5:30 a.m., Oct. 28)
East end resident launches personal service business
By Fred Sherwin
feel like you’re being pulled in 10 different directions
at once? Do you never seem to have enough time to pursue
the things you enjoy, or spend enough time with the people
so, you’re not alone. In a recent survey taken to gauge
how people spend their waking hours, so-called leisure
time made up less than 10 per cent of the respondents’
Désilets is the owner and founder of Girl
Friday International, a personal service provider
which aims to make clients’ lives less stressful.
from work, we spend too much time stuck in traffic, standing
in lines, and waiting for appointments, and not enough
time playing with our kids, pursuing our hobbies, or simply
relaxing. That’s where Chantal Désilets comes in.
Beacon Hill native, recently launched a personal service
business – Girl Friday International – which promises
to make her clients’ lives less stressful and more enjoyable
by taking care of all the things that prevent them from
doing the things they want to do.
the services Désilets can provide at an hourly rate are
shopping, pet care, personal organizer, deliveries and
pick-ups, event planning and management, photography,
filing and word processing, making travel arrange- ments,
and driving out-of-town Airbnb guests around town, to
name just a few of the things she can do.
an idea I’ve had for several years,” says Désilets who
was a personal assistant to two former federal Cabinet
ministers before pursuing a career as a conference services
and event manager.
avid animal lover and multiple cat owner, Désilets can
also look after a client’s pets while they are away from
home, or take their dog(s) for a walk.
area where Désilets believes she can be of service is
looking after seniors’ transportation. “I can drive them
to their medical appointments, take them shopping, or
go on an excursion,” says Désilets, who is fluently bilingual
and is fully insured.
can also help seniors make the transition from their own
home to a retirement community by arranging tours of area
residences, assisting in the selection of a real estate
agent, helping to book a mover, and downsizing their belongings.
lot of people struggle to find the time to help their
parents make the transition to a seniors residence. I
can help in a lot of different areas that will make the
process less stressful and save them a great deal of time.”
those people who want to take things up a notch, Désilets
can fill the role of personal assistant – scheduling appointments,
running errands, shopping for gifts and other items, making
travel arrangements, and providing transportation.
find out more about Girl Friday International visit their
website at www.girlfridayinternational.com,
or call Chantal Désilets directly at 613-794-5374.
story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local
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