Speaker: Michelle Shabatura
Speaker Bio: Michelle Shabatura officially started her Muskoka-based business in 2004, but her passion and desire has been around for a lifetime. Born and raised on a produce farm, Michelle’s roots grow deep into her love of the land. She grows pesticide-free produce in her family’s fields in Southwestern Ontario, and her family (Shabatura Produce) also grows a large variety of vegetables that are sold in the store.
Speaker: Linda Morrin
Speaker Bio: Linda is a second generation Canadian of Italian immigrants. Making and eating Italian food is second nature to her (probably genetic!). Although her career path was primarily social work and health care management, when she retired in 2011, she made the decision to share her passion of Italian cooking with others. And that’s when the idea for Pasta Hostess started, and was created as a business on April 28, 2012. She is also dedicated to volunteering in her community, as a Board member with the Powassan and District Union Public Library since 2010, and a supporter of the Commanda Community Centre’s fundraising activities over 10 years. Pasta Hostess has made donations to various fund raising events to organizations in North Bay and Huntsville including Christine’s Place, North Bay Humane Society, Habitat for Humanity, Serenity Hospice and the North Bay Regional Health Centre Foundation.