Two Bees Apiary
With a background in marketing and sales, Lianne ditched her corporate job in 2000, moved to Seattle and ignited passions that had previously only been a dream. Along with becoming a beekeeper, she trained as a yoga instructor, learned Reiki, and became a life and wellness coach.
Fast forward to today where she sells beekeeping equipment and mentors new beekeepers, as well as educates the public in this fascinating field of urban agriculture. For those a little faint of heart, Lianne can set you up with Mason Bees – a stingless pollinator.
This summer, Two Bees Apiary is expanding by going store-front at the Homesteader Emporium, a one-stop shop in Vancouver for all your home self-sufficiency projects like growing and preserving your own food, making cheese, keeping chickens, or making soap!
Blessed that her hobby has become her business, Lianne values her personal relationships with like-minded people and serving her community — encouraging the City of North Vancouver to change bylaws relating to the urban agriculture movement.
Her philosophy extends into her affiliation with SWAN. “They have just the right speakers that added motivation to my business and life, right when I needed it.”
Words of advice from Lianne: Do not wait. The time will never be just right. Or as Napoleon Hill said, “Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.”
For more about Lianne, www.twobeesapiary.com or contact her at email@example.com 778.237.8711
Interviewed by Karen Dodd
Acupressure & Qi Gong Therapy for Women
Eveline has been a SWAN member since February 2011. She has a big smile when she talks about the friends and special connections she’s made since joining. The former microbiologist changed her career to begin the study and practice of Jin Shin Do Body Mind Acupressure and Medical Qi Gong Therapy, and eventually opened up her own practice based out of her home in West Vancouver some 10 years ago. She works with her clients using the two disciplines to help move energy through the meridians in our bodies, which improves our mental, physical and even spiritual health.
Born in Holland, she’s been a Vancouver native since she was 2 years old – with a few short stints in Calgary and Victoria. She is constantly energized and inspired by fellow women entrepreneurs, and is always looking for opportunities to get together to share ideas and support. When asked if she has any advice for others, she says “Remember that we are more alike than we are different. Don’t be afraid to reach out and connect.”
Eveline is a member of the BC Acupressure Therapists Association, the Jin Shin Do Foundation for Bodmind Acupressure and the International Institute of Medical Qi Gong.
Eveline can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Interviewed by Chris Klar