I Belong Series: Meet Tanya, Sr. HR Business Partner - Canada

Tanya, Sr. Human Resources Business Partner - Canada, has spent 1.5 years with PetSmart and shares some of the history of Boxing Day and lets us celebrate with her!


The Belonging Program’s “I Belong” Series harnesses the power of empathy through storytelling. This series is intended to give associates a greater sense of understanding, a bridge to gain new perspective, and a way to build connection to each other. To learn more about the “I Belong” Series or to submit your stories, please visit our new Belonging Fetch Page.




Food, fun, friendship, goodwill, charity, shopping, and sporting events are all synonymous with Boxing Day, a little something for everyone. Celebrated on December 26, Boxing day originated in Britain and continues to be cherished in Canada and most commonwealth countries. Chances are you have a tradition of your own on Boxing Day, but do you know the history of Boxing Day?



One of the most popular stories began in the 1800s when Queen Victoria held the throne. Servants of aristocrats worked Christmas Day and night and like a Christmas bonus, their employers filled up boxes with gifts, money, and Christmas leftovers for them to share with their families. Another interesting theory is that the name arose from alms boxes placed in churches to collect donations. The day after Christmas, clergy opened the boxes and gave the donations to those in need. Today, Boxing Day is regarded as a day to spend with family and friends.


One thing is for sure; Boxing Day is a celebration brought about by the spirit of compassion, generosity, and charity, and I, for one, love the spirit of Christmastime. In my house, we donate to our local children's hospital, spend time with family and friends, and overindulge in leftovers. This year, since we can't have family and friends over, we will choose other ways to show our thanks for our loved ones, front line workers, and others who have served us all year long and give back to those who may be less fortunate.


I am so proud to work for PetSmart, a company that exemplifies its values, and particularly, Passion for Pets and People. For me, this value represents the spirit of Boxing Day, every day – love, passion, charity, helping people and pets. This year, I invite you to join my family and me in celebrating Boxing Day by giving back on December 26!