“I was just a precious little diamond buried beneath the layers of life's harsh circumstances,” Cleron Haynes wrote in his memoir.
First introduced by CityNews. writer, entrepreneur, singer 1 year ago.
Her success born from adversity continued after the release of her second book.
She is currently working on a new entrepreneurial venture: handmade handbags.
(Submitted by: Cleron Haynes)
“You just have to look closely,” Haynes said. “Opportunities to live your best life are all around you.”
“And fulfill the purpose for which you were created.”
Last summer, Haynes couldn't find the right handbag.
That's when she remembered her childhood talent for weaving.
The entrepreneur took her talent and turned it into a business.
Haynes loves working with festive colors.
However, each bag can be customized.
Ms. Haynes immigrated to Canada in 2002 from St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
She taught entrepreneurship at a high school in Montreal. That sparked her interest in starting her own projects, such as writing her own books and producing music.
When she was diagnosed with depression and post-traumatic stress disorder in 2011 after experiencing abuse from her mother and ex-husband, music became part of her healing journey.
“It's never too late,” Haynes said. “Find your passion.”
“Look inside,” she added. “What cheers you up?”
Hayne's entrepreneurial spirit is what drives her.
Her goal is to return to Montreal and blossom her own project after retiring from her nine-to-five job with the Ontario government.
Not being able to read French was the reason she immigrated in 2021. After spending her 19 years in this city she calls her home.
“I came here as an immigrant,” Haynes said. “I started from scratch.”
“I hit rock bottom, but I got back up,” she added. “I went through the trenches.”
“And here I can start a business too.”