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Sylvia Cancela
There were two things I always wanted to be when I grew up: One was a writer, the other a firefighter. Mrs Geisler in 2nd grade encouraged me to pursue the former.   The events of 9-11-01 propelled me into the latter. 
I spent my early marketing-communication-public relations careers working in banking and insurance during what were very tumultuous, but exciting times of evolution for these industries. I could regularly be found working on products, events and projects designed to innovate, challenge and advocate for the customers and markets we served.       I left the corporate environment to consult for the state of Connecticut's Department of Economic & Community Development as a marketing executive. This began my transition to working more directly with the community.  In 1999, I started Red Barn Communication, LLC; a marketing consulting company focusing on the arts, small businesses and organizations that advocate and promote the health and education of women and children. So, today I find myself at Canton-ct.Patch.com writing the About Town column for Canton, bringing all of these experiences into one place. And I continue to serve as a volunteer firefighter as well as Public Relations Officer for the Town of Canton Volunteer Fire & EMS Department. Living the dream. For a more traditional view of where I've been and what I've done, please visit me at LinkedIn. 
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