Everyone knows someone

Often the six degrees of separation starts with a chance meeting. Way back in February on a wintery day, which seems like a lifetime ago, I trekked across the city to meet Sherry Woodburn. She’s the owner of the Fashion 4 Women Outlet. Mary Bouchard, a new friend I had met by chance at a Christmas party, recommended I talk to Sherry about my COKANNA clothing line.

Sherry is a big supporter of women in business and cancer-related causes. We hit it off immediately. She pulled out the Riverview Park Review, a community newspaper. In every edition, Sherry has a 3 page spread which she often devotes to stories about interesting women and their businesses. She opened the February edition, and much to my surprise, a very familiar face was staring back at me. It was Beth Hoag, my physiotherapist while I was recovering from breast cancer. Another coincidence, the photographer who had taken Beth’s photos in the article was Melanie Mathieu. I’ve had the pleasure of working with Melanie on several projects and events.

Wellness Night

Sherry wanted to host a Wellness event at her store featuring Beth who specializes in cancer rehabilitation. She thought including another complementary business or two would round out the event. And, that’s where I just happened to walk in the door. Sherry was excited. Since I already knew Beth, the two of us could collaborate and plan the Wellness Night together.

In addition, Sherry put me in touch with the editor of the Riverview Park Review. She wanted Carole Moult to also write a story about me and my business. Carole was intrigued by the connection of the last few stories told on Sherry’s pages. The Wellness Night was planned for April 23 so we wanted to include it in the article. But, the deadline for the April edition was fast approaching. Well, timing is everything. Carole and I met, the article was written, photos were submitted, and then COVID-19.

Postponed for now

So, of course, the Wellness Night for Women is postponed. But, the article was published last week citing June as the hoped for reschedule date. Hmmm, we may have to reschedule the reschedule date.

In the meantime, here’s the detailed story of the six degrees of separation and how COKANNA came to be.

Click and scroll to page 24. Riverview Park Review April Edition

Until next week,

~ Colleen

Colleen Kanna, Photo by Anna Epp Photography

Colleen Kanna is a recovering Chartered Accountant and Breast Cancer Champion turned Fashion Designer.

She is the creator of COKANNA Canadian made bamboo clothing for women that’s all about comfort and style.

Colleen supports Rethink Breast Cancer’s metastatic breast cancer support, education, and advocacy work.