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Erica Fisher

Erica is a reporter for Moose FM and energeticcity.ca in Fort St. John, B.C. She grew up in Victoria, B.C. and received her Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec.

Bizzybody has been awarded for Outstanding Achievement in a one-to-two person enterprise. Schick was nominated by the Northeast Aboriginal Business Centre, which she says is a great distinction in itself.

"To be recognized by a local nominator is an honour, and to be accepted on a provincial level is really outstanding," she says. "I'm surprised and I'm excited and I'm really honoured."

Schick moved to Fort St. John nine years ago, but Bizzybody Events really started up in Fort St. John in 2007 after the birth of her daughter. However, she says she's been organizing events since high school. As the youngest of 16 children, Schick says she's been the underdog her whole life, which made her work to rise above being the youngest and least experienced.

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"I attribute a lot of my skills and a lot of my natural attributes, which you can't learn at school of college, just by being a part of a dynamic team right out of the gate," she argues. "When someone says, 'I need an event done', I know right away the five things that need to happen instantly, and not because there's a book or anything that I've written or I've learnt by; I just get it."

Schick is now one of the busiest event managers in the region, organizing everything from trade shows and expos to Aboriginal gatherings and private parties. As for what's next, it's time for her to decide whether to keep on doing business alone, or branch out and hire another employee.

Schick will be joined at the Awards Ceremony on November 26 by her husband, members of the NABC, and other associates she's worked with over the past few years.

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