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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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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.