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Roswitha Scharf-Dessureault

Roswitha Scharf-Dessureault
In 2000, she was highly honoured to win the Woman Entrepreneur of the Year – Lifetime Achievement, from the Women Business Owners of Manitoba (WBOM). Canadian writer who has published her first book: Roswitha - Memories of a Life’s Journey. As Roswitha writes this book, it has not been an easy journey for her, but it has certainly been an exciting and colourful life. She narrates the pain she suffered, but more importantly, she focuses with pride on what she achieved in her life's journey.
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About the Book

Her first Autobiographical story filled with joyful and painful experiences alike.

Roswitha's journey begins in Koeln-


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Lindenthal, Germany, where she was born in the midst of the turmoil in the Second World War.

She spent many of her early years in a refugee camp after the end of the War.

She struggled through a broken family life, and at a very young age had to become independent in order to look after herself. Roswitha married at the age of twenty and immigrated to Canada with her young family at twenty-eight.

She did not speak English.

For seven years, she and her family criss-crossed Canada, living in places such as Vancouver and Fort Nelson,BC, Montréal and Winnipeg searching for a better life.

After her divorce in 1982, she settled down in Winnipeg with her three children. Her business, The Tea Cozy Restaurant, which she bought in 1982, became her passion and her life for twenty years.

Her accomplishments in the hospitality industry were outstanding. She received nine consecutive Food Merit Awards, the Star of the City Award and, her proudest accomplishment, the Women Business Owner Award 2000 Women Entrepreneur of the Year, Lifetime Achivement Award.

As Roswitha reflects on her past, using simple words to write this book, she narrates the pain she suffered, more important, focuses with pride at what she achieved in her Life's journey.

As you read her story of an immigrant woman from Germany, perhaps you will be encouraged and inspired by her struggle and her successes as a self-made woman.

If you would like to order one book,you receive the book Autographed 

   The inspiring story of her life also contains a small collection of recipes.

Latest Reviews

German News Paper

    Spotlight feature: Roswitha ...
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  To ROSWITHA. November .09                     I finally read your book.  I a...
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Hello Roswitha,November 2008.  I wanted to let you know that the book club I belong to met last night to discuss your book.  The consensus was we all enjoyed reading about yo...
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Hello Roswitha!  It's wonderful to have come across this information about you! I was a Tea Cozy devotee about 15 years ago when I was in University and eating Ichiban noodles all week ...
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Sandra, B.MUS. B .Ed.

This book transcends one woman story. I really loved reading it as a Canadian, a Winnipegger, as a woman, as a granddaughter, as a mother. It spoke to me on many different levels. Roswitha...
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