Name: Colette Roberge.
Age: Ha ha!
Business name: Vineyard Park of Surprise, 16650 N. Stadium Way, Surprise; 623-561-7728 or Colette@carepartnersliving.com.
Personal background highlights: I’ve jumped out of a perfectly good airplane!
What I do: Sales and marketing for assisted living and memory care communities.
Previous occupation and why I left: I did bookkeeping and payroll for several years. People are way more fun than numbers!
Changes I’d like to see in this area: I haven’t lived here long enough to answer that yet. Ask me again next year!
What am I promoting: A company that offers great care as well as financial options for families needing to move their loved ones into a community! We work with Medicaid in Washington and will work with ALTCS here in Arizona!
What I’m excited about and why: Exploring a new state with my family! We just moved here this summer.
Favorite community cause and why: Anything that supports our veterans. My dad is a Vietnam veteran and I have other family members who have served our country.
When and why I started my employment here: I came here in July because the company I worked for in Washington, CarePartners Senior Living, acquired its first community in Arizona. It’s now called Vineyard Park of Surprise.
Where I came from and why I left: Washington state. Needed a break from the rain!
My family: I’ve been married to my contractor husband, Chip, for 27 years. We have two adult children, both attending Grand Canyon University. Our son, Cage, is 23 in the Worship Arts program and our daughter, Cadence, is 20 and is studying early childhood education.
My interests and hobbies: I love to bake! Especially cookies, and because of that, I also love to work out! Enjoy hiking and biking and weekend trips to fun places. I love home décor projects and organizing. Also love good wine and good food!
People who inspire me and how: My children inspire me! They are both incredible people finding their way in a tough world right now. They are very different from each other but have individual qualities and talents that I love about them! Cage has a crazy sense of humor and a laugh that you can’t help but laugh with him when you hear it. His self-taught talent with music and photography is amazing! Cadence has always been the most self-sufficient person I know! She has an uncanny way of letting things just roll off her back. I’ve always admired that about her! She’s a hard worker and isn’t afraid to get in and get dirty! They both played high level soccer and my favorite pastime was watching them on the pitch! My residents also inspire me. Aging is not an easy thing sometimes and watching them work hard to get stronger after an illness or injury or to stay independent is always humbling to me! We have a lot of fun together, too, which is so important!
My guiding philosophy: You can’t control other people, but you can control how you let them affect you. Everyone writes their own story!
My advice to today’s youth: Pay attention and ask all the questions. Do your own research.