Born in Victoria BC, I grew up on a military base in Esquimalt, B.C. After graduation from Camosun College I moved to Vancouver and after a brief stint in retail management I made a move to the credit industry and worked nights to get my designation with the Credit Institute of Canada.
I worked for 20 years managing credit for a number of different industries in roles of progressive responsibility. Working in credit can be tough because you are often dealing with folks who are experiencing huge stress due to financial pressures. I believe I was successful because I always treated people with respect and I was very straight-forward and transparent in my dealings. It was here that I learned how to investigate (never take things on face value) and this is where I learned how to negotiate.
I was head-hunted up to the Okanagan to work as a Corporate Credit Manager with Kal Tire (at the time I joined it was a large multi-national company). I was excited to live in such an active community and work for a company that shared my values of honest and integrity. As the organization grew, so did the opportunities within the company and I was able to go back to school while working and complete my Masters in Business Administration at Athabasca University.
After completing my education I was given the opportunity to take on the challenge of running their Mining Tire operations in Fort McMurray, as an Area Manager. I loved Fort McMurray. I loved the people and I loved the team I worked with. We worked hard, we played hard, and we created an environment of trust and respect with our customers and team members and that is something I am incredibly proud of.
People ask me why I loved Fort Mac- my answer is always- The people- it can be isolated and harsh in terms of environment- but we met so many great people who were working hard to build something for their families. While I can appreciate that life for people who fly-in and fly out and don't have their families with them- the experience is different and it can be very hard. What my husband and I found, was a great sense of community there.
Housing was a huge issue in Fort McMurray because it was so expensive. My employer had implemented some creative co-ownership solutions to help people buy their own homes and I had the privilege of being able to assist a number of team members with buying their first home. This is where the real seeds of my desire to enter real estate full time were germinated.
My husband worked full time as a contractor renovating homes and developing basement suites. He also repaired equipment and buildings for Kal Tire.
After Fort McMurray I was promoted to a role as Operations Director for Kal Tire Australia. It was an exciting move and we had some good adventures but when the mining sector of Western Australia was hard hit economically 2013 and 2014 our tenure in Australia was cut short and we returned home to Vernon BC.
With returning to Canada, and Vernon came a career change. In this new chapter of life, real estate as a full time career seems like a very natural progression. Over the last 15 years my husband and I have been able to buy, and renovate a number of properties. Some we sold and others we hung on to for long-term investment and rental income. Each project was an adventure and each was a learning experience.
Throughout these experiences I learned that buying and selling homes can be stressful but it does not have to be. I believe that even when the unexpected arises if you approach it from a solutions perspective and act with integrity and professionalism you can achieve better outcomes for people. That is what I bring to my real estate business. A perspective and professionalism combined with service that can help your home buying or selling experience be a positive one.
I decided to join Royal LePage because their motto is "helping people is what we do" and from what I have seen from them- they live up to this motto in action. They have a national charity called The Shelter Foundation that supports families transitioning out of violence and which supports educations programs dedicated to ending the cycle of violence.
I will be adding more to my website in the future about The Shelter Foundation as I become more personally involved so please check back often,
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