Distributor of the Week: Jennifer Shepherd

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Name: Jennifer “Jenny” Shepherd
Location: Bainsville, Ontario
Start Date: November 2016

What’s your SweetLegs™ Story?

I have always wanted my own business, and as a plus size person, to be able to truly promote an amazing product that REALLY does fit all size women was an amazing opportunity. Between my retail sales background & the untapped market of the West Island in Montreal, I knew I simply had to TRY selling SweetLegs™!

How has being a SweetLegs™ Independent Distributor impacted your day-to-day life?

It has given me the confidence to know I really can have my own business. I have been forever changed by some of the incredible people I have met this past year, both customers and fellow vendors. It took a year of hard work, dedication, countless late nights, very early mornings in our garage filling orders for delivery before I left for my day job. Financially it has allowed my husband and I to invest, pay off Christmas, pay off most of our debts, and added the ability to travel. So much has changed in only 1 year!

Jenny’s hubby rocking SweetLegs™

Tell us something exciting about yourself that others may not know?

Although I live in Ontario, I am born and raised on the West Island of Montreal. After falling in love with the product, and deciding to become an Independent Distributor in November 2016, I feel that I helped introduce SweetLegs™ to the Montreal area. I participated in an event at my own graduating high school in December 2016, followed a booth at the Montreal International Women’s Show in Spring 2017, and then the word spread! SweetLegs™ now boasts several Independent Distributors on the Island as well as the surrounding areas.

What is your most memorable customer interaction?

In the Spring of 2017, portions of the Island of Montreal experienced extreme flooding. Hundreds of people needed to be evacuated from their homes, and my home city of Pierrefonds was hit hard by the flooding; Pierrefonds is where my entire life was up until 5 years ago, and I felt I had to do something. I heard that the Holiday Inn in Pointe Claire was hosting many of the displaced families and that on Mother’s Day a group of West Island volunteers were putting on a free Brunch for the mothers of the displaced families. I decided to donate 100 pairs of SweetLegs™ so that each mother would receive a brand new piece of clothing on Mother’s Day. I dropped off the SweetLegs™ and thought nothing of it. 3 months later out of the blue, I received a phone call from a woman who asked if I was the SweetLegs™ “lady” who had donated the SweetLegs™. I told her yes, it had been me. The woman on the phone burst into tears and told me how nice it had been to receive a brand new pair of comfortable pants on Mother’s Day after losing everything. I had totally forgotten about my donation, but to her it meant so much that even though she was still displaced, she felt the need to call and thank me. I was, and am, still truly humbled by her phone call.

Share an amazing SweetLegs™ story with us?

I attended “Kick the *&%! out of Cancer SHOP for a CAUSE” with Elyssa Gold Cipriani and 2 others at 30 Minute Hit in Châteauguay, Quebec on October 29, 2017. We paired up for an amazing cause and did the unimaginable! Together, we sold 263 pairs of SweetLegs™ in 8 hours! We broke records and exceeded our goals, and together reached our fundraising goal for the month. I donated a total of $1,315 to the “KICK THE *&%! OUT OF CANCER” fundraiser.

What do you love most about being a SweetLegs™ Independent Distributor?

I love all the amazing women I have met this past year – both customers and vendors! Everybody has a story, everybody is going though or has gone through something. Being an Independent Distributor this past year and participating in so many events with these amazing supportive, ethical people has forever changed me.

What makes your life Sweet?

Knowing that I really can “DO IT”! At age 54, I took a chance on me. I made what I thought was a ridiculously unattainable goal for myself, and guess what? I achieved it. I could not have done it without my husband Roger! He believed in me before I did, and he truly has been like his t-shirt reads: “delivery guy, event set up, inventory master and best SweetLegs™ assistant ever!”

 

Find Jenny and all of her SweetLegs™ at the following upcoming events:

  • The Montreal International Women’s Show (April 20 – 22nd)
  • Montreal Comicon (July 6th, 7th & 8th)
  • Mud Girl Montreal (August 11th), Montreal Ribfest

You can connect with
SweetLegs™ Bainsville with Jenny on Facebook .

 

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