Hello, my name is Michelle Lashbrook, and I am the new owner of Gateway Monuments.
I had dreamt for a long time of owning my own business. But not just any business: I really wanted something that would have meaning to not only myself, but also to the clients that I would serve.
This opportunity came my way and I jumped on it - not a traditional business or a glamorous one, but one where I felt that I would be able to do something good and meaningful with. I have extensive experience with customer service including as a sales and front desk manager in a large hotel chain, and as well as a retirement living consultant in an independent living retirement home.
I have also had many experiences of dealing with the loss of a loved one, and understand what an emotional roller-coaster grief can be and the importance of closure and dealing with death in a healthy way. I also have experience with taking care of several people in palliative care, including my own mother, and understand the physical and emotional stresses that care-givers go through.
As most business that are starting up, there are learning curves in the beginning. We are learning and growing and I am confident that we are on the right path to becoming the #1 Monument and more company that will serve our beautiful Northern Ontario area. Gateway has an amazing support system of family members and local successful business owners that act as advisors and mentors: an individual or business is never a success solely on their own.
Gateway was a family owned business, with the previous owners having taken the business from their original home in Sault Ste. Marie to Corbeil, and finally to Callander where they were located for many years. They served a large Northern Ontario area, and we are looking forward to serving the same areas.
The vision that I have for Gateway is not only to serve people in their needs for monuments and memorials, but also for pet monuments and memorials, custom pieces, landscaping pieces including address and family name markers on stone, and as well as businesses for granite business signs. We are also offering on-site lettering and will soon be able to offer commercial sandblasting.
If it can be written in stone, we can find a way to do it! I look forward to this exciting adventure and to serving our clients now and for many years to come.
Should you have any questions, please fee free to connect with me! I will be posting weekly blogs on different topics and look forward to your feedback.
"May you Live all the days of your life." ~ Jonathan Swift