What a year of highs! 2016 was another banner year for Jeffrey and myself, both professionally and in our personal lives. We finished the year as #4 in the company, and in such a fast-paced and competitive market what an accomplishment that is. I am proud of what we have done together as a team.

With Jeffrey playing a huge role in the day-to- day operation of our business I am free to spend more time travelling and at the cottage, which means lot of strolls down memory lane, meals and laughter with lifelong friends and family members. Antony and I were lucky enough to visit Bhutan during the fall and experienced a culture unique in its beliefs and kinship. With some spectacular hikes, including the (elevation, distance) up to the Crow’s Nest Monastery, it was a trip to remember. En-route to Bhutan we stopped in my favourite city of them all, London, for a whirlwind visit with Antony’s brother, Patrick, where much eating, drinking, and window shopping ensued.

With the summer months came the return of my daughter Jessie, son-in- law Robbie, and our beautiful little granddaughter, Henley, from their slow-lane travels abroad in their VW van. While they waited for their home on wheels to ship back from Belgium, they spent two weeks at the cottage with us in Quebec. It is so special to have the kids spend time where they grew up, and to re-live and make more memories with our granddaughter is heartwarming. 

Over the summer Jeffrey and Julie took the next step and got engaged in London, England! With a new addition to the family in the form of a Goldendoodle named Wally, and the purchase of a new home together, this last step makes it official. Welcome to the family, Julie!

My son Adam was kept busy this year, continuing his path of professional development in the HVAC field. It is a highly competitive and sought-after trade and we are so happy to have him home in Guelph as he sets up shop. 

I am still teaching indoor cycling classes at Movati Fitness and love my bike family. I know that sometimes it takes a real effort to make it to the gym in the morning and I applaud each and every one of you. I have so much fun sweating with you all! 

I am so grateful for this life and for that I owe much to my family, friends, and clients - old and new. I love Guelph and the relationships I have built in the community over the 20 years we’ve lived here. As the small town we love continues to grow into a bustling suburb of the GTA, the heart of the community remains the same. I doubt there will ever come a time where a stroll downtown does not lead to a chance encounter with friends or an impromptu lunch, ice cream, or movie. I love this town and the people in it. 

I’m always available if you have questions regarding anything at all, from that cute little bungalow on the corner to the best place for a lunchtime meal. You can reach me directly at 519-546- 2243, and Jeffrey at 519-400- 5933.