Tammie Tuccaro

Tammie Tuccaro

38 Years Old

Class of 2020

“I love the fact that I am doing something that involves working with Aboriginal people. As an Aboriginal woman, seeing other Aboriginal people succeed is so important to me as it helps break the stereotypes,”

says Tammie, when asked about what she likes about her career.

Tammie Tuccaro is a proud member of the Mikisew Cree First Nation who was born in Fort McMurray and raised in Fort Chipewyan. She has lived in the Wood Buffalo region for over 30 years, and uses her skills in finance and network-building in her work as the Membership & Finance Coordinator for the Northeastern Alberta Aboriginal Business Association (NAABA). She is also the Co-Chairperson for the Regional Aboriginal Recognition Awards (RARA), which is near and dear to her heart as she was the recipient of two awards in the past.

“I am passionate about my job at NAABA. I started my career about 20 years ago, looking up to my role model, my Uncle Dave, seeing all the success he was achieving made me so proud and made me think that whatever I put my mind to I could achieve,” she said. “I take pride in my work as it reflects who I am. I have two college diplomas but am also self taught in many areas and am eager to always learn new things.”

Family always comes first for Tammie. “I am extremely grateful that I was offered a chance to work remotely when I left Fort McMurray to move to Fort Chip to be able to take care of my grandmother. It means the world to me to be able to do two things that I love from home,” she said. Caring for loved ones pulls on the heart strings. “Some days are hard but I wouldn’t change it for the world. She has always been here for me since I was born and I want to be able to give to her what she gave to me – kindness, love and compassion,” she said.

She enjoys traditional beadwork. “I learnt this by making a pair of moccasins when I was 16 from my great grandmother. Beading for me is healing. The best part is having my grandmother, Rose, watching me, now that I am back into it, is that she is critiquing my work and then telling me how beautiful my finished work is when I am done,” she says.

“Success to me is believing in yourself and working through the tough times even when you feel like quitting and still giving it your all to achieve your end result,” she said.

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