About Wendy Johnson

Wendy Johnson has a Master’s Degree in Journalism, an Executive Certificate in Event Management and a few other quals under her belt. She has a nose for news and loves writing about the people who make Canberra a very special capital indeed.

Wendy has owned Clarity Communications Australia since 1998 and gives generously to the community through expert pro bono work. She is also the Communications Director for FASHFEST, and loves peeking beneath the seams to stitch up stories on all things fashion.

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Dr Robert Wei wins the 2020 Milton R Sims Award
News
When this year’s Australian Orthodontic Congress was cancelled a week before it was to start in Cairns because of COVID-19, Dr Robert Wei of Embrace Orthodontists simply got on with helping patients create beautiful smiles. Then he received an email. Despite the event's cancellation, the Australian Society of Orthodontists Foundation for Research and Education was still granting its 2020 Milton R...
New lawyers admitted to the bar after clearing final COVID-19 hurdle
News
Everyone has a story about how life has changed with COVID-19. For many young people, the pandemic has meant missing traditional graduation ceremonies and celebrations after years of hard work completing their degrees. For graduates entering professions that have an additional entrance hurdle, like the legal profession, COVID-19 has been even harsher. In Canberra, law graduates must complete additional training...
Tailoring strategies to plan and manage your finances
Expert Advice
Chris Oates first started in the finance industry as a client service officer in a financial planning firm. Although he grew up on a farm in Orange, and had the option of becoming a farmer, the world of numbers took him down the financial path. He has never looked back, but still enjoys returning to the family farm when he...
face2face pays it forward and gets the job done
Expert Advice
It's said that one-third of small-to-medium-sized businesses fail in their first year of operation and half fail in their second year. So when Canberra business face2face Recruitment turned 15 this year, owner Kate Prior and her 24 staff popped the cork on the champagne. Kate knew she was daring when she opened the business. It meant she had to quit her full-time, high-flying, high-paying...
Elite Agent 2019 Top 50 Real Estate Industry Influencers
News
When Holly Komorowski looks at a property, she doesn’t see a structure with a foundation, roof, windows and a front door. She sees a rich story full of character and life. It’s this unique approach that led Elite Agency to select home.byholly as one of its Top 50 Real Estate Industry Influencers for 2019. The annual awards celebrate leadership. As...
How McGrath’s opening doors for aspiring real estate agents (like Sam)
News
Real estate runs in Sam Taylor’s blood. His family has been in the biz for three generations. When growing up, he wanted to be an architect. Then he thought he’d like to be a builder. Today he’s a dynamic, young, up-and-coming registered associate agent with McGrath Belconnen/Gungahlin. “This is only my third year in the industry and I’m loving it,”...
Human-centred design suits Annex to a T
News
Human-centred design. Annex is passionate about it because they know that great online experiences only happen through great execution. Annex is a full-service digital agency based in the city. Although only young, the company has experienced incredible growth since swinging its doors open in January this year. And the web development team, according to managing director Leigh Gittoes, balances the best...
Kamy Saeedi partner takes out Law Society’s President’s Medal
News
Crisis. It’s often what leads a person to come into contact with the law, which is why Michael Kukulies-Smith says holistic solutions to legal issues are essential. Michael is a partner at Kamy Saeedi Law (KSL), a leading local law firm that doesn’t just believe in what the law is. KSL believes in what the law can be and how...
Belle Property Kingston strikes high note at national awards
News
In just three years, Belle Property Kingston has grown from four staff to 26. It’s not just their growth that’s impressive, it’s their performance. While still a relatively young franchise, Belle Property Kingston won two awards at the National Belle Awards held recently in Sydney. Out of 80 offices nationwide, Belle Property Kingston placed second for the total number of...
2019 Telstra ACT Business of the Year awards
News
It takes courage, persistence and resilience to run a business. Last night’s 2019 Telstra ACT Business of the Year awards recognised the capital’s best. With around 29,000 businesses in the ACT, it’s no mean feat to be on stage at these awards, now in their 27th year. Winners at last night’s gala event, held at Gandel Hall at the National Gallery,...
Sofia Ligeros is a cut above
Local Leaders
Sofia Ligeros knows the power of going that extra mile. It’s her determination that makes her a great cultural fit for Independent Property Management. Sofia’s magic combination of professionalism, empathy and high-energy levels enable her to make such a difference to landlords and tenants. Like the prospective tenant she met around a year ago who was desperate to find a...
McReynolds clan bring wealth of personalised real estate experience to home.byholly
Local Leaders
home.byholly has just had a major growth spurt, with the addition of the McReynolds family — a father, mother and son team, all passionate about, and experts in, real estate. Even though now larger, the home.byholly team remains dedicated to providing boutique, personal, hands-on service, something the McReynolds are masters at. Jenny McReynolds says the trio was attracted to join...
Numbers man makes the accounts click for small businesses
Local Leaders
Justin Wong is a numbers guy. He loves crunching them, and helping clients understand and use them to full advantage in business. That’s why Justin opened PAQ Group, a bookkeeping and payroll solution that has designed its services especially for small business. “The benefits of understanding your financial position are enormous,” says Justin. “It lets business owners focus on their...
Sheena Ireland’s gamble paying off with successful communications business
Local Leaders
Sheena Ireland says opening her own business, Specialists in Communications, is one of the best decisions she's ever made. Sheena Ireland dreamt of moving into business for a long time. She loved her job but couldn’t shake the feeling that it was time to explore what could be. So one day she jumped from her secure position to opening Specialists...
A little independence goes a long way for Down syndrome families
News
When reality hit and the ACT Down Syndrome Association (ACTDSA) thought it was going to have to close its doors, Alicia Flack-Kone couldn’t describe her despair. The self-help organisation, formed in 1987 by a group of interested parents, was facing a lack of funding. It was at crisis point. "I’ll never forget how stressful it was," says Alicia, now President...
Staying out of court can be a win for all parties, says family lawyer Tanya Nadin
Family Law
Tanya Nadin fell into law in a roundabout way but is glad she did. A friend’s father was a Senior Counsel barrister in Sydney. After leaving school, Tanya worked for him while studying law. She says the exposure to high-calibre legal minds was fantastic and often inspiring. “I’ve never looked back,” says Tanya, a family law specialist and Partner of...
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