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2017 Rosalind Smith Business Award Winner – Donna Chen – Tim Hortons

The Rosalind Smith Award for Exceptional and prolonged Service from individuals or group from the Black Community Owning and Running a Business.

 

  • Jamaica
  • Entrepreneur – Canada
  • 30 years – Service Industry
  • Tim Hortons
  • Invermere BC – 3 Leduc Restaurants
  • Foreign Workers Program
  • Rotarian – Rise Up Society
  • Focus on Possibilities – Goal Setting
  • Grow in Confidence – Full Potential
  • Family Resource Center

 

Ms. Chen was born in Jamaica West Indies. Through her determination she propelled into becoming a successful entrepreneur in Canada. For well over 30 years, Ms. Chen has occupied several offices at varying level of the service industry. In 2006 she realized her long time goal of owning her own business. She became an owner & operator of a Tim Hortons, Canada’s in Invermere B.C. She now owns 3 Tim Hortons locations in Leduc. Donna is a firm believer in clear goal setting.

In 2009 she was one of the first franchise owners in Canada to utilize the Foreign Workers Program. She created an opportunity for hard working Jamaicans back home to come to Canada and build the economy here. She served as Rotarian in Inveremere BC. & has done significant work with the Family Resource Centre, where she serves on the Board of Directors. The desire to serve women facing particular challenges in our communities is very important to her.

She currently serves on the board of “Rise-up Society” Alberta in Leduc. The goal is to bring hope & healing to those impacted by domestic abuse. She serves as an Ambassador for Tim Hortons Foundation which enables over 19,000 children to attend camp each year. Her focus continues to be on,” possibilities not problems”. This mindset has aided to cement her in the Dias-pora of time as a strong Black Woman. A quote she often shares is that “The secret of change is to focus all your energy, not fighting the old, but on building the new”.

 

2017 Rosalind Smith Business Award Winner – Dorian Andrews – AAA Striping

The Rosalind Smith Award for Exceptional and prolonged Service from individuals or group from the Black Community Owning and Running a Business.

 

  • Summer 1981
  • Founder
  • Family Business
  • President
  • Business Management
  • Passion & Vision
  • Knowledge & Responsibilities
  • Current Employees
  • Gives Back to the Community
  • Role Model

 

Mr. Andrews graduated from Laurinburg, College in North Carolina with a B.A. in Business Management. His father Mr. Edward Andrews is the founder of Triple A striping, operating in Edmonton for 36 years. He believed in laying the foundation for his children & future generations. During summer months Dorian worked alongside his dad & learned all aspect of the business.

On graduation he entered the company full time. He soon became the Manager of a division which brought the most revenue to the overall financial success of the company. For 16 years he worked as part of the team responsible for directing the vision, and development of the company with his father & older brother, past President Kwame Andrews. The unexpected & tragic passing of Kwame in 2014 changed some things, and not Dorian & his dad’s passion & vision for the company.

Dorian is now the President of Triple A, providing mentorship & role models. Dorian has successfully worked in many roles within the company & has sound knowledge in the business. Triple A Striping feels it is important to give back to the community & is proud to be involved among others with the Kidney foundation, Winnifred Steward Foundation, Edmonton Food Bank & Mustard Seed Society. Dorian is married to Aimee & they are the proud parents of 3 year old A-ria & Dorian Jr. 18 months. Dorian serves as a good role model for young people in our community.

 

 

2017 Rosalind Smith Business Award Winner – Andrea Bailey-Brown – Jiffy Lube

The Rosalind Smith Award for Exceptional and prolonged Service from individuals or group from the Black Community Owning and Running a Business.

 

  • Education – French – German
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  • Edmonton Public School
  • Running Own Business
  • Entrepreneur
  • Silpada Designs Jewellry
  • Largest Team Across Canada – 450 Representatives
  • National Conference – Star Director
  • New Business Developer
  • Recruiter 2013
  • Jiffy Lubes
  • MBA

 

Andrea was born in Jamaica West Indies. She has a Bachelor of Education Degree from the University of Alberta with a major in French, and a minor in German. She was a classroom teacher with Edmonton Public Schools for 18 years, until she resigned to pursue her business dream of running her own business. Giving up job security was not an easy decision. Andrea became an Entrepreneur because she enjoys being in control of her work life and making her own business decisions. Andrea is an independent representative of Sterling Silver Silpada Design Jewelry.

Through networking she has built one of the largest teams across Canada with over 450 representatives. Andrea has spoken at National Conferences with over 800 women in attendance. Her team was recognized for having sales in excess of 1.3 million dollars. Silpada gives back to the community by supporting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation & has donated more than 1.7 million since 2004. Andrea became the first Silpada Star Director in Western Canada. She received the number 1 New Business Developer award in 2013. Andrea continues to thrive in Business & along with her husband Alrick Brown they are the owner/ operator of 3 Jiffy Lube fast oil franchise 2 locations in Edmonton & 1 in Beaumont. Andrea has returned to University to complete a MBA to become a more efficient business owner.

 

 

 

2016 Rosalind Smith Business Award Winner – Allstyle Finishing & Interiors

The Rosalind Smith Award for Exceptional and prolonged Service from individuals or group from the Black Community Owning and Running a Business.

 

  • (Mr. Fitzroy Barnett & Mr. Clive Ackinson)
  • License & Bonded
  • Commercial Institutional Retail
  • Construction Management
  • 20+ Employees
  • 30 Sub Trade Contractors
  • 40+ Years’ Experience
  • Foster Teamwork
  • Success Business Environment

 

2015 Rosalind Smith Business Award Winner – Frank Barnett

The Rosalind Smith Award for Exceptional and prolonged Service from individuals or group from the Black Community Owning and Running a Business.

Frank Barnett

  • Transportation services business owner in Jamaica.
  • Owned & operated passenger buses
  • 1994 – Migrated to Canada
  • Began working in the transportation of Goods & Services
  • 2005 – Created Discount Express Courier Service
  • 10 years of business
  • Has a clientele of over 70 local businesses
  • Has a fleet of 4 trucks and 4 employees
  • Jamaica Association of Northern Alberta Vice President
  • Consistently volunteers within the community

 

2014 Rosalind Smith Professional Award Winner – Nicholas Ameyaw

The Rosalind Smith Professional Award for Exceptional and Prolonged service working in a Profession

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Rev. Nicholas Ameyaw

  • Born in Ghana West Africa
  • United States – Migrated to attend Bible School
  • Canada 1984
  • Bachelor of Arts – Youth Education
  • Master of Arts – Journalism
  • Master of Arts – International Affairs
  • Public Service 1998 – Community Consultant
  • Alberta Multicultural Commission
  • Transform Multiculturalism Policy in Alberta
  • Misericorda Hospital – Edmonton Board of Health
  • Public Library – U of A – Grande PR Regional College
  • Grant Mc University – Norquest College – City of Edm
  • Consultations & Advise to Multicultural Centers
  • Diversity Organizations
  • Gold – Premier’s Award for Excellence
  • 6 Volunteer Centers Colleges
  • Coordinator Education Programs
  • Alberta Human Rights Commission
  • Senior Consultant for Culture & Community Spirit

 

2014 Rosalind Smith Award – Business Winner – Nancy Brown

The Rosalind Smith Award for Exceptional Service in a Business from individual or group from the Black Community owning/running a business

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nancy-brown

  • Born in Jamaica West Indies
  • Edmonton 1979
  • Trained at Lynn’s School of Hair Design
  • Worked in a various salons
  • Had a vision- owning her own
  • Hair Flare 20 years
  • Entire Family
  • High Quality Hair Care
  • Top Salons in Edmonton
  • Reputation for Excellence
  • Employing 2 staff
  • Mentoring stylists
  • Diverse population Edmonton
  • Excellence & Professionalism
  • Embraces People
  • Brings community together
  • Unique Social function

 

2013 Rosalind Smith Award – Business Winner – Yvette Mitchell – Yves Salon

The Rosalind Smith Award for Exceptional Service in a Business from individual or group from the Black Community owning/running a business

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yvette-mitchell

  • Born in London England
  • Migrated to Canada 1989
  • Harry Hainlay High School
  • Full Scholarship – Marvel College
  • Apprenticed with Shirley Romany
  • Ebony & Ivory 12 years, Top Stylist, was Manager at the 2nd Salon
  • 2014 Opened up Yves Salon, Own Business
  • Continued Education
  • Shows Workshops
  • Canada & USA
  • Biracial Ethnic Hair Care
  • Cross Cancer Volunteer
  • Multifaceted – Multiracial services
  • Son: Hezekiah
  • Design Clothing / Jewelry; Passion for Fashion 2013