Donna Grudgfield is the longest-serving Real Estate Agent in Smithers.  She has been in the industry for over 40 years and she has done her utmost to work hard for her clients.  You can’t be in this profession and have that kind of longevity without a serious love for the job and the people. You can find her working for RE/MAX Bulkley Valley.

Before my son was born, I worked at RE/MAX as a receptionist and I got to know the agents in that office pretty well.  Donna was always friendly and bright, and always had something funny to say or a story to tell.

As an agent myself now, Donna has been a pleasure to work with.  I’ve seen first-hand that she works hard for her clients but also has the wisdom to create boundaries and takes charge in her career.  I admire her work ethic and I also know that she has blazed the trail for women like me. She is a lover of creatures great and small; kind, a little cheeky, and always quick to smile.

Welcome to the table, Donna!

How long have you called the Bulkley Valley home? 

I moved to the Bulkley Valley in 1986. So now it would be 35 years.

What is one thing you’ve learned about friendship (or community)?

It is very important to have and make friends in the community. Your friends and family are a good source for business and keep you informed of things that happen around the area.  They know you and trust you and make you feel good about yourself.

What is one area you are growing in?

That’s a hard question.  We are constantly growing and improving, so I would say I’m growing in all areas.  I learn something new every day.

What is one thing you would say to your younger self? 

“Work Hard and keep your nose clean, and, always wear fresh underwear in case you are in an accident. Always expect the unexpected.”

Who inspires you and why?

I am inspired by the Young and the Old.  The young are always seeking knowledge and ask great questions to keep me on my toes.  The elderly have gained a lot of knowledge to share and can always teach me new things.  They both inspire me to do better every day.

What do you know is true, and how do you carry that day to day? 

I know what is true by listening to my gut.  I test that every day. If my stomach hurts, I know there is something wrong, or something I should be wary of.  If it’s calm when I ask my questions, then I know that is true.  I use that theory every day.

There is a quote from Deserata that says “Speak your truth quietly and clearly, and listen to others. Even the dull and the ignorant, they too have their story.”

So, I listen then I ask questions.  If there is truth in their story, I will feel it.