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09 Dec: Gloria Rajkumar, President & CEO SIMAC, 2011 RBC Canadian Woman Entrepreneur of the Year

Born in Guyana, the seventh of eight children, Gloria Rajkumar moved to Canada after graduating high school. It was an entry-level position in the insurance industry that started Gloria on the path that led to where she is today and she spent the next 19 years climbing the proverbial corporate ladder. Gloria is the President and CEO of SIMAC Canada Inc., an Ontario-based independent medical examination company, primarily serving the auto insurance industry. In 2001 Gloria was involved in…

Beauty and the Bling Event in NYC

08 Dec: Guyanese Girls “Rocking it” at the Beauty & the Bling Fashion Event in NYC

I had a really awesome time last night hanging with the lovely ladies of Les Deux Ms Jewelry (Antia McGill & Dyonne Miller); Miss Guyana World 2012 (Arti Cameron) and Michelle Cole of COLEFACTS. The Event was held at the Limelight Marketplace in New York City to showcase the fashion creations of several well known designers such as Edwing D’Angelo and Michelle Cole and jewelry from Les Deus Ms.  All of the pieces on display were highly fashionable, beautifully…

Nadia Jabour

07 Dec: Natural Talent: Creative Jewelry Designs by Nadia Jabour

Nadia Jabour is a Guyanese born jewelry designer living in Toronto. In  an interview with Guyana Times Sunday Magazine,  she revealed that she started designing jewelry in Canada about 5 years ago. “I have always been creative, but after moving back to Canada was never able to find a niche area of the arts to develop, but with having teenage girls always wanting to have something different, I ventured into a class and never stopped after…

Singer Shamain Greaves

06 Dec: She Rocks! R & B Sensation Shamain Greaves Was Born to Sing

Born Shamain Greaves June 3, 1992 in Georgetown, Guyana it was music from the start.  The daughter of the lead singer of Frontline, a popular band based in Guyana, she drew her musical influences from reggae, R&B, soul and those unforgettable golden oldies. At age 3 she moved to the United States and by age 5 began attending Thomas G. Pullen an arts magnet school located in Landover, Maryland. There Shamain studied the violin under the late Leslie Thomas…

Tessa-McWatt

05 Dec: She Rocks! Meet Tessa McWatt – Internationally Published Author

Tessa McWatt is an internationally published author  born in 1959 in Georgetown, Guyana. Her family migrated to Canada when she was three, and she grew up in Toronto where she pursued her love of writing and music.  She is the author of five earlier novels; her second, Dragons Cry, was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction and the City of Toronto Book Award. As an adult, Tessa worked as an editor in Toronto…

Khadijatou

04 Dec: She Rocks! Meet Khadijatou Doyneh, aka K2, International Singer/ Songwriter/Spoken Word Poet

Khadijatou Doyneh, aka K2, is a Guyanese raised and London based singer-songwriter, author,  spoken word poet, musician, and dancer. Her extensive travel across Europe, USA, Canada and Africa at an early age  gave birth to Khadijatou’s ‘lifetime travel-bug’ and wish to contribute  to creative culture.  She  started her performing arts career in dance theatre after graduating with a BA (Hons)  Dance and Spanish.  She discovered her aptitude for  writing, blending words and rhythms, and became a recognized artist on the …

World Champion Gwen O'Neil

03 Dec: Gwendolyn “Stealth Bomber” O’Neil: First Guyanese Woman to win a World Boxing Title

‘Gwen’ grew up in the Barima River area of the North West District in Guyana, the twentieth child in a family of 21 kids. She says she owes her toughness in the ring to long hours spent doing hard work on her parents’ farm at an early age.  Her father, who was from St. Lucia, died when she was five. She had also had to fight her way through school, so as not to be taken advantage of…

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29 Nov: She Rocks! June Haynes – Former Senior Vice President of Retail for Valentino

When June Haynes was a young girl in Guyana, she would spend her afternoons in her mom’s clothing store flipping through Vogue magazines that had been sent from America. Her love of style brought her to New York, where she attended the Fashion Institute of Technology and majored in fashion buying and merchandising.  The combination of determination and felicity landed her the Senior Vice President of Retail & Brand Ambassador position at Valentino, the luxury fashion house founded by…

Poet Grace Nichols

29 Nov: She Rocks! Grace Nichols – Award Winning Guyanese Poet

Grace Nichols is a Guyanese poet.  She was born in Georgetown, Guyana in 1950, the fifth of seven children. She was raised in the village of Highdam and attended the school where her father worked as headmaster and her mother taught piano lessons. At age eight she moved with her family to Georgetown, and at age sixteen she left high school with the hope of becoming a teacher. Earning a degree in communications at the University…

Simone Denny

28 Nov: She Rocks Her Guyanese Heritage! Simone Denny – Canadian Pop/Dance/House/Techno Vocalist

Soulful.  Divine.  Spellbinding.  Simone Denny is…a legend in the making.  Born and raised in Toronto, this powerhouse diva is of Guyanese heritage.  Simone’s Caribbean Canadian environment exposed her to a wide and eclectic mixed bag of musical influences. She grew up listening to calypso, reggae, Brazilian music, and of course, R&B. Simone knew in her heart that music would always be a major part of her life. Singing at a talent show in the 6th grade…