Our family in the news, by Nikki Tilley

I was honoured to be interviewed by Michelle Hopkins of Business in Vancouver about being part of the sandwich generation. If you’re not familiar with the term, the sandwich generation is those who have small children living at home and parents over 65. My sandwich includes my two children, Emma (7) and Charlie (5), and my parents John and Barbara, who are both over 65. My parents started our business in the early 1980s and are still active today, though mom not as much, and my brother and I are now (officially!) part of the family business.

This was an emotional interview for me, over the last few years my mom’s health has not been as great as we would like, and she has had a few scares. Charlie has also given us some scares – unfortunately sometimes at the same time as mom. Charlie is a preemie, he was born just over two months early at 29 weeks. He is healthy now, but he was hospitalized numerous times between birth and age 3.

I wanted to share this article here on the Tilley Vancouver website as this is part of our family business. We have an amazing team at our stores who help us when times are tough, and we are so grateful to them. We are also fortunate to have fantastic clients, some of whom remember Jeff and I as kids playing at the Marine Drive or Pemberton stores, often hiding underneath the clothing racks.

Here is a link to the article, Women in Business: Caught in the Middle.

Thank you to my parents, my brother, Uncle Alex Tilley, and my supportive husband James for allowing me to share our story, and to my amazing friend Amy Beeman for the opportunity to tell it.

4 responses to “Our family in the news, by Nikki Tilley”

  1. Laurie Dye says:

    Your Dad was painting the shelving on Pemberton when I got my 1st (of 8) Tilley Hats. Thanks to all the Tilley family for great outdoor wear at reasonable prices. Now that I’m retired, Tilley clothing is almost the only brand I wear 🙂
    Regards,
    Laurie

    • Nikki Tilley says:

      Hi Laurie,
      Thank you so much for your post, I will make sure mom and dad see it.

      Dad is still painting shelving today – though this time at home and then installing it at the stores. He installed shelving in our North Van store yesterday. We are very lucky to have him and his woodworking ability!

      Thank you for supporting us and our store.
      Regards,
      Nikki

  2. Jim Gorton says:

    A few Tilley moments. Having Barbara tell me that I had no bum. (True, sadly. Now use suspenders.) Having John rummage through the pile of Tilley bags to make sure I had the lowest number. Sending in my photo taken on the Great Wall, in my Tilley hat, Tilley jacket, Tilley Canadian pin, Tilley shirt, Tilley pants … and of course, hidden, sock and underwear. Having people know I was a Canadian because of my hat.

    • Nikki Tilley says:

      Hi Jim,
      I love this. Thank you so much for sharing your memories. Mom and dad will enjoy reading this!
      Regards,
      Nikki

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