Our first online magazine for the 40 over Forty Absolutely Fabulous Women Awards & Gala 2018 on the occasion of International Women's Day.
ACHIEVEMENT AWARD CONGRATULATIONS! Lucy Santoro Health & Wellness AWARDS SPONSORED BY Rwaida Al Absi Community Leader Lucy is the co-owner of Kra Company (Kra Co.). After being in corporate finance, customer service and a training Supervisor over 5 years, Lucy decided to follow her passion in holistic services. She has been a Reiki Master for 10 years and offers additional services in Angel Guidance and Healing, as well as Meditation.Having been diagnosed with Breast Cancer at the young age of 36, Lucy has been active in her healing and helping others heal. She provides support at Wellspring and shares her voice and experience with Cancer Care Ontario and her local hospital. She is also an Ambassador for After Breast Cancer. Lucy is currently the Director of the H.U.B Inc Hamilton/Burlington Chapter where she is building a community of business owners and entrepreneurs to network and connect with one another and help create purposeful collaborations and growth. Lucy thrives in her connections with others and in being of service. Rwaida AL-Absi who came from Yemen two years ago with her husband and adorable three boys. Yemen one of the most exotic countries in Arabian Peninsula. A place where you will see many interesting historical peculiar landmarks. Rwaida joined the Yemeni Canadian club and become one of its board members. She is a great asset to The Yemeni Canadian club who helps gather women in many different activities and involve Yemeni women in the community and with other communities. Rwaida with her outstanding communication skills and in a short time could adjust and participate in the community by doing lots of volunteer work and has introduced herself very fast to everyone by her great work. With her strong and diplomatic personality, she could easily become a member of different communities which make it easy to involve women from our community with others. Rwaida honorably represented Yemen as Yemeni Ambassador in the Canada 150 celebration last year 2017 in women in diversity. This year she is receiving an award from Absolutely Fabulous Women for her achievement as a leader on behalf of her community. Councillor Nirmala Armstrong Community Service Nirmala Armstrong is a Regional Councillor for the City of Markham. In addition to being the first South Asian woman to become a Regional Councillor in the City of Markham, she is also a highly regarded lawyer with a BA Specialist Degree in Political Science from the University of Toronto, an LLB Degree from Queen’s University - Faculty of Law and an LLM Degree from Osgoode Hall Law School. Within the York Region, she is a member of the Audit Committee, Housing York Inc., Transportation Master Plan Advisory Task Force and the Seniors Strategy Advisory Task Force. Nirmala is married to Tim Armstrong. She is the mother of four children and a proud grandmother of three grandchildren. Nirmala has several hobbies outside of her work as a Regional Councillor for the City of Markham. In her spare time, she likes to watch romantic movies and loves listening to country and western music. Recently, she has also been a recipient of the Inspiring Women Award from ANGEENA International Non-Profit Organization, the Award of Excellence from Council of Agencies Serving South Asians, the award for Leadership and Support from the South Asians Gift of Life Committee in Collaboration with the City of Markham, and an award of appreciation from Carrom Canada. Teenaz Javat Advocacy By blood Indian, by bond Pakistani and by choice Canadian, would best describe Teenaz Javat, a senior writer at the CBC Toronto. Long before she became a journalist, Teenaz was a story teller. Her stories form part of The Shoe Project, a women-only artists collective that document immigration stories through the lens of shoes. A multiple award-winning journalist, Teenaz was part of a team at CBC Radio's Metro Morning that won the Adrainne Clarkson National Award for a town hall on Domestic violence against women in the GTA. She does not shy away from taking a hard look at topics like Arab Spring and its impact on Canada, or the not-so-uncommon practice of female feticide among some communities in the GTA. Teenaz came to Canada with an 8-month-old daughter. She has been a stay-at-home mother, a full-time student at Sheridan College, a full-time journalist at the CBC, and an adjunct professor at Sheridan college, all along volunteering in the local school system and editor of her community newsletter. She lives in Mississauga with her husband and children, and loves having breakfast with her friends when she is not in the newsroom on the early morning shift. Continue reading at next page >
ACHIEVEMENT AWARD CONGRATULATIONS! Theresa Lariba Awuni Community Leader Theresa Lariba Awuni, born on the August 29, 1962 at Tema in Ghana, West Africa. A trained Teacher and a Community Development Worker and for the past 35 years. She has assisted her community members including children, youth, women to find sustainable livelihood through programs including Micro Finance, Water & Sanitation, Education, Child Sponsorship and Employment. Theresa is currently working as a Lead Employment Resource Counsellor for Dixie Bloor Neighbourhood Centre in Mississauga. Theresa started her career in the deprived communities in Ghana, as a Teacher with enthusiasm to see children, girls, and the youth to become responsible community leaders and citizens. As a life-long learner, with a commitment to professional development, she obtained a Master of Arts Degree in Education (Leadership & Management) at the age of 54. She has a passion for volunteering and is engaged in various community associations where she has contributed to assisting in unifying and improving the social and economic lives of members across the GTA. Rose Pinchero-Scott Community Service Rose Pinchero-Scott, born and raised in Brantford Ontario, lost her Father at age two, and her Mother at age seven. Fortunately, her older sister and her were raised and influenced by their courageous and strong-faithed Aunt Rose. Rose completed her Bachelor of Mathematics from Waterloo University and her MBA from McMaster. After many years of Information Technology work for insurance companies, she decided to stay home to raise and homeschool her three girls. Eight years ago, she lost her sister to cancer. This event helped Rose realize how blessed she was to not have been separated from her sister as a child. Fostering was one way she could give back to the community. Two of the foster children that are now adopted, continue to be in her family’s life as Rose and her husband are godparents. Rose and her family are active in their Roman Catholic Church, St. Joseph’s Parish. She enjoys teaching Sunday School and organizing the annual Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Program. Canvassing for Heart and Stroke Foundation is her way of honouring family members that passed away from heart problems. SandraLaya Ruch Community Service For 3 decades SandraLaya Ruch has been inspiring women to live their lives to the fullest. She is a firm believer that anything is possible and each of us must dare to dream. She encourages women not be held hostage to our victim story but to use our survival as a reminder of our strength and possibilities. SandraLaya began her global activism for the rights of women and children as a young woman. For the past 10 years, Sandra has played a prominent role as the National Coordinator at Canada’s only national Feminist peace organization in Canada, the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace (VOW). She is one of the founders of the Canadian Boat to Gaza and is an active member of Independent Jewish Voices. SandraLaya provides timely insight for women and how they can begin to see and manage conflict differently. She is a sought-after speaker on strategies for social justice and empowering women to come into their voice. Entertainment Anjelica Scannura Anjelica Scannura is a highly accomplished dancer, choreographer, adjudicator, and actress. She has performed and taught all over the world, including the USA, Europe, the Caribbean and the Middle East. Anjelica is also the face of ZoomerMedia’s health and fitness channel, ONE Get Fit TV, where she has her own critically acclaimed dancefitness show “Anjelica’s Dance Workout.” There oughta be a law about Anjelica Scannura. She can frighten the life out of the sedentary. – John Doyle, The Globe and Mail SandraLaya Ruch is a Celebrant of Life Cycle events including weddings, funerals and memorial services. She is the founder and CEO of Sixty in the City which helps empower women to live meaningful lives. She views conflict and crises as pivotal moments in our lives that can deepen our significance or destroy it. “We must look for the opportunities waiting for us”. SandraLaya Ruch Continue reading at next page > Watch out for Anjelica in the upcoming feature film “Little Italy,” starring Hayden Christensen and Emma Roberts. You can also catch her doing live Stand Up Comedy at Comedy Clubs in Toronto and Ontario.