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Certified Internet Marketing Specialist Receives International Award (June 03rd, 2008) founder and Certified Internet Marketing Specialist, Tawnya Sutherland, received the Thomas Leonard International Virtual Assistant of Distinction award at the 3rd Annual Online International Virtual Assistance Conference.

Virtual Assistant Receives International Award on VA Day
( May 22, 2008 – For many Virtual Assistants, the name Tawnya Sutherland has become synonymous with their industry. Recently, at the third annual IVAD (International Virtual Assistant Day) celebration, Sutherland was honored as the recipient of the Thomas Leonard International Virtual Assistant of Distinction award. The award ceremony was held on May 16th at the OIVAC (Online International Virtual Assistants Convention) and was attended, virtually, by a myriad of VAs from around the world. The Thomas Leonard Award recognizes a Virtual Assistant that has been in business for at least five years, and who has contributed to the industry in a way that leaves a positive impact on many others, helping them build successful businesses.
 “I have practiced my three 'P's of success within my own VA business and wish to share these ethics with the VA community. They are: Persistence, Passion and Populace. A persistence to never give up and keep pushing through your business plan no matter what obstacles stand in your way. A passion and solid desire to reach the vision you have for you and your business. And populace, the networking with likeminded people in the VA industry,” stated Sutherland in her humbling acceptance speech.
A long-time active member of the VA community, Tawnya Sutherland founded an online networking community in 2003 called In just a few short years, has become the largest global social networking community for aspiring and successful Virtual Assistants. is dedicated first to providing their members with free resources and tools needed to take their VA businesses to that next level of success.   “If you’re a VA and looking for a specific resource or tool, more than likely you’ll find it at our network and if it’s not there, tell us about it and we’ll see what we can do about getting it for you. At VAnetworking, you are the customer and we want to keep you happy so tell us what you want to see here!” states Tawnya Sutherland.
Secondly, VAnetworking brings awareness to the Virtual Assistant industry to help advance all Virtual Assistants in their chosen profession through public acceptance. The more people hear about VAs, the more voices we have about our industry. So VAnetworking’s goal is to get the media involved in learning about the benefits of virtual assistance for the business owner.
With a strong membership base of thousands, Tawnya has had a huge, positive impact on hundreds of VAs over the years. Her most recent project benefiting VAs worldwide is The VA Talk Show which informs, educates and entertains virtual achievers around the globe. Tawnya is the producer and host of the popular Internet radio show.
Sutherland’s own business, Mediamage Business Solutions, started out as an administrative support VA firm back in 1997. Since graduating in 2002 from the University of British Columbia as a Certified Internet Marketing Business Strategist and Multimedia Usability Specialist, her focus has been on helping her clients turn “clicks into cash”. A born entrepreneur, Ms. Sutherland also owns, operates and markets her family’s aviation companies.
In addition to her Virtual Assistance forum and her thriving businesses, Tawnya is also the creator of the internationally acclaimed Virtual Business Start Up System – a comprehensive kit that provides all the information, tools and resources a person needs to build a viable Virtual Assistance business in just 30 days.
If you would like to get in touch with Tawnya about her businesses, or her Virtual Assistance forum, visit her online at
Contact: Tawnya Sutherland
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Tawnya Sutherland
Mediamage Business Solutions/Virtual Assistant Networking Forum