Maria C

Looking to nurture and support a family

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Nanny in North York

Thank you for taking the time to read this profile. A little about me: I am originally from the USA- born and raised in Philadelphia, PA. I grew up in the restaurant/bar industry (with live venues)-being Greek BIG surprise there! After my father passed away (my mother passed away a few years prior) I relocated to South Florida where I dabbled in office work and joined the world of retail. I shot up the ranks and became Co Manager. So I am sure by now you are wondering HOW did I end up in Canada? More importantly-WHY did I leave sunny Florida?! What drives people to move across the continent?? besides a criminal record I suppose (bad joke). *Drum roll* I met my husband who is Canadian. I have been living here in Toronto since May 2011. Due to an unfortunate last minute circumstance of not being able to transfer with my company for work-due to not being provided an Open Work Permit I had a gap in my work history. For my first nearly 2 years I was dealing with the sponsorship process, FBI back round checks, paperwork and waiting for my Open Work Permit and eventually Permanent Residency Status. However, I was a nanny for about 5 months until I decided to go back to the retail field. I was caring for a 4 month old baby and occasionally the older sibling 2 yrs old. I thought it was time to join the work force again and conquer the Canadian market. I think I had to prove it to myself. I love my job overall. I currently run a $1.3 million volume store....over see about 18 employees (off holiday season). I enjoy the challenges and rewards of course. But I am finding it hard to maintain work-life balance. But there is a point in ones life you have to do a cost benefit analysis. The pay, the bonuses vs your time off, and your time off you are working, the stress levels can be quite intense. If I were single I think it would be ok. But my time is not my own anymore. I treat my job as if it were MY business. No different than I would care/treat your family and possessions. My current work schedule is varied and brutal at times long hours and weekends/holidays. I am looking for more normalcy, I suppose is the proper wording. I am not adverse to working hard (obviously)-but looking for more structured shifts and something more wholesome. I enjoy the customer loyalty-the relationships I've built with my team and our "neighborhood customers". I know their names, genuinely connect etc. Which makes me happy in seeing that growth. I would like to have more of a direct impact.... I have always been around children, babysitting for friends/family (even for free as a teenager, because I enjoyed it so much). I enjoy cooking and can support in meal preparation, fun snack presentations. I was originally an art major in school. However running a business with a single parent my dreams took a back burner. I love animals!! I rescused a 3 legged kitten and she's still going strong 9 years later. And I also have a dog-a Pembroke Welsh Corgi (my furbabies). I enjoy being outdoors, arts and crafts, reading. I am creative and can easily entertain children. I know when to be firm and instill proper decorum. I enjoy gardening- not just flowers....I currently have a veggie garden (with the help of my in-laws): 20 tomato plants, 10 peppers, eggplants, cucumbers, celery, basil etc.

Nanny Details

Email Address Confirmed
Phone Number 647-783-... Confirmed
Years of Experience 15
Provider Type Individuals
Age Group
Days Per Week 5
Hours Per Week 45
Pay Hourly
Special Needs
Work Eligibility


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