Excerpt from “Debates & Proceedings” –
1st Session – 27th Legislature of the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan
N.S. Vol. 54 – No. 44A Thursday, May 10, 2012
Ms. Chartier: Celebrating Enterprising Women – Giggle Factory
Ms. Chartier: — Thank you, Mr. Speaker. This week is Women Entrepreneurs Week across Saskatchewan. On this occasion, I’m very pleased to rise to celebrate enterprising women across this province for their tremendous contributions to business, our economy, and our communities. Mr. Speaker, I would like to take this opportunity to recognize two very savvy, fun, and entrepreneurial women, Paula Woodhouse from Saskatoon Riversdale and Tammie McCumber, who own and operate a very successful business in Saskatoon.
Tammie and Paula were both mothers of two young children when they decided to open a store called The Giggle Factory in 2003. The two women envisioned a fun toy store for children where kids were encouraged to test toys placed throughout the store. With the help of a business loan in 2005, Tammie and Paula’s dream became a reality. Over the last seven years, The Giggle Factory has become a very popular business in Saskatoon with an ever-growing fan club of children and adults, myself included.
Tammy and Paula’s business has done so well that they’ve been nominated in the entrepreneurship category for the upcoming YWCA [Young Women’s Christian Association] Women of Distinction Awards in Saskatoon next month. They are in great company with a very strong group of Saskatoon women entrepreneurs.
As a mother, I can relate to the challenges women face in balancing parenthood with a demanding career. It’s wonderful to see so many women starting and growing businesses and contributing to the economy like Tammie and Paula. As over half the population of Saskatchewan is made up of women, it is absolutely necessary that women continue to move into leadership roles in business as well as in public policy and government.
And so, Mr. Speaker, I would ask my colleagues to join with me in celebrating the amazing women entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan. You are fabulous role models. Thank you.