If someone had told me that one day I would receive an Entrepreneur of the Year Award I would have probably laughed at them. Ha! No way! I knew how hard my self-employed parents worked. Nope, not me, I was going to work 9-5, evenings and weekends off, regular vacations and a steady pay cheque. –
…. And I stood there, holding that award, never having worked harder in my life! 9-5 is a distant dream and the last time I took a weekend off I slept just to catch up. BUT I also stood there, never having had more fun. And I looked around the room and saw a lot of nodding heads. Fellow business entrepreneurs who choose this life and its challenges because they love it. Sure we work hard, but it is so incredibly rewarding to build something from scratch and to build it around the very thing we love to do.
So I held that award for my parents and thanked them for instilling in me a strong work ethic and, even more importantly, for having taught me to have a vision!
But while I held it for my parents I share it with an incredible team. A team of dedicated teachers and the management team Mandy Hynes and Amrita Hazra who share our vision and do whatever needs to be done to realize it. I shared it also with my husband Alden with whom I started New Voice back in 2010. His charisma, marketing genius and big heart make New Voice, and my life, better. This award is just as much theirs as it is mine.
Finally I dedicated the entrepreneurial award to, not only my fellow nominees Liz Carter of The Java Bead and Shelah Allan of Lunenburg Walking Tours whose company I was honoured to be nominated in, but to all small business entrepreneurs of Nova Scotia because it is their shoulders that Nova Scotia’s economy rests on!
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