Get to Know Our Hardworking Team
President & CEO
Anna always knew she was going to be an entrepreneur as it all started when she and her husband, Peter Eliopoulos opened up their first family restaurant 35 years ago. Anna’s passion for gift giving began with her generosity and interesting gift giving to her family and friends; which has developed into one of the largest premier gift companies in Canada. As President and CEO, Anna remains very hands-on in the gift development process as she travels worldwide and works side-by-side with the production team and purchasing guru’s to ensure that all customers feel luxurious, sophisticated, and comforted with each gift they order or receive. Her enthusiasm, zeal for the business, and an absolute dedication to customer service is contagious and translates into her working side by side with the best team in the business.
Chief Operations Officer
Being the first-born in the Eliopoulos family, Katherine immediately became involved in the family business at the age of 13 working in their family restaurant. Following in her mother, Anna’s, footsteps; Katherine also loved composing gifts by incorporating the latest and trendiest products and continued to support the development of the Peter & Paul’s Gifts team. While she is very much involved in every aspect of the business, Katherine’s true passion is designing the Peter & Paul’s Gifts Baby Collection. Being a mother of four, Katherine is determined to find the best baby products by travelling around the world and even takes them for a test drive on her own family to ensure its quality and practicality in the collection.
From the early stages, Angela has been involved in many hands-on projects which led her into participating in the development and organization of the Peter & Paul’s Gifts warehouse. Responsible for driving the operational excellence of warehouse supplies, monitoring work performance and reinforcing safety standards, Angela is adept in communicating with vendors and our team to ensure we are right on track! Also, playing Tetris was her specialty, so when it came to logistics, Angela is truly our warehouse wizard.
Hi! I’m Jessica Tarasco, the new General Manager at Peter & Paul’s Gifts. Three short years ago I was a stay-at-home mom looking to return to the workplace. Contributing to my family while pursuing my career goals is very important to me.
Joining Peter & Paul’s Gifts was a natural fit, with a female senior executive team of working moms like myself, I knew I was going to have an instant connection! Starting my career during the holiday season allowed me to show my skills during their busiest season which earned me the role as General Manager. As a working woman and mother, I am honoured to be managing this team of amazing employees, set an example for my own children and grow within this incredible company for years to come!
Mary Jon (MJ) Medeiros.
If you need anything, just ask MJ…she’s the brains of the Peter & Paul’s Gifts product division. Being with the company for more than 17 years, Mary Jon has seen the company grow and expand and has become the go-to person for everything. If you need to know what supplier to use, where to find something in the warehouse or anything in terms of product pricing, she’ll have the answer for you. MJ is a true treasure and a pleasure to have on the team. During her quiet time, you’ll find MJ enjoying time with her family or planning her next getaway.
For Silvana, every day is an adventure and is never the same as the last. From assisting customers in the store to designing custom baskets on the fly and preparing our annual and seasonal gifts, Silvana strives to challenge her designing skills and creativity by ensuring that each gift will receive that wow-factor. Being with Peter & Paul’s Gifts since 2001, Silvana is the brains behind our elegant, gourmet composed gifts. What makes her role so rewarding is accomplishing the one, two plus sample requests she receives daily and seeing customers fall in love with an option she designs. Nothing is more rewarding than that for Silvana.
Creative Director | Pure Event Design
Julie is an award winning leader in the floral and event industry. With over 25 years experience with event and bridal designs, her work has been featured in several magazines. She has created many displays for conventions and style shoots. Teaching Bridal and Event Design at Seneca College for over 5 years she has accomplished the development and mentoring of various high skilled floral designers. Currently President of CAFA she expresses her passion in creating events that will amaze and impress. Julie always loves to add a personal touch to all her creations that are unique and designed for the client. Receiving her certifications from AIFD (American Institute of Floral Design) and CAFA (Canadian Academy of Floral Arts) she continually seeks to learn and share her enthusiasm with all those she encounters.
Event Stylist | Pure Event Design
Anna carries over 25 years experience in the décor industry. Her true passion is designing and styling events. The final result is sharing the pleasure and satisfaction with her client.
She will take you through each step from beginning to end. Options and suggestions to make her client’s vision come to life are endless. From colour schemes, themed events, floral designs and all the fine details that will make your event complete, Anna is on point to ensure all goes flawlessly.