Meet our dear Group member, Laurie Demers, on a Rapid Window-Interview. This is another great way for us to connect and get to know each other better!
Name three words that describe you:
— A good cook
Name 3 of your daily habits (other than brushing your teeth, etc.):
— Message or talk to my kids
Where were you born?
Welland, Ontario, Canada
Where do you live?
Port Colborne, Ontario, Canada
Complete this sentence. On Sunday mornings, I am usually…
reading in my pj’s and having a leisurely breakfast.
What makes you happy?
Time with my 4 children as most of them live so far away.
What was the last gift you gave someone?
A book of poetry written by one of my daughter’s high school friends.
What was the last gift you received?
A lovely surprise visit from two of my children on my birthday in April. They brought pizza and wine.
What inspires you?
A job well-done.
Who do you admire the most?
Mr. Burger was a fascinating. He was Welland’s garbage man when I was a kid. A very quiet unassuming man. He would work late to ensure garbage was picked up and not be delayed by a day because of a holiday. But also found out he took care of stray animals on his farm . He sent cargo shipments of donated goods overseas annually to help others. When the regional government decided to outsource his services, he couldn’t compete with the bigger companies, but he gave his garbage trucks to the drivers who worked for him all those years. He did it all without fanfare because he was a good-hearted man. He didn’t want it publicized he was doing good. He just wanted to help. The rich and famous have TV shows and show off their “donations.” But to give quietly just to be kind, and to give more than we take means so much more.
What are some causes you care about?
Helping women trying to start fresh when emerging from an abusive relationship.
What would be your personal motto?
Work hard and don’t give up.
If you could spend one hour with someone, other than a relative, (dead or alive) who would it be?
Oprah Winfrey. I think she truly means to help others and teach us to be our best selves.
What has helped you stay positive during the pandemic?
For starters, this group, and knowing we are all in this together! I am grateful that I have been able to work from home.
What is your age?
How did you get your first name? Does it have a meaning in your language?
When my dad first moved to Welland, I believe he stayed with his brother Laurent. I may have been named after that brother.
What do you do for work?
I am an Accounts Payable clerk.
What is your dream job?
When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grow up?
A teacher, because I had so many teachers I admired.
What is your favorite hobby?
I used to love needlecrafts such as cross-stitch and embroidery. My eyes aren’t what they used to be. I would say now my favourite hobby is being back to my reading.
If you could be anywhere else, right now, where would you be?
A cabin on a lake in northern Ontario. Peace and serenity.
What goal would you like to accomplish in the next year?
Originally I was looking at retirement when I turn 60 next April. I think Covid has changed so much for so many. What would retirement look like if we are confined at home? I do like my work, and I am good at it, so for now I think retirement is off the table.
If you could be any animal, what animal would you be and why?
A dolphin. I would always be swimming in the ocean with a smile on my face.
How do you feel about the Group?
I love that we share the commonality of being human, no matter where we live. The love of family, the celebrations and sorrows no matter where we live are all shared with happiness, or compassion and empathy.
Do you share on the Group? What do you like to share?
I’ve only shared a couple photos as I feel my surroundings are not as beautiful as most I’ve seen here.
From looking at these windows, do you have any new dream destinations?
Greece has always been my dream destination, but I am now trying to coax my sister to make Portugal our retirement trip.
What do you see from your window?
Elementary school, police station, baseball field. And we share a driveway with one neighbour at this end of our street.
Finally, share with us please your favorite song.
U2’s “Beautiful Day” seriously make me want to dance around in circles with my arms wide open.