(WINDSOR, ON) – One hundred of Canada’s black women to watch, including Windsor’s Etiquette Nanny, Joanna Parris, are being honoured by the Canada International Black Women Event at the 100 Black Women to Watch Gala. The inaugural event will be held this Saturday at the Hilton Toronto.
“I am deeply honoured to receive this award,” said Joanna Parris. “It is truly a privilege to be recognized among this group of outstanding women.”
Parris will join a group of women who are recognized as the ones to watch in 2015 in media, politics, business, corporate, entertainment, and community involvement.
“Joanna Parris is the Empress of Etiquette. She is a walking billboard of her profession,” said Donna Messer, Canada’s Networking Guru.
Parris began her career as a school teacher, immigrating to Canada in 1998. She co-founded the Toronto Chapter of Association of Image Consultants International and has been involved with women entrepreneurs, which led to a managerial position with the Women’s Business Owners of Canada.
She has completed a six country tour of Europe on behalf of the Canadian Government, and has made trips to South Africa, South America, and various Caribbean Islands to work with entrepreneurial women.
“This is a great testimony of the impact you, your work and achievements are having on the people who witness it around you,” wrote Rose Cathy Handy for Canada International Black Women Event.
Parris founded Best Opportunity to Support Self (BOSS Inc) in 2002, which has evolved into the Etiquette Nanny, to continue with her first love of teaching, and to continue to share her knowledge literacy, personal improvement, and etiquette with others.
The Etiquette Nanny is on a mission to Make Manners Matter. She believes that she can bring manners back by initiating CPR. Parris brings Courtesy, Politeness, and Respect into the everyday interactions of both children and adults.
In an age of texting and social media, face to face interactions have become somewhat awkward. The Etiquette Nanny focuses on enhancing social conduct, building confidence, and encouraging academic and professional success.
Her classes and workshops reflect the manners and etiquette needed in today’s society. What makes her programs unique is the care and attention that each participant receives. The Etiquette Nanny truly loves what she does.
Saturday will begin with breakfast at 7:45 am followed by a tribute to former Etobicoke-Lakeshore MP Jean Augustine, the first African-Canadian woman to be elected to the House of Commons. Presentations will begin at 10 am and an evening gala will take place at 7:00 pm.