What inspired you to devote your career to the hair care and beauty business?
I started working with hair and beauty services over 20 years ago in 1990. Growing up I knew that I wanted to work with people, and I found joy, purpose, and meaning by helping others. The salon offered me a way to meet interesting people while also working to improve the lives of others by helping them look and feel their best. I feel great when I’ve helped someone look and feel better. Over the past 20 years I’ve served many wonderful clients, many are still loyal and return regularly…in a way they’ve become family…I smile when I see my younger client’s blossom into adults. I feel fortunate to work in this business, it’s a privilege to have met and served so many clients over so many years. I don’t see myself retiring from this work for a long time! I am thankful for having the opportunity to make a positive contribution to the world even though it seems small in the grand scheme of things.
What inspired you to start Burrard Hair Design & Skin Care?
After my education and training I worked for other salons to gain experience. I eventually realized that I wanted to create a new salon and use my skills to offer personalized hair care and beauty services that emphasized quality, friendly and professional service, and reasonable prices. I wanted to have more control over the quality of the service which is what I hope I’ve succeeded in doing. It has been a great adventure even though so much responsibility has come with managing a small business.
What are your other interests and values?
I have so many other interests and they all seem very compatible with my work. Health and fitness is very important to me: I’m very active in hiking, yoga, running, skiing and cycling…and my mind is always open to learning new activities. I read a lot about physical and mental health issues and philosophy and meditation – I always have at least 3 books on the go. Currently I’m reading about cancer and how to lower the risk by eating a healthy mostly vegan diet. I enjoy travelling to new places and site seeing. My family is always an important priority…I’m very lucky to have a great family! I believe I must always try my best to help others in any way I can and also help care for the environment and preserve it for future generations.