Thursday, August 24, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

International Women's Day

Lucinda Carr and Lisa Brinkies

Mackay Mobile Vets

Getting your pet to the vet for regular check-ups can sometimes prove a difficult or untimely task. The unique mobile service of Mackay Mobile Vets reduces stress for both pets and their owners by providing care in the comfort of their own homes. This allows pet owners to continue with their daily routines while ensuring their furry friends receive top-quality healthcare. With over 25 years of combined experience, you can trust that Dr Lucinda Carr and Dr Lisa Brinkies will work with you to make the best plan for your animal family.

“We reduce stress for both you and your pet by avoiding crying cats in the car, cat boxes and dogs who don’t like the waiting room or other dogs,” said Lucinda. “By coming to your home, you can continue working, let your baby sleep, or do the household chores whilst we ensure your pet gets the care they need.”

Mackay Mobile Vets offers vaccinations, end-of-life care, microchipping, laboratory testing, management of skin disease and arthritis, and conditions you would visit your own GP for. As women in business, Dr Lucinda and Dr Lisa take pride in their ability to create communities and help people. They draw inspiration from a close circle of female friends who are in business, supporting and encouraging each other to take risks and make a positive impact in their respective fields.

“Women empowerment to us means women supporting other women through words and actions and building each other up to better all involved,” said Lucinda.

For Lucinda, her hobbies in baking cakes, interior design and creating Canva designs allow her to tap into her creative side and lose all sense of time. Lisa, on the other hand, would have pursued a career as a Medical Lawyer if not for her love of animals. She thrives on rules, facts, science and Excel documents, which helps her stay organized and focused on both her busy family and her career. Together, they are proof that women can break barriers and make a difference in any field they choose.

Nadine Becker

Ella Bache Mackay

Nadine Becker wants to show her kids that you can be a mum, a wife and a successful businesswoman. She says that becoming franchise owner of Ella Bache Mackay was a steep learning curve, but she’s become a better person because of it. She loves to learn and adapt new skills, takes every opportunity to grow the business and the people within and, ultimately, be the best mum, wife and person she can be.

“I want to show women that you can have it all,” she said.

Nadine became so enamoured with the Ella Bache product that she decided to buy the business in 2018. Her confidence and integrity in the product are evident, and she never struggles to promote the transformative effects of their skincare range. Nadine won the Ella Bache Outstanding Franchisee of the Year Award in her first year of business and has built a team that prioritizes skill, fun and friendliness. Nadine believes that her staff are the stars of the salon, and they are the driving force behind the business's success.

To Nadine, being a successful businesswoman means being an active member of the community. She loves sport, her kids love sport and her and her partner Frank of Key Solutions Group take every opportunity to sponsor sporting teams and events throughout the region.

“Everyone should be able to get a fair go,” Nadine said. “I didn’t grow up with a lot of money. I had to work all weekend at netball umpiring and in the canteen to pay my netball fees. When you support a local sporting team, a lot of the time that goes back to the kids that are less fortunate when clubs have the ability to give bursaries. It could change a kid’s whole life.”

With Ella Bache head office providing new products, innovation and training, the Mackay team can focus on providing absolute care for their customers and community. Nadine's team is trained to the highest standard, and she treats her clients as part of the family.

Bianca Dixon

Say I Do Celebrancy

Marriage Celebrant Bianca Dixon of Say I Do Celebrancy says it might come as a surprise that, back in 2015, she was afraid of public speaking.

“What better way to overcome this than becoming a Celebrant and talking in front of hundreds of people,” she said.

Since joining her local Toastmasters club, developing her networks and following her passion for officiating weddings, Bianca brings a young, fun and modern twist to the weddings of Mackay and the Whitsundays.

“I love my job,” she said. “I get to meet so many incredible couples who are organising one of the most important days of their lives. It’s such a rewarding job and I’m extremely lucky to be a part of someone’s special day.”

Since starting Say I Do Celebrancy in 2018, Bianca has officiated over 80 weddings across Mackay and the Whitsundays, with a particular highlight being a wedding on Whitehaven Beach. She’s had plenty of time and opportunity to hone her processes, ensuring a smooth and efficient day for the happy couple. She’s recently branched out to include Master of Ceremonies services, making sure that guests can enjoy the festivities and the night runs smoothly.  

“My favourite part of a ceremony is just before we start their ceremony,” Bianca said. “They are both usually quite nervous and it’s my job to put their minds at ease and settle their nerves.”

Bianca is also a part of a collective of local celebrants who meet regularly, chat and network and support each other where they can. Bianca says she’s inspired by many women in business both locally and around the world, and she strives to be an inspiration to others, balancing business and family life thanks to a good routine.

“When I have a challenging day, I always bring it back to my why, and that’s my family that motivates me to be the best I can be,” Bianca said. “It’s so important to find what you’re good at, step outside your comfort zone and keep growing and learning.”

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