At veza, we honour the work of inspiring leaders every single day. Not just the known and notable but rather, everyday women who are drawing upon and celebrating their culture while making a lasting difference in their community using their gifts. From authors and teachers, CEOs to entrepreneurs, not-for-profit directors, artists, and more, these women are changing the face of leadership.

These are truly women to watch and veza community is so pleased to share their brilliance.

May their stories inspire YOU to rise.

Meet Sonia Chhinji.

Sonia Chhinji is the creative spark behind Woodlot, a Vancouver-based health, beauty, and wellness company. Sonia and Woodlot are on a mission to transform the industry to a point where quality is never in question. Ignited by a lifelong passion for entrepreneurship and inspired by tradition, Sonia, along with her partner, Fouad Farraj, co-founded Woodlot in 2014 from their kitchen in Vancouver, producing their signature clean-burning, GMO-free soy-based coconut candles, and plant-based soaps. As word-of-mouth spread like wildfire, they rapidly outgrew their home headquarters and expanded Woodlot’s stockists to more than 400 worldwide.

Tell me in 100 words who you are? How would you describe yourself.

I’m the Co-Founder and CEO at Woodlot. I’m passionate about crafting home and body products to delight your senses and ignite your soul. I’m a connector and doer, I light up when I’m having rich conversations with people I love.

So tell us, Julie: What inspires you most? What motivates you to get up every morning?

My team and our customers. It’s amazing to be around a group of individuals who believe in what you’re creating and choose to be there everyday and be a part of that journey.

What is it that you feel that you teach others through how you act/show up each day?

Attitude. Always be learning.

What is one change you’d like to see in the world?

True acceptance and openness towards diversity. More female leaders.

Which of your contributions to date have given you the greatest sense of pride?

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