Our Team
Hair Technicians
« Jess . Senior Stylist
« Shelley . Master Stylist
« Jennifer . Senior Stylist
« Marley . Senior Stylist
« Jill . Senior Stylist
« Jessica . Senior Stylist
« Laura . Senior Stylist
« Karen . Master Stylist
« Nicola . Junior Stylist
Estheticians
« Tina . Lead Esthetician / Spa A.C.E
« Karla . Esthetician
« Ruth . Esthetician
« Erika . Esthetician
« Raquel . Esthetician
« Jenna . Esthetician
« Jolaine . Esthetician
« Kayley . Esthetician
« Lindsay . Esthetician
« Siobhan . Esthetician
Guest Services
« Sarah . Guest Services
« Bryce . Guest Services
« Amanda . Guest Services
« Ella . Guest Services
« Katie . Guest Services
« Chantelle . Guest Services

HOURS OF OPERATION


Monday - Wednesday: 9:00 - 5:30
Thursday - Friday: 9:00 - 9:00
Saturday: 9:00 - 5:30
Sunday: 11:00 - 5:00

We are situated in beautiful Nanaimo, on Vancouver Island, in British Columbia. Would you like to surround yourself with talented and goal-oriented professionals?

Be a part of an award winning team that delivers the highest level of service to our guests, and shares a commitment to the environment.

Challenge yourself with new opportunities to learn and grow at Breze Salon and Day Spa. We offer a group benefits plan, team bonus pool, and continuing education.

Our facilities will offer eight treatment rooms and six hair chairs; designed to fit the needs of estheticians, hair technicians and massage therapists.

If you have what it takes, we would love to meet you. What are you waiting for?

We are currently hiring for Esthetics positions.

Please send us your resume by email to info@brezesalonandspa.com, by fax to 250.758.6820 or by mail to #10-3200 North Island Highway Nanaimo, British Columbia V9T 1W1.
Jess .
Senior Stylist
I have been creating and designing as a hair stylist since I graduated from my hairdressing program at Vancouver Island University in 2007. Breze has been my second home for five years now! It's a pretty amazing feeling to love coming to work every day and to be privileged enough to work with such talented and passionate men and women! They are all an inspiration to me and I am always constantly learning from them. 

Working with Aveda has been such a wonderful experience. Aveda’s connection of beauty, environment, and well-being has lead me down a path I am so grateful for. The education I have received and continue to invest in from Aveda’s talented educators has opened up my eyes to so much more creativity than I could imagine. From new men's barbering techniques, to up and coming trends for women's styles, and vibrant and bold color creations- my education never stops and it keeps my creative juices flowing and my passion for the industry strong.

Working at Breze is not just about hair, it’s also about the people and my connections with each and every person in my chair. My days at the salon are a mix of re-connecting with long-time guests/friends and meeting and creating new relationships with new guests visiting Breze for the very first time. I love knowing that I get to help people find the very best versions of themselves, and this makes them feel beautiful. Nothing tops that!

In addition to working as a professional stylist, I am also a lover of yoga, running, exploring this magnificent island of ours, wine, my family and friends, and traveling (I've got the bug).          
"Today isn't just another day, today I'll create something beautiful"

Shelley .
Master Stylist
I grew up in the lower mainland and during my teens my parents decided to move us to Alberta; this is where I attended hairdressing school. After three years we moved back to BC, where my hair career took off. I worked in Richmond in the 80’s which was so much fun. I was also fortunate enough to compete in two hair competitions. In styling I received Novice 2nd and in cutting Novice 1st.  I have had many years of continuing hair education and recently finished The BC Provincial Instructors Diploma Program. My inspiration comes from magazines and TV, I also love to follow Tabatha Coffee (Australia) and Trevor Sorbie (London) on Twitter. Okay let’s face it ... my favorite product changes monthly, so this month it is the Dry Remedy Oil and Smooth Infusion Glossing Straighter. The combination of the two make your hair shiny and silky smooth with or without curls. The best part of my job is making my guest look and feel beautiful...when their hair looks fantastic and they love it, I feel great and that is the best feeling. Being part of such a great team is another great part of my job we are one big family supporting and encouraging one another at work and life. Something Random about my personal life, while on a holiday in Hawaii I got the best possible souvenir ever ... I met my husband :)                   
Jennifer .
Senior Stylist
I began my career in the beauty industry in 2008 by completing my training in Vancouver. After working on the mainland for several years I moved home to the island and found Aveda. My favorite product is the Pure Abundance Volumizing Tonic, it creates effortless body with an organic aloe base. The best thing about my job is making people feel beautiful. I love being able to take a person’s skin tone and facial structure and create a customized style for them to look and feel their personal best. I get to connect and share laughs all day with people, how much better does it get? Also, as a vegetarian for over 20 years I love that Aveda is a naturally derived product and does absolutely no animal testing. 
Marley .
Senior Stylist
Born in Duncan, I grew up in the country with a great love for animals, nature and a fascination for insects. I really felt amazed to have such beauty around us in the world. I was an artistic child, drawing and painting often. I found that I loved all aspects of colour in nature, clothing, accessories, cosmetics and hair. At 6 years old I began my collection of vintage purses, I appreciated every detail creating something unique. In my later years learned I liked interior design the balance and organization. I also really liked experiencing different foods. Enjoying the tastes smells and textures and still do!  I feel very lucky to have been so immersed in the beauty industry from a very young age, as my mom was a stylist. In 1996 she opened an Aveda Concept Salon. I quickly realized at 10 years old I couldn't wait to leave school to go to our Family Salon. Taking every opportunity in the Salon classes on makeup and product knowledge I began to learn about Aveda.  I loved the smells, the beautiful colours and even more what Aveda seemed to embody. Every day was different, always meeting new people I knew this is where I want to be. I worked as much as I could assisting the stylists washing hair and cleaning. I specialized in up-do's and makeup applications for special events. Aveda has a mission statement that fits with my beliefs and integrity; it allows me to feel great about my work.

When I took the steps to become a Certified Stylist, I relocated to Victoria and went to the Aveda Institute. My destiny really started to take shape. While in school I met the love of my life.  We bought our first home in Nanaimo and I now have the career that I had always wanted.  I feel very happy to be part of the Aveda Team here at Breze. It is said that in life if you do what you love most, it never feels like work. That was my greatest hope. I am very excited for each day and the opportunity to grow and learn and continue to be committed to my best work.

Favorite products:

New Dry Remedy Daily Moisturizing Oil
Smooth Infusion Glossing Straightener for sleek shine!
Pure Abundance Style Prep for weightless body!
Phomollient for Blow outs!!
Air Control Hair Spray for texture and light hold
Control Force for strong hold!
Brilliant Spray On Shine for finish!

Jill .
Senior Stylist
I am originally from Abbotsford B.C but I have always been back and forth between there and Nanaimo after I moved here to go to hair school at Vancouver Island University in 2002. I have worked here at Breze on and off since 2006, I left briefly to have my son Gaige in 2008. My favorite product is the entire Pure Abundance hair line because I love big voluminous hair and the products from that line smell amazing while giving that boost. The best thing about my job is meeting new different people every day and never knowing what is going to happen. In my free time I love being outdoors with my son. Hiking, walking and we are always riding our bikes and going to the BMX track on weekends. 
Jessica .
Senior Stylist
Hairdressing was always something I wanted to do since I was a little girl and I’ve been a stylist for 9 years so far and still love doing it every day. I started my career in Courtney then moved to Winnipeg when I was introduced to Aveda. I worked at two Aveda concept salons there and then one in Vancouver once I came back to B.C. I recently returned to Vancouver Island and because a part of the team at Breze. My favorite product is the Confixor because it is such a multipurpose product. You can use it by itself or use it to enhance your other favorite products, plus it smells amazing. In my spare time I love to be outside, whether it’s running, walking my dog or spending time with my family in our garden.
Laura .
Senior Stylist
Welcome Guest, my name is Laura Chatwin and I have been in the hair industry for over five years. I am always looking for a challenge and looking for ways to improve my styling skills by taking classes regularly and staying current with the latest styles and trends. I am also welcoming any new guest into my chair for a warm Aveda experience that will make you feel right at home. Some of my passions besides hair; I am an avid runner and take my two dogs with me everywhere I go. Whether it be hiking, swimming or little errands. My home town is Cranbrook but I’ve been on the island almost 5 years and love the life here and all it offers. 
Karen .
Master Stylist
Hello my name is Karen. I have been a stylist for 17 years. I was a part of the original Breze Salon and Day Spa team when we opened in 2004. I left for a bit when I moved to Victoria but am so happy to be back as a Master stylist. I run our training program for all our new junior stylists. I love sharing my experience and seeing the people new to this industry get excited about every new thing they learn. I am also working on becoming an Aveda Certified Educator (A.C.E). I have a great passion for coloring and I love trying the newest styles and techniques and it’s always fun when people come in and give me creative control.

When I’m not at Breze you will find me cooking, especially with organic raw foods. I like local farmers markets and supporting our community. I also enjoy yoga as it grounds me to the earth. 
Nicola .
Junior Stylist
I grew up in Parkville and graduated top of my class from Vancouver Island University. My interest in hair started back with my Barbies, I’d always be combing and braiding their hair, but always too afraid to do anything more. I also was frequently trying to do my brothers hair, but he would never let me and I could never figure out why! I wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into when I started working at Breze because I had never worked with Aveda before but the more I learn about the company, their rituals and the products the more I fall in love with it.  My favorite part about this industry is making people feel beautiful in their own skin, whether it’s something as simple as a shampoo style or a drastic cut to start a new chapter in someone’s life. I also enjoy educating my guest on products and techniques so they can replicate their look at home. 
Tina .
Lead Esthetician / Spa A.C.E
At the age of 11, I began working in our family salon, answering phones; sweeping hair, etc…  My Stepfather was an artistic Stylist, Salon owner, & Beauty School Owner/Director. He encouraged my mother to explore Esthetics and she became a pioneer & mentor of European techniques and therapies, in the Pacific Northwest I took my training as part of my High School credits and became licensed in Barber Styling, Cosmetology & Esthetics shortly after my High School graduation. As a successful and talented Barber/ Stylist I enjoyed the creativity and diversity of hair, but ultimately wanted to pamper and nurture more. This led me to focus on Spa & Esthetics as a Spa therapist and Consultant, specializing in Aroma & Thalassotherapies. I grew up in an exciting and ever changing environment that has evolved from a beauty industry focus, to one of wellness…

For over 30 years I have stayed passionate about each client, experience, and opportunity for learning & growth… I do not consider this work, and still become more energized at the end of each day and after sharing with each guest. I am constantly being asked what I love most and can honestly say that I enjoy it all! The ability to share comfort and well-being with every service towards a positive Holistic experience is amazing! As a member of the Breze Spa Team, the past 5-1/2 years has also given me the opportunity to evolve into my role as Lead Esthetician, & as a Spa Aveda Certified Educator within the Aveda/Collega Education network. I whole-heartedly believe in the Aveda experience and company as it embraces and supports the ethics, and high standards of excellence in which I live my life, while contributing to the health and well-being of humanity.

Karla .
Esthetician
Originally from Prince George I lived in Kelowna for a few years when I did my esthetics training at Marvel College. I’ve been an esthetician for 8 years and have been here at Breze for five of those. 

My favorite part of this job is socializing and making people feel good at the same time. A few of my favorite products are all things Damage Remedy because it makes my hair soft, shiny and healthy. Also the entire Stress Fix line because it smells delicious. 

My life revolves around my Boston Terrier/Chihuahua cross Maverick but I also love hot yoga and going for walks.
Ruth .
Esthetician
I've been an esthetician for coming up on 2 years now. It's something I've always been passionate about since I was a little girl. I've always been the one painting everyone's nails and doing everyone's makeup, starting in kindergarten when we were just tiny, to now at my friend’s weddings.  Esthetics to me is much more than a job, I get to have fun make people look and feel good and chat with them all day. 

I love the smooth infusion line in my hair, I use it every day. Also our tinted moisturizer, it has great coverage and moisturizes at the same time, while not clogging your pores.  I was born in the prairies but 

I've been living in Nanaimo for about 11 years now and love it. Nanaimo is beautiful in the spring for all the trails and places to go for runs, walks, and hikes, but I love nothing more than all of the places to relax at the beaches here!

Erika .
Esthetician
I graduated from my esthetics course in 2012 in Nanaimo B.C. I first wanted to become an esthetician because I am a people person and wanted to be in a career where I would be meeting and interacting with others daily. Then the fact that I got to pamper them and leave them feeling restored is what made me passionate about what I do. When people come in and are lost on what to do for skin care, its always satisfying being able to help them find the products to meet their needs.  My favorite way to pamper my guests would be from head to toe with facials and pedicures. 

When I’m not at Breze you’ll find me trying to master anything off Pinterest, shopping for the newest home trends or trying a new recipes. Hmm… now I see why my friends call me Martha Stewart.   

Raquel .
Esthetician
I was born in White Rock, B.C. but raised here in Nanaimo. When I graduated from high school I knew I wanted to work with people so I went into social work at VIU. After a year of the social work program I realized my passion for people was in making them happy. My mom inspired me to become an esthetician. Always the hard worker my mom put our family before herself my whole childhood. It wasn’t until my brother and I were on our way out of the house that she began to spend more time on herself. I saw the years come off her skin with her monthly treatments with Darleen Donaldson and I decided I wanted to be that esthetician. I applied at Blanche McDonald, Vancouver, and graduated from the esthetics program in 2008. Since my graduation I have worked at Aqua Terre at Pacific Shores, Sante Wellness Centre and Spa and now Breze Salon and Day Spa. 

My favorite Aveda product is our Stress Fix Bath Salts. The best thing my job is the people. I love being a part of people’s lives whether is it getting ready for a vacation of taking a moment to let the stress of life melt away. 

When I am not at work I’m snuggling my baby kitten, cooking, spending time with my family and traveling.
Jenna .
Esthetician
I was born in Vancouver but I grew up in Nanaimo and spent a lot of time on Thetis Island growing up. I went to esthetics school in Parksville in 2012. I knew I wasn’t cut out for a desk job and wanted a career working with people. I’ve always been a very social person and love that I get to come to work with all my friends and meet new people every day. Something I find so important about this job and industry is the ability to take someone’s bad day and completely turn it around. From a massage to a waxing service, no matter what, I love making my guest feel amazing and beautiful. 

My favorite products would have to be the entire Stress Fix Line because it has been proven to lower stress in people and help them unwind. 

When I am not at Breze I love keeping up with the latest beauty and fashion trends. I also love being outdoors hiking, sailing or inside doing yoga or cooking. 
Jolaine .
Esthetician
I was born and raised here in Nanaimo and the only other place I have ever lived was in Roanoke, Virginia for a brief period. Soon after I graduated from high school I attended the esthetics program at Vancouver Island University and I loved it! I’ve always wanted to work at Breze and I am excited to be a part of the team. 

My favorite product is the All Sensitive Moisturizer because my skin is dry and sensitive and I love how it balances it. I also love the Dry Remedy line because it leaves dry damaged hair soft and silky. 

A random fact about me is that I am somewhat of a tomboy. I like going 4x4ing, shooting and I love video games! My only tattoo right now is from a video game.

Kayley .
Esthetician
Originally from Powell River I grew up in my two aunt’s hair studio, so ever since I was young I have been immersed in this industry. I chose esthetics to compliment the side that I am passionate about. I love the immediate results I can provide for my guests to make them look and feel their best. 

My favorite products are the Tourmaline Charged Radiance Fluid because of the beautiful glow and smoothness it gives the skin. Also the Brilliant Damage Control spray because it makes hair soft and shiny and smells amazing! 

Since moving here to be with family I’ve been enjoying quality time with them and experiencing Nanaimo first hand. Something not a lot of people know about me is that I am half Maltese because of my light hair and eyes and traditional Maltese people have dark hair, eyes and olive skin tone. But I just take after my Canadian father.

Lindsay .
Esthetician
Coming Soon!
Siobhan .
Esthetician
Coming soon!
Sarah .
Guest Services
I was born in Prince George but grew up in Cedar and Nanaimo. I’ve always been around this type of business as my Mother was a stylist. I’ve been a part of Breze for over a year now and love our team and products! This is such a feel good job because just by being a part of this company we get to help make a difference. I also love how Aveda offers such great programs and ongoing education for staff. I have my event management certificate as well as my leadership certificates which comes in handy when trying to organize a team of 25 plus people. 

My all-time favorite product is our Damage Remedy Daily Hair Repair, I color treat my hair and it’s the only product I’ve found that help repair my hair so it’s strong enough to grow. It fixes split ends and is such a multifunctional product for all hair types. 

When I’m not at Breze you can find me volunteering as I am a Sparks leader as well as a board member of Volunteer Nanaimo, organizing something, or spending time with my husband and my dogs. I have a Saint Bernard named Venti and a wolf hybrid named Ice so as you can probably guess you’ll also see me racing in and out of Starbucks a few times a day.

Bryce .
Guest Services
I was born and raised in Powell River, but have settled here in Nanaimo for the last 7 years. I joined the Breze team in late 2008 and working here has been a blast!  The people are wonderful, clients and coworkers alike. 

Being the only male employee on the front end of Breze I am always getting asked about our men’s line and I would have to say my favorite product is the Men’s Grooming Clay. It has a non-shiny finish so it doesn’t look like I have tons of product in my hair and helps make my style look effortless. I also love the Outer Peace Acne Relief Pads because of how clean and clear they keep my face. 

When I am not at Breze, I can usually be found buried in books, writing code and planning world domination.

Amanda .
Guest Services
I was born and raised here in Nanaimo so I am a true Islander through and through. Breze was my first experience working in the Beauty industry but now I am hooked! I love seeing people transformed whether it be hair, make up or a spa service pick me up. One of the things that I love most about Aveda is how much work it does with other countries and all around the world. I love traveling and would love to go somewhere new every year so I love when Aveda has launches involving places like Nepal. 

I’d have a hard time choosing just one product as my favorite. I love the Pure Abundance Style Prep for voluminous hair and I can’t get enough of our Hand Relief. Also the Tourmaline Charged Skin Refiner blows my mind with how soft and smooth it makes my face. 

One of my most memorable moments growing up was when my Uncle Ron set up his 22 foot teepee in our back yard for my sweet 16th party, I will never forget that birthday!

Ella .
Guest Services
I had never thought about working in a spa until my good friend Jenna started at Breze and loved it, so she encouraged me to apply. I’ve been a part of the Breze team for a year now and can’t imagine working anywhere else! 

I love coming to work with such an amazing group of people and getting to help the guests who come in every day. I’ve always been a team player and felt the need to be in a career with lots of social interactions. I’ve learned so much about skin and hair care and love that Aveda believes in ongoing education and that I’m always learning new things. I also love that Aveda doesn’t test on animals. Being an avid cat lover that is a huge bonus for me! 

When I am not at Breze you will find me at home with my two cats Impli and Felix, on the mountain snowboarding in winter or floating down the river in summer. 

Katie .
Guest Services
I started my career in the beauty industry at 18 when I took my esthetics training in Vernon, B.C. I moved back and forth between Vernon and my hometown of Nanaimo, and did esthetics for 9 years. Then after moving back home to stay in June 2013, I decided to take a break from the esthetics side of things and learn about other aspects of this trade. I love seeing a different perspective of this business and love that being a part of guest services gives me opportunities to interact with more people day to day.

The best part of my job is getting to help find the perfect service or product for our guests. And I love sharing my knowledge of this industry with anyone who comes through our doors.

My favorite products are the Damage Remedy Daily Hair Repair and the Smooth Infusion Style Prep Smoother. I heat style my hair every day and these two products help protect my hair and keep it healthy.

When I’m not at Breze you’ll find me with my two miniature dachshunds Finnegan and Penelope, working out or enjoying the outdoors. Or all three at once! Even with their short legs my dogs love running and can (almost) always keep up.
Chantelle .
Guest Services
Coming soon!