I’m introducing the Pamela bamboo hoodie. You’ve seen it in sample mode. Now here’s the pre-production version in raspberry, the #1 colour you voted for.

Introducing the Pamela Bamboo Hoodie by Colleen Kanna, Photo of Pamela hoodie in raspberry on mannequin, front and back view

Front and back view

A hoodie for women

I like to call it a hoodie for grown-a$$ women, lol. It has a shawl neckline that wraps around into a hood. There’s just the right amount of comfiness without looking sloppy. There’s a roomy kangaroo pocket and the sleeves are a tad longer. This gives you the option of rolling them up or keeping your hands warm when it’s chilly out.

It’s the perfect marriage of comfort and style! Throw it on over shorts, jeans or leggings. Or, dress it up with a pencil skirt.

Pamela George

As you know, I name my designs after women I love and admire. Pamela George is one of them. Pamela is a Financial Literacy & Credit Counsellor. She is Trinidadian with an inspiring story. Her mom was a hard-working single parent who built a successful business only to have it all fall away. Together they experienced poverty and homelessness. Pamela worked many jobs to support her family and eventually made her way to Canada. It’s truly a story of perseverance, not giving up, and believing in yourself.

This belief also extends to four legged creatures. Pamela and her husband, Robert, recently adopted this beautiful rescue who was abandoned during the pandemic. They opened up their hearts and home to Duke who is loving downtown condo living.

Introducing the Pamela bamboo hoodie by Colleen Kanna, Photo of Duke the Cat

Duke the cat

Pamela brings her life experiences to her financial literacy counselling business. She has walked the walk. She helps women get out from under their financial struggles and back to a life of abundance, one step at a time.

To hear more of Pamela’s story, listen to her interview on the podcast, Belief Alchemy with Megan O’Neill. The episode is called From Homelessness to Empowering Women’s Financial Literacy.

Giving back

Another thing I love and admire about Pamela is her generous and giving spirit. She’s always working behind the scenes encouraging, helping and promoting women. She’s making the world a better place.

A cause near and dear to Pamela’s heart is the racial and gender inequalities, biases and injustices that have existed for far too long. As a woman of colour, Pamela has her own stories and experiences. So, in the Fall of 2020, she created the Pamela George Financial Literacy Bursary in collaboration with Algonquin College. It’s a $2,500 bursary offered every year for 3 years from 2021 to 2023. It’s specifically for mature women (25+) belonging to the Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) community. Applications open in January of each year.

Pamela also contributes monthly to Tungasuvvingat Inuit, and annually to the Ottawa Food Bank for Financial Literacy Month.

Most recently, Pamela purchased 48 copies of the children’s book, When We Were Alone by David A. Robertson. It’s a story about a difficult time in our history, the residential school system. And, ultimately, a story of empowerment and strength. Pamela is giving away all 48 copies.


On the weekend, Pamela and I decided to head over to Brittania Park for a mini-photoshoot. We were both excited about her namesake hoodie. We also thought an impromptu picnic was in order. As Pamela climbed into her Uber ride and I pulled out of my parking garage, raindrops began to fall. Then heading down the Queensway, the skies opened up in a downpour. By the time I pulled into the parking lot, it had started to thunder.

With humour, optimism and a little faith, we carried on with our plans. And, it turned out to be the perfect outing. Because of the rain, it wasn’t crowded. We had plenty of room to spread out on a picnic table covered with a lovely tablecloth and matching napkins provided by Pamela. We chatted away while we ate our lunch, quickly thrown together with whatever we had in our refrigerators. The best kind of meal with a friend. Then the sky cleared up and it stopped raining.

I think Pamela is a model of abundance and generosity in the raspberry Pamela hoodie.

Pamela George in the raspberry Pamela bamboo hoodie leaning against a tree

Pamela in the Pamela hoodie


The Pamela is now available for Pre-Order. I’m only making 30, a small-batch collection in 4 sizes from 1 (S) to 4 (XL). Order yours today so you don’t miss out. Delivery will be in 6 weeks.

Yes, I’ll pre-order the Pamela hoodie

Until next time,

~ Colleen

Colleen Kanna, Photo by Anna Epp Photography

I’m a recovering Chartered Accountant and Breast Cancer Champion turned Fashion Designer. My COKANNA Canadian-made bamboo clothing is all about comfort and style. Giving back to the community is important to me so I support Rethink Breast Cancer‘s metastatic breast cancer education, support, and advocacy work.and