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The 50 Women of Options: Judy Higginbotham

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On February 17th, Options Community Services launched its first capital fundraising campaign to raise $1.5 million for affordable housing units. The money is currently being raised through a partnership with 50 local women, all of who have pledged to raise $25,000 each in support of this project. Surrey 604 is encouraging public support of this project by featuring each of the 50 Women of options. Today we introduce Judy Higginbotham, former Surrey City Councillor.

Tell us your name, a bit about who you are, and your background? *

My name is Judy Higginbotham and I served as a City Councillor for 25 years. In addition, I taught for 10 years, worked in the media as a broadcaster, writer/editor for 5 years, and have been a retired volunteer where I work in many groups and supporting many projects. 

What is your job title/what company or organization are you with? 

I am retired and an active volunteer, advocate, solution finder, mentor, coach, and motivator. 

What achievements in your life are you most proud of? 

Receiving a National Award for Crime Prevention from the Solicitor General in the early 1990s.

Why did the Women of Options affordable housing campaign resonate with you? Why are you supporting this initiative?

Options Community Services gets projects done and runs them well. They believe in helping people get back on their feet. 

What are your social media handles? 

Twitter

Facebook

Learn more about the Women of Options and make a donation to this important cause by visiting the website: Women Of Options

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The 50 Women of Options: Christine Mohr

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On February 17th, Options Community Services launched its first capital fundraising campaign to raise $1.5 million for affordable housing units. The money is currently being raised through a partnership with 50 local women, all of who have pledged to raise $25,000 each in support of this project. Surrey 604 is encouraging public support of this project by featuring each of the 50 Women of options. Today we introduce Christine Mohr, the CEO of Options Community Services.

Tell us your name, a bit about who you are, and your background? 

My name is Christine Mohr. I have had my hands in social services work since I was 15 years old. For many years before joining the organization, I admired the can-do attitude of Options and how its services address the full gamut of what happens in people’s lives.

What is your job title/what company or organization are you with? 

I am the CEO of Options Community Services. 

What achievements in your life are you most proud of? 

I am most proud of my family. Alongside my husband, we have raised two wonderful young people who both have careers in the helping fields. I am also proud to be working alongside the most amazing people at Options who bring their talents, gifts, passion, and everything that they do to support and build community. 

Why did the Women of Options affordable housing campaign resonate with you? Why are you supporting this initiative? 

I know the impact that the inability to access affordable housing has on people’s sense of security and well-being. Every day, the Options staff see people struggling to find affordable, quality, safe housing where they can live and just be. Once people have the security of a safe home that they can afford, often other things also fall in place.

Learn more about the Women of Options and make a donation to this important cause by visiting the website: Women Of Options

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The 50 Women of Options: Suki Kooner

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On February 17th, Options Community Services launched its first capital fundraising campaign to raise $1.5 million for affordable housing units. The money is currently being raised through a partnership with 50 local women, all of who have pledged to raise $25,000 each in support of this project. Surrey 604 is encouraging public support of this project by featuring each of the 50 Women of options. Today we introduce Suki Kooner, Mobile Mortgage Specialist RBC Royal Bank Of Canada.

Tell us your name, a bit about who you are, and your background? 

My name is Suki Kooner. I moved here from the UK 26 years ago. I completed my business Diploma. I also used to help in our family Fish & Chip shops. 

What is your job title/what company or organization are you with? 

I am a Mobile Mortgage Specialist at RBC Royal Bank Of Canada.

What achievements in your life are you most proud of? 

I tragically lost my husband when my two boys were only ages 10 and 12. The saying goes “it takes a village to raise a child” became so much more meaningful. I was fortunate enough to be surrounded by friends and family that emotionally supported not only myself but my boys. We modeled healthy and respectful relationships that taught my boys core values. How to become accountable, self-disciplined, and most importantly compassionate. My boys watched as I worked hard to keep us financially afloat. I started as a teller at RBC, and even though I struggled to find that work/home balance, I was able to work my way up to become a Mortgage Specialist. I feel humbled and very blessed, but so very proud that I was able to show my boys that no matter what life throws at you, with hard work and perseverance you can accomplish anything you put your mind to.

Why did the Women of Options affordable housing campaign resonate with you? Why are you supporting this initiative? 

Being part of (or supporting a cause like) Women of Options, allows me to give back and make a difference to other single parents. As a Mortgage Specialist, I find so much joy when my clients get approved, for essentially one of the biggest decisions they make – purchasing their own home. Knowing that I am part of the journey that allows these ladies to provide a safe environment for their loved ones is so gratifying, and reminds me of my ‘WHY’. Why I love my job. Working together with like-minded individuals towards one ultimate goal – to bring comfort, security, and a place they can call home. This is my opportunity to give back and show gratitude for all of the good fortunes that led me to where I am today. In a world full of so much Tragedy and daily struggles I would like to use my platform to shine some light into these women’s lives. Together with these 50 Super Amazing Powerful women and with the help of our community we can achieve our goal. 

What are your social media handles? 

Facebook

Twitter

What is your web address?

https://mortgage.rbc.com/suki.kooner

 

Learn more about the Women of Options and make a donation to this important cause by visiting the website: Women Of Options

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The 50 Women of Options: Caroline Scott

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On February 17th, Options Community Services launched its first capital fundraising campaign to raise $1.5 million for affordable housing units. The money is currently being raised through a partnership with 50 local women, all of who have pledged to raise $25,000 each in support of this project. Surrey 604 is encouraging public support of this project by featuring each of the 50 Women of options. Today we introduce Caroline Scott, VP of Operations at Vision 1 Steel Corporation.

Tell us your name, a bit about who you are, and your background? 

My name is Caroline Scott. I was born in Belgium and came to Canada at the age of 3 where my parents settled in Toronto. I moved to Vancouver in 1978 and then to Surrey in 1991. I took my BEd at UBC and spent 25 years teaching kindergarten and Grade 1. I went for my practicum at Queen Elizabeth School in New Westminster and stayed there for my entire teaching career. I retired from teaching in 2014 and in 2015 started working with my husband, Robert Dominick, as he pursued launching his new steel construction company in Canada. 

What is your job title/what company or organization are you with? *

I am the VP of Vision 1 Steel Corporation.

What achievements in your life are you most proud of? *

Obtaining my BEd as a single mom raising 4 young children.

Why did the Women of Options affordable housing campaign resonate with you? Why are you supporting this initiative? *

I understand the struggles that many women have to go through in life and how much any form of help can mean to them. When my husband launched our company, Vision 1 Steel, his primary focus was to apply his 30-years of accreditation building many market housing developments, towards the non-market sector, by building high quality, yet extremely affordable, housing for the social and not-for-profit sector. I loved this concept and gladly joined him. 

Learn more about the Women of Options and make a donation to this important cause by visiting the website: Women Of Options

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The 50 Women of Options: Taylor Thoen

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On February 17th, Options Community Services launched its first capital fundraising campaign to raise $1.5 million for affordable housing units. The money is currently being raised through a partnership with 50 local women, all of who have pledged to raise $25,000 each in support of this project. Surrey 604 is encouraging public support of this project by featuring each of the 50 Women of options. Today we introduce Taylor Thoen, CEO of BTV-Business Television.

Tell us your name, a bit about who you are, and your background? *

My name is Taylor Thoen. I founded a television production company 22 years ago. Our TV show – BTV-Business Television is the longest-running business/investment show in Canadian history! We also produce TV commercials, digital marketing, and videos for publicly traded companies. 

What is your job title/what company or organization are you with? *

I am the CEO of BTV-Business Television.

What achievements in your life are you most proud of? *

Raising two amazing young men! Also bootstrapping a company to success. 

Why did the Women of Options affordable housing campaign resonate with you? Why are you supporting this initiative? *

I feel very blessed and wanted to give back to the community.  Homelessness is a growing concern in this city.  Having interviewed thousands of successful CEOs I felt I may be able to influence some interest toward this initiative.  

What are your social media handles? *

LinkedIn

Twitter

What is your web address?

www.b-tv.com

Learn more about the Women of Options and make a donation to this important cause by visiting the website: Women Of Options

 

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The 50 Women of Options: Michelle Des Rosiers

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On February 17th, Options Community Services launched its first capital fundraising campaign to raise $1.5 million for affordable housing units. The money is currently being raised through a partnership with 50 local women, all of who have pledged to raise $25,000 each in support of this project. Surrey 604 is encouraging public support of this project by featuring each of the 50 Women of options. Today we introduce Michelle Des Rosiers, Senior Vice President, project Operation; Fifth Avenue Real Estate Marketing.

Tell us your name, a bit about who you are, and your background? *

My name is Michelle Des Rosiers. I was born and raised here in the Lower Mainland living most of my life in Port Moody. I now reside in Maple Ridge with my son, husband, and two dogs. My parents did not come from a place of privilege, so when they advanced in their careers and became financially established, it became a mission of theirs to ensure this did not impede me and my sibling’s understanding of the world at hand. For this I thank them. They taught me the meaning of working hard, the importance of acceptance and equality and more importantly the impact giving back can have on someone else. Now that I am a mother, I strive to provide my son the same understanding of the world. 

What is your job title/what company or organization are you with? *

I am the Senior Vice President of Project Operations for Fifth Avenue Real Estate Marketing Ltd. 

What achievements in your life are you most proud of? *

I am most proud of my involvement in the growth of Fifth Avenue over the last 11-years. It’s been such an honour to have the ability to input on the company’s future. 

Why did the Women of Options affordable housing campaign resonate with you? Why are you supporting this initiative? *

Our mission at Fifth Avenue is expressed in the simple phrase: Bringing People Home. While our primary business is selling homes, this motto extends into the company’s give-back initiatives. This includes supporting those at risk or most in need in the communities we serve. The Options’ affordable housing project is in perfect alignment with our mission of “Bringing People Home” and is also in our own backyard.

What are your social media handles? *

Instagram

What is your web address?

fifthave.ca

Learn more about the Women of Options and make a donation to this important cause by visiting the website: Women Of Options

 

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