Gail Haynes Author of the Book The Lemonade Stand Millionair
Born in Montreal, Haynes moved with her family to Oakville at age three, and her father started a tree service business. Six years later, the family made the move to Highway 5, and they were now in what Haynes describes as “the country.” With the expansive land space came the opportunity for horses to come into the family picture. On Haynes twelfth birthday, she was given Blondie, her horse. She recalls seeing her father dole out ten $100 bills to purchase her beloved Blondie as well as the saddle and all of the other equipment. Three months later, much to the delight of Haynes’ twelve year old self, Blondie who was actually pregnant (a fact not known at time of purchase). “My horse is going to have a baby!”, she recalls gleefully exclaiming. Trixie, Blondie’s daughter, then became Haynes’ sister’s horse.
At age fifteen she succumbed to the seduction of entrepreneurship and laboured arduously at creating a business proposal for a Student Ventures summer loan program with the goal of running her own horse business. She practised her pitch in front of her parents who upon hearing her passionate speech, decided to loan her the startup money to purchase horses and equipment.
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