Can you give us a brief background of your entrepreneurship journey?
In 1962, my father looked at a map of where a chartered accountant firm was needed and zeroed in on Vegreville, Alberta,
which is an hour east of Edmonton.
There were major highways there and it was a rural community.
My parents left their families in Saskatchewan and moved to Vegreville with nothing and two young children,
my sister and me, and my father started the business.
It was very lean times and the scarcity of entrepreneurs having to make do and build a business from scratch was very challenging for them.
Growing up with a business, you have no separation from business and family life.
Your family dinner often involves talking about business, its challenges, and the highs and lows.
I had wanted to become a chartered accountant early in my career but in high school, I decided to go into law.
Along the way, I had a little accident.
I got pregnant just after high school so I ended up having to wait out a year and could not go to university.
I was supposed to go to the University of Alberta Campus Saint-Jean, the French bilingual college.
I was pretty sad but I took accounting courses and worked here in the office while I waited for our first son,
Geoffrey, to be born.
After that, I got to go to university and I was overjoyed.
I have never lost the appreciation and the gift of an education.
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