Meet The Team
Cindy RobertsLiving and working as a Realtor in the Oceanside area (also since 1993) has been one of the most rewarding experiences of Cindy's life. As a skilled negotiator who is very passionate about her work, she gives her best to her clients every day and operates with the highest level of integrity and honesty. She has sold hundreds of homes over the years and sometimes even now to the next generation of her clients' families. She feels privileged & humbled to be given that level of trust.
She has received many awards over the years: the Master Sales Awards, Director's Platinum Awards & the Diamond Awards, also putting her in the top 3% of Royal LePage realtors across Canada. Her most coveted award is the Lifetime Award of Excellence. That award has only been achieved with the help of hundreds of lifelong clients continuing to allow her to be of service to them.
Cindy has known Susan since Susan's first days as a realtor and is really excited to be part of "The Team! " Cindy says, "Susan is simply delightful, thoughtful, dedicated, and honest. Being asked to join the team was an honor and I wake up each morning excited for what the new day will bring!"
Cindy doesn't usually get much spare time, but when she does she enjoys reading, skiing, quiet walks along the boardwalk at Parksville Beach with her husband Rob, and spending time with her 7 little granddaughters. You'll occasionally find them at one of the many beautiful lakes nearby in their 21ft Viking boat (complete with 7 little lifejackets!).
She loves her family most of all, loves her work, and loves her life!
Ashley BowlesAshley grew up in the small tourist town of Gananoque, Ontario on the banks of the St. Lawrence River. Real estate was somewhat of a hobby for her family as they were always on the lookout for their next dream home and many weekends were spent going to open houses. Her love of homes grew as she did, and soon she was off to College in Ottawa where she graduated from the Architecture program at Algonquin College.
Soon after graduation Ashley knew a career in Real Estate was the perfect fit, combining her love of homes and her ease with people. In 2005 Ashley began her Real Estate career with "The McCann Team" at Royal LePage Ottawa. In search of a better family life, better weather, and also just for the sake of adventure, she moved to Vancouver Island with her husband, young daughter and big energetic rescue dog "Fred". Ashley's knowledge of house construction provides her with the insight to see beyond the mere cosmetics of a building, to see the structural details beneath. She has a great ability to connect with people from all walks of life with understanding and enthusiasm. She treats her clients as friends and has established many close long term relationships along the way.
A dedicated dog-lover, she has served on the board of directors for a dog rescue group. In the little spare time she does have, Ashley and her family can be found enjoying Vancouver Islands great outdoors via land or sea. Ashley is thrilled to be living her dream life and working with such an amazing real estate team.
Sherry PilkingtonHaving been raised in Parksville from a very young age, Sherry has developed a love for Vancouver Island and an understanding as to why it is such a popular place to call home for people from all over the world.
Prior to becoming a licensed Realtor she was a Customer Service Representative for a family run home construction business. Having worked in the industry since 1995, she is fully educated in new home construction and considers herself an expert in this field. She loved everything from the sales process to the importance of coordinating all the little details between the builders and the clients. She understands the overall process of purchasing a home whether it is new construction or previously owned. Integrity and honesty are very important to her.
"I met Susan in 2014 at a real estate function and I knew right away that she was the kind of person whom I would get along well with and thought one day it would be great to work with her. We had met a few times to discuss fundraising for the Woman's Shelter and things just blossomed from there and then we discussed me joining her team. I had met all the other team members and knew that it would be a great fit. The integrity and honesty was there that I was looking for. It is definitely an honor to be part of the number 1 team in British Columbia."
Barbara CookeHelping buyers and sellers in the Oceanside area is a real pleasure for Barbara Cooke. With considerable experience running her own successful small business, extensive real estate training, and a deep familiarity with the military transfer/posting process, her dedication to service and attention to detail will be invaluable in meeting and exceeding all of your real estate needs.
Born in the Maritimes, Barbara grew up in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick before moving to British Columbia as a young adult, spending all but three years on Vancouver Island. Barbara and her husband lived in the Victoria area for more than 20 years, running her own in-home daycare for infants and children while raising their two now-grown daughters. In 2012, they decided to "retire" and make the Oceanside area their home, moving to beautiful Nanoose Bay.
"I'm used to helping families and also running a small business, but after 27 years I wanted to try something new. Growing up in and marrying into a military family, I am very familiar with the Military Transfer process and house hunting trip procedure. It was this experience that piqued my interest in real estate and I got my license in 2015."
Barbara is very excited to be part of Team Susan Forrest. "It's a real honor and a privilege, and I guarantee my full attention to your needs and will respond promptly to your questions, phone calls and emails." She loves living in Oceanside and experiencing all that the area offers. In her spare time Barbara enjoys fishing, fitness training, reading, cooking & baking, gardening, her Golden Labrador Retriever "Gracie", and sailing the picturesque local waters in their sailboat "Executive Curl."
Barbara considers herself lucky to call this beautiful place home and looks forward to helping you find the perfect home, sell your current home, or find your ideal recreational property.
Glenda GellnerGlenda is originally from the lower mainland where she had worked for many years in accounting for the natural resources industry. She moved to the Island in 1981 and settled in French Creek with her husband and their two young daughters. As empty nesters they moved to Coombs for more space for her husband's hobbies.
She is Susan's aunt and has followed Susan in her hospitality career since 1987, so it was only natural for her to join in real estate as Susan's assistant from the beginning.
Glenda enjoys the administrative and paperwork side of this business, as well as meeting all of the wonderful people we deal with on a daily basis. She says, "Since Susan talked me into getting my real estate license, I am happy to be able to help the other realtors on our team as needed and also work with prospective buyers."
In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, 4 grandchildren, gardening, biking, going for walks, playing wallyball, and vacationing at their cabin on the lake. Her yellow lab (Sandi) often comes to work with her, while her orange tabby cat Rusty stays at home and destroys the furniture.
Kerry Voth"Susan was, at first, my realtor but quickly became a great friend. In 2008 a position opened up on Team Susan Forrest and she asked me to join. I have never looked back."
His 30 years of experience as a freelance graphic artist and 20 years in customer service prepared him well for the position of media specialist.
"Susan values new ideas and constantly inspires me to keep pushing the boundaries and find new ways of promoting our listings and our team. I love the dynamic creative environment and my team-mates are first class."
In his leisure time Kerry enjoys life's simple pleasures; reading, sunny afternoons, great meals, outdoor activities, and pursuing various artistic interests.
April QuigleyApril moved to the Island in 2009 from Winnipeg, where she studied and worked in the health field, eventually retiring.
She loves to call Oceanside home. Practically since the day she moved here she has worked as a real estate administrator with John and Teresa Sandiford of Sandiford Homes until their retirement in 2014. Although quiet, April has been fondly referred to as 'mighty mouse', due to her unflappable, focused, consistent determination to get the job done right. "My greatest skill, I am told, is my organization under stress!"
April is excited to continue to work in this field and to apply her many skills to Team Susan Forrest.
Colby BernesWith a deep interest in real estate, extensive experience in negotiating with agents, and a solid hands-on working knowledge of land development and home construction, life-long Vancouver Islander Colby Bernes has learned the ins-and-outs of real estate from the ground up!
Born in Port Alberni and raised in Parksville, Colby joined his families' construction company in 1992, soon becoming a Red Seal Journeyman Carpenter. Eventually he branched out to much more than just carpenter duties, from running equipment to fine finishing to developing land and building subdivisions in the Comox Valley, Port Alberni, and Parksville. After spending 22 years building residential homes, he decided it was time for a break from construction in the fall of 2013. Having always had an eye for real estate and owning multiple properties himself, real estate seemed like a natural next step.
When Colby met Susan Forrest, he immediately knew she was the kind of person that he could see himself working with. "It was Susan's intense focus on her clients' needs that I found so refreshing, it's a motto that I feel as well. I've dealt with a lot of real estate agents over my life, but I've never met anyone like her. She is the most honest and true person that I know."
Now a resident of Nanoose Bay, Colby is delighted to be a part of Team Susan Forrest and is looking forward to the future. When he isn't working, he and his wife enjoy exploring the beautiful outdoors of mid-Vancouver Island and taking holidays in a warm climate.
Sandy WardSandy grew up in Calgary where she earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and spent 7 years working in the Oil and Gas Industry. She then travelled the world with her husband and relocated to Bermuda for nine years where she worked trading currencies in the Banking Industry, worked at a hedge fund, and started a family.
Having always loved the Island, they were happy to bring the family of nature lovers to our special Oceanside Community.
Sandy has experience in the industry, having been a licensed realtor for 2.5 years. "I enjoy helping the team members and their clients. I thrive in a busy work environment and love the administrative side of the business. In my spare time I play beach volleyball and teach yoga (just to the team, though)."
Kathleen CookeWith an efficient manner and wonderfully energetic spirit, Kathleen Cooke brings a wide and varied skill set to Team Susan Forrest.
As a registered massage therapist, she worked at the Banff Springs Spa and various Spas on Salt Spring Island until an injury prevented her from continuing.
After spending a year attending Halifax's Dalhousie University, Kathleen decided that a warmer climate was more to her liking and relocated to Vancouver Island, attending the Royal Conservatory of Music in Victoria and spending 7 years as a singer of classical music.
In her spare time Kathleen can be found working out at the gym and indulging in scuba diving as a PADI certified diver.
"The one thing that I love most about living in Oceanside is being so close to the water. If I can't physically be at the beach, at least I can see the ocean at all times, even from work."
Karin LeggattKarin was born and raised in Calgary. In 1996, tired of the cold and snow, she moved to Bermuda with her family and became involved in the start-up of a cellular phone company, managed a personal insurance team, and did some consulting for a travel agency. Eventually she left Bermuda and moved to Kelowna to be closer to family and build a couple of homes.
"A few years ago it felt like time for a change once again and the desire for warmer climate with less snow was at the top of my requirements list, and in Canada that means the Parksville area."
Karin is a project girl and provides support to the team wherever it's needed. Some days you'll find her working on processes and procedures, and other days you'll find her covering the phones or trying to fix a computer problem.
"When I first met Susan, I instantly felt a connection with her. I loved Susan's vision, values and strong sense of care for others, and wanted to be part of the team." In her spare time, Karin can be found treasure hunting, re-purposing furniture, cooking, coaching and doing yoga.