A serious passion around food began for Tara Black and Marion Neuhauser when they met in high school. Cooking was at the heart of both of their families and created loving memories growing up. When Tara married to start her own family, she focused on good food and a career in the industry. Marion finished her studies and had the opportunity as an flight attendant to seek new culinary experiences. Yet both found working for others didn’t satisfy their urge for creative freedom. It was while taking a business course that Tara heard many participants talking about the lack of gluten-free options. She decided to discuss it with Marion on a retreat to Hawaii. Their dream cafe morphed considerably to form a new gluten-free bakery concept. Marion loved the research on healthy solutions and Tara was well-versed at preparing custom orders. Filling a need to help others was greater than their own personal plans. Currently nominated for Best Employer & Best Company in Small Business BC awards.
Exploring the world with a humanitarian organization, Rebecca Sky found herself in rare situations — a group home for abused girls in China, remote villages in the Amazon, teaching tropical medicine in West Africa. Even after a life threatening spider bite which put her in a comma and left her with chronic pain, Sky continued to adventure and reach out to those in need. Her experiences and wild literary mind have since inspired her to write fantasy stories for young adults allowing readers to escape the world around them. After publishing her books online for free three years ago Sky now has over 25,000 fans. When her novel The Love Curse hit 10 million reads on Wattpad last year, Pulitzer prize journalist, David Streitfeld of the NYTimes personally called her for an interview. Now signed with three agencies, Sky’s content has been optioned for film and has the potential to become a new TV series with a media agent who has worked on franchises such as Twilight and Percy Jackson.