Celebrating International Women’s Day

In honour of International Women’s Day, meet some of the women who make Sanctuary Day Spas so special.

Working behind the scenes at Sanctuary Day Spas are many amazing women who help run the spas and provide our guests with exceptional service every day. In honour of International Women’s Day, we would like to introduce you to two of them.


Meet Tatiana

Regulars at our Newmarket location will be familiar with a smiling face who’s been a fixture at the spa for nearly two decades.

Arriving in Montreal from Ukraine in 1992, Tatiana learned how to speak English while working as a live-in caregiver for a family with four children and a dog—and later, for an elderly person. The long hours wore away at her, and she decided to go to school for esthetics when her English skills improved. She soon discovered a passion for the industry.

“I love everything about beauty—nails, makeup, smells and essential oils. I’m very girly,” she laughs. “To work in this industry, you have to really, really love people. We’re in a very personal space: we look in [our clients’] eyes, touch them, make them feel good. They will feel it [if you’re not passionate].”

In 2006, she and her partner moved to Ontario. Within a week of her arrival, she started looking for a job and found Sanctuary—where she has remained employed ever since.

“I really appreciate Sanctuary for giving me so many good years. Every morning, I open the door and smile because I’m always happy when I’m there and always want to go to work,” she says. “It’s the first time in my life I’ve had a job like that.”

After 17 years at Sanctuary, Tatiana will soon be retiring—to Mexico! She also hopes to resume her painting projects and continue indulging in her love of plants and gardening.

When Tatiana thinks of International Women Day, three words come to mind: women, life and freedom. “When I think of it, I get goosebumps,” she says.


Meet Stephanie

Like Tatiana, Stephanie has always had a passion for beauty and skincare. 

“Esthetics have always called to me. In high school, I had a little side hustle painting nails for lunch money,” she laughs. After one of her girlfriends went to hair school, she researched the esthetics side of the industry—where she has thrived for nearly 11 years.

Now, she wears many hats as a laser technician at Sanctuary, full-time student in early childhood education and mother to an active two-year-old. Though her life keeps her busy, one thing keeps her coming back to esthetics: the unrivaled ability to connect with others.

“I appreciate people opening up to me—it’s so vulnerable for people to find trust in me and tell me something they wouldn’t even tell their friends,” she says. “I even have clients who have followed me from previous spas I worked at.”

She also enjoys the team atmosphere at Sanctuary. “Without a doubt, it has been the best place for me—from the group of women to the environment to the clients,” says Stephanie, who joined the Waterloo team in 2019. “This industry is all about the team dynamic and has helped me grow so much as a woman and as a person.

“To me, International Women’s Day is all about empowering and supporting other women,” she continues. “That’s the first thing I noticed at Sanctuary: how we get along and help each other.”

In her own personal effort to lift others up, Stephanie has embarked on a unique project to document “100 days of happy” on social media, where she is documenting things that make her happy through the gloomy winter months.