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(Posted 5:30 a.m., Nov. 2)
East end resident launches new personal service business
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Ever 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 you love?

If 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’ total hours.

Chantal Désilets is the owner and founder of Girl Friday International, a personal service provider which aims to make clients’ lives less stressful. Fred Sherwin/Photo

Away 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.

The 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.

Among 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 arrangements, and driving out-of-town Airbnb guests around town, to name just a few of the things she can do.

“It’s 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.

An 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.

Another 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.

Chantal 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.

“A 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.”

For 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.

To find out more about Girl Friday International visit their website at www.girlfridayinternational.com, or call Chantal Désilets directly at 613-794-5374.

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)

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