I’ve built everything, including my businesses, out of love for something greater than myself.
Helping and giving back to others is who I am, and connects to everything that I do.
I’ve been a ‘care bear’ since the age of 8, when I used my earnings from selling lobster bait to local fisherman to help put food on my family’s table.
You see, I grew up dirt poor. I experienced the great toll emotional poverty has on people – constantly fighting against non-acceptance and judgment. But I wouldn’t change it for the world. In fact, it was my family’s struggles that taught me a lot about myself, and the world around me. Most importantly, it taught me to respect everyone – no matter their age, race, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic or educational background – including myself.
Then I lost my oldest brother Chris to a massive heart attack. He was only 38 years old. It was the defining moment of my life. It further propelled me to succeed, so I could give back to others struggling in their quest to live a fulfilling life. In his honour, I created the Chris Rennehan Foundation. Through it, I’ve become a passionate spokesperson, mentor, and role model for youth, especially young women, who are considering a career in the trades. I always say one woman in the skilled trades is an army.