Sanctuary Pride Month Spotlight: Sheila Correia
How did you get into the cannabis industry?
I was contemplating my career choice as a waitress due to COVID-19, as restaurants took a hard hit during the pandemic. My girlfriend, who also worked in customer service at the time, was searching for a new job as well. Ironically enough, she sent me a link to a “Cannabis Career Fair” for Sanctuary, and the rest was history (for us both)!
It was definitely easy to stick around the industry; I am a daily consumer of cannabis and have been for many years, so contributing to the behind-the-scenes aspect of the industry is something I never thought I would be able to do. It also helps that all my coworkers are great and I’m working with the products I love!
What does Pride mean to you in your day-to-day life?
To me, Pride is being able to live your life knowing that you are comfortable with yourself, no matter what anyone says. I have always tried to stay true to myself, and I found that life is a lot happier that way. No matter what you do, there will always be people trying to bring you down. You can stress yourself out trying to please everyone, or you can focus on what makes you happy, which makes the negativity seem to matter a whole lot less.
What is the significance of Pride Month, and will you be doing anything special to celebrate?
The significance of Pride Month is to show the world that love and acceptance aren’t always so black and white. Be yourself and love who you want to love; life is short, so you might as well try to live a happy one. To celebrate this wonderful time of love, my girlfriend and I will be continuing our search for a home and taking little weekend vacations to celebrate us!
How would you characterize the connection between the cannabis community and the LGBTQIA+ community, and what makes that connection special or unique?
The connection I see between both communities is acceptance. Just as we have been fighting for our right to love who we want to love, the cannabis industry has fought for a long time to be accepted in the medical field. Cannabis users tend to have bad reputations, as do members of the LGBTQ+ community, and it typically comes from close-minded people who think that life should be lived one way and one way only. It’s cool to be a part of both communities, be actively breaking those stereotypes and showing the world that we are strong, dedicated, hard-working, amazing people that deserve to be recognized as such.
How can the cannabis industry be a better ally to the LGBTQIA+ community?
In my opinion, the cannabis industry does a really good job not discriminating against us in the workplace, but it doesn’t have to stop there. A way to be a better ally could be for the industry to donate Pride product revenue to organizations that help LGBTQ+ businesses flourish, along with organizations that help keep our community safe from violence. That money can really make a big difference in making sure we get proper health care and attention in the medical field, safer living communities and help LGBTQ+ businesses not just stay up and running, but grow into something more.
What do you enjoy most about working at Sanctuary?
I enjoy getting to meet so many different and diverse people. I have never worked in an environment full of such open-minded, creative, wonderful individuals that share my passion for cannabis. It is also pretty cool to be able to see the entire cannabis production process from start to finish across a variety of products.
Any favorite products?
Seeing so many different things each day has really pushed me to try new products and avenues for experiencing cannabis. Some of my favorites include Dolato 41 and Wedding Mints 11 flower, along with our wide variety of crumble. There are too many good ones to choose a favorite!