MEET: Tiffany C. Brown
You never realize until life comes back full circle; until it makes you uncomfortable and makes you dig deep and re-evaluate your life.
I’d been fired from my job, where I thought I would spend the remaining of my adult life. Everyone told me that I was so lucky and should make sure I kept this job. “Girl, you have a government job with great benefits and retirement.
And for the 1st time in life, I feel free. Granted, I understand I need money. Something just lifted from me, I feel renewed. I feel ok about being in any uncomfortable place in my life, unsure of my next move or destination.
The past 12 years I honestly felt trapped. After spending five years stressed out and sick while working at a very popular cell phone provider, just to get fired because they refused to accommodate my medical problem.
Being hired as a government contract two weeks and the day of being fired in 2010 where I spent the last 6 years excelling and providing for myself just to be turned down for every promotion, even though I had the time and experience. To be accepted into a competitive student program for a sector of the government in 2016 to be fired 2017. I was hurt, and I realize there are some things that I could have done differently, but I also felt like I had no support. But I believe everything happens for a reason and a purpose, and everything is a lesson.
I always knew there should be something else I should be doing. I didn’t realize the universe would force me into it. Now, here I am 34 years old, seven months from my 35th Birthday, and I am back to square one. It’s never too late, and never be ashamed to start over.
MEET: Chantaé Candize
CAREER: Founder and Content Director
I am Ingrid’s Daughter. My hero hails from the immaculately beautiful, rich and lively island of Jamaica. At the age of 24, my mother moved to Canada to pursue a new life and 4 years later, I was blessed with the opportunity to be introduced to the world as Ingrid’s daughter.
As her first, last and only born, my mom and I shared every moment of my upbringing together. A single mother with the best and most pure intentions for me, my mom shined nothing but bright as she did and continues to do everything and more for me. I participated in every activity possible such as dance, swimming, ukulele lessons, karate, gymnastics and Girl Guides. My mom aspired for me to be an educated, well versed, experienced, and open young black woman. A young, single mom, doing this all for me.
Always trying to provide beneficial opportunities and a better life for me, my mom always made a house a home wherever we were and was always determined for us to reside in the best neighbourhood and enrol me in the best schools as I was growing up . Two homes and a condo later, my mom purchased and owned all properties on her own..
My mom would surprise me with trips so I could explore beyond Toronto with her and break down the protected mentality of my surroundings. She forced me to challenge societal norms and know my grounds. She always taught me to know my worth, protect my heart and always give back–three concepts you can never do enough.
Through the challenging times of our lives when things were tight, my mom never let a sense of fear or hopelessness crack or dampen into my dreams. Every step, my mom encouraged me to do what I love in hopes to find my greater purpose for being on this earth. My mom always supports me with my education endeavours and thriving career, however, most of all, my mom is with me for every step as I evolve into my best self.
My mom is outstanding to say the least. To see a woman have so much love, compassion, strength, ambition and wit never fails to amaze me as I aspire to have such a desirable character as she does.
As I have grown to see my mom give it all for me, even now as I am a nearly 21 year old full time university student, leaves me at a loss of words. I know there are times when I can challenge my mom, but my undeniable and purest love for my her is endless and goes beyond words. I owe my mom the world and more.
Here’s a toast to the one and only queen in my life; My hero- My Mom. I love you.
MEET: Andreena Hofferden
CAREER: Vegan Chef and Holistic Nutritionist, Founder and CEO of Cocktail Lifestyle
SHE SAYS: “Who is your hero, and why? When most people are asked this question, the typical response is the name of a celebrity, famous author, singer, theorist, philosopher… My response?… My mother. (more…)
MEET: Desiree Chernel
Project Manager & Creative Coordinator of New Girl on the Block
CAREER/PASSION PROJECT: Event Coordination, Founder of Desiree Chernel Events
SHE SAYS: My hero is my elementary school Guidance Counsellor, Mrs. Bennet. I remember walking into school every day and she would greet all students with a huge smile. She made it a point to tell me how special I was every time we had a conversation.
I had a rough childhood, dealing with emotional and physical abuse at home. Mrs. Bennet was aware but never made me feel like a victim. Instead, she took the time to try to give me as much positive feedback as possible. She took me under her wing and was supportive of me. As a child going through adult situations at home, having someone who understood that you simply wanted to be a kid, have fun and not worry all the time, made my days a little easier.
I think it’s so important in life to care for others wholeheartedly. It does something to your soul. She sincerely cared for all us children at school. They say that people won’t always remember what you did but they will always remember how you made them feel and she made me feel protected and cared for. I am a better woman today who tries to be cautious of how I make others feel because of Mrs. Bennett.