The saying goes “if you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.” Anna Hunter is a prime example of the truth in that old adage. The passionate knitter is the proud proprietor of Baaad Anna’s, a yarn and knitting supply boutique in Vancouver’s East Van neighbourhood.
Encouraged by her family to find some way to combine a career with her love of knitting, Anna hasn’t looked back since making the move to entrepreneurship after spending time as a legal housing advocate.
“Running my own business allows me to be completely in charge of the work I do, and how I do it,” says the young business woman. “I don’t ha
ve to rely on anyone else to get things done, and I am responsible for how things get done. I like having that kind of control over my career.”
Beyond the financial and personal benefits of owning her own business, entrepreneurship also allows Anna to give back to her community. Baaad Anna’s regularly donates yarn to Vancouver’s inner-city school, and often holds free knitting classes as well. In December of 2009, Anna hosted a “Knit-a-thon” to create hats, scarves and mittens for the homeless. Anna admits she is proud that she has been able to combine her passion for knitting while helping to strengthen her community.
“It’s about making a living whole doing something I’m passionate about. I think that communities are strongest when people are doing what they love.”
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