Meet SEWN member…
Christine Turner and her husband moved to the Sunshine Coast with their two boys, in 2011.
The dream was to have a richer quality of life and a slower pace. Her husband, Ernie, was actually born and raised on the Coast so they spent many summer vacations here, dreaming of a day when they could slow down and savour the life.
So much for the slower pace. With two thriving boutiques, 2 kids and a myriad of other activities, life is anything but leisurely for Christine.
She’s been an entrepreneur at heart since her teens and has always enjoyed drafting business concepts and being her own boss. As a result she’s been self-employed since her early 20s. Her first bricks and mortar business was Body and Sol spa in New Westminster, which brought her the greatest professional acclaim.
“My best & biggest moment was the day I was on stage in Las Vegas to accept two of the industry’s most prestigious awards at one of the biggest industry trade shows. It was unprecedented for a Canadian to win one, let alone both, of the highly coveted awards. I was so busy being awestruck by my famous “peers” that I was shocked when they announced me as the winner. That recognition gained me respect and international recognition for my commitment to quality & profession standards, customer service excellence, staff relations, community involvement & marketing skills.”
Flourish Boutique and Embellish Emporium in Lower and Upper Gibsons, respectively, are her 7th and 8th businesses and she is an energetic networker who takes strength and inspiration from her fellow entrepreneurs. “
As women entrepreneurs we face unique challenges. Having other women to commiserate with and share ideas with has always helped me achieve my goals.” Christine firmly believes helping others and sharing knowledge and experience is the key to business success. With SEWN she sees an association where people are open to network and share.
What people don’t necessarily see when they see Christine, is a survivor. Giving up her daughter for adoption started a cycle of mental health struggles. She is proud that although she is someone with PTSD, anxiety and chronic depression, she has met those challenges head on. As a result of her own experience she is committed to helping young women who struggle with similar afflictions before the problems manifest into life-long problems.
Although she is currently spread thin with the recent opening of Flourish, Christine is willing to do what she can for other. Over the years she has helped many women learn the skills required to start their own businesses or become great managers and leaders.
Published: August 2016