Meet the Team
Choosing a REALTOR® can be a very difficult decision that should not be taken lightly. We want to make that decision easy for you by knowing that you will be working with a team who are not only very knowledgeable on the area, but who will work hard to represent your best interests.
Team Cottage Country works to ensure all your Real Estate needs are addressed and exceeded. We will work with you and your family to find the perfect place to call home or your cottage country retreat. When you hire us, you get the power of a team who will work with you every single step of the way.
With over 16 years of experience focusing on waterfront properties, Shirley has been a cottager in the area since the mid-1960’s and moved here permanently in 2003. She met her husband Ted while staying at Kennisis Lake when she was a teenager. They bought their first cottage on Little Redstone in 1969 and built their retirement home on the same lake in the late 90’s.
Shirley became a Real Estate Salesperson in 2005 and a Broker in 2012. She was on Haliburton’s top team in waterfront sales for 9 years and has been the recipient of Chestnut Park’s Chairman’s award for the past 3 years. Working in real estate works well with her husband Ted’s “retirement” professions (professional engineering consultant and running a cottage rental business).
Moving frequently as a military wife, she had always had a keen interest in the real estate market, so it was a natural progression for her to go into real estate after careers in teaching, banking and working for Passport Canada – Ontario Directorate. After 50 years of marriage, Ted and Shirley are now blessed with 4 wonderful children and 8 awesome grandchildren, all of whom have adopted the Haliburton area as their home away from home.
Sam is the newest member of the team and is proud to have been born and raised in Haliburton County. She knows and loves all things cottage country.
Sam graduated from Georgian College with a degree in business, then went on to run her own Professional Organizing business for a few years. Always interested in Real Estate Sam decided to make the jump to work with Shirley. After only a few months Sam knew that Real Estate was where she wanted to be.
From photos to advertisements, she does it all! She manages the team’s marketing strategy and social media, working to showcase all your property has to offer, while being there to assist you with any questions you might have.
Working with Sam was a fantastic experience for us. She was our first and only agent we worked with while looking for our dream cottage as we quickly realized how capable she was. When you work with Sam, you’re getting access to an agent with an amazing wealth of knowledge, everything from septic systems and local building by-laws to lake water levels and local restaurants/amenities in the Lake of Bays/Haliburton areas. Every place we looked at, she’d have a keen eye spotting small details that we may have overlooked and let us know about things we should be aware of or should consider in the future with each particular home. But most importantly, she’s a wonderful person who’s simply honest, thorough, punctual, and responsive. We never felt pressured into anything but instead, felt that Sam genuinely wanted to help us find a place that was just right for us and really nothing less. We highly recommend her to anyone who’s looking to buy a cottage in the area as you really can’t find anyone better.
We really enjoyed working with Shirley and Sam. They are friendly, enthusiastic, and easy to work with. With their help, we found a cottage we are incredibly happy with.
Shirley has looked after five real estate transactions for us – three property sales and two purchases. We found her to be very professional, knowledgeable, competent and caring. Just like it says on her signs, Shirley and her team go the extra mile! We would highly recommend her and wouldn’t dream of hiring anyone else!
Nancy and Ian Wall
Shirley, we wanted to thank you for helping us find this beautiful cottage and our sweet cabin on the island. We are so happy with both properties. We also really appreciate all of your help selling our friend’s cottage. We are blessed to have met you and have had your patient and confident guidance through all three transactions! Thanks so much!!
Hallie and Frank
Thank you Shirley for all your help since our arrival on Little Redstone. From the use of your dock, to the patient answering of all our questions and everything in between, you have both been kind and generous to us and our family. We appreciate all you have done and hope you know that we are happy to help you at any time.
Ehsan and Beth
Shirley – Thank you so much for the hard work and results in selling my cottage and lot next door.
Hi Shirley. Just a quick note to thank you for the great job you did finding us the cottage of our dreams. Your patience, professionalism and hard work are a credit to your profession. Thanks again.
John and Colleen
Shirley – Many thanks to you for helping me navigate the road bumps that came along with the cottage sale and sharing your experience and providing quick responses to my many requests for help.
I cannot express how much I appreciate everything that you did to help through the process of the sale.
We were complete newcomers to the Haliburton area and contacted Shirley to view a few properties while we were visiting. Shirley showed us a number of properties at various price points and provided us with recent sales information to assist us in making an informed decision. She was extremely knowledgeable, responsive and resourceful, connecting us with all the right people, which enabled us to make one of the best decisions we have ever made. Shirley worked closely with us throughout the buying process and facilitated a challenging and final transaction while we were overseas. We are extremely happy with our property and grateful for the truly exceptional service we received.
Thank you Shirley for your generous guidance and support before, during and after our purchase.
Seymour Schinke & Eva Svoboda
Kennisis Lake $1,750,000
On behalf of the Goemans family i just want to acknowledge and commend you and the entire Chestnut Park Team.
Throughout the whole process of listing our cottage your team have been professional,proactive and meticulous.
Your reputation for being first class is why we chose Chestnut Park to handle our listing and not once did we regret that decision. On several occasions you went above and beyond our expectations, dealing with hiccups and bumps that typically arise in this process. And those are reasons you’ve ultimately earned our trust and respects well as future referrals amongst our circle of friends,family and peers.
You deserve all accolades.