About Ann & Rod
We are healthy non-smokers with high values. We love cats and dogs having had some in our past and now we look forward to looking after yours! We have owned our own home in the past with a pool and hot tub so are conversant with a large number of things that could go wrong! Our beloved cats lived to be 14 & 16 and we miss having them around. We ...
We are healthy non-smokers with high values. We love cats and dogs having had some in our past and now we look forward to looking after yours! We have owned our own home in the past with a pool and hot tub so are conversant with a large number of things that could go wrong! Our beloved cats lived to be 14 & 16 and we miss having them around. We would be excellent care givers of YOUR beloved pets!
We are Rod ‘n’ Ann, recently retired (in 2013) from one of the “ 50 Best Managed Companies in Canada “. We were Building Managers with Sifton Properties for the last 5 years at their Flagship hi-rise in Berkshire Village in London Ontario and we just heard that after a 3 month search, they hired a couple who might be able to provide the level of service the clients had come to expect. We didn’t just work there, as we lived there and it was our home as well, so the pride showed and we were praised while we were there and told we were a hard act to follow after we left.
In 2009, J.D. Power & Associates were contracted by the Canadian Property Management Association to conduct a survey for Residential Apartments Customer Service from Vancouver to Halifax.
We were in the top percentile - that small handful of the best of the best. We got our moniker (Gold Standard) from our employer, Sifton Properties. We hear, we listen, we make it right.
This most recent photo of us when we joined Trusted Housesitters, was in Toronto at the CTV “ etalk “ studio as part of the Toronto International Film Festival experience - a night in the Royal York with buffet breakfast “ Eggs Benedict “ and 49 other sumptuous treats – Is there a better B & B ?
I am Rod , the tall one on the left with the mustache, (not just Movember) it has been with me for many years ever since I realized that I took a terrible mug shot without it (Ann told me so). Speaking of Ann, we have been together for 20 years now, previously married yes, and just so you know, we have worked together as a team for that period of time and we have been told that we are pretty much interchangeable – which is why the reference to the height and the mustache.
We are somewhat unique in that regard, as most working couples have one which carries the other – with us it was different and a well known fact that if Ann wasn’t available to take care of something, then I would, and If I wasn’t, then Ann could and would.
What are these things?
Ann’s talents are administration and keeping things orderly. She is a Mother of 6, a Grandmother of 14 and a Great Grandmother of 14. This is in addition to being financially and computer savvy from her time working with Assante International Financial Services and then with me at Morguard Properties in Mississauga, and additional property management with Direct Properties at a family resort in Little Britain and with Sifton Properties in London.
My talents are whatever needs to be done – I am a hands on kind of guy who can’t stand things not done - so consequently things get attention before they seize or break – if repairable, things get fixed and if needing replacing, then it gets done. Furthermore, we have years of experience in maintaining buildings, indoor and outdoor pools and hot tubs and saunas, sea-doos, ski-doos, inboards, outboards, docks, lawns, gardens , pumps, wells, generators, transfer switches and yes , I can run a tractor too and if it is a front end loader, then I can move the snow as well.
Ann loves gardening – being born in Holland may have something to do with that so if you need to know your living things will be looked after, you are in good hands. Also, Ann still misses her Beagle Snoopy and our 2 cats Sheila, the sleek and prissy Calico and Mia, the chunky and amiable Tabby, who I affectionately called Posh and Sporty of Spice Girls fame. Since our pets have passed and now that we are retired and wish to move around, we don’t think it fair to have our own pets, so we relish in enjoying others’ when we can.
Neither Ann nor I smoke and we have no interest in any place where there is. We also have no interest in any place where cleanliness is not a priority. We are not a couple of ner-do-wells who need a place to stay for a cheap vacation – we are however well traveled and only stay at higher end resorts, hotels and B&B’s. In the last two years we have been to Cuba, Las Vegas and Ecuador and we had three week vacation in Europe in the spring of 2014. Also, we have traveled throughout Ontario and in particular for theater in Toronto, Stratford and Niagara-on-the-Lake and motored our way through Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. Then the week after we retired in September of 2013, we took the Canadian Via Rail to B.C. and had High Tea at the Fairmont Empress in Victoria. (Another one knocked off Ann’s Bucket List)
We are enjoying being able to do what we want when we want and are looking forward to any and all new experiences that come our way. We can do skype if you like.
Thanking you in advance,
Rod ‘n’ Ann