Strong as a mother:
A chat with Tamara Komuniecki
Tamara Komuniecki worked as a broadcast/print/web journalist, magazine editor and producer for outlets like CBC Radio and CBC TV, CKUA Radio, The Globe and Mail, National Post and Discovery Channel for nearly 20 years. She has held more than one job at a time for her entire career, and interesting side ventures have included working as a 911 operator, a communications specialist for the David Suzuki Foundation, and a nude model for sketch artists.
She now owns a brick and mortar and online shop called Delish General Store + Jar Bar Refilery, located in Edgemont Village, North Vancouver, and creates product brands Strong as a Mother, Finn and the Thunderbolts (in partnership with her son Finn), and Sparkplug Creative. In 2022 she and her team will build and open three Jar Bar Refillery locations in Vancouver and the North Shore.
Tamara was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis at age six, and has undergone over 15 surgeries related to the disease and its damage, including both hip replacements, shoulder replacement, toe joint replacements, partial ankle fusion and more. She is a tireless advocate for patient and family-centred care, and dedicates her time and efforts to improving care for patients with complex, chronic conditions.
A lively public speaker, Tamara emcees conferences, facilitates panel discussions, and speaks to audiences from C-Suite executives, doctors, nurses, medical students and young children about her experiences as a reporter with a disability, an entrepreneur juggling motherhood and multiple business units and a serious ongoing health condition.
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