As a 3d generation dairy farmer of Dutch immigrants, my passion for all things agriculture was instilled early. Growing up in New Brunswick (Hillmar Farm) I quickly learned that farming is a family business. As soon as I could lift a bucket & reach the pedals, I was "hired". Sweat equity paid for snowmobile gas, and life was good.
My husband and I now own a 150 kg operation in PEI (Winterbay Farm), where for 15 years, I split my time between milking cows and working in Farm Finance. Our two kids help out like I did and it won't be long before I'm permanently retired to the buddy seat. Over time I've realized that my experience as a banker made me a better manager at home, and my farming knowledge helped me be a better partner to my clients.
I am a people person and a numbers person. Whether it be financing an expansion, finding ways to be more efficient, or working on a farm succession plan, every client's project was a new challenge. The best part of the job has always been getting to know a farmer's goals and helping get them to the finish line.