Meet Winnie Bokenge
With admirable perseverance and selfless dedication to her family, Winnie Bokenge began sewing as a young girl to support her family in Congo, Africa. She honed in on her natural talent, first creating doll clothes for her friends. Soon after she received her first Singer sewing machine, which helped advance her craft to dresses for kids and expectant mothers. Her designs were gaining recognition, with vendors ordering her creations for their shops.
Sadly, in 2000, Congo was experiencing civil unrest, causing Winnie and her family of 13 children to flee to Uganda as refugees. In 2008, the Bokongoles found sponsorship through a church, granting them the opportunity to immigrate to Canada. 2013 was the year that Smithers became their new home in the North, and a chance at a fresh start.
Winnie certainly feels blessed to live in such a wonderful community. Local residents provided all the machinery needed to start up her sewing business, and everyone has been so welcoming to her and her family. Winnie finds Smithers to be peaceful and it has been easy to make friends. She is thankful for everyone that supports her, and especially for the local office at Work BC who guided her along her journey in running a successful business as an immigrant.
Authentic. Caring. Unique.
If you’re looking for quality made garments that stand the test of time, look no further than Winnie Seamstress. Using only high-grade fabrics for each and every single design, Winnie Seamstress creates beautiful ready-made dresses, outfits, head-wear, accessories, kitchen wares and so much more. There’s something for everyone, from babies and children to women, special events and the home- you name it, they’ve got it!
In addition to the adorable clothing selection, Winnie Seamstress also provides an invaluable alterations and tailoring service. With a proper fit, garments will never look better! Winnie can tackle any zipper replacement, cuff hem, cushion recover, drapery fabrications and beyond. There’s no repair or project too big or too small for this needle-and-thread expert!
See the quality creations for yourself at the local Farmers Market, or give Winnie Seamstress a call for any other inquiries.
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