After our photo shoot, video shoot, interview, and rehearsals, we had the chance to meet four amazing women, one of which was Dr. Natalie Archer.
Dr. Natalie Archer is a dynamic Toronto dentist who began her dental career in 2001.
She has managed to have a career and a family while building a career as a hospital dentist. Natalie is passionate about giving back to her community and mentoring young women in today’s society. During mentorship night, she used spiders as an example to show how dreams are achieved. Dr. Archer said that her son has a fascination with spiders, and after paying attention to them, she too began to notice how interesting the little critters are.
Dr. Archer said to “build your web” like a spider. It builds the web very intricately because the spider knows that the web will catch the fly, but it doesn’t know where. So, we all know that somewhere or another we will achieve our dreams, we just don’t know where or how, or maybe even what that dream may be.
Melani Chong has been in fashion and beauty for over 15 years. She’s a Canadian Ford Model and mom of two children. She developed a personalized skin care line called Soya Boutique. These organic products are a natural skin care collection that is useful for the whole family.
Ms. Chong was an athlete in high school. She never thought that modelling would be for her, but one day, her father sort of tricked her into going to a Ford model search at the mall, and she ended up being chosen. Still, she thought that wouldn’t go anywhere. Two weeks later, she got a call from Sutherland models and ended up modelling for huge names such as Gucci, Armani, Dior, and MAC Cosmetics.
Modelling expanded her interests to styling hair as well as doing makeup artistry. Eventually she started designing clothes too. Then she found out she was going to have her first son, and thought about plus size modelling, but realized she had an interest in health and beauty, so she decided to design a line of skin care products. She has been very successful in all of her endeavours.
Katrina Hadden is a health and wellness specialist, size 12 model, life coach, motivational speaker and the author of the best-selling self-help book, Making It In High Heels.
Known for her positive energy and contagious smile, she helps her clients get better focused to achieve their goals and dreams . Katrina Hadden Life Coaching for Athletes has been a life coach for over eight years, specializing in Stress Management, Personal Development, Work-Life Balance and Health and Wellness
Ms. Hadden explained that in elementary school, she was picked on and mocked by other girls for being the tall one. This was a very difficult time for her so she began playing sports, mostly basketball. She began dreaming of playing university basketball, but a knee injury made this impossible.
Katrina Hadden began modelling but found it very difficult because she was bigger than a petite model, but smaller than a plus size model and needed a category to fit in to, so she decided to create that. Katrina decided to contact the Ben Barry modelling agency. She scored an audition for a panasonic commercial and got picked, not because of how beautiful she looks on the outside, but because of the confidence that was radiating from her. She eventually ended up on Cityline TV, CTV, as well as modelling for Dove. Two years ago, Katrina had the opportunity to model in Toronto fashion week as well, which must have been quite an experience. One thing Ms. Hadden said that really stuck with me during mentorship night was “confidence takes time”, and she’s right. It takes time to build that level of comfort with your own skin, but her confidence speaking in front of a crowd of young women tonight certainly showed that confidence.
Alexandra Orlando is a highly decorated world-class Rhythmic Gymnast. Her wisdom can be found inside the pages of an award winning book called In Pursuit of Victory.
Alexandra has just published her second motivational book, Breaking Through My Limits: An Olympian Uncovered. She first tried to qualify for the Olympics in 2003, but missed by one tenth of a point. This upset her and angered her for a very long time, and she stopped training for a while. Eventually, Alexandra went back to the gym to once again begin her training, but was told that she’d never make it.
That didn’t work. Katrina was so determined, she fought for her dreams and didn’t give up. She began training again and qualified for the Olympics in 2008 and her dream finally came true.
One thing Alexandra Orlando said during mentorship night really got to me. She said “we all hit rock bottom”. Until I heard her say those words, I never really understood just how true they were. Like she said, we all have a time in our lives where we’re confused and don’t know what we want or even how to figure out what we want, but we just need to keep on pushing through and eventually things will start looking up again, just as they did for her.