Meet the creator of Northumberland Women, Maria Papaioannoy.

Northumberland Women is an idea that I had in my heart for along time, I just found the courage to launch it now. – Maria P.

I believe in people helping people. I believe in learning from others to help create the best chance at personal success.  Strength, character or courage, that is something that we build upon throughout our lives.


Hi my name is Maria Papaioannoy Duic.  maria Papaioannoy

After living in Toronto for my entire life, in 2016 my husband and I made the move to Northumberland, settling in the town of Cobourg.

I am a graduate of Radio and Television of Centennial college, class of 2000.

From 1997-2004 I freelanced as an on-air reporter with OMNI television and have a number of producer credits

In 2013 I jumped headfirst into entrepreneurship and since then, my husband and I  have taken on several different endeavours. In 2019 I joined the board of the Port Hope and District Chamber of Commerce and in 2021 took the role of President.

I am the founder and spokesperson for Canada’s largest Consumer movement for Tobacco Harm Reduction (Rights 4 Vapers) and even registered as a third party during the last federal election to shake things up.    I have engaged with government to ensure the voice of the end user is taken into consideration when regulating.

In 2020, I joined Cobourg Toastmasters to up her speaking skills. I have won my area speaking contest twice and have come 2nd in Division. I am currently the sitting president of Cobourg Toastmasters.

The idea for starting Northumberland Women has been in my heart for a long time. As a woman and a business owner, I know how difficult it can be to connect with others, or find inspiration.  Through the Radio Show, Northumberland Women  I hope to meet and be inspired by others from our community.

I hope that you can follow along on the journey!