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Women entrepreneurs recognized in northwestern Ontario

Six recipients selected for 2018 PAROBiz Awards
Jennifer Biron
Jennifer Biron, who co-founded the catering company The Redhead and the Chef, was named PARO's alumni award winner on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018. (Leith Dunick,

Six women from northwestern Ontario have been recognized by the PARO Centre for Women’s Enterprise.

The 2018 PAROBiz Awards recognize the achievements of women who have turned their entrepreneurial ideas into successful businesses.

“There are hundreds of PARO women achieving their business dreams in their communities and moving the region forward. This year’s winners are role models who represent diverse ages, cultures and sectors,” Rosalind Lockyer, PARO’s executive director, said in a Nov. 8 news release.

“Most importantly, they are visionaries and innovators who have taken considerable risks to become entrepreneurs. It gives me great pride to join with PARO women, mentors, business partners and future entrepreneurs to celebrate the achievements of Northern Ontario business women.”

The 2018 PAROBiz winners are:

New Business of the Year: Holly Watson, The Haven Hostel (Thunder Bay)

Change Maker Entrepreneur of the Year: Hafsa Siddiqui, Do or Diabetes (Thunder Bay)

Established Business of the Year: Christina Reder, Christina’s Home & Garden (Thunder Bay)

PARO Building Bridges of the Year: Kelly Sebulski, (Thunder Bay)

PARO Fundraising Circle of the Year: Sharla Brown, Protogenia PARO Circle (Thunder Bay)

Alumni of the Year: Jennifer Biron, Redhead +The Chef (Thunder Bay)

Since 1995, The PARO Centre for Women's Enterprise has helped thousands of women across Northern Ontario to start, grow or build new business opportunities.