First Clearview Women in Business Award goes to Connie Leishman
The inaugural Clearview Women in Business Award, sponsored by Creemore Springs Brewery, goes to Connie Leishman.
Leishman, of Leishman Pottery, is the council representative for Ward 6 and is recognized for being a champion of Clearview businesses and residents, sponsoring many events, chairing others like the Art Festival, and always giving of her time to advise and cheer on other businesses.
Vice president Rebekah Vaughan, of Comfort Care Home Care, announced the winner during the March 10 Clearview Women’s Day event.
“She has a heart of gold and it shines through every day,” said Vaughan. “Thank you so much for your commitment and leadership, Connie. We’re so honoured to share this with you.”
Leishman said she was honoured to be included in a list of top-notch businesswomen.
“It’s funny. I’ve never thought of myself as a businesswoman, I’ve always thought of myself as a partner,” said Leishman.
She said this year marks 48 years of partnership, and 50 years of marriage with potter Mike Leishman. The Leishmans grew a nationwide wholesale business from their school house near Sunnidale Corners. In many ways they promoted Clearview by attended hundreds of art shows throughout Ontario over the years, the biggest being the One of a Kind show in Toronto from 1979-2017.
“It has been a great journey and a wonderful business and we have met some amazing people and I love living in Clearview and representing them and looking after all my constituents,” she said, choking up. “Thank you so much. It’s an amazing honour and I’m really humbled.”