“We were university students and expecting a baby in 2012 when we started meeting with a social worker based out of the Louise Dean Centre. As young parents, we needed a lot of support. Jameela and her mom had started making jewelry as a hobby and after our daughter was born, Jameela decided to work from home and build a jewelry business. When Peter got laid off, we thought, “If we can do this baby thing, we can run a business.” Turns out babies and businesses are a lot the same. They take time and effort and trial and error, but then they start doing things on their own. At first we floundered, but now our jewelry is in 40 stores across Canada. Catholic Family Service gave us the tools to help ourselves, so now we want to give back by hosting a networking event for young moms and donating proceeds from our Mother and Child pendant to Louise Dean Centre. A lot of people helped us, so it makes sense to help others.”

February 15, 2017