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      Cara Corcoran

Cassandra Butt-Newton is an award winning women's clothing designer in Cold Lake. Cassandra's journey hasn't always been easy. She always wanted to design from a young age but without the funds for design school she had to learn on her own. At 19 she graduated with a certificate as a therapy assistant and worked in a school for special needs for three years in Red Deer. During this time she used sewing and designing as her escape from a bad relationship. In 2011 she moved back home to Cold Lake with her one year old daughter. In 2012 she took over ownership of the Funky Butt'n from her mom. Over the last 6 years she has used the little alterations shop to grow her skills and build her brand. In September 2015 she won first place in the Emerging Designer competition at Western Canada Fashion Week and has since shown three collections there. This past September she was accepted to RiseNew York Fashion Week, which is a platform for new emerging designers to show collections during NYFW. She was the only Canadian accepted into this showcase! Through all of this success she has had downfalls but she strives to overcome any obstacle and show that if you have a true passion you can achieve it with a little extra hard work. She has no formal training but her brand EME is now known internationally. She credits her success to the overwhelming support of her parents and her husband. Her mom and dad are her biggest cheerleaders and without her amazing husband taking care of the kids and encouraging her, she wouldn't be able to achieve what she has. Cassandra believes that every woman deserves to feel beautiful, confident, and powerful no matter who they are and she wants to design for any size! 

Shannon Gadsby

Owner / Operator of Farmers Restaurant

​Cindy Couture photography .

Jasmine has been a hairstylist for over 13 years. She started apprenticing at the age of 15 some might have said even sooner as she remembers doing roller sets at the age of 8.  She placed 3rd in Alberta Skills when she was 18 being mostly self trained for this contest.  Jasmine's career really took off when she started educating for Matrix where she traveled all over Canada; Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver Island and even Spain.  She chose to step away from educating when she incorporated with her mother into the business Aspen Grove Spa Ltd. over 3 years ago.  With a full clientele booking a year in advance Jasmine had to turn her focus onto the business.
She took two years of business training specializing in the salon industry.  Some of those courses included; Cash Flow Camp, Champ Camp, Advanced Leadership Program, Impact Your Profits and Personal Financial Health, with bi-weekly business coach meetings as well.  Being a young entrepreneur she has learnt a lot about herself and management, how to balance business and your personal life and so much more.  Jasmine is thankful for what being an entrepreneur has taught her and she can't wait to keep learning more!

Cassandra Butt-newton

Designer and owner at EME Women's Wear
Seamstress and owner of The Funky Butt'n

Cara's background in education, promotions, media, theatre and music have given her many opportunities to hone her speaking and hosting skills. She says her favourite part of her work is connecting the energy of those gathered for the highest purpose - and to have as much fun as possible doing it! Cara has EmCeed numerous Peace Country events over the last 25 years from fundraisers to business gatherings, concerts and parties, several right here at The Belle. 2019 marks Cara's 5th year as the MC of the Women in the North Conference.

Let's Talk is one of Cara's favourite parts of WIN! It's a chance to connect with a panel of amazing entrepreneurs - hear their stories, celebrate their successes, and share some tears and laughs along the way. 

Let's Talk! Show 2019



Owner/Operator Aspen Grove Spa

Shannon was a Landscape and Urban Designer for ten years before a cross Canada cycling trip gave her the confidence to start following her heart. Five years later she handed in her desk job to explore the world of hospitality and customer service. Together, Shannon and her husband bought a small coffee shop at their favourite ski resort in beautiful Sun Peaks, BC. Through listening to their customers needs and wants, and opening their hearts to the community, their business grew to become one of the most popular cafes at the resort. This first step into the food industry lead them to their most recent adventure - creating Farmers Restaurant in Nampa. Their mission is to add to the community of Nampa by having a business that welcomes, nourishes, entertains and eventually becomes part of the family. We are committed to utilizing local resources as much as possible starting with how our business is built and furnished! Farmers - the name we have chosen for our business- speaks to growing, community and stewardship. We value everything that makes our community great. Shannon believes that "Life doesn’t get better by chance, it gets better by change."