaping Business Award Winner Announced
With over 50-submissions over two months, the competition was tough, but a winner has been selected for the 2013, Women Shaping Business story contest.
Chosen by an independent panel of female thought leaders, and nominated by Donna Diebel, Carly Kuntz of Waterloo, Ontario has been selected as the 2013, Women Shaping Business Award recipient.
About the winner
Carly Kuntz is a certified Spa Director, an M.B.A. graduate and a mother of twins. She was formerly a marketing executive and is now the owner and Chief Relaxation Officer (CRO) of the Waters Spa. Carly's vision for the spa began a decade ago when she felt there was a level of service lacking in the day spa industry in Waterloo and was determined to bring a high end "resort experience" to the day spa setting. Setting to developing her business after giving birth to her twins Carly wanted to build something she was passionate about and that used her business training to its full potential.
Since 2007, Carly has grown her business from a team of five, to a team of 26 and has continued to expand her business’s service operating year after year.
Now established and strong, The Waters Spa and Carly donates over $15,000 in services to the community. Outside of the spa, Carly is engaged in other charity work, including a co-ed children’s hockey non-profit and she is launching a regional magazine celebrating the accomplishments of women in Waterloo.
You’ll be hearing more about Carly in the coming weeks as we get to know her and her business better. Stories like hers are an inspiration to everyone here at Randstad Canada, and exemplify why we conduct research, host events and speak openly about women in the world of work.
In the meantime congratulations Carly, and thank you Donna for nominating such an outstanding member of your community.
Esther Enyolu of Nigerian descent, is the Founder and active Executive Director of the Women’s Multicultural Resource and Counselling Centre of Durham (WMRCC) in Pickering, Ontario. WMRCC recently celebrated their 20th Anniversary!
As the Executive Director of WMRCC, she has been helping women, youth and children receive the most effective services. She is compassionate, caring, supportive and has helped change the lives of 100's of women and children year by year. She advocates strongly for violence against women/children and effective crisis resolutions. Esther is also my mother and has inspired me to nominate her for this phenomenal award. She has helped so many women in our community and is an amazing woman, mentor, leader, wife and most importantly Mother!
Deb's retirement after a full career of teaching, has been to use her passion for children's health to educate students, their teachers, and community about nutrition, physical activity and healthy living. She started a grassroots charity called 'NSTEP (www.nstep.ca) that runs free, sustainable programs in elementary and middle schools across Canada and it keeps growing and growing with the increasing need for preventative measures against obesity in Canada.
Nutri-Lawn Kelowna, British Columbia 2007 World Women’s Curling Champion Kelly has been inspiring women for the better part of a decade by portraying unconditional positivity and intensity in her athleticism and business environments. She epitomizes the word “balance” as she manages her successful curling career, her local business and staff and her young, blossoming family. Kelly is humble and gracious. She is a woman of opportunity and deserves all credit for her successes on and off the ice.
Kiley runs this amazing school/business that helps people discover what they are most passionate about ie 'their most inspired work' which she teaches at 'The New School of Inspired Work':www.thenewschool.ca/ She was kind enough let me and my wife (and others) attend her school without paying, as she was not turning anyone away when she first opened. Kiley's work and school has changed me and my wife's life for the better. She is a true leader in the community with her thoughtfulness, passion and desire to help others try to become the best they can be. She is also a business owner trying to transform the face of business by helping people find their gifts and strengths, and then how to turn that into passion fueled businesses, contributing to the community. Kiley is a hard working, VERY INSPIRING, loving, passionate visionary business woman who deserves to be recognized! Thank You!
From Audrey's bio...Family” is a word that’s most often used by Audrey Wilson when she talks about her business. Not only does she think of her GEMINI team in such warm terms, but she extends that to all of the women, men and children who have, over the years, come to GEMINI to build on their image and self-confidence. Audrey is now entering her 23rd year as the owner and director of the Region’s largest Modelling Agency, Training Academy and Fashion Production Firm. She’s excited about what the future holds.
Audrey started her work experience as Supervisor of Staffing in the Human Resources Division of the Waterloo Regional District School Board, and remained in that position for 17 years. At the same time, on a part-time basis, she modeled and instructed classes at GEMINI Modelling Studio in Kitchener.
For Audrey had a dream and worked diligently to achieve it. The dream was to grow a small local business into a multi-faceted company. In 1991, Audrey’s dream became a reality when she purchased GEMINI.
Over the years, and with the capable assistance of her close-knit team, Audrey Wilson’s GEMINI has vaulted into its present position as the most dynamic fashion and image-making leader in Ontario.
In the fall of 2013, GEMINI will be branching into the Guelph market, where they will be opening a “pilot” Academy, which will offer weekend classes for girls ages 5-18. “There is such a high demand for self-development today,” says Audrey. “We are simply expanding to help more people achieve their fullest potential.”
To complement a new satellite location, Audrey will be revising the curriculum to include information for teens on safe uses of social media. “We will be teaching students and models how to conduct themselves professionally and safely as technology continues to develop.” says Audrey.
Word of the Year: Exalt: To increase intensity, to stimulate the mind or imagination
In addition to this every year, Audrey assists many in our community - offering reduced or no fees for children in our community who cannot afford to pay to attend modeling sessions or camps...and volunteers her own time to assist many local charities including our Cancer Society, MS, Children's Charities, etc. etc. The list is endless.
Carly Kuntz is the Owner and Chief Relaxation Officer (CRO) of The Waters – An Urban Spa Retreat, a spa that has been voted the best spa in Waterloo Region Ontario since 2009.
In 2004, Carly embarked on a journey to explore, research and ultimately improve the spa services industry. She has created a new spa experience that takes the day spa industry to a new level of service and quality. Carly created a day spa in an urban setting that has an elegant, yet warm and friendly feel. Her vision for the spa began a decade ago when she realized there was a level of service lacking in the day spa industry and was determined to bring a high end "resort experience" to the day spa setting. The Waters ~ An Urban Spa Retreat brings nurturing, high quality treatments and products to its guests providing them with a true spa experience. With unique treatments inspired by therapies from around the world, Carly’s team of over 25 therapists and support staff aim to delight guests upon every visit.
Carly has always been an entrepreneur at heart and after graduating with an MBA from Wilfrid Laurier University in 1999, she had the confidence to pursue her goal of opening a world-class day spa. A certified Spa Director and mother of twins, Carly employs her business and marketing skills to run the business without performing any of the treatments – she hires only the best estheticians and registered massage therapists to work directly with spa guests. It is Carly’s skilled attention to detail, plus the dedication of her team, that has afforded The Waters with the unparalleled reputation it has today.
Carly also believes in giving back to the community and in this respect, The Waters donates over fifteen thousand dollars in spa services annually to local non-profit organizations.
In addition to the spa, Carly has now taken on a new role as publisher of a new magazine, Women of Merit. Along with two partners (other mom/entrepreneurs), Carly helped to create a vision for a publication that honours local women who have achieved professional or personal success. Women of Merit profiles these extraordinary women in an interview format aimed at showcasing who these amazing women really are. The first issue has gone to print and will be available in January 2014.
Carly also volunteers her time in the community. She and her husband started and coach a non-profit hockey program for kids called Hockey For Fun. Boys and girls, aged 8 to 11, can learn and play hockey once per week – just for fun. Carly and Mike saw a need in the community and took action to provide this service for families. Visit www.HockeyForFun.ca.
Carly also volunteers for the Women of Waterloo Region Awards honouring local "WOW" women and their mentors. She was a mentor with the Canadian Youth Business Foundation for a new, young entrepreneur with whom she continues to maintain a co-mentoring relationship today. Carly was a co-founder of a local Waterloo networking and support group for mom entrepreneurs called Momz in Biz. She is passionate about highlighting and supporting women the community. Carly is a dedicated wife, mother, volunteer and proud member of the Waterloo region business community.
The reason I nominated Carly is that she is a beautiful woman both inside and out. She is well deserving of this nomination as a leader at home, work and our community.
I respectfully submit the nomination of Judy McDougall for consideration for the Women Shaping Business Award 2013. Judy is known in the industry for her ethics, integrity and customer service excellence. As President of Welcome home Relocations, Judy has her hands full with leading and managing the growth of WHR and its network of consultants across Canada. Be that as it may, Judy has in this past year also made an additional commitment to giving back even more to the community, as well as increasing her participation in CERC. She does this while also having to deal with a serious and ongoing personal family challenge. Those who know Judy know that she conducts herself with grace and compassion. In the past year, Judy made it her (and our firm’s) mandate to directly get involved with charities of our choosing. She put together a team of runners to fundraise and participate in the Sears Great Canadian Run (Relay to End Kids Cancer) from Toronto to Blue Mountain, and raised over $2000 for that worthy cause. Furthermore, she championed the cause of Heart & Stroke and through various fund-raising events and corporate challenges, donated over $6500 to the Heart & Stroke Foundation (4th highest in York Region) and through her challenges of others was also responsible for raising the awareness and donations from other corporate entities. This past year also saw Judy take on a more participative and contributory role within the CERC. A member for the last 15 years, Judy travelled to Calgary from Toronto to be the speaker at a CERC Breakfast Seminar in June, and spoke at a similar Breakfast Seminar in Toronto. Thank you for your consideration and please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any questions.
Gladys Daoud has been giving leadership workshops for many years. She is certified in Leadership Training by Management Research Group as well as in Creativity and Innovation by Edward DeBono. She has contributed immensely to her community. She is one of the cofounders of Ton Avenir en Main - Seize your Future (TAM-SYF), a non-profit organization whose goal is to help young women to gain better leadership skills. Since its creation, TAM-SYF has helped more than 100 young women to become leaders of tomorrow's society and Gladys, who teaches the leadership seminars, is a big part of that success
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