Another year of incredible memories and professional accomplishments is behind us. The highlight of 2017 had to be the
marriage of my oldest son, Jeffrey, to his long-time partner Julie. Though I am proud of Jeffrey every day, this was an
occasion to reflect on what he has accomplished and the life he has made for himself. It was the icing on the cake that he
has chosen such a lovely partner in life and love. Welcome to the family (officially) Julie! Weddings have a way of bringing
everyone together, and this was an extra special occasion as it brought together much of the extended family - cousins
and siblings- for the first time in years.

Family is what matters most and it was a weekend with much to celebrate.
It appeared that love was in the air in 2017, as my brother-in-law, Patrick, also celebrated a wedding to his long-time
partner, Amila. Antony and I travelled to London, England to celebrate with the happy couple; eating our way around our
favourite city. We also made a stop in Bordeaux to visit another of Antony's sisters, Catherine, and travelled on as a family
for an all too brief visit of Barcelona.

With Jeffrey continuing to play a huge role in the day-to-day operation of our business, I was able to spend much of my
summer at the cottage. We were so happy to have our granddaughter, Henley, join us again for two weeks of swimming,
picking berries, and scratching bug bites. It gets harder and harder to leave the lake at the end of the summer. Spending
time there with our oldest friends are times that we look forward to the most. I so love getting to share old memories and
make new ones at the lake where we raised our kids.

Here at home in Guelph, we kept busy with our interests outside of the office. I still have a dedicated group of regulars
who attend my indoor cycle classes at Movati Athletics. It remains one of my favourite activities chiefly because of the
dedication of those who give their time to attend. I have so much fun sweating with you all! Of course (pun intended),
when in doubt, there's always golf!

This fall saw the girls make a pilgrimage to Scotland where we played The Old Course,
Carnousie, and Kingsbarns - the home of golf. I will say that the notorious Scottish wind is as likely a reason as any for my
score. The landscape was romantic and I even tried the haggis!

Our youngest son, Adam, continues to develop his trade and we are so proud that he has chosen this path. Continuing to
be in high demand, he is busy working hard in this field as an HVAC Technician. It is amazing to see him develop his
business plan and work so hard towards his goals. We are very proud and also very happy to have him back in Guelph!

On the home front, our house is the feature home in Our Home magazine in the Spring 2018 issue and our gardens will
also be featured on the Guelph Arts Council Garden Tour this June. Our home remains an example of all the reasons we
love Guelph; charm, character, and history. We are so happy and proud to call this house our home.

This Christmas was extra special as we had Rob, Jessie, and Henley spend Christmas with us at the cottage for the first
time. We spent the days tobogganing at light speed down icy slopes, curling on the lake with our homemade rocks, and
sitting in front of the fire playing board games. To share Christmas with the family was an extra special treat and Henley
surprised me with tickets to Taylor Swift's tour stop in Toronto this August -time to start doing my research.

Professionally, 2017 was another banner year for Jeffrey and myself. In 2017 we were again honored to be named as
Diamond Award winners, and remain proud to represent Royal Lepage.
I love this town and the people in it. 

I'm always available if you have questions regarding anything at all; from that cute little bungalow on the corner to the
most recent movies worth seeing at the Bookshelf. I remain grateful to count many of my clients as close friends; we have
so much to be thankful for. I hope 2018 brings with it much health, happiness, and good fortune to you all. You can reach
me directly at 519-546-2243, and Jeffrey at 519-400-5933. Happy New Year!