A special IWD message from Shenela Tavarayan

Small Business Canada

International Women’s Day is an interesting time to reflect, especially in light of this year’s theme #breakthebias.  I am an immigrant, one who was brought to this country at a young age by amazing parents.  Parents who toiled so that their children could have the life they couldn’t.  Parents who taught me that education, hard work and curiosity would carry me far.  This is what I think about when asked to deliver a message to women on this day of celebration.  I give you the advice that my parents gave me: in Canada your intelligence, curiosity, and drive are what will carry you to great heights.  When given an opportunity, grab it and find your passion within it.  Passion will bring you satisfaction and joy in both your career and life.  Happy International Women’s Day! 

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Shenela Tavarayan

Senior Manager in charge of the Small Business portfolio at Interac

Shenela Tavarayan is the Retail Commerce, Senior Manager in charge of the Small Business portfolio at Interac. Her responsibilities include Merchant acceptance and usage, growth of new products and Interchange pricing controls and process.  She is also a co-lead and co-founder of the Women’s Employee Resource Group at Interac Corp. Focused on turning inwards and listening to the perspectives of the strong women at Interac, the Women’s Employee Resource Group helps to inform Diversity and Inclusion program development while fostering an inclusive work environment where everyone feels respected and valued.

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