Ashley Lamothe, owner of Creative Kwe in Peterborough/Nogojiwanong, has been named entrepreneur of the month by the Native Women’s Association of Canada.
Established in 1974 to represent the political voice of Indigenous women, girls, and gender-diverse people across Canada, the association also runs an entrepreneurial outreach and navigation program called #BeTheDrum, designed to build the skills of Indigenous women entering business, management, and entrepreneurship.
The association selected Lamothe “for the quality of work being done in her business, as well as her amazing contributions to other members of the program”, adding “The generosity of spirit, curiosity, and excitement that Ashley brings to our workshops and events is contagious and we couldn’t be more proud!”
Along with receiving the honour, Lamothe will also be featured as the ‘star entrepreneur’ in the association’s e-zine called KCI-NIWESQ.
A self-described “solo mompreneur”, Lamothe founded Creative Kwe, a creativity coaching practice, in 2017. She offers workshops, courses, resources, and public speaking on the benefits and beauty of creativity.
“I can’t even begin to describe how this feels, to be recognized as doing something I truly love doing,” Lamothe says. “It’s been a roller coaster of an adventure and I’m so excited to keep growing and be able to help other women gain confidence in whatever adventure awaits them.”
“Chi Miigwetch Be The Drum for giving Indigenous women entrepreneurs a safe space to come together and grow together,” she adds.
For more information about Lamothe and her business, visit creativekwe.ca.