Every month, we will spotlight an Enterprising Woman from Northern Ontario who will share her story, experiences and tips for success with you.
This month`s Featured Enterprising Woman is:
Penny Carpenter is an enterprising woman and business manager of K-Net Services telecommunications department of Keewaytinook Okimakanak. Penny played an essential role in the team which oversaw K-Net Services transform from a publicly funded First Nations programme, to a sustainable social enterprise. She contributed to this transition by being a strong female role model in First Nations technology where voices are predominately male. She was the first Aboriginal woman to become the Director of Finance at a tribal council, and the first woman to be part of the management team of Keewaytinook Okimakanak.
Penny’s strength and vision comes from her deep community roots. She places as much emphasis on the needs of her home community as she does with communities across the north and globally. She constantly strives to make her community a better place to live in by being a good role model as a social entrepreneur, business manager, mother and spouse. She teaches and mentors young First Nations girls on the importance of education, goal achievement and balancing family and professional responsibilities without compromise.
Penny is on the front lines building the Kuhkenah Network which is the largest First Nation owned broadband network in Canada. Although Penny would prefer to remain at home with her family and friends, she diligently travels to gatherings in the south to raise awareness and teach others how First Nations in remote communities are adopting and adapting broadband to create new opportunities for youth, women and entrepreneurs. Penny isn’t just an enterprising woman, she’s a true trail blazer charting the path for other women to follow.
PARO has awarded Penny the Enterprising Women Aboriginal Entrepreneur Off Reserve Award.