My name is Veronique. I'm a single mother of two spirited boys (13 and 11 years old), for whom I share custody with their father, and a sweet 12 months old baby girl. I'm working 4 days a week as a Policy Advisor on endangered species for the Federal Government and we have a busy life : I'm a dedicated meditator, I enjoy spending time in nature and with my friends, and the boys play competitive soccer. All that leaves me little time to take care of my house and all the associated chores. In the last 2 years, we hosted 6 workawayers and loved the experience.
In general, I will favor workawayers who have a driving licence and would be willing to stay at my place for one month or more.
Babysitting / child care
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
I live in Aylmer (Gatineau), which is 15 minutes away from Ottawa on the Quebec side of the Ottawa river. Being so close to Ottawa provides a great exposure to all the culture and heritage available in Canada's Capital (museums, cultural events and festivals such as pow wows - Indigenous gathering/celebration).
Aylmer is 50% Anglophone, 50% Francophone and my neighborhood is right by the Ottawa river. We have access to beautiful bike paths, beaches and a national park (Gatineau Park) with hundreds of kms of hiking and cross-country skiing trails. The old part of Aylmer is a cute and welcoming area with restaurants, coffee shops, bars and stores. Public transport is available.
My first language is French and I'm fluent in English. I can also understand Spanish. I'm happy to teach French to Workawayers.
Since I often drive to Montreal, which is 2 hours away, I'm happy to give rides if you want to go visit.
I'm mainly looking for Workawayers to help me:
- prepare meals;
- wash the dishes;
- grocery shopping;
- house cleaning (our cleaning "lady" comes every 2 weeks so she takes care of most of it);
- do laundry;
- change beds' sheets;
- mow the lawn;
- take care of my plants and vegetable garden.
At times, I will also have some home maintenance project such as:
- painting rooms;
- sandblasting, varnishing/painting a piece of furniture.
I'm not necessarily expecting a single Workaway being able to do everything on my list. Whatever you can offer is a great help for me.
My parents live in Montreal and they are aging so I sometime need to go help them. When I'm away, I need the Workawayer to house sit and in some occasion help out my son's dad with simple chores (their dad and I live on the same street).
I'm expecting Workawayers to work between 20 and 25 hours a week (4-5 hours a day) in exchange for food and accommodation. I'm very flexible with how you want to organize your time and I'm obviously happy to pay minimum wage for any extra hours you would agree to work if needed.
French, English, Spanish (functional)
My house is a 2010 square foot (187 square meter) semi-detached on a quiet street. There is a patio in my backyard and my favorite spot is the hammock under the tree beside the porch.
The first floor has a living room with a piano and a large couch, a kitchen/dining room area as well as a washroom.
The 2nd floor has three rooms (mine, my eldest son's room and one for the workawayer) and a bathroom.
The basement has my youngest son's room, a living room with a sofabed, a bathroom and a laundry room.
There is a family computer (both Mac and PC), high-speed Wi-Fi and Netflix available for Workawayers.
I have a bike I am happy to lend to Workawayers and can give rides when I go out. When I don't need my car, I'm also happy to lend it. We also have a small sailboat at the local marina and, if you want to learn, my older son would love to teach you how.
Food is included. Workawayers can feel free to share meals with me and my kids or cook their own meals. If you have a special diet or different tastes, I'm glad to pay for grocery shopping.
I'm open-minded and traveled a lot. I really enjoy foreigners' company and don't have any specific expectations apart from no smoking in my house.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week