On the occasion of International Women’s Day (March 8), we celebrate 40 over Forty Absolutely Fabulous Women from the Golden Horseshoe Region representing a multiple varieties of cultural backgrounds, diversified community outreach programs, and businesses that support the needs of mankind.

The Absolutely Fabulous Women (AFW) Awards was created in 2014 to honor and give recognition of the achievements, accomplishments and positive contributions of women in building and keeping a safe, healthy and growing community.

The Awards Gala is our way of saying Thank You to our women for the great things they do for our communities.



Rosanna Penilla-Bharucha, Founder

Rosanna is an entrepreneur and believes in giving back to the community. She is the Executive Director of The Boomerpreneur and Boomerpreneurs Network, Regional Director for Asia-Pacific at Ed2All and Managing Director of We Host Students Network.

Whenever possible, Rosanna volunteers her time at activities for seniors and children within the Peel and Halton Region. Since 2013, she has been organizing Golden Years Expo within the Greater Toronto Areas to benefit United Senior Citizens of Ontario and related charitable organizations caring for Seniors. She also leads two business networking groups, Boomerpreneurs Network, and AFW Connect. Rosanna was also enrolled in a one-year pastoral course on Study By Extension For All Nations (SEAN).

In 2013, Rosanna faced a health challenge and had to withdraw from SEAN Course a few weeks before graduation. During her weakest time, her mother and some close friends offered encouraging words and prayers. Rosanna found her new strength and was healing well when she had a vision of “be the light to others”. Her mother, the women around her, women from diverse backgrounds – their stories, their work, and all the things that they do without expecting anything in return. Their tireless bodies and minds are put to work incessantly for the purpose of serving others for the peace, safety, and building a healthy community. So many amazing women doing good things without recognition, appreciation or cared for. Their stories inspired Rosanna to do more.

The Absolutely Fabulous Women Awards was created to celebrate women and give them an appreciation for their efforts, achievements, accomplishments, and leadership. Rosanna strongly believes that appreciation is the best act of gratitude we can give to those who deserve. An Award as a token of appreciation and the celebration create a memory of a lifetime. On Sunday, March 9, 2014, was the inaugural celebration of Absolutely Fabulous Women Awards ~ 40 over Forty.


Since 2014, AFW Awards Gala has received tremendous support from the leaders and game changers in the community, business organizations, networking groups that help plan, organize and execute a successful and memorable event.


Each year we bring something new as we get better and bigger.  We have more Ambassadors on board and Cabinet Members for 2018.

The Fabulous women are past award recipients and have chosen to give back as volunteers.  They  represent AFW and involved in the overall affairs of the 5th Annual 40 over Forty Absolutely Fabulous Women Awards and Gala 2018.


The mission of Absolutely Fabulous Women Awards is to honor and celebrate 40 over Forty Women for their remarkable achievements, accomplishments and leadership excellence in our communities.


There will be a total of 40 Award Recipients for Appreciation Award, Achievement Award, Excellence Award and Honorary Award. Each Awardee will receive a trophy and an invitation to the Awards Gala.


When you NOMINATE, you are expressing your appreciation of the efforts of the person you nominated and believe that her achievements are worthy of recognition. You are also showing your support towards her involvement in the community.

Winning a AFW Award promotes the Winner’s organization and or initiative through social media channels, presentations, on our website and newspaper event coverage.


Any woman who is 40 years of age and over. She can be an executive, entrepreneur, employee, community helpers, community leaders, woman-owned or -run not for profit organization, etc may be nominated.


Any person, group, organization or company can submit entries.  No self-nomination will be accepted.


Request of Nomination Kit:  Open now until January 31, 2018
Deadline for Submission of Entry:  January 31, 2018


The organizers ensure that only authorized judges will review entries, and that information about nominees is not released to anyone else without prior approval.
Photos, videos, media interviews will be used for publicity and promotion of the Absolutely Fabulous Women Awards~40 over Forty. Our Gallery page has our past events and winners.


AFW Recipients will be announced and notified in February 10, 2018. Awards Ceremony and Dinner will be held at Grand Victorian Convention Center, 175 Derry Road East, Mississauga on Saturday, March 3, 2018 starting at 6 PM


Family and Friends of the AFW Awards Recipients, AFW Alumni, Sponsors, Supporters and Guests. Take advantage of the Special Ticket Pricing for your own guests!  Buy a Table!



Cabinet Chair


Fabulous Women Over Forty; Fifty too . Fortune & blessing to be nominated as Chair in celebration of 5 fabulous AFW years on March 3, 2018.

Sharing is Caring. Volunteering is the gift which returns ten-fold. A mantra of mine and of most people within my circle of friends, colleagues, clients & family. A beautiful bond.

Jobs have taught me content knowledge in many areas from banking to forklifts, direct mail/e-commerce currently data analysis for research learning. Changing jobs was necessary; jump in and pay attention. We all learn something new every day. We all have skills to contribute.

My pride & joy in life; one daughter, a 14-year veteran with Peel Regional Police which garners me a lot of time with our one granddaughter whom teaches me to re-live in playtime. Natural innocence.

3 Years in study of Nichiren Daishonin; Buddhist practice of chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo. Strike the Balance of our lives and we contribute far better to our world. Positive outcomes are generated from placing our Faith into Action.

Currently representing Data Direct Group Inc. as Director for Supply Chain Analytics.



Community Relations and Communications


Susan has her Bachelor of Science Honours specializing in Psychology from the University of Toronto.  Susan spent her career fundraising for United Way and Interim Place raising more than $25 million dollars.  Her passion is helping others.  Presently Susan is the Executive Director of Reach Out, a grass roots organization dedicated to helping adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse.  She took her abuser to court 28 years after the crime and he was convicted.  Susan’s mantra is “talking is healing.”





Event Coordinator and Floor Manager


A highly qualified Executive Manager, business owner, founder, and entrepreneur with over 22 years of business in nursing, homecare and providing healthcare services for seniors. Results-focused and effective leader.

The Founder and CEO of Thistlecreek Health Care. A private independent, Canadian home care company. Serving Oakville and Burlington since 2011.

The Founder and web administrator of Boomertoboomeronline.ca  A website designated to family caregivers since 2009.

The Founder and admin of OHC (Oakville Healthcare Connection). A networking group of like-minded business professionals.

The Founder of The Waiting Room. A local health, wellness news, and information publication.



Partners and Donations Manager


I have been a REALTOR® since 1997, first as an assistant to a Broker/Owner and then I struck out on my own, eventually ending up at Royal LePage Realty Plus.  I became a Broker in 2004.  I am an Accredited Buyer Representative, a Seller Representative Specialist, a Senior Real Estate Specialists and a Master Certified Negotiation Expert.  I have served as a Director on the Mississauga Real Estate Board and in 2009, became its President.  I have been Ambassador for the Mississauga Board of Trade since 2013.





Media Manager


Mona Osman a new immigrant to Canada,  a holder of a Bachelor Degree in Business Studies and Marketing from The Lebanese American University.  Mona is the owner/ Publisher of Snapd North Mississauga, The number 1 community newspaper.  She comes with a portfolio of skills, knowledge and experience that will assist small to medium business with their marketing Strategy and Plans, a plan that allows them to get their business firing on all cylinders. Snapd showcase not only the clients’ products and services but it goes a step further by promoting their personal and professional reputation in the community.




Administration Assistant


Wife, mother, grandmother and a great friend. Recently retired and cancer survivor,. My days  are now filled being is full time philanthropist. I help new immigrants assimilate and occasionally having to fight on their behalf for their rights and respect.  Spending the rest of my time at the Eden Food Bank or with AWF group.







Administration Assistant/Stage Director


Tabi Moazzam is known as a highly successful entrepreneur, enthusiastic philanthropist, immensely passionate image aficionado, and a vastly experienced fashion connoisseur.
Tabi is a highly versatile and creative makeup artist who has been working in the fashion and beauty industry for more than 13 years. Furthermore, she holds great passion in helping others and is a deeply devoted philanthropist. She has many years of experience in organizing corporate and entertainment events of high caliber which has gained a significant stature locally and internationally. Recently awarded the 2017 Mind and Body Award (Brilliant Minded Women Organization and Foundation).


Sponsor Coordinator


Colin Tyler is the President of Mississauga based Century Audio Visual Ltd., an AV Systems Design & Integration company providing installed presentation solutions to organizations throughout the GTA. For over 45 years, Colin has been committed to providing the best service and quality of AV Solutions while creating long-term partnerships with clients who value the importance of personal service. He has positioned Century as a company responsive to the charitable needs of its community by assisting with audio-visual support services to a variety of local organizations. He and Shanlee have been married for 37 years and have two adult children, Clark and Melanie.



Ambassador 2017/2018


Anna Hill is passionate about guiding people through their pain and into happiness. Trained as a computer programmer and self-employed since 1989, she has a unique 30+ year career in software and hardware training and development for Fortune 500 companies around North America. As a Designated Hypnotherapist, Anna helps her clients to manage chronic physical or emotional pain. Hypnosis is an incredibly effective tool for changing bad habits, overcoming fears and phobias, and a wonderful complement to pain management. Please visit her website at annahill.ca!



Winner 2017/Ambassador 2018

ANNA-YINAnna Yin is Mississauga’s Inaugural Poet Laureate with six poetry books. A finalist for Canada’s Top 25 Canadian Immigrants Award in 2011/2012, she won the 2005 Ted Plantos Memorial Award, two MARTY Awards and the 2013 Professional Achievement Award from CPAC, scholarships for 2016/2017 West Chester Poetry Conference etc. She has performed her poems on Parliament Hill, Austin,Texas, and Philadelphia etc. CBC Radio, Rogers TV, The Toronto Star and China Daily interviewed her and broadcasted her poetry. Her Poetry Alive combining computer arts and audience participation has been welcomed by schools, colleges and libraries. website: annapoetry.com



Winner 2017/Ambassador 2018

ELSA-HSIEHElsa Hsieh studied piano performing and teaching in Birmingham Conservatoire UK as well as her minor in flute & cello. She was awarded 1st prize in the Wales Tystysgrif piano competition in 1988. Elsa started her music career in 1990 and taught hundreds of students in Toronto ; the majority of which have won scholarships in the music festivals. Elsa is currently the conductor for a few community choirs. She was also the awardee for 2017 AFW and Chinese Ambassador for the Women of Diversity. Elsa is a full time realtor and recently was the MC as well as the image consultant for Beauty of Asia 10th Anniversary Gala event.



Ambassador 2018


Arrived from Portugal in 1971 and started her family here with her husband Joe. She learned how important it is to connect with others since she did not know anyone from here.  Her parents and brothers joined later ..

Passionate in  making a difference and thankful for  her Mary Kay business has allowed her to touch many women and put a smile on their faces.

Fernanda does voluntary work with Alzheimer’s society, Heart and stroke, Look Good and feel better program.  Fernanda extends this  program to bring a gift and smiles to Seniors who are  forgotten in Nursing home.  She loves making a difference to Mom’s in Shelters and Kids living with Cancer. She is proud Mom of 3 wonderful men and has 4 adorable grandchildren.. She was awarded the 40 over 40 Fabulous Award in 2016


Ambassador 2018

Born and raised in Morocco, Kaoutsar settled in Washington DC in 1999 to obtain an MBA in Management. She then moved to Paris, France where her husband was working with UNESCO. In 2010, Kaoutsar and her family moved to Bahrain where they lived for almost 3 years before moving permanently to Canada.
Kaoutsar has always championed women equality, entrepreneurship and co-existence.
She is co-owner of an Oakville based tutoring centre as well as an importer of award-winning, French, gourmet macarons.




Ambassador 2018

Raja Mishal, Ph.D. is the author of “Shift to Shine: Bridging Science and Intuition” and “Make Up Don’t Break Up.” She is a Canadian Transformational Speaker, Author, Facilitator, and ACPI Certified Core Temperament Coach & Parent-Family Consultant. Her passion is to empower families and young adults to create positive family dynamics that will last for generations to come.






Ambassador 2018

Samera Zoberi has had extensive health and wellness training in various treatment modalities to empower others with optimal health, wellness and beauty. Furthermore, she has been engaged in Strategic Business Advising to enhance the financial wellness of others for a more positive and engaging lifestyle. She also enjoys event planning with various charities.









An amazing person who believes in giving back. Having spent almost thirty years in a very high profile corporate position, she decided to become a foster caregiver. It’s a very underserved segment of our society. She’s raising newborns and providing them a safe nurturing environment. Her whole family is lovingly looking after these babies as their own. This is her way of giving thanks to Canada for being such an inclusive and welcoming country where everyone enjoys equal rights.





Humaira K. Shami is a seventeen-year resident of the Greater Toronto Area and lifelong explorer, educator and activist. Before making her mark in real estate, her years as a globetrotting reporter, coordinator, manager and tour leader nurtured a sharp eye and appreciation for the importance of connecting with others, and the profound joy that being “home” can bring.

Her joie de vivre and professionalism have been invaluable in breaking down cultural barriers, and relating to people from all walks of life. During the recent arrivals of refugees from Syria, she has been in the forefront to help with their settlement. She formed her own non-profit group to sponsor few refugees as well. Currently she’s hosting a tv show “Voice of Women” to create awareness on social issues that are considered taboos and inspire other women and youth.



Co-founder with Jill Ashmore of the Pink Pyjama Party for the Mary Kay Ash Foundation
Founder of the Black & White Pyjama Party in support of the Milton District Hospital Foundation, raising over $100,000 in 6 years
Committee member and co-chair of the Milton District Hospital Foundation, Gift of Health Gala, as well as a campaign member for the new hospital build.
Recipient of the “Community Service” Award, 2014, AWF
Recipient of the “Volunteer of the Year” Award, 2014, from the Chamber Of Commerce, Milton




Pat Cluett worked in Tourism and Hospitality for almost 30 years and recently concluded an 18 month contract at Milton District Hospital Foundation. In early 2018, she joined the team at The WOMB … a sacred loving space supporting families through preconception, pregnancy, birth and parenting.
Pat is a community volunteer and together with her husband attends and supports numerous events and charitable organizations including United Way of
Hamilton & Halton, Halton Women’s Place, Milton Transitional Housing, Girls Inc. of Halton, Milton District Hospital Foundation, Tiger Jeet Singh Foundation, and Pack a Bag Foundation.
A 2016 winner, Pat is thrilled to join the team at AFW this year as a judge.



Saiqa Khan, comes from a family of well-respected educators. She has lived in the Middle East for a long time. Traveling around the world has given her the deeper understanding of different cultures and people. She wants to pursue her career in Nutrition and Health.








Daphne is the cofounder of Gold Dollar Exchange and GDX Financial Advisors. Gold Dollar Exchange Company’s purpose is to show families how to build REAL wealth through education and awareness. Our expertise include Credit Enhancement, Investments, Mortgages/Private Lending, Insurance and Bullion. We take a holistic approach on finances by leading with education.
Daphne and her company are proud supporter of their community and have partnered with The Milton District Hospital Foundation and United way initiatives

Daphne says if she could leave women with advice today it would be tell them that – “you are enough.”



Passionate about social causes, Elizabeth is a multilingual (English, French, and Portuguese) professional.
Very active in charitable organizations in her Milton community, she has been on the planning committee for the annual Black and White Pajama Party in support of the Milton District Hospital Foundation for 4 years. In 2017, she joined the North Halton Advisory Committee for Halton Women’s Place.

Fun-loving yet with a serious, philosophical side, Elizabeth strives to play as hard as she works.