Oak Farms Dairy Store owner Chris Burnett says his business has had “a lot of great years” as the business has remained in the same location since it opened in 2010.
Burnett said his family has been working in the dairy business since he and his wife, Karen, moved to Alberta in 1990.
“We have had a couple of good ones and a couple that we’ve lost a lot,” Burnett told CBC News.
“I would say we’ve had about two to three good years, I’ve been really proud of our employees and we’ve also had a number of bad ones.”
Burnett’s family was originally from the United States, and his father was a dairy farmer, but he was raised in Alberta and later worked in the Canadian oilpatch.
Burnetts father, Ron, is now a farmer in Alberta.
Karen Burnett, his wife of 35 years, was a small-business owner before moving to Oak Farms to work in the store.
Karen worked in sales and marketing for a decade before retiring in 2013.
She now owns the business with her husband.
She said that while she has enjoyed working with Burnetts family, it hasn’t always been easy.
“It’s been challenging,” she said.
“You want to make sure that you’re doing what you need to do, that you’ve got a plan for the next year.
Burnetts children, who live in the family home in Oakville, are still a part of the family business. “
He has made it so we’re able to keep doing what we do, which is dairy.”
Burnetts children, who live in the family home in Oakville, are still a part of the family business.
The children have been working as part of Burnetts’ personal support system for many years, and Karen said they were also able to help with some of the more complicated things like building new equipment.
“One of the things that we have been doing is taking the equipment and installing new equipment,” she explained.
In addition to being a father and business owner, Burnetts said he’s also a grandfather, grandfather-in-law and great-grandfather. “
The kids are doing a lot, and they’re doing all kinds of stuff, so that’s really helped us out.”
In addition to being a father and business owner, Burnetts said he’s also a grandfather, grandfather-in-law and great-grandfather.
“My dad’s a very kind man and I’ve had the pleasure of working with many people, but I don’t know how to describe how happy he is when I come home and see him,” Karen said.