In 2013, I flew to Mexico with the intent of working on different farms and ecological sites. After spending two months on a construction project with organic materials, building an igloo-shaped house out of adobe, I decided to look for another project. This is when I came across the Huehuecoyotl ecovillage site. It was the first time I heard the word “ecovillage”, which sparked my curiosity right away. Hence, I contacted one of the members and agreed to spend the next two months there.
I am responsible for the boutique adjoining our sewing shop, the online boutique, and inventory management. In Respecterre’s early days, we decided to open our own shop in the rural areas! This allows us to receive guests on the wonderful ecovillage site while working in the shop. Increasingly, people also like to buy online, so I work on the online boutique at the same time.
Apprentice seamstress Hideliza has great inner strength and a beautiful authenticity. Born and raised in Cuba, she moved to Quebec, surprisingly in a small rural village! She quickly got accustomed to the French language and Quebec customs and is now fully Canadian, but each day, she has many stories to share from her homeland. I invite you to discover here a curious, funny, and very optimistic person!
Currently I have two main roles: management of production and management of garment manufacturing contracts for other companies. We have our own clothing line (Respecterre) that we create, cut, sew and distribute. We also make corporate t-shirt or golf shirts for some companies (Musée des Beaux-Arts, Radio-Canada, Many other, etc.) Finally, our third category of production is what we do for other fashion companies that have similar values…
When I see where I am today and the path I have traveled all these years, I can not help but smile, thinking that, initially, sewing was never a personal career choice . When the the ecovillage experienced financial difficulties at the beginning of the project I had, like many other families, children to take care of.