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Former resident earns award


Teri Treftlin, who was raised in Fort Frances and Atikokan, was presented with the Young Entrepreneur Award (Northwest) at the 10th-annual Influential Women of Northern Ontario awards luncheon held June 6 at the Valhalla Inn in Thunder Bay.

This year’s winner was fortunate to find her life’s calling early on. Propped up on a saddle as a toddler, she was bawling at being taken off a horse—rather than being intimidated by the powerful yet docile animal.

So began her fascination with horses.

The Lakehead University grad took her first teacher posting at Geraldton Composite High School in the fall of 1996. This is when her entrepreneurial spirit began to take hold.

Her passion for everything equine, both as a competitive rider and riding instructor, gave her the ambition to start her own business as a farm manager of North Winds Farm—a stable on a 20-acre property with her husband, where she teaches recreational and competitive riding.

Treftlin cultivates her abundant energy by also running a dog-boarding kennel and helping to coach high school cross-country, track, and karate, and her horse rides are always a staple at local festivals and fundraisers.

All of this has opened her eyes to what’s out there and what can be accomplished in Northwestern Ontario, and she knows it all starts with passion, drive, and a vision for what could be.

Winning the Woman of the Decade Award was Louise Paquette, Director General, of FedNor, for her demonstrated leadership abilities and her proven track record of entrepreneurial success, by stimulating and attracting significant economic wealth to the region over the past 10 years.

The other Northwest award winners were Irene Kozlowski (Private Sector) and Dorothy Wright (Public Sector).

The Influential Women of Northern Ontario Awards are presented annually to inspiring women who have contributed significantly to economic wealth, growth, and job creation in Ontario’s northern region, and to women who have initiated change within their communities, as well as to those who have made a positive difference.

Visit for comprehensive profiles on all award recipients.

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