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Anne Day Shares Lessons Learned in the Company of Women

May 27, 2011

Day by DayAward-winning entrepreneur, volunteer and newly appointed Chair of Sheridan’s Faculty of Community Services and Liberal Arts Alumni Board, Anne Day can now add author to her list of accomplishments. This spring, the 1980 Family Day Care graduate launched her inspirational book, Day by Day. Tales of business, life and everything in between. Through short, personal stories, Anne shares the trials and triumphs of building a business while juggling the demands of raising a family and eking out time for oneself. Copies of the book are available through Anne’s business, Company of Women.

More about Anne: 
Anne Day has been bringing people together for a common purpose for over three decades. After attending Sheridan, together with four other women, she started the Oakville Parent-Child Centre. The Centre remains an integral part of the Oakville community today. 

Highlights of her somewhat eclectic career include heading up several charities, editing Today’s Parent magazine and working as a Program Developer for the Ontario government. She also operated her own consulting practice to develop services for children and families. “However, I found that working for myself was often isolating, so in 2003, I started Company of Women as a way to connect women in business, both professionally and personally,” recalls Anne. With over 400 members in four chapters across the GTA, Company of Women supports women entrepreneurs and would-be entrepreneurs. Among its resources, Company of Women publishes a quarterly magazine and a monthly e-zine which are distributed across Canada. 

A strong believer in giving back, Anne is an active volunteer, serving on several boards, both locally and nationally. A past recipient of the ATHENA Award for helping women reach their potential, Anne served on the Board of the ATHENA Foundation as its second Canadian representative. Among her other honours is the 2005 Rotary Centennial Award for Professional Excellence and the 2009 Entrepreneur of the Year Award presented by the Oakville Awards for Business Excellence. She was a finalist for the Women of Influence Award for Toronto, and was one of 59 women to receive the TIAW World of Difference Award. She is a member of the Governors Council of Opportunity International Canada, a charity that provides micro-credit financing to women in developing countries.

“When I took the Family Day Care program almost 30 years ago, I had no idea that it would kick-start a whole new career for me. I will always be grateful to Sheridan for opening doors and helping me realize my potential.”