What business or organization are you involved with? Raymond James
What is your role with that organization? Cross-border licensed financial advisor
What’s your favourite thing about living in the Okanagan? The sense of community! I grew up in Kelowna, and my whole family is here. I love that wherever you go you see people you know. I still believe we can support our local businesses. I also have twin seven-year-old boys, and when my husband and I had to decide where to raise them, well, I won and he moved from Vancouver. I love that we can ski, bike, swim and golf. We are in a beautiful location that offers an amazing lifestyle.
If you could have lunch with anyone in the world, who would you choose and why? My core is to meet the Dalai Lama because he is so gifted at teaching others to be present and kind, to trust we are where we are meant to be. I think I would learn and feel his energy just being in the same room. But I will say lately it is tempting to think I would love to sit across from Donald Trump and ask, “How did you do it?” And more importantly, “How do you continue to do it?”
What’s your go-to happy place? I’m very happy in nature, and this creates my balance. So in the winter it is on the cross-country trails at Big White when no one is around and you can hear the snow falling on the trees. It is truly magical. I can then recharge and be ready to get back and ski downhill. In the summer it is swimming in the lake. We usually go at 6 a.m. and swim laps at Gyro.
What are you most proud of? I guess I would be most proud of the first time I stepped out of my comfort zone. I grew up in Kelowna, and it was so hard to leave my family and friends. However, I went to London, England, for a year and was a manager at Harrods in my 20s. I can remember the first day having my team in front of me. Many of them were older than me and from different countries in Europe. Here I was from a little city of Kelowna. When asked to address them I had to swallow my fear and insecurities and demonstrate confidence and strength. This has served me well as it taught me it is OK to be afraid. It doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do something. It just means you are stretching. I tell my kids now to stretch, and it is OK to be afraid.
What are the top three things on your bucket list?
1) Take my family on safari in Africa.
2) Egypt cruise on the Nile River.
3) Hang glide. I have skydived a couple of times, and it was exhilarating and then peaceful. Next, I would like to hang glide. I have always wanted to feel like I could fly.
What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten? Popcorn at 5,895 metres on the summit of Uhuru Peak on Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa. Oh, and vodka on our trek up from a Russian’s flask 🙂
Latest movie or book? Winter in Paradise, by Elian Hilderbrand. Chick book but so relaxing.
What’s the best gift you’ve ever received? My twin boys. Best gift ever!
If today were your last day, how would you spend it? With my husband and two boys away from it all. No phones or iPads. A glass of wine and a beautiful view overlooking a lake. I would love to be in nature connected to them, knowing we will meet again.
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