I grew up in a family of entrepreneurs - from start ups to generations old family businesses. During family dinners, I used to love sitting at the "grown up" table, listening in on their business discussions. Yes, perhaps a bit of an odd kid!
My professional career began as a freelance writer, stylist and photographer for lifestyle publications. I went on to get my BA with Honours in Promotions (Journalist, Broadcasting and PR) from The University of the Arts London in the United Kingdom.
After my move to Canada, I decided to enter the corporate world as I wanted to learn what it took to actually run a business. I was blessed with bosses who gladly involved me and taught me so much about the "boring" side of business.
After the birth of my children, my passion for supporting families through life's biggest upheaval - the welcoming of a baby - was ignited. I gave in my resignation and took the jump I was working so long towards, opening my own business. The Maya's Nest Birth Services has now evolved into one of the fastest growing doula teams in the Greater Vancouver and Fraser Valley areas.
Through out the years in business, I have had the pleasure of collaborating with many like minded practitioners and listening to the unique business challenges family health and wellness companies face. Now, I get the privilege of nurturing them towards better business.
The Maya's Nest Birth Services - Owner
Birth Talks - Marketing + Web Manager
Bebo Mia Don't Doula It Yourself Business Membership - Business Mentor
Kinetix - Production Manager - email marketing and inbound marketing
Brave New World Travel - Membership Account Manager
The German Advertising Agency - Sales Account Manager
Vivid Graphics - Sales + Production Manager
University of the Arts London - Bachelor of Arts in Promotions (Journalism, Broadcasting and Public Relations)
Douglas College - DONA Doula Training
Wise Women Way of Birth - Doula Training
Bebo Mia - Doula Business School
Bebo Mia - Breastfeeding Educator
What My Clients Have to Say:
Samantha is a pleasure to work with. She has an incredible sense for the esthetics of a photograph, an outfit, promotional material... pretty much everything! She responds quickly and is fantastic at offering multiple options to find exactly what you are looking for. I needed total guidance for the creative aspects of my brand, and Samantha knew what questions to ask to discover the essence of my business and translate that into a visual representation.
Dr. Briana Peddle, Naturopath
I was very impressed with Samantha’s ability to hone down and identify the look and feel of my brand, based on my style and business. The process was really fun and she took into account my vision every step of the way! She’s was flexible in making adjustments to my marketing materials, making sure that I was happy with the outcome while still keeping true to my brand. It’s obvious Sam has a passion for this and puts a lot of thought into all aspects of the creative process. I had so much fun on the photoshoot—Sam thought of everything down to the colour of my clothing and photo props— it was fantastic! I am very pleased and am excited to show off my newly branded business.
Holly Kahmal, Holistic Nutritionist
Simply put, Samantha is amazing. She works with you, meeting you where you are and identifying your branding needs with her creative vision. She is able to work with even the most scattered entrepreneur to establish a coherent vision and style to suit your business and personal needs. She is quick, professional and extremely dependable -- I can't thank Samantha enough for her amazing work with my brand!
Candice Reich, Community Educator