Can you please share a bit about yourself and your professional background?
I was born and raised in Edmonton, and moved here in late 2014. I have a degree in Business Management from Concordia University College of Alberta, where I played collegiate soccer and received a partial scholarship. The highlight of my soccer career was winning the Provincials in 2009, which took us to Ontario to compete in the Nationals. We were major underdogs in the tournament, but had a miraculous come-back from a tie game in the 91st minute to win the National title! (I assisted the winning goal!) This made us the first Albertan team to win nationals in years.
I started my career in real estate as an assistant in a boutique firm in Calgary, which led me to working in property management and getting my license in 2012. Since moving to Vancouver, I have fallen in love with the city and this is my forever home. I have been very fortunate to have connected with a very successful team here at VANCITYliving.com and Engel & Völkers, a high-end international brokerage. Since joining my team we have been recognized for some great successes; we are part of the Medallion Club (top 10% of realtors in Greater Vancouver) and we won the Engel & Völkers North America Top Producing Team award in 2017!
What motivates you?
Helping people find their dream home. Real estate is a decision of the head and of the heart – sometimes they don’t exactly align, so I love finding the right balance between the two for a win-win decision. I don’t like to think of myself as a salesperson but as a matchmaker instead. I introduce families to homes until they fall in love. The best part about my job is giving the keys to new homeowners; it’s wonderful seeing their dreams come true. I primarily focus on downtown, Vancouver Westside or Eastside and the North Shore.
What is your vision for success?
My vision for success is two-fold: happy/successful clients and increasing the reputation of all realtors. For me, doing the right thing for the client is first and foremost. By providing excellent and ethical service for my clients, I encourage the public to demand good advice and service from agents so we can continue to elevate the standard of all realtors. Leading by example, putting clients’ interests first, and strong communication skills make the process of buying or selling less stressful and far more transparent. My success is based on my clients’ success.
What charities or causes do you support and why?
I do a few different fundraisers throughout the year, but my favourite is volunteering with Junior Achievement BC. Junior Achievement has been in action since 1955, and it’s a set of classes taught by volunteers to students in elementary school all the way through Grade 12. The focus is entrepreneurship and business basics not taught in the formal curriculum. This organization is important to me because as a student I participated in a couple of the programs and they really opened my eyes to future opportunities and possibilities in the business world. I love going into the classroom and listening to all the great ideas from students! I think it’s a really cool way to inspire the future and help students develop an aptitude for coding, technology, and emerging markets.
What are three things still on your bucket list?
1. Live abroad for a year. I would love to be able to spend a year somewhere warm with really good food and a vibrant culture.
2. Become a parent.
3. Be able to retire by age 45. I won’t necessarily want to retire by then but I’d like the financial freedom to do so!
For what in your life do you feel most grateful?
Being born in Canada into a caring, loving family who is supportive and honest. I am so grateful to have been born in a free country, with world class education, healthcare, and the opportunity to carve my own path.
Why did you become a member of Terminal City Club?
I became a TCC member in 2016 to meet new people in the city. I was also looking for mentorship; to be successful you need to learn from others, think outside the box, and get out of your comfort zone. While engaging with members socially, I’ve gotten to meet some very interesting and successful people from all walks of life and a variety of industries who’ve inspired me to grow as a young businesswoman. I think that mentorship is very important and although not all are formal mentors, it excites me to see who I may meet at the Club and learn about their journey.
What have you enjoyed the most about the Club so far?
I love the wine tastings and the networking activities, including the Networking Lunch and Discussion Group. Going back to my interest in people and their stories, it’s a great way to meet, mingle and share. I have goals to use the (BEAUTIFUL) gym more because I am currently doing more group/team activities. I am also looking to bring back the Member Mingle!