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Hair for today. Sharon Bates started the East Gwillimbury Women’s Show in 2009, which has raised more than $24,500 for the regional cancer program at Southlake Regional Health Centre.  Sjoerd Witteveen
Sharon Bates is not one to shy away from ambitious goals.
When she was 19, she started her own hair salon, Tangles, in Holland Landing. That precocious entrepreneurial spirit also led her to start the East Gwillimbury Women’s Show in 2009.
After doing all that, completing a half Iron Man doesn’t seem like such a big deal. Ms Bates has a history of setting a goal and achieving it with gusto.
“Everybody can do something to give back. For me, it’s the women’s show,” she said.
To date, the show has raised more than $24,500 for the regional cancer program at Southlake Regional Health Centre. Ms Bates has committed to raising $50,000 for Southlake through the show.
“Cancer is the cause that sits closest to my heart,” she said. “When I’m in the salon, I talk to people all the time and I hear so many stories about (cancer) and I want to be able to do something.”
She visits the cancer centre at Southlake frequently and said it’s satisfying to see where the money raised is being used. The show has raised more money each year. It raised more than $6,000 in 2009, more than $8,000 in 2010, and more than $10,000 in 2011.
The fourth annual show is April 13, 2013 at the Holland Landing Community Centre and Ms Bates expects to raise more than $12,000. She had 11 sponsors sign up on the first day of registration alone.
“I think the idea is if I get everybody to do what they do best, they get to win because they get to show what they’re showcasing. Then everybody can work together. That’s kind of my philosophy,” she said.
The show is designed for women to enjoy an afternoon of samples and connecting with local businesses. There is also a silent auction.
At five years old, Ms Bates realized she wanted to work with hair.
Her Barbies, which her nieces now have, are living monuments to her creative side, with altered cuts and dyes.
“I love being a hair dresser,” she said.
Ms Bates’ industrious work in the community hasn’t gone unnoticed. She just found out she will receive a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal.
“I was shocked,” she said. “It was honouring.”
She also received the East Gwillimbury Chamber of Commerce Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2005, 2007 and 2009 and received the community service award from the chamber in 2008 and 2009.
In 2008, she received the community service award from the Contessa Canadian Hairstyling Magazine.
“East Gwillimbury is home. I know everybody,” she said.
Ms Bates said she learned to give back from her parents and grandparents, who spent countless hours giving time and money to causes in which they believed.
“It was part of my heritage,” she said.
Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medals were created to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth ll’s accession to the throne. They are awarded to recognize and celebrate significant achievements and extraordinary contributions Canadians have made for fellow citizens and their country.
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The East Gwillimbury
Women's Show

The 3rd annual East Gwillimbury Women’s show surpassed our goal and raised over $10,000 for Southlake Hospital Cancer Centre
Tangles Hair Salon & Spa hosted the East Gwillimbury Women’s Show
on Saturdays April 30, because of all the generous sponsors, vendors and guests attending the show we were able to surpass our goal and raise over $10,000 for Southlake Cancer Center. This year the funds will go to the purchasing of a Dinamap Monitor and towards  the Interventional Radiology Suite.

Funds raised will help Southlake create a new, fully-equipped angiogram room for complex care and a second area for ultrasound-guided procedures. Within the Interventional Radiology Suite, Southlake’s interventional radiologists will deliver a full range of cancer-related procedures, including image-guided tumour biopsies, chemotherapy port insertions, removal of blood clots and treatment for complications like venous thrombosis, a common side effect of cancer treatment. The facility will support more patients and leapfrog Southlake ahead of Toronto’s hospitals with more accurate diagnosis and treatment, shorter recovery and reduced overall wait times. The Dinamap monitors are used to monitor the vital signs and oxygen saturation of patients during their chemotherapy treatments. By providing nurses and physicians with multiple results in seconds, Dinamap Monitors allow patients to be more closely monitored. Also of importance is how patients in cancer treatment report feeling a sense of satisfaction at gaining some control over their own treatment when they are able to track and record (for their own records) the data that is provided by the Dinamap Monitors


The Women’s Show is thrilled to be able to purchase equipment and help fund the radiation suite. This will really make a huge difference in the lives of people suffering with cancer. Our hope is that one day we will find a cure for this devastating disease and live in a world without cancer.
         Show Founder and Co-ordinator
Sharon Bates
Tangles Hair Salon & Spa Owner  
I Would Like To Personally Thank
* The 37 vendors who made the show so interactive and fun for all the guests
*Papercuts Scrapbooking and Everest massage students for your participation
* The many volunteers who made the day possible
* Generous local business that donated over 60 items for the silent auction and filled 300 gift bags with goodies
* 350+ guest who attended the show
Congratulations to Jillian who won the $1500 makeover
Watch for pictures of the makeover and other show winners on our web site and on Facebook







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