A bit about us...
I am a local woman, based in Ku-ring-gai and working across the whole Hornsby and Ku-ring-gai area as well as further afield in prevention and promotion for public health, parent education and youth mental health projects.
My businesses include my major loves which are primary prevention mental health education, blogging and radio - Why Be You and Stay in the Loop with Lucy. I am mother to 3 awesome young adults who are constant inspirations to me and wife to a very decent and equally amazing man.
My focus on events such as International Women’s Day comes from a deep knowing that community is vital to mental and physical health and wellbeing. I love working in a team and this year has seen that reality come true, a website built and more and more people benefiting from a humble initiative 3 years ago.
I am a local business owner, entrepreneur and community connector who is passionate about helping people thrive.
Having lived in South Turramurra for over 20 years and going to school in Wahroonga I love this area for the unique community spirit and wonderful quality of life that we enjoy here together.
The reason I have joined the team to run IWDF was simply cause ‘I Love Lucy’ - we have a shared vision for the future of Hornsby & Ku-ring-gai… oh and we also have alotta fun working together too.
My business is Arbonne – an online health & wellness company with over 400 vegan certified, botanically based products from anti-ageing skincare (who doesn’t want to look younger?!) to teenage skincare to men’s products to baby range to makeup (recommended by professional makeup artists) to nutrition (who doesn’t want to be healthier?!). There are 2 parts to my biz – I share these gorgeous products and I teach and train others to do the same – earning a recurring income alongside what they are currently doing.
I moved to Hornsby from the Northern Beaches in 1995 with my husband and together we raised 2 daughters who have taken every opportunity that has come their way and blossomed into beautiful young women with purpose. I think it only fair that all girls and women in our Hornsby and Ku-ring-gai community have equal opportunity to grow up knowing that they are loved by their families and nurtured by their community.
This is my first time to join the festival team and I am feeling quite positive that we are on to something pretty awesome.
I have a ‘hands on’ approach in the running of our family business, SOS Removals & Storage in Thornleigh which has serviced our community since 1968 providing local, country and interstate removals and storage solutions. I am a strong advocate for small business supporting local community which is reflected in our relationship with numerous local charities.
Growing up my mother often said to me, ‘Jo, women are the salt of the earth’… #LovemeFirst says it all as we must love ourselves first before we can truly be of benefit to others.
Mandy Taylor, originally from Scotland immigrated to Australia in 1991. Mum of 2 has been in business management since age of 17 and has won many awards over the years both nationally and internationally. Mandy owns a Smartline Personal Mortgage Broking franchise with her partner Greg Wilkinson and Taylored Ceremonies & Life Celebrations ~her second business as a Registered Civil Celebrant.
Mandy volunteers her time to a variety of organisations and charities; is an advocate for the success and support of small businesses and local communities. Current voluntary roles are President of Hornsby Chamber of commerce; Vice President of Warringah Chamber of commerce; committee member of the Advisory board with NSW Business Chamber of Commerce and member of the Smartline Charity Committee. Co-founder of WoMB, women multitasking in business group where several times a year women come together to hear other inspiring women to speak whilst enjoying breakfast and the company of other women.
She’s a public speaker and delivers talks on Effective Communication & Self- empowerment talks to high school students and other Leadership Forums across the North Shore and Northern Beaches. She supports other local events within communities such as International Women’s Day & “Ride in my chair day” with Studio Artes. Mandy is passionate about working towards a strong social economy and most of what she does is focussed around making a positive difference to people’s lives.
“Once you find your own inner strength, you spend the rest of your life helping others find theirs”
An extract from Mandy’s self-care booklet, ‘Health & Vitality’, written for her mum as she battled with cancer in 1997.
I’m a local Ku-ring-gai resident, businesswoman, wife and mother. My own personal health journey with autoimmunity led me to leave my corporate role and found my own health & nutritional coaching business, Feed YOU First.
I am passionate about two things: helping others to learn about themselves and cooking & nutrition. I have much wisdom to share from my journey with autoimmunity, as I have learned the importance of greater self-care and self-love, having lived most of my life not realising their worth! It is crucial that we are able to show women of all ages the importance of filling their cup first, so they have enough to share with those they love. One of the best ways for me to do this is through food, as I thoroughly enjoy cooking and teaching others to care for themselves by feeding themselves first.
I am so thrilled to be a part of this committee, to partner with these lovely women to bring this event to life!
After moving to Sydney with my family in 2013, I'm well and truly immersed in the culture and vibe this wonderful city has to offer. Starting my life in Perth Western Australia, we moved overseas to Dubai, returning to Australia where we lived in Rockhampton, Brisbane and Townsville, before Sydney. A total of 8 schools and many different cultural experiences, has prepared me well for constant change and given me a deep appreciation of the importance of communities and the people within them.
I'm currently studying a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Human Resources at Macquarie University. I relish the opportunity to be a part of real world experiences that matter. The International Women's Day certainly fits that brief and it's great to be involved, learning from such a talented and passionate committee, whilst making a contribution that is really important to so many in our community!
With Thanks and in deep appreciation
Thanks must go to other people who have helped us along the way and without whom this festival would have been much harder to organise. The dedication of Alison Coleman who set the foundational design for the website. Kelly Designs who designed the original template for International Women's Day for me in 2017, Alison Pearson who is running the collating of information and details for all the stallholders at our Festival Finale. Our financial and in-kind sponsors and supporters are integral to ensuring as many of our community as possible are offered the opportunity to be aware of the groups, workshops and services we run in this area - in deep appreciation for supporting us, I say thank you on behalf of the whole team.