The vegetable garden that flourished in Gordana’s back yard was a lush, lifegiving resource. Her grandmother tended to it constantly, harvesting tomatoes, beans, peas and yellow squash. All meals came from that garden. Self-sufficient by nature, her grandmother baked bread and even made soap by hand. From her earliest recollection, Gordana’s immigrant family instilled a legacy of hard work, unity and pride that enriches her life to this very day. Traditions That Endure As Europeans intent on making Canada their home, her father and grandmother passed on traditional values that Gordana still holds dear. Her father was a mechanic who built his business from the ground up. He insisted on teaching his daughter the skills of his trade, so Gordana learned car repair in childhood. At age 15, her first job offer came from a Firestone Tire franchise in Toronto, where the duties included oil changes and brake jobs. Although she was qualified, her father steered her toward academics. Gordana complied, but she still knows her way around a car engine, which has certainly come in handy. Crafting a Home and Livelihood More importantly, this successful businesswoman learned how things fit together, whether it’s mechanics or cooking. Her two influences laid a foundation, not just of survival, but of thriving. And throughout life, Gordana’s many accomplishments were inspired by her family’s example. “My father made gold out of straw,” she recalls, and her family leveraged every resource to craft a home and a livelihood. In the process, they gave Gordana a legacy by which to live. In her real estate career, Gordana brings the power of that legacy to buyers and sellers who seek their own dreams in Toronto. Deeply involved in the city’s philanthropic projects, she has a vast network of contacts that can make a home sale quick and efficient. Her local familiarity is an asset for buyers; she knows which neighbourhoods, schools and amenities will fit each client’s specific needs, based on decades of experience. Having been raised with the influence of another culture, Gordana can make the buying and selling process smoother for Toronto’s diverse population. Whether they’re newcomers or established residents, Gordana can expertly guide clients to the cultural wonders of this cosmopolitan city. As a parent, she’s especially sensitive to the needs of families who’re looking for their own foundation in a new place. Her contacts and extended network enable a smooth lifestyle transition for both foreign and domestic clients. Compassionate and Tenacious Buying or selling a home in the greater Toronto area can be a challenge, and it pays to work with a professional who knows the city intimately. Gordana Valois is a compassionate but serious agent who brings years of negotiation and marketing skills to the table. Her tenacity and love of the city make Gordana the obvious choice for anyone wanting to see their dreams come true. Call her today. She’s creating A Legacy of Service in Toronto.