Where were you born?
Marinha Grande, Portugal. Marinha Grande is located on the west coast by the ocean approximately 150km north of Lisbon and 40 km west of the Shrine of Fatima and close to Nazare which is famous for some of the world’s best surfing where In November 2011, Hawaiian surfer Garrett McNamara surfed a record-breaking giant wave: 78 feet (23.8 m) from trough to crest.
Which languages do you speak?
My mother tongue is Portuguese. I also speak Spanish, French and English and I am fluent in all 4 and can read and write them as well. That said, my Italian is rusty!
How long have you been in Real Estate?
I joined my husband, Wolf, in real estate in 1986 in Edmonton after having owned and operated Deli Swiss delicatessens and restaurants and moved away from the hotel industry.
What is your favourite part of the Real Estate industry?
Sharing in our clients’ happiness of their new dream come true and seeing the smiles and the excitement on their faces. Many times being one of the first persons of contact and working the marketing and advertising of the properties from working the details of the property to measuring to updating listings on the real estate board and the web. I am passionate about customer service.
What are your achievements in real estate?
I moved to Paris when I was 11.5 years old and attended school there for 2.5 years. Then I Immigrated to Winnipeg at 14 and by age of 15 I was fluent in 4 languages. I moved to Vancouver and worked in the hotel industry, including the Sheraton and Four Seasons Hotel and opening Club 10 in Whistler. Then I moved to Edmonton as sales manager at the Northwoods Inn. All of these management positions were achieved before I was 25 years old.
I travelled for 9 months with Wolf and Colin throughout all Canada and USA in 1991-92; it was the most unbelievable, profound, amazing experience. From there, we moved to Kelowna in 1992 and I learned to sail. I am also the founder of the TIPS Business Networking Group and I’m a member of the Kelowna Yacht Club where I am a strong supporter of it and many other organizations.
Our family won the KYC Family of the Year Award for 2013 and in 2014, Wolf and I took the #1 position for most funds raised at the 2014 Swinging With The Stars dance competition fundraiser for the Hospice (COHA). That was a stepping out of the box experience!
- Volunteer at the Variety Club Fundraiser
- Boat for Hope volunteer
- Member of the Chamber of Commerce.
What are your favourite hobbies?
Flowers! I love flowers, flowers, flowers, flowers everywhere. I also love to sail and go out on our sailboat named Imagine. It is so peaceful to just put up the sails and sail away with the breeze, or drop anchor in a nice bay, sit back, relax and read a good book or light up the BBQ and have a nice dinner and sail back into the sunset.
I also really enjoy to travel, ski, hiking, walking, gardening, cooking and the fine arts.
What is your favourite book?
“Abundance” by Peter Diamandis. It’s about how progress in robotics, infinity computing, digital manufacturing, artificial intelligence and many exponential growing technologies are changing the face of humanity in the next couple of decades.
What has been the best day of your life so far?
The day our son was born in 1986 – he was so handsome and perfect… well, he still is! Also, marrying my husband, Wolf.
But really, every day is the best day. I just feel so grateful and lucky that I have the most wonderful family anyone can ask for. That we are able to live and work in one the most beautiful, peaceful and safe playgrounds in the world. It is an honor to be gifted with this opportunity.
What is the best part of working with your family?
We can count on each other, we hold each other accountable, we have the same morals and belief system; work hard, play hard, always enjoy and have fun along the way.