February 27, 2018
Airdrie business owner Wendy Bates-Wiebe believes leadership is about giving back.
The owner of The Hair Lounge, Bates-Wiebe is known for her business acumen, having won prestigious Business Edge Awards in both the Family Friendly and Eco Friendly categories.
But the longtime Airdrian is also a key member of several organizations and has sat on the board of directors for the Boys and Girls Club of Airdrie and the Rotary Club of Airdrie. She is also a mentor to other business owners as part of the 2017 SMARTstart program.
Bates-Wiebe is also heavily involved in fundraising for local charities including Carter’s Quest, Airdrie Food Bank, the Boys and Girls Club, and the Airdrie Health Foundation.
She has raised thousands in the past nine years she has been in business.
This nominee loves giving back.
“I grew up in inner-city Calgary, so there was no sense of community, and that is what I was always looking for,” she says. “It feels good to be part of a community.”
Local business owner Jacqui Jepson is impressed by Bates-Wiebe’s efforts.
“I am in awe daily by how [Bates-Wiebe] runs a successful business and still has time to donate in every way she can,” says Jepson. “She is truly an amazing leader in showing that her gifts can help others.”
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