11 Questions with… Trevor Cherewka
03 Dec 2018
Welcome to “11 Questions with…”. This edition’s guest is Trevor Cherewka.
I’ve known Trevor Cherewka since 2011, when I was first introduced to Tweetstock, a social media conference he used to run in Brantford. I was fortunate enough to be a part of some of the festivities surrounding Tweetstock (see video below – i’m Odd Job, the guy at the beginning that gets out of the truck).
Together with his wife Tabitha, Trevor has 4 kids of his own, and 3 foster kids.
11 Questions with… Trevor Cherewka
1. Elevator pitch… tell us about yourself.
Trevor Cherewka. I’m a husband, father, brother, son, uncle and coach. I left the corporate rat race almost 10 years ago to work for myself and help customers succeed through marketing support.
2. Your spouse… tell us about her.
Tabitha. She is the most wonderful person in the world. I often wonder how she ended up with me. We have been married for 22 years and have 4 of our own kids and 3 foster kids.
3. Your kids… tell us about them.
I don’t tell them enough but they make me proud.
Our oldest, Ariel, is in her 2nd year of college. She wants a career in Travel & Tourism and will flying high very soon as a flight attendant.
Next would be Claire, “the artist” of the family. She is as talented as she is humble. Probably the most like me in the sense that she never gets phased by the little things.
Isaac, the only boy in the house, is hoping to be the next Alex Ovechkin. He does his best to fit in amongst the 6 girls and enjoys sneaking away to the arena with his Papa.
Saffron is our youngest. As the song goes “I’m just mad about Saffron” could not be any truer. Our spicy little girl is full of life and keeps us young.
Our foster kids are all sisters and are 2, 4 and 6 years old. As cute as can be, they remind us daily why we do what we do.
4. Do you have any family traditions?
As a proud Ukrainian Canadian family, we observe the Orthodox Christmas ~ often called Ukrainian Christmas. It is absolutely wonderful because it is not a commercialized event, though gifts can be exchanged, but a time for family to come together and enjoy the company of each other.
5. What have been your biggest challenges as a parent?
To be consistent. Not only with Tabitha but with past situations. I often joke with the kids that I have a thousand “no’s” in my pocket. We decided when the first two kids were young to make our no’s mean no and our yeses mean yes.
6. If you could pick any career in the world for yourself, what would it be, and why?
I love what I do. I suppose professional parent would be a good gig.
7. Growing up, who inspired you the most?
I loved sports so any and every athlete would have been inspiration for me. When I got a bit older, any “sales guy” in a suit and a nice car made me want to get into sales.
8. How do you balance work life and family life?
I left the rat race to do more family life. Some tricks I do to make sure I don’t get caught in workaholic mode are to close the laptop, put the phone away, and if I have to do extra work, then I go back to it after the kids are in bed.
9. What advice would your “current self” give to your “just about to have my first child” self?
Slow down and enjoy every second as the time can never come back to you.
10. Has there been a piece of advice you were given about parenting that really stuck with you?
Travel while you are young as it is tough when you have kids. I didn’t heed the advice, wish I would have. It is dang hard to travel with kids.
11. What advice would you give to new parents?
Enjoy the time. Children are the greatest gifts in the world.
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