What’s my story?
I was born in Guelph, Ontario in 1962; the third child of an accomplished composer and an entrepreneurial mother. At the age of five, my parents bought the home next door to the house I was born in. It was to be my first renovation/restoration experience.
They had purchased one of Guelph’s most architecturally significant homes; a three storey, 19 room, red brick home with a turret and 7 fireplaces, originally commissioned to an accomplished Toronto Architect in 1891 for the owner of the Biltmore Hat Company. It was an impressive and very grand house and it started my life-long love of architecture. I watched in amazement at how a seemingly, unlivable, former landmark was restored to such a vibrant new life, and a place I called home for many years. It was this marriage of creativity, hard work and vision that has left an indelible mark on me and fuelled many of my interests and pursuits.
Our family moved to Europe while my father finished composing his new Opera for the Canadian Opera Company. That experience opened up a world of exciting experiences and life lessons for someone so young. One hour off the plane, at ten years of age, I stood on the cobble-stoned side walks of Geneva, Switzerland and looked up in amazement at narrow streets filled with three and four hundred year old buildings as far as the eye could see. I thought I had been given the keys to the world.
Returning to Canada, we settled in Oakville where my mother started a new career in Real Estate with Johnston & Daniel. I, at the age of 14, got my very first job after school filing new listing slips and helped install for sale signs on my mother’s new listings. I had an inkling early on that I would eventually follow in the same footsteps.
In the early 80’s I moved to downtown Toronto. It was an exciting period of growth in the city. I worked in, and managed, restaurants while honing my own culinary pursuits and exploring my architectural interests. It was in those years that, being no stranger to moving, I embraced many of Toronto’s great neighbourhoods; The Beach, Riverdale, the Annex, High Park, Rosedale and the city core. I gained a wonderful knowledge of Toronto’s older neighbourhoods.
1n the mid 90’s I ventured west to look for new and creative ways of melding small business and my love of food and architecture. It was in Vancouver that I opened a gourmet food shop in the historic Gastown district, and some time later managed a 5 star Bed & Breakfast, one of Vancouver’s finest examples of Queen Anne architecture; aptly named “O” Canada House for the original owner who penned the first words to our national anthem.
In 2002 I returned to Toronto and embarked on, what is truly, a career that I felt was tailor made for me – Real Estate. I am very fortunate to be doing something I love, with people that I enjoy. It’s incredibly gratifying to know that my collective training, insight and experiences are helping my clients to make decisions about one of the single most important things we value most, our homes.
Joining Bosley Real Estate completed my Real Estate career goals. Now in my 12th year with Bosley, I consider it a privilege to work for a company that leads the industry to new standards of professionalism and ethical business practices. Bosley is Canada’s largest, family owned brokerage with over 200 of the most engaging and professional colleagues I've had the pleasure to work with.
As for my love of food…….I share that with family, friends and yes, my clients.