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:
Sandra Hay was introduced at a young age to her family’s prominent business widely known as Gordon Trailer Sales and Rentals. Eager to put her own entrepreneurial skills to the test, she built her first company, The Pampered Pet, shortly after graduating from high school at the young age of 17. Her successful endeavour did not go unnoticed. At the age of 18 Sandra won the Minister’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Business in the age group of 18 to 25. After 6 successful years she sold her business and took a short hiatus giving birth to her first child. However, her passion and desire to start-up another business took hold and she found herself delving into the challenge of starting up yet another small business called Touch of Country. Customers raved about this unique store and showed up week after week for over nine years to see what was new until the unexpected happened. Sandra was diagnosed with a severe spinal cord malformation that required surgery.
Several years before her diagnosis, Sandra met a woman who was studying to become a reflexologist. Sandra volunteered to be a case study for the soon to be reflexologist. This encounter changed Sandra’s life. The sessions relieved the severe symptoms she was experiencing and she fell in love with Reflexology. After Sandra’s spinal diagnosis and surgery, she started Reflexology training in Edmonton. When she returned home as a certified Reflexologist, her services became so popular she knew she had to close her general store and focus on providing Reflexology to clients desperately seeking her care. Twelve years after opening her practice, Sandra continues to use her skills to relieve pain for her clients and also donates her time and skills to numerous retreats and fundraisers. The Alzheimer’s Caregiver Retreat is one of her favourites.
Sandra has been an enterprising woman for over 27 years. During that time she has impacted the economy of Northern Ontario in a positive way by providing a much needed income to dozens of female employees that she has hired. The generous donations that she provides to various local charities through her Reflexology office and her Prestige Limousine business (that her son runs) are too numerous to mention. She’s always the first in line when it comes to supporting a worthy cause. In short, Sandra is a successful business woman, an incredible mom who makes sure her children always come first, and a generous contributor to our community. She is the true meaning of what an Enterprising Woman is.
PARO has awarded Sandra the Enterprising Women Social Entrepreneur Award.