In 1995 I was first employed as a labourer in the forming and placement of concrete in Fernie BC. I learned to endure hours of bending, kneeling, crouching and reaching while placing concrete. In 1999 I co-founded Shannon Stonemasonry and built chimneys and facades using Old World masonry technics. I enjoyed finding the “right” stones to create something that would last hundreds of years.
In 2005 Brilliant Expansion Project I worked as a mason for the Columbia Power Corporation. Working as a team, we wet and dry finished tens of thousands of square feet of concrete. I was a member of the High Angle Rescue Team, and it was on this work site that I learned the intricacies of working on very large industrial sites.
From 2010-2015 I worked as the manager/project coordinator at a concrete polishing company. I applied all of my previously learned skills in masonry to find solutions to a variety of difficult concrete problems such as recovering previously rained out slabs. I have polished floors in multimillion dollar homes, smaller basement renovations, and institutional/commercial floors.
In April of 2015 I started Vancouver Island Polished Concrete Ltd. We have enjoyed a busy and productive start receiving both commercial and residential opportunities on Vancouver Island, the lower mainland, and along the sunshine coast. I look forward to every call and will reply promptly.
I was hired in 2010 work on the pour crew for the construction of the Port Mann Bridge in Vancouver, British Columbia. I enjoyed pouring and finishing the concrete slabs used to construct the bridge. That project is where I found my passion for concrete work. After it was completed I sought more concrete related work.
Shortly after, Craig Shannon hired me while managing a different company and I began to expand my experience on a wide range of concrete projects such as counters, fireplaces, pots, bowls, statues, and our specialty, polished concrete floors. Over the following three years, working with Craig I developed and honed my skills to become a “trowel ninja.” When Craig began Vancouver Island Polished Concrete I was pleased to join the team.
Our unique approach to concrete, skills and experience allows us to provide a superior product time, and time again. Craig and I have tackled every challenge set before us. I love the variety inherent in concrete, new problems that need solutions, new locations, and new people. I have a great working relationship with those around me. And once a project is complete, I enjoy the satisfaction of knowing our work is appreciated by the multitudes.
Early on, I built practical experience as a receptionist, then developed my skills through auxiliary employment opportunities in Victoria including an extended position(s) in the BC Public Service. I have expanded my office administration skills at Camosun College where I discovered an interest in bookkeeping. I enjoy the financials and use these skills daily in my role with Vancouver Island Polished Concrete. I am responsible for the accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll and courier duties.
In the past, my husband and I took on a major real estate project and ran a small farm. Some of the daily physical tasks included home renovations, the creation of over 6000 sq ft of garden space, and caring for livestock. The construction phases required strong project management and coordination skills to ensure the different teams could work efficiently to complete jobs on time and within the budget. It is through this practical experience that we understand the importance of client/contractor communications.