RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) Criminal Check, October 2017.
A conscientious, capable, and good-natured, sociable person who places great value on mutual respect and well-timed silliness.
Appreciates harmonious, clean, tidy, peaceful living quarters.
My late husband and I were together for 28 years. We lived a good part of the time in the McGill Ghetto. He was an Engineering professor. On weekends and holidays, we looked after our 66 acre mid-19th century homestead. After the sale of the farm, I moved to a smaller Montreal apartment.
I worked at McGill University for a number of years, first as a scientific typist in Chemistry, then as assistant to the two associate Deans in the Faculty of Engineering.
I left work to obtain a Master's degree in English Literature.
For ten years, I gave private English instruction to children and young adults. My students included a wide-range of competencies and cultures and languages, including native English-speakers. I loved and miss them all. Each student inspired me to create original, enthusiastically received, teaching material.
While teaching, I also had a number of freelance writing and French-to-English translation jobs.
As a volunteer demonstrator with Patient Partners in Arthritis, I had the great pleasure of working with 2nd-year medical students, at McGill University, demonstrating the finer points of a musculoskeletal exam.
In 2017, I enjoyed my volunteer work with the Montreal Chamber Music Festival, making calls to movers and shakers in the business and arts community.
My great passion is long walks around town as I run errands and photograph whatever catches my eye.
I enjoy attending the weekly talks and events at Montreal’s downtown private library.
Until their deaths in January and April of 2014, my attention was devoted to caring for my father and my husband through serious illness for a number of years.
Now, it is time for me do more than simply see the world. I would like to live in new communities, to meet people and hear their stories.
I hope also that house-sitting will bring me a little closer to connections with family - in Ireland and Australia, Scotland, England and the U.S.A. - as well as with my extraordinary friends on the West and East coasts.
I completed a successful 5-week house-sit in Halifax, Nova Scotia in May-June 2017. My first return to my birthplace in over 50 years. I was surprised by how much I remembered and how much I discovered of old neighbourhoods and of downtown Halifax. I am grateful I had that chance to go home.
The last two weeks of September 2017, I took care of the house and 10 year-old cat of a lovely couple in White Rock, BC. They made me feel so welcome and were most generous in their hospitality.
The same White Rock couple remarked on how pleased they were with how I had cared for their cat and home and yard during their month's absence February 14 to March 14, 2018.
Upon their return from holiday, the couple asked if I would be available the following year. I am looking foward to my 5-week stint in February-March of 2019 and appreciate they have confidence in my abilities to deal with the new development of their cat’s twice-daily insulin injections.
While I was in White Rock, I contacted another couple in a neighbouring district in hopes they would consider me for a future sitting job. We hit it off and they have asked me to take care of their home and their lovely, gentle dog in the weeks leading up to my job in White Rock.
I feel so fortunate with the developments in my life this year - meeting two marvellous couples and many fine people along the way, in a place I love, as well as realizing great contentment in my beautiful new home and neighbourhood.
My move to the new condo has limited my house-sits for the moment, as I downsize and organize, ...and organize. Am not disappointed about that. Plenty of wonders to captivate me at home. But I look forward to next year’s travels.