Saskatchewan entrepreneur Jessica Tetu has been recognized as a Canada’s Top 40 under 40 for her business and community efforts and helping people affected by addiction.
The honorees were announced on June 27th after being chosen by The Top 40 under 40 advisory board which is composed of former past winners of the award as well as leaders in their respected communities and businesses.
Just For You Day Spa Owner Jessica Tetu says she has received local and provincial awards before and has used it as a platform to help the community, inspire women and this national honour will be no different.
“I use the platform of those to really try to make a difference in my community and not only inspire other people in my industry but other women business professionals and women across the board. To kinda of get this national recognition is going to give me a bit of a platform to talk about my foundation.”
Just For You Day Spa has locations in Regina, Saskatoon and Lloydminster. Tetu is also the Founder and CEO of beauty brand Lia Reese Canada, Co-founder of Entrpreneur306 Business Consulting and Founder and CEO of 4seventyone Recovery Resources.
4seventyone Recovery is a non-profit Tetu created with her brother assisting families with addiction. The name is based on the street address of the house her family lost to addiction when she was a child. She took care of her father from the time she was 15 until he passed and wants to help others in a similar situation and break the stigma around addiction.
“I’ve really kind of made it my life goal to assist people like my self, the children and the families affected by addiction as well as those who are struggling with addiction that cant get help in the province of Saskatchewan specifically.”
Tetu adds the waiting list in the province of Saskatchewan for those struggling with addiction is too long. She experienced this with her brother who had was seeking help and was put on a ten-week waitlist.
“To someone whos struggling with asking for help, waiting ten weeks is just not acceptable and so im trying to break the stigma to get people talking about it so we can make some changes in the community by providing the resources and opportunities for people to get in touch with the places that are there to help them.”
Tetu says she applied for the Top 40 under 40 honour but never thought anything of it until she was announced as one of the recipients. Jessica Tetu has won several awards with her business and community work and says when she got into the massage therapist industry she wanted to change the perspective of it as a career.
“My goal is to always to create long-term careers where when they cant do massage therapy anymore they will be able to have an educational position or a leadership/management/senior position and those are the types of things we’ve been able to provide.”