When you meet Percy Hoff, the owner of Diesel Services Group, founded in 1983, you’ll meet an energetic, yet content, individual. You learn quickly that there are years of wisdom to be shared behind his sincere nature. He is content not in a complacent way, but in a confident way in that he knows that whatever experience comes next, he will make the best of it.
Many people assume that what worked yesterday still works today. Or that you can solve today’s problems with yesterday’s solutions. Have you heard the “Pot Roast Syndrome” story?
At age 18, Danielle Robson was living in Alberta and going to university, with plans to become a lawyer. Her best friend’s dad owned several Tim Hortons franchises in Edmonton and one of Danielle’s jobs was working for him. He recognized something special about Danielle and threw out the idea that she should apply for her own store. With support from her family, they did, and three weeks later, in June 2003, they had their first Tim Hortons store in Saskatoon, on Fairlight Drive.
I started a tradition a couple of years ago of taking each of my daughters on a father-daughter trip the year they turn 12. This year it was Abby’s turn, and she chose Banff National Park as our destination. This past August we packed up and had a great time camping, hiking and biking in the mountains.
At Easter time this year we took a family vacation to Victoria, British Columbia. We had many adventures including the Redwood forests, Butchart Gardens and one of the family favorites was the Royal British Columbia Museum. I highly recommend it, they have some great exhibits. I never thought childhood items like cassettes and VHS Tapes would be in a museum already. Our kids love nature and they were amazed to learn about the extinction of the dodo bird.
Seeds for Dreams offers woman-owned Saskatchewan businesses seed capital through a unique pitch & vote event held quarterly. Businesses apply to pitch to the member investors; three companies are selected to pitch at each event and member investors then vote for the pitch they liked best. Over the last year and half, membership has grown to 100 members, 18 entrepreneurs have pitched and over $50,000 has been donated directly to the six winning entrepreneurs.