The saying goes you shouldn’t mix business with pleasure, but you and André are making it work. How would you describe your professional and personal relationships?
André is such a people-person. He can communicate his vision, allowing customers to see through his lens what the final product will look like. It’s really quite fascinating to watch. He gets along with everybody: clients, subcontractors, our crew. But if there’s one thing he’s terrible at, it’s paperwork. He always jokes about how if he had known the amount of paperwork that was involved in running a business, he might never have done it!
This is where I come in. I enjoy order and organization. Nothing makes me happier than a colour-coded calendar. I may also have a minor addiction when it comes to office supplies, which certainly helps things. So I am in charge of the books, scheduling, workforce management and logistics.
Our business was our “child” for a while, where everything we did was to ensure its growth and well-being. This common goal helped to align our communication, dedication and goals, even when we look at them from different places.
Hometown pride: More time for what matters most
Tell us about curling and sponsoring local tournaments and teams.
André and I joined the local curling community a few years ago. Our first lessons were taught by several curling league members who generously donated their time for the love of the game. We were hooked from day one.
Then Erica Hopson, one of our instructors, formed a competitive team and they were working toward a provincial title. When she asked if we’d be interested in sponsoring her team, it was never a yes-or-no question. Rather, it was a question of how much we could afford to give. This is our fourth season sponsoring Erica’s team and our fifth season sponsoring a local curling tournament. Oh, and we added the U18 Bantam team, Proulx-Fisher, to our sponsorships this year as well.
Talk about hometown pride! Why is it important for you and André to do all this?
We grew up in the same neighbourhood. It’s home to us, our families and our business. We know local suppliers on a first-name basis. It’s a close-knit network where word of mouth is a powerful currency, and everyone’s success affects one another. We consider it our privilege to be sponsors. It’s our way to say thank you and give back to our community.