We are a dynamic, diverse group of people who love what we do. We are supported by our families and friends, encouraged by our customers, and inspired by our collective belief that the challenges facing our communities are offset by endless possibility.
Jan, with her husband Tim, purchased EcoInhabit in the fall of 2010 and is delighted to be part of something so vibrant and innovative.
With a background in project management, corporate development and marketing, Jan sank her teeth into growing the business, firmly convinced that more and more people are searching for ways to make their homes healthier and more ecologically responsible without sacrificing quality or beauty.
Growing up on a small family farm, Jan was well rooted in nature before her move to Toronto to pursue a career in television production. When she married Tim, also a farm kid, they decided to return to the country. They farmed holistically for a number of years, focusing on rejuvenating their land.
They home schooled their two children and Jan later spent a few rewarding years working as a team-building facilitator and as Executive Director for Habitat for Humanity Grey Bruce. With EcoInhabit comes a wonderful opportunity to blend experience and personal passions. To help people re-connect with the natural world through the choices they make for their homes is a key motivator.
Jan also feels strongly that it is healthy, resilient and self-sustaining local communities that will get all of us through and beyond the economic, social and environmental challenges ahead. She is working to make EcoInhabit a space where people can gather to learn, share ideas, re-imagine, and get inspired to make thoughtful changes, however large or small, that will enhance their lives and, ultimately, improve the world around them.
Tim loves anything to do with building and has since he was a kid. He has a 25 year history of exceptional home interiors, cabinetry and millwork. His design sensibility, craftsmanship and commitment to his clients have produced a portfolio of work that has exceeded expectations and turned clients into friends.
Tim is inspired by the beauty of architectural detail and is a believer that good design, inside and out, has the power to bring positive change to the lives of families and their communities. His restoration of museums and historical residences gave him a real respect for traditional workmanship.
For Tim, the fundamentals are key. In carpentry, square and level, sharp and fair. In nature, the functions of the ecosystem: water and mineral cycles, biodiversity and energy conversion.
In the early 90s, with Jan and their children, he kick started their farm, focusing considerable attention on restoring the bio-diversity of the land using noninvasive, holistic pasture management. Tim has woven his personal philosophy of ‘whole thinking’ into both his farming and building protocol. Taking on EcoInhabit seemed like a natural progression.
He had been using paint and wood finishes from EcoInhabit in his shop for a few years so he knew how safe and effective they were. Tim’s dedication to moving beyond sustainable and into restorative living has led him to the construction of energy efficient, ecological and healthy homes and he is very pleased to be able to offer his services through EcoInhabit.