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Women of 2021: Sue Vivanco

Women of 2021: Sue Vivanco

When the travel and tourism industry took a major hit due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Sue Vivanco dove into entrepreneurship and started her passion project, Gigi Baby Boutique, with her sister-in-law Floria Thirasack.

While developing Gigi Baby Boutique, Sue and Floria created GIGI & Co., a luxury baby clothing line that would fit the needs of their own children. The clothing line, launching in fall 2021, emphasizes eco-conscious, Canadian-made designs and will be both functional and fashionable.

Most recently, the duo found a way to connect new and experienced moms. Sue and Floria are co-creators of the Facebook group, Mom*ish, a space to support moms and mommies-to-be when they need advice or an answer to a question.

Like many others, Sue felt the lack of human interaction while social distancing and isolating with her family throughout the lockdowns. The Durham Women’s Network provided Sue a space for continuous support from a group of women supporting women in business and personal growth.

As an XWN member, Sue has had the opportunity to access further learning experiences for self-development through downloadable programs like MaximizingU, created by Celina Caesar-Chavannes.

This year gave Sue the opportunity to enjoy quality time with her family instead of always being on the go. Throughout this year, the most powerful lesson she has learned is to slow down, enjoy the moment, and look at life through a new lens.

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Communication Safety Has Never Been So Important

Communication Safety Has Never Been So Important

Communication safety in the workplace has never been more important than it is today.  Reliable Radio Communications (a.k.a. walkie talkies) has become an important tool for businesses to maintain social distancing amongst employees, customers and help to keep everyone safe during these trying times.

 Whether it be managing backdoor access, enhancing security or attending to curbside pick-up, this has been a challenge in every industry during this pandemic.  An inexpensive solution is the Ritron quick assist wireless voice callboxes, as this is a great solution to help with these tough times. building. 

 As we all struggle with new business protocols within the workplace and maintaining productivity, Peak Communications, located in Durham Region, is here to help your business stay safe and always connected, with clear and reliable communication solutions.  Peak Communications is an Authorized Kenwood Radio Communications, Impact Accessories and Ritron Wireless Solutions Dealer, representing Canada with +25 years of experience.

 Our customers include industry leaders in retail, hospitality, recreational (golf, camps for kids, fitness centres etc.), health care facilities, manufacturing, construction, outdoor events and anywhere onsite communication is needed.

 If you have existing radio brands, such as Motorola, iCOM, Vertex Standard etc., we can program our Kenwood Radios to work with your current radios.   This is a great solution for those who are on budget constraints and looking to add additional radios for their employees.

 Sanitization is so important these days, and Peak offers Impact Communications accessories (i.e., earpieces) at a fraction of the cost for all brands and will work with your existing radios. This will alleviate problems of employees sharing earpieces.

Planning an event? Contact us for daily, monthly or seasonal radio rentals.

Peak Communications, a division of Peak Sales & Marketing Inc, helps with maintaining social distance within the workplace for employees and visitors under the new workplace measures and restrictions.

Perfect for retail, restaurants, security, healthcare and social services, construction, transportation, manufacturing, recreational and more!

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– Denise Babin

Women of 2021: Davina Dixon

Women of 2021: Davina Dixon

Over the last year, Davina Dixon has taken the time to slow down and take time for herself. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, she always had a full schedule, pressuring herself to get everything done in one day and accomplish tasks perfectly. Since the lockdown, she has learned what it means to have self-compassion and determine what she can and can’t control.

Davina has been a part of the Durham Women’s Network since its launch in 2019, knowing immediately that she wanted to get involved with the group of women. The network allowed her to stay connected to women within her community that shared similar values to her own. This is reflected in her career choice, as she currently works with the Durham Region Social Services Department, where she serves residents within her community and ensures that government policies align with their needs.

Whether it’s through formal education or a local yoga class, Davina is a true believer in continuous education. The XWN membership through DWN allows her to do just that. She enjoys that the membership will enable her to try things she wouldn’t normally do within the community. Recently she was able to take part in the Virtual Full Moon Dance put on by Carol Baxter of the newly launched The Wyld School. She values the powerful event for the impact it had on her and her well-being for days afterwards.

While she has enjoyed being able to slow down and take time for herself and her family this year. She can’t wait for the day that she can travel again. She is looking forward to a time to book her next vacation, hopefully somewhere on a beach.

DWN Welcomes International Influencer Kelly Rizzo of Eat Travel Rock for Upcoming Live Event

DWN Welcomes International Influencer Kelly Rizzo of Eat Travel Rock for Upcoming Live Event

Durham Women’s Network (DWN) will be joined by international influencer Kelly Rizzo, the creative force behind Eat Travel Rock, for a virtual DWN Chat event on May 25 at 7 p.m.

During the live event, Rizzo will share her insights on personal branding and how she created a successful business by following her passions—food, culture and music. Rizzo is the host of the award-winning series “Eat Travel Rock TV,” where she goes behind the scenes with master chefs, rock stars and other industry professionals. Her lifestyle expertise in cocktails, travel trends, recipes, and more has also been featured on major outlets like E! News, Vh-1, ABC, Bravo and Rolling Stone.

“So thrilled to join this powerhouse team of women to discuss all things personal branding…and of course, food, travel, and music!” said Rizzo.

“We are absolutely ecstatic to be hosting Kelly Rizzo for our May Durham Women’s Network chat,” added DWN co-creator Jennifer Gaskell. “Kelly is a known international influencer who has built a successful personal brand and will bring some serious star power to DWN this month.”

Each month, DWN co-creators Gaskell and Kerri King host DWN Chats, a free 30-minute Facebook Live session featuring various women in leadership.