A TRIBUTE TO THE WOMEN LEADERS OF KAMLOOPS

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WOMEN OF THE THOMPSON VALLEY

ABOUT THE PUBLICATION

Welcome to Women of the Thompson Valley, a tribute to women leaders published annually by Kamloops This Week.

In these pages are profiles of women whose daily activities help propel Kamloops and the Thompson Valley forward. From entrepreneurs to business leaders to volunteers, the women in this publication epitomize the drive and focus needed to be constantly improving.

As Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said earlier this year about boosting the number of women in the workforce, after meeting with female business leaders on tours across Canada: “This is not just about doing the right thing, but understanding that women in leadership can be a very powerful leverage for success for business, for communities and for our entire economy.”

By showcasing and celebrating the inspirational women in the Thompson Valley, we hope to inspire others to avoid placing limits on their potential, the scope of their career and the opportunities their intelligence and skills would otherwise allow them to reach.

Please take some time to read through the profiles of the women within these pages. You will learn a lot about your neighbours — and we think you might just be inspired to reach new heights.

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MEET THE WOMEN OF THE THOMPSON VALLEY

Read the below articles to learn more about the women we’ve intervied. Enjoy these snapshots into the lives and history of some of Kamloops’ most notable women within business, community, culture and more.

Franca Muraca

Franca Muraca

Franca Muraca has lived in Kamloops since the day she was born. After a fulfilling 26-year career as a teacher in the Kamloops school district, she decided she needed a change. After completing a Masters degree in law at night while teaching full-time during the...

Natalie L Hebert

Natalie L Hebert

I obtained my Associate’s Degree from the University College of the Cariboo (now known, of course, as Thompson Rivers University), followed by a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in English from Trinity Western University, and my law degree from the...

Natasha Schrader

Natasha Schrader

Natasha was born in Kamloops and obtained her funeral director’s licence in 2003, having graduated from the Western School of Funeral Service. She is also a certified celebrant, able to assist families with creating personalized services for their loved ones....

Jas Rai

Jas Rai

Kamloops Kitchen Studio is pleased to welcome the talented Jas Rai back to their design and consulting team. Jas brings 17 years of expertise from the millwork & construction industry, She has a wide array of talents in both residential and commercial cabinet...

Kirsten Carleton

Kirsten Carleton

Kirsten started in the food service industry 30 years ago when she was 14 doing dishes at Pizza Hut, before becoming a server. She has worked in many different restaurants and believes strongly in teamwork. Kirsten’s Hideout is a cosy, homey atmosphere that has a...

Tamra Jaeger

Tamra Jaeger

Tamra first became interested in photography 5 years ago when she got her first DSLR. For her, photography is about capturing the feelings and emotions in a moment. She is an avid hiker and light chaser and can be found on trails throughout Kamloops and British...

Kim Nobert

Kim Nobert

Alternatives Funeral & Cremation Services began in Western Canada in 1992 as Personal Alternative Funeral Services, with the goal of providing consumers with a comfortable, affordable and common-sense alternative to the escalating costs found in many funeral...

Brandi Allen

Brandi Allen

Brandi Allen has been with the Centre for Seniors Information (CSI Kamloops) for ten years and the Executive Director since 2019. The pandemic brought a whole new world of challenges but Brandi says CSI Kamloops will come out the other side of this stronger than...

Linda Skelly

Linda Skelly

For the past six years, I have worked at Kamloops This Week as a print and digital marketing consultant. I have worked on many varied special publications and I can tell you, honestly, that the Women of the Thompson Valley publication is one of my very favourites....

Liz Spivey

Liz Spivey

Liz is one of the print/digital marketing consultants at KTW as well as being the General Manager of The Kamloops Connector. She grew up in Iceland where she attended both Icelandic school and American Military school. She also played soccer in a girls league for...

Linda Bolton

Linda Bolton

I have been privileged to be involved with Aberdeen Publishing business for 21 years. During that time I have been blessed to learn and work with many great and successful people. I have been a sales consultant, sales manager and publisher, and have also been...

Jodi Lawrence

Jodi Lawrence

I have always been in sales in one form or another and started advertising sales in 2011. It’s an intense world of deadlines but keeps me on my toes. I have met so many amazing people over the years and consider them friends. My nature is to help people and I get...

Bronwyn Lourens

Bronwyn Lourens

Brownwyn is a Media Account Manager hailing originally from South Africa hoping to add a bit of African flair to Kamloops! With more than 20 years in the media industry, she started at the grassroots level as a sales administrator and worked her way up to be an...

READ THE STORIES

We’ve published a collection of various editorial pieces along with our individual profiles.
Be sure to check them out for some unique insight into the Kamloops business world!

Excelling while expecting

Excelling while expecting

Congratulations, you are pregnant. The next several months are certain to include many changes as you prepare for the arrival of your child. Whether you have been pregnant before or are about to become a mom for the first time, each experience is unique. While...

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