Bedford entrepreneur wins U.S. award
Stegemann, CEO, The 7 Virtues Beauty Inc., will be one of two Canadians
to receive a Women Innovators award from the U.S. Secretary of State
Stegemann will receive the award on Sept. 15 during the Asia-Pacific
Economic Co-operation Women and Economy Summit in San Francisco. The
award will be presented by Melanne Verveer, the United States
ambassador-at-large for global women’s issues and an ex-chief of staff
to former first lady Hillary Clinton.
"For me it’s like Christmas," says Stegemann, a 42-year-old Bedford mother of two.
She says she is a huge fan of Verveer and is thrilled to meet her, to
represent innovative businesswomen and to be among 400 heavy-hitters
from around the globe attending the conference.
Hosted by Clinton, the conference will gather women from APEC
countries to discuss issues of policy, trade, security and empowering
women to bring about global change.
Stegemann, the first Atlantic Canadian woman to secure a deal on the
hit CBC TV show Dragons’ Den, has already developed two perfumes: 7
Virtues Afghanistan Orange Blossom Eau de Parfum and 7 Virtues Noble
Rose of Afghanistan. They are available across Canada in 91 The Bay
Her company sources essential oils from countries that are rebuilding
thereby providing legal fair trade income for local farmers.
"One of my goals in launching this company was to help change policy,
so this conference and this acknowledgement is really a dream come
true," says Stegemann.
A finalist for Chatelaine magazine’s Women of the Year Awards in the
entrepreneur category, Stegemann is launching her third fragrance,
Vetiver of Haiti, a unisex fall/winter scent on Sept. 21, the
International Day of Peace. The Chatelaine awards will be announced on
"The Brown’ wins songwriting contest
Springhill-born singer-songwriter Chris Brown just got a nice career boost.
He won the East Coast Songwriters Unplugged Songwriting Competition,
part of this summer’s music series hosted by Charlie A’Court at Truro’s
Marigold Cultural Centre.
Brown was one of three semi-finalists, along with Halifax’s Joyce Saunders and Dave Sampson from Sydney.
His song The Record Collection was the tune chosen by the contest’s
panel of judges. For his efforts, the performer also known as "The
Brown" gets a new acoustic guitar and digital recording package courtesy
of Yamaha Canada, plus some extra exposure for the track from his debut
CD Found in the Woulds.
You can hear The Record Collection for yourself on Brown’s YouTube channel, TheBrownsVideos.
Halifax native Melanson earns magazine’s notice
Halifax native Katie Melanson is a winner in the Southwest Art magazine’s 21 under 31 Emerging Artists Competition.
Melanson, who received an honourable mention, lives in Toronto and
studied at the Academy of Realist Art. Her winning painting was inspired
by a photograph of her father as a boy, fishing with his father. This
photograph is in the painting’s background.
"I added my grandfather’s old fly rod and leather fly pouch. It is a
very sentimental piece for me. I grew up fly fishing with my family
every summer in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. I have wonderful memories of
being on the river with my dad, fishing together and listening to
stories about him fishing with his father. I wanted to capture the
timeless bond between father and child and the connectivity of our
memories over the three generations," she tells Southwest Art.
Melanson also likes to write and is working on a children’s book with her dog Olive as the main character.