Toronto, CA – In anticipation of the COVID-19 response-focused speech from the throne, Canadians have been waiting for directives on how to recover from the economic fallout created by the pandemic and what can be done to face the second wave. Tanya Hayles, an award-winning writer, who advocates for working moms and founder of the Black Moms Connection group says she hopes for more support and relief towards women, Black, Indigenous and people of color.
In an interview with CBC News, Hayles expressed her concern over the pandemic’s impact from both an entrepreneurial and motherhood perspective. From turning to writing and freelance to her son going back to school, Hayles tells her story of how she had to adapt in critical times: “Homeschooling is when parents choose to school their children at home; virtual learning is what we were all thrown into. We became educators overnight.”
Hayles also expresses her concern over the gender gap and racial perception in the workplace translating to poor support systems for female entrepreneurs, or risks of a ‘she-cession’ during the pandemic: “Black women, Asian women, women of color, disabled… all these things play a role in exasperating the gap.”.She hopes for every single Canadian to receive support regardless of their industry sectors and for parents to be reassured after the throne’s speech.
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About Tanya Hayles
Tanya Hayles is the founder of the Black Moms Connection. An organization catered to the betterment of black mothers. Founded in 2015, members are able to connect with others who share the same experiences and become involved in an encouraging environment. The group has now grown to over 14,00 members and continues to provide scholarships, emergency funds, workshops and live events. Tanya has also worked in the event planning industry since 2006 and has since mastered her skills and started her own firm. She can be seen working throughout the city on many different initiatives.