It’s a bittersweet week for us here at Copper Island Fine Homes. One of our longest serving employees, Project Manager and journeyman carpenter Dean Friesen, is hanging up his toolbelt.
We couldn’t be happier for Dean and his wife Becky, who will soon have a lot more time to devote to their mutual love of fishing, both here in the Shuswap and on Mexico’s Baja Penisula. But as Dean finishes his final week of work this Friday and concludes his 15 year association with us, we know that we’ll have to work that much harder without his steady presence on the new home and renovation projects that he has become so skilled at managing and moving forward to completion over the years.
“Our company’s success and emergence as the Shuswap’s builder of choice is due in large part to Dean’s hard work, skill and knowledge,” says Marcus Picton, Copper Island Fine Homes President and CEO. “When you look back at our company’s impressive body of work over the years, and the awards and honours that we’ve accumulated as home builders and renovators, you can see Dean’s influence and craftsmanship everywhere. He will be truly missed in every aspect of our business. We thank him for his dedication and contributions, and while we’re reluctant to let him go, we wish him nothing but the best in his retirement.”
“It’s hard to imagine how we could have been this successful without Dean’s steady hand and uncompromising commitment to quality over the years,” adds Copper Island Fine Homes founder Greg Vistisen, who is still consulting with the company during the transition period to the new ownership. “When I hired Dean back in 2007, I knew that I had recruited a hard worker and a skilled tradesman. But what I didn’t quite understand was just how committed of an employee that Dean would become, and what kind of a jobsite leader that he would turn out to be. He’s left huge shoes to fill.”
Fortunately, helping to fill those shoes is none other than Dean’s daughter Heidi, who is also one of our prized Project Managers. So while we reluctantly say goodbye to Dean, it’s comforting to know that we’ll continue to benefit from the Friesen family work ethic for years to come. Additionally, we've hired some highly qualified staff in the past year -- in particular, our new Project Manager Doug Mann brings 30 years of construction experience to the position, and together with Heidi, will ensure Dean's legacy remains intact as we continue to build our clients' Shuswap dreams.
From all of your friends and co-workers here at Copper Island Fine Homes, our sincere thanks, Dean, and best wishes for many fantastic days of fishing in your future.