The Women’s Collaborative Hub (WCH) is excited to be hosting the 2nd Annual Women Influencers Awards recognizing the unsung heroes who make a mark in our communities of the Tri-Cities, Pitt Meadows & Maple Ridge; these women inspire, influence, encourage, at the same time, mentor others and deserve to be recognized for their outstanding efforts.
The 2nd Annual Women Influencers Awards will be held on November 16th, 2018 at 6:00pm at the Hard Rock Casino Vancouver.
An amazing line-up of panelists!!!
Lotte Davis – AG Hair
AG Hair was founded by Davis and her husband, John, in 1989. Their business relationship melded his expertise in hairdressing and product performance, and hers in retail merchandising and design. After a shaky start (“We were too broke and too stupid to know better”), their dedication to environmentally-friendly ingredients, along with some highly effective retail-level marketing, created the traction they needed, and AG Hair eventually became the largest Canadian hair product company, and the largest in North America to produce all its own goods. Not bad for a business that began with the owners hand-filling bottles—using a peanut butter filling machine—in their Vancouver home.
Davis grew up in apartheid South Africa, and she was quite successful as a woman. She wanted to do something to help other women succeed,” she explains. ” I knew without question it had to be in Africa, and had to be for women. I did not want to write a cheque, though. I wanted my arms right around it. And when I visited a slum school in Nairobi, that was it, I knew what to do.” What emerged was One Girl Can (and eventually, Women Leading Change, as well).
Davis explains that “in Kenya and Uganda, primary school is free, but secondary school is not. So we started by building one secondary school for girls. Now we are just finished building our sixth.” They also have scholarships for high school and university students. “We had 32 girls enter university last year,” she says. “And I want to maintain a relationship with each one of them. I visit twice a year now, and I always say to the girls, ‘Your job is to get a B or better. And then you can become mentors yourselves. We are always here for you.’” A portion of each AG Hair product sold is put towards the facilitation of the non-profit.
the only manufacturer of professional hair care products in Canada, with distribution to over 20,000 salons and beauty stores internationally.
Their hair care line, known for its integrity and meticulous selection of natural ingredients, has grown exponentially over the past 29 years and now employs over 90 people with projected sales of $30M this year.
Having grown up in the dawn of the apartheid movement in South Africa, she was acutely aware of the legacy of mistreatment and lack of opportunities for women in particular.
Owner of AG Hair, Founder of “One Girl Can”, Lotte is the 2016 winner of the YWCA Women of Distinction award for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
Dr. Dahlia Mostafa
President & CEO at Click Coaching & Counselling Inc.
Newsletter Editor in Chief at Rotary International District 5360
Author, Writer, Poet, Motivational Speaker at Dahlia Mostafa
Vice President at Think for Actions
Dr. Dahlia Mostafa is a Professional Certified Master Life Coach, Counsellor & Leadership Consultant with 15 years of experience. She holds four coaching degrees from Canada & USA. Dahlia is a Ph.D. Fellow in Leadership, Policy, and Change with an area of focus in Counselling Psychology. Moreover, she is a writer, a motivational public speaker, a trainer, and a humanitarian as well. She travelled the world, succeeded to build bridges across different cultures, embraced humanity and charity and became a voice of change and empowerment for so many around the world. Dahlia Is Fluent in English, French, and Arabic and regularly appears on CBC and CTV.
Dahlia is the President & CEO of the Canadian Life Transformation Academy. She works hand in hand with husbands, wives, children, and community members using a coaching and counselling approach that is tailored to their needs, backgrounds, cultures, morals and ethics to help them make their dreams real and revive their relationships while improving their well-being, balance, and development. Her vision is to help individuals around the world, to bring out the best in them, and help them create a fulfilling way of living; and her mission is to enrich the quality of relationships and family life while promoting the development of children into happy, secure, self-sufficient, emotionally robust adults; ones who are capable of becoming respectful constructive citizens. She is also dedicated to help immigrants, newcomers, and refugees to settle and integrate in North America. Dahlia pursues her work in English, French, and Arabic through one on one sessions at her Calgary Office in Canada, and also Internationally via Phone and Skype. She has workshops, seminars, and courses running throughout the year in twenty two different areas in line with her vision and mission. Her Facebook page has more than half a million fans from all over the world following her writing and inspirational shows. On a monthly basis, Dahlia is committed to carry out free workshops that provide solutions for our day-to-day problems. It is a core value for her to offer services that are affordable, and accessible to all society members.
In addition, Dahlia holds to her credit 40 international awards based on research and academic excellence as well as her leadership, teaching skills, volunteerism, community service, social change influential impact, and humanitarian initiatives. She was recently the winner of both the 2017 Canadian Immigrants of Distinction Award in Community Service and the 2017 RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrants Award. Moreover, Dahlia was recently honored by the Governor General of Canada, on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II, by the Sovereign Medal for Volunteers.
She was also honored with the Presidential Award of Achievement from the Egyptian Minister Nabila Makram in July 2017 Together with the Leadership Award of the Year from the Gradual Rising of Women Canadian Organization in October 2017.
Dahlia is passionate about Social Change, Community Service, Education, Marriage Counselling, Youth Development, Parental Education, Life/Soul/Fertility Coaching, and Leadership Management. Dahlia’s area of expertise covers Marriage Counselling, Family Reconciliation, Youth Development, Parental Education, Motivation, Life Coaching, Soul Coaching, Fertility Coaching, NLP Coaching, Leadership Management, Team Building, Strategic Planning, Depression, Anxiety, Anger Release and Anger Management, Fear Analysis, Grief Counselling, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Post-Partum Depression, Issues of low Self-Esteem, Confidence, Guilt, Shame and Body Image as well as Career and Academic Counselling.
Dahlia’s Volunteerism started in Egypt throughout her school Notre Dame De Sion, and carried over during her university years in Egypt, Canada and USA. Dahlia takes pride being a Rotarian who is dedicated to serve people around the globe. Furthermore, Dahlia holds a Bachelor and Master Degrees in Electrical Engineering as well as a reputable Canadian experience in Oil and Gas and Academia. Her transformational journey as the Vice-President of Academic and University Affairs of the Post Graduate Student Society at McGill University for two consecutive years was a journey of commitment in serving her colleagues, surveying their needs and finding creative solutions for their problems. As you can tell by now, Dahlia is a life-long learner and a PhD steward of the discipline dedicated to learn, conserve, and transform knowledge.
Dahlia is happily married to Ahmed Mostafa, has one son “Ramsey”, and takes care of her precious elderly mother living with them in Canada. She lives in Calgary and she enjoys travelling, photography, fine dining, volunteering, and learning about customs and traditions.
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