by Rhonda Massad
Matt Del Vecchio and Stefanie Cadou, proud parents of Lisa (21), Axelle (20) and Anthony (18). This family has the feel of a good old fashioned Brady Bunch segment, Lisa and Anthony are Matt’s children and Axelle is Stefanie’s daughter. While the family played hard this past winter on a ski vacation and handling the demands of Zola their 125 pound Great Dane who loves mischief, the couple got back to work at their love for the community as soon as family time was over.
“The kids were actually eating the supplies as we tried our best to stick together a gingerbread house over the holidays,” Matt explained. “Back to work was easy in comparison.”
This dynamic couple were married in 2006 and have combined their work and philanthropic work into one mission. Supporting seniors. Matt opened their dream business called Lianas Services. The company name “Lianas” is an acronym of the three children (Lisa, Anthony and Axelle Santerre). Matt is the owner of Lianas Services – Retirement Home Search and Transition Support, and Stephanie compliments that business as a residential real estate broker with Royal Lepage Village. Her specialty is Seniors in Transition, and she was the recent recipient of the Royal Lepage President’s Gold Award recognizing their top brokers in Quebec. Stefanie works closely with families throughout the process of downsizing, moving and maximizing the value and sale of the family home.
“Both of us left the corporate world to live our dream of owning their own business in a field that we are so passionate about,” Matt continued. “It also brought on a fulfilling and sometimes challenging dynamic of working together in our own company. We make it a point to be sure to include ‘couple time’ aside to avoid the trap of being 24 / 7 in the business.”
The couple can be found giving conferences and seminars about senior living trends, downsizing tips and maximizing the value of your home to community centers, associations, municipalities, religious groups, wealth planners, real estate brokers, and specialty organizations.
“We strongly believe in making the best of everyday as life is short,” Matt explained. ” The nature of our business reminds us that we can’t take anything for granted. We teach our children to appreciate life; respect others and themselves; have a strong work ethic, and don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. Create memories while you can yet be responsible and accountable.”
The family is anxious to get back outside and enjoy the warmer temperatures.
“We love hearing stories about family roots and their beginnings. It would be nice to hear from people who have been living in Westmount for decades.”
Matt is also the host of a weekly radio show called “Life Unrehearsed” on CJAD800 in Montreal. He is a Certified Professional Consultant on Aging (CPCA).
Together, they have been featured on Breakfast Television, Global Television, BNN and CJAD
Lianas services is a free service offered to those seniors needing transition support.