Morris and Sharon met in 1984 and were subsequently married in 1988. Morris attended Olds College in 1989 and studied Meat Processing. Sharon has always had a keen interest in being self-employed, purchasing her first business at 19 years of age. They started their family in 1990 having 3 children born in 1991, 1993, and 1995. During this time Morris worked as a butcher for various grocery stores, becoming a department manager in 1993. Sharon again chose to be self-employed during this time with a second and unrelated business.
The Villemaire’s arrived in Elkford in 1995 with 3 preschoolers and Sharon chose to be a stay-at-home mom while Morris continued managing the local meat department for a couple years. In 1997 , Morris left the meat industry to pursue a more lucrative living to support the family. His love of butchering and making jerky stayed with him and was a great way to supply the family with quality food. He would butcher a cow every year and make sausage and other goodies for the family.
In 2004, Sharon once again pursued employment and took a job in a local restaurant, completing food safe and enjoying the work. It was relatively familiar as she had helped Morris plenty during the times he butchered cows or processed sausage and jerky at home. Once again the yearning for self-employment rose up in Sharon. In 2005 she returned to her trade and purchased a local business. After 7 years, it was time to move on so she closed the doors of one business to open another.
In 2012, both Morris and Sharon’s long time dream became reality as they opened Mor Jerky with just one child left at home. Their son, Braden, has been in instrumental in making Mor Jerky what it is today. He helped in every area of construction, organizing, administrative issues, training new staff, and processing jerky, sausage, wild game and pepperoni. His input has been invaluable!
Family values and community involvement have been a mainstay for the Villemaire’s during their 20 years of child rearing .They recognize that raising a family on a single income is achievable with sacrifice, dedication and finding value in quality products. They also realize that dreams really do come true!
Success is not a destination; but a journey.