Sharing the wisdom of women on International Women's Day
Win a charcuterie board experience for you and your girlfriends
Sana Mahboob shares some inspirational advice she'd give to her younger self.
CBC Manitoba is celebrating International Women's Day by sharing the wisdom of women. Looking back, do you have a valuable piece of career or personal advice that you would have loved to give to your younger self? Maybe you have a life lesson or a motto that you live by that you'd like to share?
These nuggets of advice can help inspire others today. CBC Manitoba is inviting you to share a letter (maximum 250-300 words) that you would write to your younger self, knowing what you know now. Your letter may be read on one of our flagship radio or television shows.
All entries received will be entered to win a Graze by Grace charcuterie board to enjoy in the company of your best gal pals. The winner will be announced on March 8, 2022.
About Graze by Grace
Graze by Grace is a woman-owned business which came to life shortly after the beginning of the pandemic during the first wave. Caylene Cammarata works full time in the dental field, but found extra time on her hands when many dental surgeries were postponed and dental offices were closed in March 2020.
Cammarata says, "I named my business after my mom, Grace. She has been my biggest inspiration in life - always encouraging me to go after my goals head on. I am a strong woman, because a strong woman raised me, and I am forever grateful for the example she set."
The love of charcuterie also started young for Cammarata, "I grew up in an Italian/Portuguese household and from a very early age we would all sit together around a table full of fresh bread, meats and cheeses. Eating family-style, no cutlery, no dishes. Just a table covered in delicious fresh foods, surrounded by people we love."
She's translated those early memories into her best selling boxes - the Graze and XL Graze box which can feed between 2-3 or 4-6 people with an assortment of fresh fruits, meats and cheeses.
Like many small business owners, Cammarata has faced challenges during the pandemic. Delays in supplies and an increase in fresh food costs have been unexpected expenses.
But for anyone thinking about starting their own business - particularly women entrepreneurs - Cammarata has this advice to share, "I truly believe that sometimes we can talk ourselves out of these things because we get stuck on the "what if". What if it isn't popular? What if it doesn't work out? You can do anything you put your mind to. Winnipeg has an amazing group of women run businesses that inspired me to take a chance on myself and my dreams, making them a reality."
For Cammarata, sweet dreams are made of cheese.