Member Spotlight – April

Francine Legault

Real Estate Sales Representative
Sotheby's International Realty Canada

Francine is a full time Realtor with Sotheby’s International. She not only negotiates the best price and conditions for clients, but also has a flair for decorating! With her eye for design, sellers get staging advice, making sure their homes look spectacular to get top dollar. Building rapport and relationships with clients is important, and Francine makes sure they are clear about processes and options available in all real estate transactions.


Francine was interested in real estate for a long time before finally deciding to take the plunge. Being a natural sales person, she’s had some interesting sales jobs: solid and medical waste industries, selling cars, and development manager for a private investigations company.


Moving from Quebec with limited English, Francine followed her own advice, “Don’t worry about making mistakes, learn from them.” Francine says she’s shy and uses humour to overcome it. She says “It’s important to laugh at least once a day!” True to her word, she beams confidence, and is also currently the President of the Francophone Chamber of Commerce.


Finding time to play tennis a few times a week helps her find energy for the demands of buying and selling. She also appreciates disconnecting from work, enjoying time with her husband and dog on their boat. There’s nothing better than anchoring in a secluded spot, enjoying sunsets and the sound of the waves.


Francine enjoyed her time volunteering as SWAN treasurer and also feels SWAN has been a place to meet wonderful ladies, and discover valuable tips from the numerous speakers


For more information contact Francine at or her cell 604.723.4404


Interviewed by Lianne Shyry

Serena Mellen

Juice Plus

Serena Mellen is passionate about people and their health. For over 10 years, she has organized health education lectures, collaborated with health professionals and provides her customers with a whole food supplement called Juice Plus. Designed to address the reality that most people don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables, Juice Plus provides needed nutrition, backed by extensive research and science.


Serena was running a Landscape Design business, when she started Juice Plus as a hobby -- motivated by her desire for her family to eat more healthily. As she became more and more impressed by this product and began to share it widely, her passion for Juice Plus eventually superseded her passion for gardening. Now Juice Plus is her main focus and her landscape projects have become the hobby. Her business affords her the freedom to travel and do her business from anywhere.


In running her business, Serena has overcome her fear of public speaking and approaching people, by simply doing it often. Says Serena, “Having your own business is a personal development journey.” She recommends jumping at any opportunity for training and says “When you focus on your passion, the fear vanishes.” She also gains inspiration from the speakers and businesswomen at SWAN.


A little know fact is that Serena once rode show jumpers competitively. At age 21 she competed with (and beat!) three Olympic medallists. She carries into her business the courage, passion and determination which she developed through her sports experience. Currently, she loves dragon boating, being outdoors, hiking and painting.

You can contact Serena at: 604 925-3003

Interviewed by Shirley Vollett.

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