Shevaun Voisin learned about entrepreneurship from her father.

Describing life growing up as one “involved in all kinds of crazy businesses,” Shevaun credits her dad with giving her the drive to start her own company, Declan McAndrew Publishing Co.

CYBF Mentor Shevaun Voisin

“My dad said that without entrepreneurs we have nothing,” says the former high school teacher turned business owner and mentor.  “It’s true, because entrepreneurs are the ones that create.  They create wealth, they create jobs, they create opportunities, and see opportunities other people don’t. We have nothing without people creating, and that’s the brilliance of the entrepreneur.”

Shevaun’s contributions to entrepreneurship, mentoring and her community have not gone unnoticed.  Besides winning the CYBF 2009 Ontario Outstanding Mentor Award, Shevaun has been recognized by Women of Influence Inc. with a Local Hero Award and  received the 2010 Kitchener-Waterloo Rogers Women of the Year award in the Entrepreneur category. Shevaun has also recently spoke at the Atlantic Dream Festival, where Sir Richard Branson of Virgin Group was the keynote speaker.

While Shevaun says she is happy to share her advice and experiences with other entrepreneurs, she stresses that as a mentor, she is merely reminding them that obstacles can eventually become opportunities.

“Mentoring has nothing to do with telling a person what to do.  It has everything to do with reminding the person how they are perfectly equipped to face what needs to be done.  Good mentors simply mirror the unlimited capacity of the mentee.”

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