While it may have started out as a small convenience store, Paula Tarini and her family took the concept to a whole new level with Cara’s Convenience. Thirty years after first opening its doors, Cara’s Convenience is known far and wide for their home baked goods and sandwiches and are part of our city’s established thriving businesses.
Paula started her entrepreneurial journey while she was working full-time as the manager of conservation, and had prior roles as an accountant and supervisor of telecommunications at Sudbury Hydro. She would balance her time between work and building her business. Paula was able to find a balance between working at her store and building her career for over 28 years. She retired from Hydro in 2014 after 38 years, and continues her hard work at Cara’s.
Paula has overcome challenges in her business; those challenges included accommodating the changing local economy and still creating a place where people could come and enjoy good food in a friendly atmosphere that she created with Cara’s Convenience. Paula has been strong in her ability to manage a business, build a career and in her journey fighting cancer. Four years ago, Paula was diagnosed with breast cancer. While she was growing Cara’s Convenience, she had a new challenge to conquer. In October 2016, she was diagnosed with cancer in her liver and as Paula does, she is healing herself once again. She is strong and positive, with a mindset that can defeat challenges when they are presented.
“Paula demonstrates a very determined, and positive mindset that is truly admirable. Her positive outlook on life and working 110% no matter what the situation she faces, is truly remarkable and deserves a great deal of recognition.” Marianne Matichuk BPW Greater Sudbury President stated.
Paula has always found time to contribute to community causes. Cara’s sponsored the midget hockey team – Cara’s Nickel Capitals for ten years; provided lunches for the Big Nickel Tournaments; Provided food for the infant food bank during Christmas time; Provided coats for kids and the less fortunate in our community, Donates gift baskets for various Galas and Charitable organizations, and often provides food to hockey teams and families in the community.
Paula is an outstanding woman, and BPW Greater Sudbury would like to recognize her strength, perseverance and dedication to creating a place where people can come and experience happiness and comfort while eating amazing homemade foods.
Miranda Rocca-Circelli, VP Communications BPW Greater Sudbury
Media Contact –Marianne Matichuk, BPW Greater Sudbury President | BPW Greater SudburyP.O. Box 2593 Station A, Sudbury, ON, P3A 4S9 | www.bpwgreatersudbury.com