Meet the Board

The Handcrafted Bath & Body Guild Board of Directors is all volunteer and all happy to be of service to the membership and industry. You can contact any of them on this page, or by using the Contact Us page.

Amy Garrett
Amy has been making soap since 2011 and opened Alberta Handmade Soap Co in 2012. She has previous experience working on Non Profit Boards of Directors in positions from director at large to president, has vast experience in working with a large variety of issues and people, and has a strong desire to form a stable bridge between all people and businesses involved in the bath & body industry. Amy lives on an Alberta farm, with her husband, four kids, one rottweiler puppy, and one rescue cat. Besides making soap, she loves to garden, read, and cook/bake.
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Valerie Krug-Lamirande
Vice President
Valerie is the founder/CEO of RavenSong Soap & Spa and has been making soap since 2003. Valerie has her Business Administration Certificate as well as Office Administrative management. Although Soap is her passion, Valerie has dabbled in many things from teaching English in Japan, owning a ski accommodations business and, most recently, an event-coordinator for an international company. 3 years ago Valerie left the corporate world to pursue soap making full time and has not looked back. She believes in family, travel, fitness and chocolate (not necessarily in that order), and lives on Vancouver Island BC with her husband. Their home is the hub of a very large family, which also keeps her busy.
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Marg Peebles
Marg has been making soap for 16 years and lotion for 5 years. She comes to the HBBG with 30 years in financial services, from general bookkeeping to preparation of financial statements and annual reports plus 6 years legal & regulatory affairs with Scotiabank. Marg lives in Ontario and loves gardening, music, and animals, especially dogs, horses and wolves.
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Louise Vargas
Louise has been making soap since the early '90s and Soga Artisan Soap - vegan and cruelty free - was born in 2010. Soga has grown from a hobby, to a Winnipeg storefront, online sales, and wholesale, in just a few short years. Louise is passionate and optimistic about life and makes a wonderful addition to the Board of Directors.
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Chris Erskine
Chris is the soapmaker behind Soapy Bathman - funny name, but seriously well renown shaving soap. He's been on various Boards since 2014 and bring a fresh perspective into a woman-dominated industry. His sense of humor and down to earth attitude combined with an unending amount of great advice and ideas, makes him a valuable part of the team. Chris lives in BC with his son.
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