Kahnawà:ke’s Economic Development Commission

Kahnawà:ke’s Economic Development Commission


Raven Beauvais shares her journey on opening her own business
March 22, 2024

Workforce Development Client Spotlight

Raven Beauvais is co-owner of STRAIT CUTS, a new salon/barbershop here in Kahnawà:ke that offers barbering, colouring, cuts and sets for men and women. Raven describes her experience opening her new business as positive and a supportive work environment with her co-owner and one that was also exhausting and very time-consuming. “Being open for one month we have already had lots of rewarding achievements. It’s a lot of work but our clientele are consistent, loyal, and always so supportive.” said Raven Beauvais.

Raven received her Diploma of College Studies (DEC) in an Administrative Assistant Program. After working in the industry for a couple of years, Raven came to the realization that sitting behind a desk wasn’t her forte. While working in between jobs, she decided it was time to do what she always wanted to do. “While I was in the secretarial program, my cousin was downstairs in hairdressing, and it was always something I was interested in. I would always go down when she needed somebody for workshops or exams. I contacted Tewatonhni’saktha where they set me up with a counsellor and I was registered at Nova for hairdressing.”

 Since completing her Hairdressing program at Nova, Raven began her stage at a salon in Chateauguay and quickly learned that working under somebody was not for her. After completing stage and receiving her (DEC) Raven knew she wanted to be her own boss, “When my cousin decided to leave her workplace, within 72 hours, we had our salon/barbershop up and running.” said Raven “From my experience, it’s okay to do something and end up not liking it. It’s normal, and don’t be afraid to change your career path because in the end, only you know what you want and Tewatonhni’saktha is there to help!”

 “If it wasn’t for Tewatonhni’saktha, I honestly don’t know what I would be doing after high school. I recommend all the services they offer as they are very beneficial. I just want to say niá:wen to everybody there! Tewatohnhi’saktha helps you achieve and meet your goals and they are always there to help guide you in the right direction. Overall, a fantastic experience on my employment journey.” said Raven Beauvais, Co-Owner of Strait Cuts

Strait Cuts is located on Route 207, JFK QUARRY ROAD, Driveway After 3rd Speed Bump, Pink Brick Building next to 3 Door Garage


For more information about Vocational Training, please contact a Workforce Development Counsellor at (450) 638-4280.

by Annie Marquis