This month, we talk with Shelly Gauthier, our Office Administrator. Shelly’s been with Stilewood for 14 years now – and we’re so glad to have her on our team!
- If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
I have a three-year-old German Rottweiler/English Mastiff X named Sadie. I would spend as much time with Sadie, walking, or at her favorite doggie park, as I could. After all, she is man’s/woman’s best friend. I would also spend extra time with my mother, for sure.
- What’s your claim to fame?
My claim to fame with my family, friends and co-workers would be my homemade chocolates. I have been making them for many years and every year try to make a new variation. I love to bring them to the office or give them as gifts at Christmas.
- What is the most heart-warming thing you’ve ever seen?
I love seeing elderly people walking together hand in hand. You so rarely see marriages last these days, and to see two people still in love in their later years warms my heart.
- Have you ever given to any charities?
I am an insulin-dependent diabetic and donate every year to the Canadian Diabetes Association. This past year I started my own web link for Diabetes Awareness month in November, and from now on will fundraise every year and try to beat my goal of the previous year.
- Who inspires you to be better?
I would have to say my mother! At 94 years young, Mom still surprises me every day. She jokes with us kids, her grandkids and great-grandkids. I just hope that I can be even a little like her in my later years. She always makes me smile and she’s always happy in whatever it is she’s doing.
- What’s the best thing you learned from your parents?
Always be kind to other people, as you never know what they are going through in their own lives. And always try to be happy! Your life could be a lot worse.
- If you had unlimited funds to build a house that you would live in for the rest of your life, what would the finished house be like?
I would love a very rustic-style home, that is, a style with a design emphasis on rugged, natural beauty. The design would embrace nature-inspired textures, with simple and earthy colors. Anything that looks like it would fit in a cabin would suit my ideal home.