Currently I live on Pender Island. We first purchased a home on Pender in 1995. Like many others we continued to use our home on weekends and holidays. We also went through periods where we would rent out our home long term.
In 2001 we decided to move to Pender full time. A few things led to our decision to move here full time. We were living in Surrey BC. Our house was broken into three times within six weeks. This had never happened before but it changed our sense of security at home. I was a stay at home mother and my husband is an Artist, who also works from home, which made our situation flexible. Our neighbours had friends that wanted to rent our home and our daughter was approaching preschool age. We felt the path was clear and that it was the perfect opportunity to make the change and moved to Pender full time. When reflecting back we feel this was the right decision and have no regrets in making it.
We (my husband and I), are empty nesters now and happily live here in a modest home in the Magic Lake area.
My Work History
Before our daughter was born I worked in the Computer Industry. I worked as a Western Regional Sales Coordinator for (at the time) the third largest computer distributor in Canada. It was a job I loved and couldn't wait to get to each day. It was a hard decision to not return to work and stay home to raise my daughter. I also knew that leaving the industry for any length of time would be like starting all over again since the industry changes quickly.
As our daughter approached school age I decided to re-enter the workforce. I joined the opening team during the construction of a luxury hotel. I worked closely with the General Manager as an Executive Assistant while the project came to life. When the project was complete my position changed to Human Resources Manager. One of my responsibilities was to assist in housing our new employees. Within about 3 months our number of employees went from about 25 to 130. I was working very long hours, about 70-80 a week and on more occasions than not working seven days a week. It was not a healthy environment for my family.
It was during my employment as a Human Resources Manager that I decided I really liked the housing aspect of my job. I liked meeting with homeowners and creating contracts and managing that aspect of it. It inspired me to pursue property management.
I completed both my Property Management Course and Real Estate Trading services education within one year. To activate my license I joined a property management company in Victoria. Within a short period of time I decided that I wanted to expand my services to Real Estate sales as well so I joined a local RE/MAX office. I still maintain a good relationship with them.
Wanting to create security for my future I decided to take the Broker's course. Soon after completing and passing the Broker's exam I decided I wanted to start up my own Real Estate Company. This would give me complete freedom over the services I would provide and that was important to me. I have been the proud owner and Managing Broker of Coastal Life Realty Ltd. since November 2009.
My office is at home, giving me the flexibility to blend my life. No secret that i am a workaholic by nature so this works well for me and my family and you won't be surprised if you get an email or text from me at ridiculous hours.
I also have a remote assistant to help me. Sherry is a godsend for me and having her by my side makes a huge difference to me and my clients. She works behind the scenes but she is always there.
I really want my clients to feel like they are my only client and it's important to me to always be there.
My Volunteer Work Experience
I have always been a strong believer in Volunteer work experience. I started volunteering when I was a teenager. My first volunteer experiences involved ushering at the Surrey Arts Centre for live performances, Senior Boys Soccer Manager, Grade Representative for Multicultural Committee and Counter Attack Committee and Graduation Committee Chairperson. I was also a Summer Camp Councillor.
When I moved to Pender I quickly began volunteering in a variety of different areas. Here are a few things that I participated with:
Pender Island Child Care Society - Board Member (approx. 2 years)
Pender Island Swim Club - Board member (approx. 5 years)
Pender Island Emergency Program - (approx 7 years) ESS Director for 5 years.
Pender Island Pool Project Committee (approx 5 years)
Pender Island Hospice Care - cooking meals for hospice group, giving caregivers time off.
Conducting free computer classes for locals at the library (internet, email, word, excel)
School Planning Committee (approx 3 years)
Pender Island Chamber of Commerce Board Member (1 yr)
Pender Island Housing Society - 2020 to 2021