What If I Could Do That Too?
Susie Cipolla started her working career as a physiotherapist. She had lived in Squamish since the age of four, and grew up skiing at Whistler. Following university, she worked out of an Atco trailer with the only local doctor, as Whistler Village was being built. By 2007, there were 4 clinics – 3 in Whistler and one in Squamish – and over 45 employees. At that time, Susie and her partner sold the lot and retired. "People always ask me if I miss physiotherapy," Susie muses, "and I do miss the clients and my co-workers but I don’t miss the responsibilities that go with having a 365-day-a-year business. Owning a business in Whistler can be exciting, but also very challenging. I loved my job, but after 30 years it was time to hand over the reins to the next generation of professionals." Now, the real question came to the fore. What to do next? Susie's sister was in real estate, and Susie pondered that for a while. She thought about staging homes to sell, but the truth of the matter was that everything sounded a little too much like work. It was time to do something for herself, something that allowed her creative spirit to shine forth. "My friend Bea Gonzales, a local oil painter, was organizing art workshops in Whistler," Susie explains, "and she convinced me to sign up for a
left, Bear On The Move, acrylic on canvas, 60" x 48" above, Road Trip, acrylic on canvas, 10" x 10"