Darling Solutions is passionate about helping people. Our services are special because of our team – we all care about and love what we do! We take great pride in the services we provide, and our team is committed to the best possible client experience. Darling Solutions is specialized in moving seniors!
We strive to make any moving or downsizing experience as stress-free and positive as possible, while honoring the great emotional weight that comes with these lifestyle changes. Not only are the services that Darling Solutions provides essential for some clients and families, but the emotional support offered alongside those services set us apart – we are always looking out for your best interests.
Established to offer support to seniors, executors, and family members facing challenging lifestyle changes, Darling Solutions has been serving the Ottawa area since 2010. We are an advocate for the client, a resource for the family, and a project manager.
Darling Solutions is proud to support our community. We strive to deliver client donations to organizations where they can make an impact – we work with many local organizations, including Matthew House Ottawa’s Furniture Bank and Habitat for Humanity. We make every effort to deliver donations to our client’s chosen organization, and when possible, we request a tax receipt on behalf of our clients for their donations.
Inspired by a combination of a 30-year career in the hospitality industry, Kelly knows that she has found her true calling. After all those years of working with the public, a desire to help people, and a gift for attracting team members who share her passion, Kelly’s greatest satisfaction is serving those she feels need serving the most — seniors in transition.
Kelly is the founder and director of Darling Solutions, an accredited graduate of the Certified Relocation & Transition Specialist (CRTS) and the Certified International Staging Professional (CISP) programs, and a graduate of Practical Nursing.
Ruth is our Executive Assistant, in charge of organizing all the little details that come with a move. She has an incredible gift for understanding what clients need and want — and delivering just that. Her compassion and kindness shine through in all her communications — you’ll see when you speak with her!
Ruth has a beautiful family, including two wonderful kids, their dog, and her husband. She’s not sure which one is the most troublesome!
Maddy is our Office Administrator, and often the first person you speak with when you call Darling Solutions. Maddy’s specialties include staff scheduling, invoicing, answering client inquires and soon, managing Darling Solutions’ social media! Her attention to detail and dedication to her clients is an asset to our team.
When she’s not in the office, she enjoys spending time with her dog, biking and perfecting her bread recipes!
Jasmine is sunshine personified! Her professionalism and dedication to getting it right will serve you well, and she’s got a fantastic sense of humor on top of it all! Her energy, forethought, and kindness make her effective in the field as a packer as well as in the office.
Jasmine graduated from Algonquin College for the Child and Youth Worker (CYW) Program. She loves food (both cooking and eating it!) and is incredibly active – she is an avid jogger, and she loves to ski!
Natalie has many years of experience in customer service. Her attention to detail is impeccable, whether she’s setting up consultations or assessing someone’s needs. She likes to help others which shows in her friendly and compassionate disposition.
Natalie is family oriented and loves spending quality time with her husband and 2 daughters. In her spare time, she enjoys interior design and creating art in any form.
Working with Darling Solutions for over 5 years, Becca is the very definition of knowledgeable and competent about all things ‘transition’ and is an incredibly hard worker.
Becca manages our website and blog, and assists with updating our training for new hires.
Frankie reminds us to take joy in the little things, mainly himself. He is a (literal) fountain of excitement upon meeting new people, and he excels at chewing shoes.
When at home, Frankie enjoys chewing doorframes, fighting off the vacuum, and chasing the broom.
Packing and Staging Team
Susan is our Transition Service Manager, and she is amazing — her kind, genuine nature will shine through when you meet her! She is sunshine personified.
With 15 years serving seniors and adults with disabilities, it’s obvious that Susan’s passion for helping others is an integral part of who she is. She is a Certified Personal Support Worker (PSW), and does yoga and works out in her spare time too.
Her energy and strength is boundless, as is her positive and encouraging approach to everything she does.
Julie is quite simply a marvel. Quick working, careful, smart, and approachable, she’s a stellar Team Lead and one of the cornerstones of our service. Julie assists with hiring and managing the new packers, as well as managing their training. She’s also a stand out at kindly sharing and implementing ideas on how to make the client experience better. You’ll just love her!
Outside of work, Julie enjoys her status as Nana. She’s also an avid gardener!
Kelly is a senior packer extraordinaire, as well as an incredible stager. She is hardworking, bright and cheerful, super easy to talk with and really knows her stuff.
Clients and teammates wholeheartedly agree, Kelly was made for working with seniors and helping them transition in the most stress free, and comfortable way possible.
We are so lucky to have Barb on our team! Barb’s experience as a Senior Living Advisor is a great asset to Darling Solutions as their lead in Community Relations. Her passion to help seniors and provide them with the tools needed to downsize shows in the delivery of her educational presentations as well as her one-on-one support with clients.
Barb has a very diverse career background and has worked for various media companies, and she continues to teach at Algonquin College. Barb decided to change her career path during her senior volunteer work with the local Alzheimer Society. She is presently on the Board of Directors for the Alzheimer Society of Ontario. Outside work she enjoys gardening, golfing, and curling in the winter.
Born and raised in Ottawa, Barb has a passion for helping others. After spending 17 years as a fundraiser for The United Way and The Ottawa Hospital helping raise funds and awareness for those in our community with needs, Barb decided to stay home and raise her beautiful daughter and son.
When not going the extra mile for others, you will find her enjoying walks with her husband and dog Flynn and hosting dinners for family and friends.
Phyllis recently decided to look for part-time work, but rather than go back to her ‘old’ job, she wanted something that would get her out in the world with people. She’s found her happy place – in addition to loving her colleagues, Phyllis is a true people person and she looks forward to meeting her clients each day!
Phyllis understands that there is a tremendous sense of accomplishment and satisfaction in knowing that she’s have helped someone make their downsizing transition just a little bit easier.
When not at work, Phyllis loves spending time with her friends and family (especially her 2 precious
granddaughters), travelling, golfing, and going to the theatre.
After growing up and attending University on the West Coast, Denise spent many years in Toronto working for sporting goods companies as an Account Manager. When her husband’s career brought the family to Ottawa, she chose to stay home with her 2 young girls.
The family can now often be found in campsites, on the golf course, or at one of the girls’ many sporting events!
Ian is our Moving Service Manager, and the lead man for the Darling Solutions moving team! He has a unique combination of strength, smarts, skills and sense of humor — just an all-around great person. His exceptional work ethic and his gentle, kind nature make him instantly likable, even lovable, to all those who meet and work with him.
Outside of work, Ian can be found coaching his son’s hockey team, cruising on his motorbike or enjoying time with his wife and 3 kids — who are not so much kids anymore.
Shawn is a gem – honest and down to earth, he is not afraid of hard work! He is our Warehouse Operations Manager, and oversees management of the trucks and warehouse.
Shawn has a wife and three loving children, as well as a dog. He’s also a proud Papa!
Danny has a heart of gold, and it’s rare to see him without a smile! He is an incredibly hard worker who is always willing to do that one last thing to make someone feel comfortable in their new space. Danny likes his job because he understands the impact his actions have on our clients, and he loves knowing that he helped to contribute to a positive experience!
When he isn’t at work, Danny enjoys spending time with his two children, cooking, gardening, and ice fishing.
Liam has it all – he is kind, charming, and conscientious. He works as a driver and a mover, and is excellent as a Team Lead and as part of the crew. He’s a very thoughtful individual who puts care into his actions and decisions.
Does he seem familiar? Liam is a local musician who has been playing since the age of six! While studying at the University of Ottawa, he nurtured his musical passions and soon found himself playing 5 nights a week under the name of Liam Lloyd.
Nick is a valuable member of our team, with several years in the driving and moving industries. Everything he does is well thought out – he is a professional, after all!
Outside of work, Nick is very family oriented.
Glen has a wealth of experience around moving — 15 years, in fact! He has specialized in senior moving for the last 6 years and is an expert. Fantastic multi-tasking and problem-solving skills are only a small part of what makes Glen so wonderful.
He thrives when he is helping others… it gives him a sense of peace! Let his confidence, calm nature, and can-do attitude guide you through your move.
Paul has a passion for helping people and going the extra mile for clients, so he is a natural fit on both our packing and moving teams. He is a hard worker whose patience, humor, and grounded nature make him well-suited to the nature of our work. Trust us – you’re going to love him!
When not at work, you will usually find Paul with his wife and two young boys, enjoying some down time.
Thomas is friendly, fit and always dependable.
He is a thoughtful young man who happens to be an incredibly hard worker, and he’s excellent with clients too!
Jonathan is a self-described “people person”, who has an incredible smile and loves meeting new people and learning about their lives and their backgrounds. He is very passionate about his work, and he has a steady source of motivation that drives him to do his best.
Jonathan thrives on challenges; he is constantly setting goals for himself in pursuit of greatness. He is proud that he can almost always find common ground with strangers, and he has a gift for making people feel comfortable in his presence.
Yan is an extremely hard worker with previous moving experience under his belt. He has a sweet nature, and all our clients love him.
Jacob is a dependable young man who is easy to talk to! He works part-time with Darling Solutions, as he is busy building his own business.
He is a devoted “uncle” to Frankie in his spare time, and enjoys watching movies.
Kathy is a Certified Relocation and Transition Specialist and the owner/operator of K. Turner Transitions who often partners with Darling Solutions. Kathy has thirty years experience working with seniors and their families and her kind spirit and caring nature makes Darling Solutions proud to work with her.
What your friends Say
The team knew where to park and the layout of both buildings – again good research. And although I was not present for the off loading it went smoothly as well. All of the team showed expertise and an understanding of the complexities of dealing with elderly people and their families.
We would definitely recommend them!
This in my opinion is service the way it’s supposed to be. I love you all thank you so so much
I would definitely recommend Darling Solutions for your moving needs.
Kelly's team displayed the same mindfulness, caring and compassion on the job as she did during the initial consult. We are grateful to your company for helping us through this. Thank you
I highly recommend Darling Solutions to anyone.
Again, we could not have done it without them! From decluttering and packing our condo to moving and setting us up in our new home, every member of the team was hardworking, helpful, warm and extremely competent. Their attention to detail in setting up our new place was remarkable. Honourable mention to the whole team: Kelly, Shawn, Ian, Phyllis, Barb M., Barb Y. Jack, Susan, Glen and Paul. Barb M., our team leader, and Ruth, in the office, were particularly good at calming a nervous client.
We recommend Darling Solutions without reservation. We can’t thank them enough.
Marj and Weldon
Adding COVID into the mix it was almost paralysing to think about. After a recommendation to Contact Darling most of that fear went away.
Professional, competent and most importantly Caring.
They made this move so smooth for my wife and her parents.
On moving day they left their old home and at the end of the day arrived in a new home with all their belongings unpacked and arranged. Completely stress and back pain free. The next day Darling took care of removing items targeted for donation and all remaining items for waste.
I cannot recommend this service enough.
Thank you so much.
Frankly thank-you does not even cover it. Your team, led by Julie, was absolutely incredible from the first moment we met down to the beautiful new plant for my mom and our goodbyes at the door.
They were so organized, thoughtful, friendly and polite. It was a sincere pleasure to work with all of them. I enjoyed the experience so much I am almost sad that the move is finished but happy that we will meet again when my parents are ready to hang their many pictures.
Again, I am in awe and am telling anyone with ears about Darling Solutions so they will hopefully in turn tell their friends and family.
Very best regards and please send our thanks once again to your team.