Muskoka Mosaic: One copy at a time
Introducing Leanne Fountaine
/ Mandi Hargrave
Leanne Fountaine, the owner of Huntsville’s Copy Shop, has embraced her life here in Muskoka.
MUSKOKA – It took burning out in her first career of choice to find one she truly loves.
After 16 years as a daycare operator Leanne Fountaine took a year off before taking a job at a local printing store.
She didn’t know how to work a copier, fax machine or a till, but she knew she loved the job and within eight years she went from being an employee to owning the business.
“I love getting up and coming to work every single day,” said Fountaine. “I just love the people. You have to like what you’re doing, but the people are just amazing, I have amazing customers. I know them by name; you get to know their stories, they know my stories. It’s great.”
What she loves about owning the business, now called Huntsville’s Copy Shop, is reaping the benefits of her work. Now when she gives 110 per cent to the job the reward is all hers.
“Customer service is number one and I enjoy what I’m doing and I want others to enjoy it too,” said Fountaine. “If I can’t come to work every day in a good mood and treat my customers the way I would want to be treated then I’m in the wrong business. I come to work with a sense of humour because I think that’s important.”
Fountaine has lived in Utterson for the last 25 years. She and her husband, Phil, moved back to Muskoka after some time in the city as they thought it would be a better to place to raise their three children, Kari, Pam and Creig.
“Huntsville has got to be the most amazing, friendly town,” she said. “I’ve never met a community that’s so giving when it comes to helping those in need and it’s a friendly place to be.”
She’s been a member of a local euchre group for women since returning to Muskoka.
Fountaine said the group has developed some great friendships over the years and shared many memories and stories while they all raised their kids at the same time.
Yet one of the best lessons she has learned was from her own parents and watching them give her sister, Penny, their unconditional love while she battled MS.
The disease was aggressive and left Penny bedridden.
“She was in a bed for the last six years of her life, four years of it in the Bracebridge hospital,” said Fountaine. “Her biggest fear was choking to death and my parents vowed that that would never happen so one of my parents slept with her every single night the whole time she was in the hospital. They never once complained about having to do it. They showed so much compassion. When you see that you realize life is too short to sweat the small stuff … just love life.”
Fountaine said she and Phil have always been open with their children and are a close-knit family. They haven’t gone a day without saying, “I love you.”
“The saying at our house is ‘We may not have it all together, but together we have it all,’” she said.
And together they change it all. Fountaine and her husband weren’t happy with the weight they were carrying around with them. In the last two years they’ve completely changed their eating habits and dropped a significant amount of weight.
Fountaine lost about 50 pounds in eight months, while Phil lost about 78. “We still work at it every day, it’s a work in progress,” said Fountaine. “We’re watching our salt and fat intake and following the Canadian Food Guide.”
She said as you get older you realize you have to start looking after yourself.
“It’s a life changing thing when you lose the weight,” said Fountaine.
Her biggest hurdle was giving up chips and making the commitment to change.
“Once we did that it was actually very simple,” she said. “We did it together so that part was easy and we just don’t have the stuff in the house anymore. The biggest thing was saying, ‘It’s time we did something.’”