Who is Ms Coffee and Cheesecake? Coffee and Cheesecake is Paula Paterson, who was born in London England and raised in Scarborough Ontario. With over twenty years of extensive Social Work experience, Paula has worked closely with the homeless population, youth and abused women. Although Paula's main focus is her family she has devoted much of her time to Empower Women throughout the GTA/Canada and someday internationally. Paula is passionate about encouraging women to be the best that they can be and believes that the beginning to a woman's success is self-confidence and self love leading to healthy relationships with other women. Paula has had her share of trials and tribulations with female relationships, from lack of trust to competitive behaviours and would like to do her part in removing these negative attitudes women demonstrate towards each other. Paula is working on the development of a female community of career minded women who are seeking the same beliefs. As a entrepreneur herself, Paula has learned that networking plays a key component in achieving unity between women who are ambitious and demonstrate the drive and determination to succeed. Paula has built and continues to develop a team of women full of aspirations and dreams and wants to make a positive difference. Paula is making connections with local charities and strives to be an influential role model.
Coffee and Cheesecake has officially launched its all female Business Directory. Included in this Directory are businesses that have been carefully analyzed and picked, these women are self made bosses who have an immense amount of professionalism, drive, motivation and dedication that are rapidly bringing their business to the top. Included in the Directory are women of all different fields — from fashion, to beauty, home decoration, catering services, photographers, travel, finances and so much more. As the Directory has quality, having your female entrepreneurs promote on the Directory is an unique and fantastic way to get their name out there, receive and give support to other fellow female entrepreneurs and discover new businesses. Coffee and Cheesecake plans to expand its Directory worldwide and goal to get over 1000 members.
workshop facilitator and a philanthropist
Co-founder of Saba Africa Ltd
In 2011, she co-founded Hands of a Hero Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports less fortunate children in Ghana and Canada by empowering, mentoring, educating and providing resources to improving their standard living conditions. As the President of Hands of a Hero Foundation, her strong passion to make a difference in the lives of children and youth has lead the organization to great success for the past 5 years.
Since 2013, Yaa-Priscilla has also been serving as the President of Fashion Against Poverty, an organization that creates platforms to give exposure to emerging fashion designers, artists and entrepreneurs in Canada, while simultaneously raising funds to help empower youth in Canada and supporting disadvantaged children in Ghana.
In April 2016, Yaa-Priscilla was chosen as a speaker for Ted Talk conference (TEDxAccra) held in Accra, Ghana. She has appeared on Jefferson Reports (Joy TV & Afroglobal TV), ETV, TV AFRICA, Roger TV and many more.
you must keep fear from hijacking your aircraft.”- Yaa- Priscilla Birago
When I started my university applications, I had first planned to become a dentist, but then decided I wanted to help people in need by completing a Psychology Degree, and a Social Work Degree. After working as a Social Worker for many years in women’s shelters, schools, group homes, and detention centers, I decided I wanted to help people on a higher level. So, I started canvassing the idea of Law to my friends and family.
They said I would never be able to finish law school.
Now I have been able to open my own practice and run a successful Law Firm with two other partners, remain actively involved in politics, support my community by taking several executive board positions, actively give back to my church, teach law at a post secondary level, and coach and mentor many law students along the way.
Rachel Nyaamine is Branch Manager for BMO Financial Group. She is accountable for sales leadership, operational oversight and people leadership within the retail banking environment.
Within this role, Rachel oversees a team of Financial Service Managers, Customer Service Representatives and closely works with various partners such as Financial Planners, Investment Advisors and Mortgage Specialists. Within the complex environment of this customer-facing financial role, Rachel focuses on the financial education of her team to ensure they are able to effectively manage customer expectations surrounding Lending, Investments and Everyday Banking transactions.
Rachel joined BMO Financial Group in August 2007 as an associate in the Credit Card line of business and has progressed through various leadership roles in Personal Banking, Credit Cards and Specialized Sales. In May 2015, Rachel was promoted to her current role as a Branch Manager for the Bayview/Eglinton branch. She is a proven sales leader with a passion for driving results through discretionary performance. As a leader, she continues to gain personal fulfillment in continous learning as well as skills gained while progessing through various roles within BMO Financial Group.
She holds a Bachelor in Sociology from York University. Rachel is actively engaged in charities with a primary focus on women & children as well as being a member of BMO’s GenNext Committee which focuses on heightening awareness for young adults on the necessity of giving back.
Rachel Shako is originally from Democratic Republic of Congo. She is an Evangelist, Christian counselor and Founder of Claiming Life ministries. Through her evangelic ministry and spiritual counseling, she helped many people in African, Europe, USA and Canada rediscover their true identity as Christian and as a woman in the society.
Rachel always enjoyed helping women and families to discover their true identity. In fact, by the time she was 25 years old, she helped many broken families to come back together, many depressed and low self-esteem girls to regain their confidence and continue to follow their dreams. She also reached many street girls and motivated them to go back to school.
In 2003, after spending some years in Canada, she decided to go to Canada Christian College to pursue her studies in counseling and social w, and in 2008 she was graduated with a bachelor degree in counseling and in the same year she was ordained Evangelist. She has founded The Claiming Life Ministries with the goal to reach out the world with the gospel. She has been a speaker to many conferences around the world speaking to women, youth and families. She has been a mentor to many young women in Canada.
Today, Rachel encourages young people, especially women and girls to follow their dreams no matter the challenges they may face in life. She is also writing a book which will be entitle “women, maximize your potential”
When I started my journey, I was a single mother working eighty hour weeks at multiple jobs. There were times it seemed like there was no light at the end of the tunnel but through determination and faith, we persevered. Now I am in a leadership position at Rogers, and my children are my greatest achievement. They are tri-lingual, community-focused, highly intelligent and compassionate. It wasn’t easy raising them on my own, but they mean the world to me and I couldn’t be prouder of their accomplishments.
I thrive on challenges and am driven by success in my career and outside of it. I have volunteered with several different organizations over the last few years: Million Dollar Smiles, Habitat for Humanity, Manyatta Network, the Cry for the Children Foundation, and others. My goal is to inspire and I hope to have a positive impact on the lives of those whom I encounter.
Food Services - Catering and
food production company
When I started my company it was base in making food for friends and families in Toronto Ontario .We have been able to grow by participating in different outdoor events and festivals.
We have moved to Saskatoon to pursue a career in law enforcement for my husband, and we have started over the company but this time with our minds set on our biggest dream.
They say it was not possible for me to excel into the production industries without any big capital in our hands but now our products (African dry mix) are located in 5 stores in Saskatoon, 1 in Calgary,Alberta and one in South Dakota (USA). One of our biggest orders come from Andrey's Independent Store in Saskatoon, SK . We are definitely aiming for Ontario next.
My inspiration is all the people around the world, the suffering, the poverty, the human trafficking and child prostitution special in my own country Republic democratic of Congo. We would like to be part the ARK (One Act of Random Kindness) one person at a time.
When I moved to Canada, 6 years ago, I never thought I will be where I am today. I was freshly graduated from a business school in France when the idea of leaving my family, my friends and my country came to mind. My parents tried to convince me to stay in France in order to find a job, but I didn't listen to them and I decided to challenge myself living abroad.
Here I am, 5 years as a Communications and Community Relations manager for Centre francophone, a nonprofit organization for francophone and since recently I am a communications advisor for the Minister responsible for Francophone Affairs and the Attorney general. I was lucky to meet the right people across my path, and never giving up on my hope, my dream and my goal. As a black woman, I am deeply proud to be able to enjoy my job. I have always said to myself that everything is possible and indeed it’s possible, even though it’s not easy everyday but, it is worth it to work hard and believe in you.
When I started my pursuit to become a social worker, I lacked the confidence to believe I would be accepted into Higher education, never mind York University and the University of Toronto. As a stutterer, I was self conscious of how I might present to others as a professional! I had a narrow mindset that told me others are better, prettier and more intelligent than I!! As a British immigrant, I leapt over many racial, social and political barriers both to pursue stability in Canada and in higher education.
They say I will never amount to much; I would just be a housewife!!
Now I have been able to achieve an undergraduate and a graduate degree in Social work from reputable, prestigious universities, I am now positioned to unwrap individuals trapped in the social constructs and prisons of their minds; through the vehicle of my work as a Social Worker.
Coordinator Vaccine Preventable Disease
(Region of Peel)
When I started my talk show "Women on the rise" I would have never thought I would be on TV hosting a show. Little did I know that God had different plans for me to be the host instead and interview women from all walks of life. Not only do I feel blessed to work in media but I will also be an author TBR in August 2016. It has been quite a journey 4 years in the making, to share my story of being a survivor of childhood sexual abuse. Now I have been able to learn to live bold! I know now in order to see growth, change and movement in our lives we must take bold steps, activate our faith and say "Fear take a back seat, I'm going to feel the fear and do it anyway". They said I would never be where I am today, If I listened to all the nay sayers saying, I couldn't do it, or I am not good enough I would not be on this journey I am today my purpose driven journey!
“She believed She Could So She did" Author Unknown
When I started my career I worked as a volunteer. I capitalized on the opportunity to become familiar with the community, non-profit sector while developing my professional and interpersonal skills. After demonstrating my commitment, dedication and perseverance, I was hired into a permanent, full-time role; and advanced to several different front-line and mid-level management roles at a variety of organizations.
They say I will never advance to the highest level of senior management in the sector. The barriers I face as a black woman, dealing with every day racism and sexism would be a limitation to my ultimate success.
However, now I have been able to succeed and breakdown the barriers that were once obstacles. I am a consummate professional, whose career and life combine theory, practice, experience and specialized training. My work spans almost three decades, with the last 20 years working at senior management levels within several organizations.
When I started my writing journey they said I will never make it in the writing business, let alone publish any books. Now, I am a published author of 7 books and counting and a freelance magazine writer who has written for several North American magazines such as Africulture magazine, Planet Africa magazine, The Christian Jones magazine, Mudd magazine and The Caribbean Current to name a few.
I also operate a very popular blog called “Simone's Blog-Depicting the Writer in You” where I conduct exclusive author interviews, market, advertise and promote books, eBooks, published authors, self-publishers and anyone in the writing arena. And finally, I will be launching an independently owned and operated publishing company called 'We Read Press' (www.wereadpress.com) in the coming months.
and He will make a fairy tale out of you." ~Simone Da’ Costa
When I started my commitment to make a change in my community about 20 years ago, I started off as a board member at a community daycare centre. I am now an Executive Director at the Thorncliffe/Flemingdon Business Woman’s Association, The Chairperson of Pride in Heritage Children’s Centre, a member of the Flemingdon Urban Fair Committee, and the Founder of Tweens, Teens & Cuisines a cooking club for kids in the community.
They say I will never be successful as a single mother. As a mother of three, I have proven the ability to balance a professional life, give back to my community, and properly manage my home. With my children as my inspiration, I am an advocate for changing the poverty lifestyle stigma often associated with single mothers.
I now have been able to create two successful events: The Toronto Natural Hair & Beauty Show and The sisterhood Expo.
When I started my I never dreamed of being where I am today. Immediately after high school I, along with a co-founder, launched my first Non-Profit Organization called ‘Healin’Scars’: a mentorship organization that supports healing in the arts. Around that same time I had my very first Social Service Employment opportunity at Tropicana Community Services while attending Seneca College. Following this I became an advisor to the Premier on issues facing youth province wide. They say I will never get too far without a University Degree. I had a past of battling mental health, being an immigrant, poverty, homelessness as well as a survivor of physical abuse by my father who was an alcoholic. I did not let any of those struggles dictate my future.
Now I have been able to inspire, educate, and uplift the masses both young and old. As an Entrepreneur I was also on the director’s panel for Ministry of Trades and Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure to review Province wide applications for a grant out of a 3.6 Billion dollar entrepreneurship budget.
So learn as much as you can and appreciate all your experiences.”
Exercising her passion for writing, Tracey wrote and self-published her first book called "Count Your Blessings," a biblical based financial workbook in 2008, followed by the creation of her online bookstore which is an extension of her founding ministry Soulful Woman Ministries. Then in 2014 a faith-based magazine called Soulful Image was created. Since its inception in January 2014, Tracey has been recognized for her contribution to her community as a business owner, author, writer, and entrepreneur. She was nominated and won the 2015 Woman On Fire Media Award, 2015 Built To Inspire Premised On Excellence Award and 2016 Queens Rising Together Toronto Award. She is the founder and has supported many business and community events throughout the GTA.
Tracey has a passion for empowering women and families to overcome hardship and uses the magazine as a tool to help them reach their greatest potential through faith and hard work. Her core beliefs are what drive her. God, music, writing, community, and family are her greatest passions in life. And she aspires to bless all that she encounters.
Speaker, Serial Entrepreneur
Beauty Salon - Beauty Industry
When I started my first hair salon business in 1994 - a co-venture at the time made possible by combined resources with a good friend - it was a massive struggle financially and we could not get a look in on the banks for a business loan. However, armed with the unwavering conviction that we were offering a much needed service, especially for black women, we persevered, invested in understanding the science of hair and combined that knowledge with great and client-centric service in order to cultivate quality, reliability and ultimately loyalty from our clients.
Detractors said it was not a viable undertaking because it was during the recession and the wrong perceived notion of black clients as being fickle but our experience has been nothing but the opposite.
With professionally qualified and thoroughly knowledgeable staff, the hair salon has now evolved to focus on excellent service aimed at empowering women (and some men) to embrace, celebrate and manage their naturally curly and beautiful hair.
Being a breast cancer survivor I give back by providing emotional support to breast cancer patients during their journey through cancer.
When I started Kuwala with my business partner, Freeda Mulenga, I didn’t expect I would gain new professional knowledge. From strategic marketing to web development, managing Kuwala has allowed me to gain enriching experiences in multiple fields. From researching online to exchanging ideas with other entrepreneurs, I am gaining essential skills as I implement best practices for growing Kuwala.
They say I will never succeed at promoting African fashion as mainstream style, because it is only for Africans and can only be be worn at special events. However, since launching we’ve seen African-inspired fashion gain popularity internationality and as demand grows, Kuwala grows.
Now I have been able to expand our partnerships with talented fashion designers on the African continent and in the Diaspora. At Kuwala, we see Africa as the next fashion production hub and we’re dedicated to promoting an ethical supply chain that creates jobs, increases trade and promotes economic growth.
some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style” – Maya Angelou