Central Leader : December 22nd 2010
www.centralleader.co.nz Wednesday, December 22, 2010 Smart with a heart Foxie Style: As Pacific business woman of the year Jo Rose Kerrison has her mind on business and her heart in the community. Photo: JASON OXENHAM By CARLY TAWHIAO FOXIE Style owner Jo Rose Kerrison knows how to make a person look and feel good. And the Mt Roskill resident's feeling good herself after being named Pacific business woman of the year. She received a sculptural award crafted by Solomon Island artist Steven Gwaliasi. The mother-of-three has run her own successful Dominion Rd hair salon Foxie Style for a decade while pur- suing charitable causes close to her heart. This year she helped raise money for schools in Samoa that were devastated by the tsunami. Proceeds paid for student and teacher packs, sports equipment and sponsorship of a child. Mrs Kerrison has also launched an charity called Edu-Kids to provide scholarships for Pacific youth seeking careers in beauty and fashion. She has already been invited to talk at high schools as a role model and is happy to help lead a pathway for the young generation coming through. I would tell them that it's hard work but at the same time has a positive aspect as well. Believe in what you do, believe in yourself and don't give up.'' Mrs Kerrison says her fam- ily and friends have always been supportive of her ambitions but the awards, hosted by the Pacific Busi- ness Trust, will open doors. They give an opportunity to network with the right people to help run a busi- ness.'' The event was hosted by the Pacific Business Trust, an organisation that started 25 years ago to help tackle unemployment among Pacific Island immigrants. Now the trust aims to ensure that Pacific people are recognised for their contri- bution to New Zealand's econ- omy and it has plenty to cel- ebrate. More than 40 businesses were nominated in eight categories at this year's event. The winners were Cardinal Logistics for Pacific employer of the year, Panorama Access for best emerging business and fashion label and Mena International won the Pacific exporter of the year. Job- s.co.nz chief executive Matt Walker was named young entrepreneur of the year, while Lorna Kumitau from Pacific Integrated Healthcare was named best executive. Vinod Kumar of Magsons Hardware took the busines- sperson of the year, while Magsons was named Pacific business of the year. The inaugural Pacific Navigators Achievement Award was given to Pasifika Styles direc- tor Stan Wolfgramm.
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