By Marcia Love, Spruce Grove Examiner/Stony Plain Reporter
Published Wednesday, March 15, 2017 5:09:54 MDT PM
There’s no shortage of bright, successful women in the tri-area.
Four businesswomen from the community were acknowledged for their hard work and contributions through the SuPEARLative Awards last month.
Another six local businesswomen were finalists for the awards, which are presented annually by Womanition Magazine.
Jenni Sustrate from the Wabamun area was the recipient of the Education and Mentorship Award. The 30-year-old has operated Sustrate Strategies for the last eight years. Through her business, the licensed financial representative specializes in insurance and financial strategies and planning.
Sustrate was excited just to be nominated, but the win was a huge bonus. Businesswoman Stacy Berger was the other finalist in the category, whom Sustrate noted is very successful and she was proud to be a finalist with.
“I was very surprised to have won,” Sustrate said.
Sustrate is also a member of the Parkland Womanition group, which holds monthly meetings.
“It’s an amazing group,” she said. “You’re building long-term relationships with trusted women who are growing their business beside you.”
The women in this group are not “catty” or “cliquey,” Sustrate said with a laugh.
“You’re collaborating with each other and you’re building each other up,” she said. “It’s the best feeling.”
Kelly Langford, owner of Snap Fitness in Spruce Grove, was the recipient of the Health & Wellness Award, and Jodi Fulford, owner of ISP Computers Ltd. in Spruce Grove, received the Entrepreneur of the Year Award. (Both were featured in the March 10 issue of the Spruce Grove Examiner/Stony Plain Reporter).
Jelena Reich of COBS Bread in Spruce Grove was the recipient of the New Business Venture Award. She could not be reached for comment.
Other local finalists for SuPEARLative Awards were Katie Jolicoeur, who was up for the New Business Venture Award. Dianne Brown and Arlaine Monaghan were both nominated for the Philanthropy Award, Maren Barros was nominated for the Special Skills Award, Patti-Lou Cumby was nominated for the Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and Debra DeBernardo was nominated for the New Business Venture Award.