** Sadly, we are not able to host until COVID is under control.
HI there. We are Daniele and Jacqui, 2 moms to our awesome kids, Rayn & Pace. We are looking for someone to help us with childcare, light house cleaning, and odd jobs around the house. I (Daniele) am a doctoral student in Counselling Psychology, with special focus on LGBTQ+ populations, gender identity and expression, social justice and feminist ideologies. Jacqui (my partner) is a Pediatric Occupational Therapist. Our kids are aged 3 and 1.5. We are seeking someone who can take care of Pace 3 days/week and help around the house, as needed. Our 3-year old is bright, energetic, funny, and smart. She enjoys interaction and being active. Our 1.5-year old is a bundle of cuteness and has a very sweet temperament... and gives lots of smiles to those who smile at her.
I am originally from New Brunswick and have lived in the Vancouver area of British Columbia for 20+ years. Jacqui was born and raised in greater Vancouver. We live in one of the most amazing places in Canada! Squamish is internationally known for its climbing, mountain biking, kite boarding, and hiking. We are a 45-minute drive to Whistler, where there is world-class mountain biking and skiing!
We love nature, hiking, skiing, backcountry backpacking trips, cycling, craft beer and cider, cooking good food from a variety of genres, spending time with interesting people, and have historically been world travellers. Jacqui spent a year teaching English in Korea and had the good fortune of visiting many Asian and South East Asian countries during that year. I (Daniele) had the opportunity to visit Israel and Timbuktu, Mali for an extended period of time during my younger years. In addition to these experiences, we have both travelled to Costa Rica, Cuba, Iceland, Spain, Hawaii, Chile, Mexico, and hope to resume our travels when our kids are a little older.
We are looking for someone who has similar interests and values to help us during this time in our lives. We are the people who typically host dinner parties, discuss social justice issues in a global context, advocate for marginalized populations, and try to be mindful of our carbon footprint (though this has been more challenging now that we are parents!).
Babysitting and creative play
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
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Jacqui and I are well-travelled people who have spent time in many countries around the world. We are people who enjoy learning about different cultures and we love spending time with people from diverse backgrounds. We identify as queer and provide a safe space for everyone, particularly LGBTQ+ and other populations who have experienced rejection and/or discrimination in their lives. We will provide a warm and welcoming home, great conversation, and if English is your second language, we are more than happy to help you practice your skills!
We are a 45-minute drive from Whistler - one of Canada's most breath-taking areas... in the Mountains. If you enjoy hiking, mountain biking, skiing, mountaineering, and/or just generally enjoy the wonder of the Mountains, this is one of the most epic places to enjoy these activities. Our house is a 15-minute walk to the shuttles that will take you to Whistler.
We are also only a 50-minute drive away from downtown Vancouver... one of Canada's most beautiful cities. Vancouver has everything a city has to offer -- amazing restaurants from all cultural backgrounds, concerts, theatre, beautiful parks, great shopping, etc. You can access the daily shuttle from the same location where you find the Whistler shuttle.
I'd like to think we are good cooks, so another bonus of joining us is enjoying good Canadian cuisine. I am French Canadian and Jacqui is Polish-Canadian, meaning we have some delicious meals that are informed by our ethnic roots (sometimes).
We require help with childcare and light house cleaning / odd jobs 3 - 5 days/week. Hanging out with our kids may include playing games, doing crafts, playing with toys, reading books, taking one of them to the park, singing songs, etc. Helping us to keep the house tidy and clean will also be another major task while with us. It's amazing how quickly the house can turn into a disaster when living with kids. :) Helping with housework may include unloading the dishwasher, vacuuming the carpets, folding laundry, sweeping and/or mopping the floor, keeping your bathroom clean (you have your own), helping with meals, and general tidying at the end of the day. We will clean our own bathroom, do our own laundry, and generally clean up after ourselves... we just need help keeping the house in order.
In addition to these tasks, we may ask you to help with odd jobs around the house - E.g. help with gardening, painting, General house maintenance.
We are living in a 2-level, 5-bedroom home that has a private area in the basement for our guests. You will have your own room, furnished with a queen bed, night stand, and spacious closet for your belongings. You will also have your own private bathroom and a spacious living area with a big comfy couch and TV (hooked up to Netflix). The privacy this offers allows you to have down time away from the chaos of family life when you're not helping out.
We will share a kitchen with you, provide all food, and are very open to buying food & snacks that are to your preference. Generally, we would expect that you prepare breakfast and lunch for yourself. We usually try to have dinner as a family and would love to have you join us for this, if you wish. There is zero pressure or obligation to join us, however, and you can choose to join us on some days and not others -- it's completely up to you!
We also have a hot tub and a sauna that you are welcome to enjoy!
Our house is situated in one of the most prized neighborhoods in Squamish. We are walking distance to some of the most popular climbing routes and you can access walking trails and mountain biking trails right from our house. Our home is a 20-minute walk to downtown Squamish, where you will find grocery stores, restaurants, boutique shops, coffee shops, and yoga studios. If you don't feel like walking, the bus stop is just outside of our house.
Squamish is a town that has a lot of young families, so there is plenty of opportunity to find work doing childcare during the times you are not helping us with the kids / house. Most people pay $15/hr, which is the current minimum wage in BC.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
25 hours a week
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