Louise De Pape – Highlights
- Married husband Charles De Pape in our Kaslo home in January 2002
- Homeowner/tax payer since 2001
- Business owner (Kaslo Florists) since Feb 2011
- Kaslo & Area Chamber of Commerce Board Member – 2 Terms 2013/14 and 2014/2015
- Kaslo Communities in Bloom 2010
- Area D Commissionaire 2013
- Restoration of City Hall Committee Member 2009 * 2010
- Kaslo Light-Up Committee 2012/2013
- Sustainable Economic Development Select Committee – Chamber Rep 2014
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My name is Louise De Pape and I fell in love with Kaslo many years ago, when I lived in Cherryville, BC. My mother Kay Montpetit, spent her final years in Kaslo and passed here. I am fortunate to have two of my sisters (Bonnie and Barb) and their spouses live in this community. My husband, Charles, and I purchased our home on Larch Drive in 2001 and through renovations and lots of hands-on work, have developed our property into the beautiful space it is today.
Charles and I have been blessed with 5 sons, two daughters-in-law and 4 granddaughters, 1 grandson and a faithful golden retriever named Skipper.
I believe that when you choose to live in a community, you have decided that this is where you want to invest your time, resources and passion. My husband and I have always volunteered for those organizations and causes that make a difference to the quality of life, not just for ourselves, but for our neighbors and friends.
My background in non-profit management with a fund development major resulted in me obtaining my professional CFRE (Certified Fund Raising Executive) designation. Over the past 15 years, I have worked for a number of human rights organizations and in 2006 I was hired to manage an international peace conference entitled, “Building World Peace: the Role of Religion and Human Rights”. Over a two year period, as I developed this event, I worked with members of the Canadian Senate and representatives from many countries and backgrounds. My last work before moving here was with the University of Alberta, Faculty of Arts where I was a Senior Development Officer.
In January 2011, I discovered that the local flower shop had suddenly closed, without a succession plan for a new florist. As an artist, I was looking for work that would fit into the needs of this community and that would give me the opportunity to use my design skills. Kaslo Florists was incorporated in February 2011 and I have really enjoyed my work as a florist, but that is only a part of the appeal. The most fun is that fact that my shop has become a drop-in centre, where on any given day; you are likely to find neighbors and friends discussing a wide variety of topics while they enjoy a cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate.
I look forward to every season here and particularly love the fall and winter. The pace slows down and the beauty of this alpine winter land shines through. To my delight, my husband and I have discovered that some of the best music and art exhibits take place between November and February. Winter hikes are invigorating and the scenery often changes from day to day, depending on the snowfall and gorgeous cloud formations.