What If I Could Do That Too?

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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"

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