Canadian-born, New-York-bred visual artist and administrator Michelle le Dain shares the role of managing and scheduling our home maintenance and modifications, and gardening services. Michelle and Kathy Brodie work part-time to organise teams of qualified tradesmen, horticulturists and volunteer gardeners who make people’s homes and gardens safer, more accessible, and more enjoyable.

“Job-sharing gives me the flexibility to work on art projects,” says Michelle whose artwork was on show at Chrissy Cotter Gallery in Sydney’s inner west when we spoke.

“And I enjoy the aged-care sector because I like helping people. It’s a feel-good job when you can brighten someone’s day – just a phone call or one of our friendly tradesman visiting to install a grab rail, change a light bulb or getting the garden tidied by our gardeners and the amazing volunteers in our gardening teams who give their time and energy each week.”

Michelle likes knowing these services give clients a way to stay in their home.

“I live so far away from my parents who are in New York and in the same age group as our clients so, in a strange way, working in aged-care services makes me feel I am doing something for them.”

Always an artist, this bravely busy woman had a career in investment banking before moving to Sydney in 2000 to work on the Olympic Games. Now she has twin daughters in hectic Year 11 and, in between working for SCS, her artwork, exhibitions and residencies, plus all the things high school entails, she also makes sure one daughter gets to and from competitions for world titles in wrangling Rubik’s cube!

As an artist, Michelle works in different mediums: painting with acrylics and oils, creating installations, collage and photographs and her works have been exhibited in Sydney, Paris, Provence and New York. Her Masters in Fine Arts was on the topic of ‘play’ and she has been invited ‘artist-in-residence’ in New York, Paris, Provence, Kangaroo Valley and Cooma.