Our Team at Women of Whitehorse is made up of some amazing women all with different skill sets, qualifications and life experiences, but each woman is motivated, supportive and committed to our Community. Read about each of our team members below.
I’m Jennifer, mum to three Children aged 12, 14 and 17. My background is in Project Management and after taking over 10 years out of the workforce to bring my children up and assist my elderly parents I struggled to get back into the workforce. I then started a business providing admin assistance to the elderly and with that I did all my own Social Media – blog writing, setting up my own WordPress Website, Facebook Ads…until that eventually evolved to providing a Social Media Management Business called Leave it with Me – which i still run.
I’ve always been a social person, an organiser and a traveller. When others said wouldn’t it be good to do this….I did it. I love the sense of Community, Connection, and Collaboration. I set up the WoW page to share local information and connect women and support local businesses. Initially as a Facebook Page, then a Newsletter every 6 weeks, then Instagram, a Closed Facebook Group. I kept adding things like Workshops, Competitions, Events and a Website. I have now turned it into a business offering Business & Social Memberships.
WoW is not just for business women or mums, but for all women living, working and visiting Whitehorse, Manningham, Boroondara and Manningham to connect, maybe do some business, but also to make new friends and catch up with old. Most importantly it is about Community and bringing women together, whether that creates business or brings women together who are going through the same thing or share the same interest…how fantastic to meet new local women and be open to the possibilities that you would not have had the opportunity to otherwise.
Founder of WoW
My name is Amelia and I’m a freelance copywriter. Writing professionally has been a dream realised for me, as I have loved writing since I was a young girl. I particularly appreciate that much of my work is based locally – I’ve lived in Whitehorse and Boroondara my whole life. It’s fair to say I think the mid-eastern suburbs are a fantastic part of Melbourne in which to live and work.
I feel privileged to be part of Women of Whitehorse and to be able to write about food – a topic for which I’m extremely passionate. I love the whole experience of eating out – not just the food, but the ambience, the interiors and the service. I also love to photograph beautiful looking food and restaurants, something I’m fortunate to do as WoW’s restaurant reviewer/food writer. I also write professionally for a number of real estate agents, and have recently worked on the WoW website content. I plan to write more broadly in future.
I’m married with three children, two sons and a daughter, so between my work and family, Iife is chaotic. I’ve recently started practising yoga, which I’m thoroughly enjoying and finding a great antidote to a hectic life. In my spare time I love to read, cook, write, listen to podcasts, walk our gorgeous Rhodesian Ridgeback, and spend time with friends and family.
Copywriter and Cafe/Restaurant Blogger
Hi, I’m Claire and as the newest team member of the Women of Whitehorse I am thrilled to join this dynamic, passionate and bubbly group of women!
My role with this awesome bunch is to moderate and facilitate the Facebook groups Boost your Business on Tuesday nights. For free our group members can promote their business and I’m the one that makes it happen! I am really enjoying seeing what amazing women in the Whitehorse, Maroondah, Manningham & Boroondara municipalities are working on. I also love the opportunity to meet many of these women at the WoW social and networking events.
I am also managing the juggle of being a mum, working part time and starting up a business of my own. I am the founder of Impact VA, providing admin support for small (and big) business, remotely! It has been a great learning curve and very exciting to be starting my own business and I am passionate about supporting businesses with their pesky paperwork so that they can focus on doing what they do best. I pride myself on going above and beyond for those I work for and making an impact. As a highly organised assistant (personal, executive or virtual) my multi-tasking skills are second to none making me capable of getting it done, whatever ‘it’ is!
I think that’s why I fit so well into this group. We are all hard working and talented and quite beautifully juggling the balls of life and helping other women to do the same.
Born with a natural eye for design, fashion and anything pretty, Suwani Kananke takes pride in creating and managing unique, beautiful weddings and events that are out of this world. Suwani loves colouring outside the lines, and pushing boundaries to create something magical, whilst bringing out the personal essences and the stories of her client within their budget. Her work is about bringing together beautiful blooms and foliage, hundreds of candles, materials and textures and transforming a space to more than ever imagined.
The Women of Whitehorse Royal Wedding Dinner and two Champagne and Canapés at Sunset on the rooftop of The Chen Events were both styled to perfection by Suwani.
Suwani is a mum of two beautiful kids and the creative mastermind of One Happy Day Events, who strongly believes in embracing everyday with inspiration, creativity and passion.
I am a local mum who is juggling a hectic fulfilling life with my gorgeous 4 & 13 year old daughters. Photography has always been a part of my heart and soul. I volunteered to be a part of this incredible opportunity for WoW in December 2017 for a Christmas celebration. I have since become part of a beautiful team of talented women who inspire me on every occasion with their gifts and talents.
I have loved and studied photography for a long time, and as someone who has clicked up over 90,000 images on their mobile phone alone within the last few years, I realised my addiction to this art form could be put to good use again in the correct forums. Albeit this is not my current profession, it is a passion that i would like to enhance and develop as a permanent income stream. Dreams are created by giving it a go, and your best shot….literally for me.
I would welcome any opportunity to capture what is important to you in your home or working lives. I love being part of a team and experiencing all the wonderful opportunities WoW provides, as well as meeting the most incredible, supportive, empowering, motivating and delightful women within the community.
Sarah Tovey from Bloom with Sarah is passionate about helping women in serviced based businesses gain confidence in their marketing through having a strong brand message, and visually stunning on brand graphics that can be shared on their website, in their social media or through their email marketing. She does this through 1:1 on-going marketing support, packages or group experiences.
Sarah worked with the WoW team to redesign their branding so that they now have fonts, colours and patterns that really make our brand stand out and pop. She updated our website so that it was on-brand and consistent with the look and feel we were after. Women of Whitehorse can now create simple graphics that we use on our website, in social media and emails.
Sarah is based in Blackburn with her three teenage kids, who keep her on her toes! She loves flowers and being surrounded by beautiful things.
Karen Cormack, Founder and Managing Director of WebLocals Australia, was honoured to join the team at Women of Whitehorse in the support role of website development and maintenance.
With almost 20 years’ experience of running her own business in the fast-paced world of website and internet technologies, Karen’s management skills ensure the WoW site is always up-to-date, looking professional and working reliably across all platforms and devices.
WebLocals Australia is a long-standing, professional web design agency that specialises in and provides WordPress Web Design, Search Engine Optimisation (SEO), Website Hosting, WordPress Maintenance, Website Support and Domain Name services to businesses across Melbourne, Victoria and Australia.
Karen and the team at WebLocals have a deeply ingrained passion and commitment to helping small business owners get in the game and be as competitive as they can within a workable budget.
The proud mum of two fine young men, Karen’s other passions in life include spending quality time with family and friends, and being as fit and healthy as possible!
Website Development & Maintenance