Our team is a huge part of what makes us successful and, while you may never have the chance to meet us all in person, this space is an introduction. Check back frequently, we’ll be adding many more profiles.
At 17, Diana Sousa signed on as an Army Reservist, completing ‘boot camp’ training side-by-side with few other women and young men twice her size. It was the first year women could join the artillery and she was a gunner. Today, she describes the experience as life changing although not necessarily a prerequisite for the role she has at Geranium; but it didn’t hurt!
She is a graduate of Ryerson University in Urban and Regional Planning and boasts a resume of work experience in construction, accounting as well as sales and marketing. With 3 years experience as a project coordinator and an additional 5 years as a contracts manager for a low-rise residential builder, Diana brought that experience to Geranium as Contracts Manager in early 2011.
It’s the variety of the work that keeps her interested as well as the unexpected days where priorities change. At any time, she could be working on tenders for a new neighbourhood, reviewing quotes, awarding contracts, communicating with trades and suppliers, and liaising with colleagues in estimating, customer care and site staff. Diana’s accounting skills come in handy with budgeting. She also oversees the preparation of pricing for the Décor Centre and learns about new products in the market. In 2014 her scope expanded to include Project Manager responsibilities.
When not at work, Diana likes to relax with her husband and two daughters at home. She also likes to cook, read, listen to music of many different genres and see foreign films. Vacation time is spent on country drives, camping and exploring Canadian destinations.
Testing her mettle and wanting to keep fit, Diana was a member of a roller derby league a few years ago. She had to learn to skate, found it exhilarating to compete and truly enjoyed the team aspect of the sport.
Fun Facts about Diana:
Diana’s two words to describe Geranium: Supportive and Driven to succeed
Favourite Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Dream: If she could have one super power it would be a Photographic Memory.
Shopping Preference, online or in store: dislikes shopping but would defer to online
Vimal is a very enthusiastic employee and describes each day at work as new and exciting! He finds job satisfaction in seeing his work come to fruition; from concept plan to people living and enjoying life in their home and community. His major focus, since joining the company in 2009, has been on the massive year-round Friday Harbour Resort on Lake Simcoe in Innisfil. He spends a lot of time at Friday Harbour and gets a thrill from the new energy at this resort now that people are living there, after so many years of planning and construction.
Vimal is a graduate of the University of Waterloo’s unique co-op engineering program. His first full-time position was with a consulting firm as a land development project manager. In 2009, Vimal joined Geranium as a Project Manager, and was later promoted to the position of Director of Land Development at Friday Harbour and Senior Project Manager with Geranium. He heads a team of co-workers and consultants on large-scale land development projects where he believes his engineering background is key.
Outside of work, Vimal loves spending time with his family – wife and two young daughters – playing, swimming, reading stories and unwinding. Vimal feels fortunate to live near family; both sets of grandparents play a huge role in his family’s life. On occasion, Vimal will find time to hit the gym and, in the future, he’d love to visit Thailand with his family.
Fun Facts about Vimal:
Vimal’s two words to describe Geranium: Powerhouse and Family
Favourite Book: The Going to Bed Book by Sandra Boynton (which he reads every night to his daughters)
Dream: He would love to have met Benjamin Graham
Shopping Preference, online or in store: “in store – look before I buy”
Rachel Girard has been working at Geranium since 2014, putting her organizational and problem-solving skills to good use first as a construction Site Administrator in Port Hope and, more recently, at Head Office in Markham. No two days are the same for Rachel whose regular tasks may involve dealing with building permits, following-up with consultants and trades to obtain working drawings, reviewing paperwork generated during the purchase of a home for clarity and pricing. Rachel is also responsible for client care, where she needs to be familiar with Tarion Warranty performance guidelines. She finds satisfaction in prompt communication with home buyers, trouble shooting and being able to resolve issues in a timely fashion.
When not working, Rachel likes to relax at home where she’s often changing up accessories and moving furniture around. She also enjoys campfire nights, making crafts and activities with her children and playing with the new puppy that recently joined the family.
Fun Facts about Rachel:
Rachel’s two words to describe Geranium: Team and Family
Favourite Book: Love You Forever by Robert Munsch
Dream Destination: Hawaii
Shopping Preference, online or in store: “In store, I like to touch everything.”