Up Close and Personal with Helen, Partner, The Office Shop

My name is Helen and I am Partner at The Office Shop.

I founded The Office Shop in 1996 when I was in the prime of my single years, able to devote all of my time and effort to work. This allowed me to get the business growing at a steady pace and conquer my dream of being a successful business owner. 7 Years later, in 2003, everything changed when I married my husband. Shortly after, we had two beautiful children, Megan and Tommy. As time passed, I learned how to balance my newfound priorities and life challenges, and believe me, it was not easy! I soon realized being a mother and a wife would require a lot of my energy, but that was not going to stop me from making The Office Shop successful.

Fast forward to today, I am still so passionate about The Office Shop and even more enthusiastic about my incredible team of sales and design masterminds. Everyday I wake up excited to go into work and brainstorm with this extraordinary crew – but then COVID hit us like a ton of bricks. Just when I was feeling frustrated about life being put on hold, I found myself reminiscing back to those earlier days when I was raising two babies while growing my business. If I could get through that, I can get through this too.

 

I choose to embrace this new way of life, and enjoy every second of this quality time with my family. My children are growing up way too fast, and I want to soak up every moment of this stage of life with them. We have been playing board games and cooking together. We uncluttered, painted, and redesigned a couple of rooms in our house. We turned our basement into a gym, and I started circuit training with my husband and the kids… even the dog wants in on the action. For the first time in a long time, I’m able to sit and have deeper conversations with my family and friends.

Life was so busy before and we didn’t even realize it. For a moment in time, we are on pause. Once this is over, I will appreciate all the little things I took for granted: shaking hands with clients, a warm hug with a friend, or simply meeting someone for coffee. Let’s all take this time as a reset and a reminder to take care of one another and be in the moment.

To our valued clients, we are here for you if you need anything. If you’re feeling unproductive at home, let’s talk about how we can create an office space for you - or let’s just talk and catch up. I look forward to hearing from you.

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The Office Shop continues to stay open as we have been recognized as an Essential Workplace and we are committed to supply essential businesses within Ontario with the upmost professionalism, excellence and safety. Our Sales support team and Office design team are here for you! It’s amazing what we can accomplish when we’re in together. Take care of yourselves and each other!

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