Who is Kaz?

Many clients, colleagues and friends refer to Kaz Design Works as Kaz Designs or just Kaz. People often ask where the name Kaz came from. Owner Karen Coleman explains, “Kaz is the English dimunitive of the name Karen in the UK. My best friends call me Kaz. Kaz is easy to remember, and I don’t mind if you call me Karen or Kaz, as long as you call me!”

About the owner

Kaz is an experienced and creative Graphic and Web Designer

Kaz, a.k.a. Karen Coleman, was born in the UK and has been a Canadian citizen since 2005. She has more than 25 years of print design and desktop publishing experience, acquired in both countries, working for newspaper, magazine, book and catalogue publishers and typesetters. Over the years, Karen has worked on both IBM and Apple equipment, and is skilled in numerous graphic design, web design and layout design applications, including the latest Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Acrobat). Kaz has been customizing WordPress themes and other CMS templates for a number of years and is also a competent user of the Microsoft Office Suite.

Kaz works with professionalism, accuracy and integrity, enjoys a challenge and never quits till the job is done right, on time and on budget. Kaz strives to offer her clients the best design services possible, offering advice and solutions for any graphic and website issues they encounter, as well as creating quality designs in print and for the web. In recent years, Kaz has been enjoying the challenge of creating both responsive static websites and WordPress themes that look great in multiple devices, including desktop PCs, laptops, tablets and phones.

MEMBERSHIPS

Kaz is (or has been) a member of several networking organizations and associations including the Oxford Women in Networking, Cambridge Chamber of Commerce, Cambridge Business and Professional Women’s Club, Kitchener-Waterloo’s Business Associates Breakfast group, The Canadian Networker, Cambridge Women in Networking and Cambridge Women In Business Leadership.

VOLUNTEER WORK

Kaz was a Board Director for Power of HOPE Community Organization from 2011-2014 and continues to help the local charity with promotional materials and their websites as the need arises. Karen was the Promotions and Public Relations Chair of Cambridge BPW from 2012-2014 and continues to maintain their website. She was a Mentor on the Waterloo Region Small Business Centre’s Student Summer Company program for 4 Summers from 2010-2013.

Karen helps at least one new charity or not-for-profit organization each year who need a new website, to move or update their exixting website, or graphic design services to help promote their organization and continues to help most of them with graphic design services as well as maintaining their websites. Below are some of the other charities and not-for-profits she has sponsored or volunteers her time with:

  • Save Norwich Horse Barn
  • Ninth Life Cat Rescue
  • Cambridge Scout House Band
  • Inspiring Conscious Beginnings
  • Discovery Learning Foundation
  • KW Kiwanis Music Festival
  • Island View Drive and Area Rate Payers Association

SPONSORSHIP

  • 2016: Auction prize donor for Ninth Life Cat Rescue's Spring Auction.
  • 2015: Auction prize donor at Diva Extraordinaire event in support of Power of HOPE.
  • 2015: Sponsor/Donor for Power of HOPE's Rainbow of HOPE Quilt draw.
  • 2014: Auction Donor GRRA fundraising event.
  • 2013: Auction prize donor at Kids' Link Gourmet Trail event in May.
  • 2013: Table sponsor at the Power of HOPE Diva Night in April. Kaz Design Works also created the Diva Night promotional post cards and programme guide and volunteered her time before, during and after the event.
  • 2011: Platinum Sponsor for the “Guelph Awards of Excellence 2011″ working with the Guelph Chamber of Commerce to produce the Tickets, Program Guide and Commemorative Booklets for the event.

AWARD NOMINATIONS

  • 2011: Kaz was nominated for two Junior Achievement Awards: Corporate Citizen and Mentorship.
  • 2010: Kaz was nominated for the Guelph Wellington Business Enterprise Centre New Business Marketing Award. Her business was re-nominated in 2011 but Kaz had to decline – her business was over 3 years old.

To hire Kaz Design Works for your next design project contact Kaz here.

Supporting important causes

Kaz enjoys supporting many causes and helping not-for-profits with their marketing material and/or web presence. Kaz gives discounts to not-for-profits and charities and, in some cases, provides her graphic and website design services for free.

These are her favourite causes.

“Helping Other People Everyday”

From 2010-2014 Kaz was on the Board of Directors for the local charity, Power of HOPE Community Organization, which helps women in crisis, low income familes and other families in need in Waterloo Region, Wellington, Perth and Woodstock area. Karen volunteers her time on the Board, creating print material, web design and maintenance, and at fundraising events.

Finding a Cure for Cancer

Fundraising for the Weekend to End Breast Cancer and the Ride to Conquer CancerKaz was a regular parcipant of The Weekend to End Women’s Cancers (affectionally known as The Weekend) from 2006 to 2013, walking 60 km in Toronto and many other cities across Canada to raise breast cancer awareness and funds for research, education and patient care. She was also a 3-time participant in The Ride to Conquer Cancer cycling over 200 km in Ontario (twice) and Quebec to raise awareness for colorectal cancer. Together with her partner, she has raised in excess of $73,000 for cancer research, care and education.

Kaz Design Works continues to support her friends who continue to participate in these or similar events.

Education for all

Karen and her partner also support The CIRE Foundation (101Heroes.org) whose mission is to “Change the World, Build a Legacy.” 101 Heroes helps educate and create a better life for children in the Philippines through the building of learning centres and child sponsorship.

Kaz cares for Cats too

Kaz was pleased to come to the rescue of Ninth Life Cat Rescue when the charity urgently needed to move their website and blog to a new web host and domain name. To help them reduce costs, she switched the entire website over to WordPress, customized the theme and added their static web page content to their existing blog. Now they are able to update their web content on a regular basis at no extra charge. She has offered to continue helping them with updates and maintenance on a semi-volunteer basis as the need arises.