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HnatyshynStephen Hnatyshyn

Stephen is a graduate of Georgian College in the field of Industrial Design. After coming to Ottawa in 1982, he found his way into the kitchen Industry where he has been ever since.

With his design background and interest in providing Reliable Quality Service to his clients, Stephen became part of the Laurysen Kitchen Design team in 1991.

For 9 years he built up a strong clientele base and established a healthy portfolio of Builders, Renovators, and Retail customers with a strong referral network. In 2000 Stephen was promoted to the Sales Manager's position. Aside from sales manager responsibilities, Steve still takes an active role in design and managing a few long standing accounts.

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ChoreenAviva Ben-Choreen, CKD

Aviva Ben-Choreen is a graduate of Emunah College in Jerusalem and expanded her knowledge with additional courses from the University of Ottawa in the '90s. She is fluently bi-lingual in English and Hebrew.

She has worked in the field of design for over 25 years with work experience in Israel and Canada. For the past 10 years, she has been a member of the Laurysen Team. She is a member of the NKBA and is one of the first few to have achieved the Certified Kitchen Designer designation in the city of Ottawa.

She has extensive experience with individualized custom designs for one-of-a-kind jobs as well as the ability to work on large scale projects. Over the years Aviva has helped create many model homes with quality builders in Ottawa that have gone on to win awards in the Greater Ottawa Home Builders annual design competition.

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BakrWael Bakr, CKD

"Everyone’s economic and life style situation is unique. I keep that in mind when working with clients. Designing the same space for five different families may result in five different designs – this is how unique and distinguished we are."

Wael Bakr is a Certified Kitchen Designer with over 20 years extensive experience in architectural and interior design. He is a true professional and a very creative designer, with excellent knowledge of design and fantastic customer service skills. He enjoys the challenges and responsibilities involved in his work and has produced award winning designs throughout his career.

Wael has also obtained the highly coveted NKBA Kitchen Designer Certification from the National Kitchen and Bath Association.

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CarruthersAllan Carruthers

Allan Carruthers background involved the design and servicing of commercial kitchens for the hospitality sector in Western Canada. Upon moving to Ontario he became involved with the home building industry in the capacity of sales & marketing. Pursuing a change and new challenges he studied and participated in courses offered by the NKBA and in 1999 was fortunate to be hired by Laurysen Kitchens on the basis of his design, construction & sales knowledge.

Allan has been recognized within the industry by his peers with awards from the Greater Ottawa Home Builders Association. As well as single home renovations and designs, a portion of his portfolio consists of coordination of the design; installation and servicing of mill work for major condominium and single family housing projects in Ottawa & surrounding area.

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ChabotHeather Chabot

Heather Chabot graduated from the Interior Design program at Algonquin College in 2005. She moved out to Calgary where she gained experience in the work field with a small architectural firm as well as a large custom home builder. She also gained experience in the kitchen and bath field before moving back home to Ottawa.

Heather has been with Laurysen Kitchens since 2008, and has been working with a number of established contractors, builders and retail clients over the years.

She uses her training and experience to help clients achieve a functional and beautifully designed space that best suits their lifestyle and design tastes.

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DwyerErica Dwyer

Erica hails originally from Newfoundland where she gained an extensive knowledge of construction. Erica is a graduate of the Algonquin College Interior Design program and graduated in 2003 with honors. Shortly after graduating she was invited to teach in the Residential program where she was an Instructor for 4 years while running her own Interior Design & Renovation business.  Erica brings her love for design and her construction background to Laurysen Kitchens ready to offer her hands on experience to realize our customer's home projects.

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NashNatasha Nash

Natasha came to Laurysen in 2010 after working for many years in Toronto. She graduated with Honours from the Interior Design program at Sheridan College of Art and Design in Oakville before living and working in the Cayman Islands as an interior designer. This international experience, combined with several more years in the high end residential and kitchen design
world in Toronto allows Natasha to understand what her customers want and how to best create the space that meets those expectations. Natasha is extremely knowledgeable, friendly, loves what she does, and would be happy to help you turn your ideas into reality to create a space that you will enjoy for years to come.

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TardioliHeather Tardioli

Heather brings extensive expertise and experience in the home furnishing, sales and customer service industry, including a strong creative background in marketing and advertising.

Heather is a member of NKBA and an Algonquin college graduate of The NKBA supported Kitchen and Bath Program. For Heather the most enjoyable aspect of design is working with the homeowner to make their dream kitchen, bath or closet a reality. She’s strives to determine the clients individual needs and incorporate those requirements into the overall design.

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SilcoxKimberly Silcox

Kimberly has been working in the interior design and décor field since graduating from Algonquin College in 2007. She began by starting her own decorating business while working as an office designer for the government and later working for a high end furniture store. Kimberly joined Laurysen Kitchens Design team in 2009, and quickly became an integral part of the team, working closely with well established contractors to provide clients with a complete renovation which is both easy and comforting. She enjoys providing clients with personal attention to help them discover their own unique sense of style and create their very own beautiful custom kitchen.

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