Roo’s family traces their Canadian roots back to the late 1880’s.  Two times Great Aunt Amanda immigrated to Canada and married a Toronto Hotelier.  The two, with their young family, eventually made their way to Vancouver.

In Vancouver they owned and operated the Strand Hotel, as well as the Duker and Shaw Ad Agency.  The Strand Hotel and Restaurant took up half a city block downtown, next door to where Birk’s stands today.  Duker and Shaw Ad Agency was responsible for many of the billboard ads around town in the early 1900’s.


Today Roo lives in West Vancouver with her family.  When she is not arranging mortgages for clients she can be found riding, hiking, and snowboarding on the local mountains.