Meet the Van Allen Insurance Team


Shane Van Allen

Shane

Owner and Farm Insurance Broker

Sarah Van Allen

Sarah

Owner, Insurance Broker, Life Insurance

Barbie Van Allen

Barbie

Founder

Kelly Office Manager &
Personal Lines Insurance Broker

Kelly

Office Manager &
Personal Lines Insurance Broker

Mike Personal Lines Insurance Broker, Life Insurance

Mike

Insurance Broker, Life Insurance,
Manager

Charlene Personal Lines Insurance Broker

Charlene

Personal Lines Insurance Broker

Carley Personal Lines Insurance Broker

Carley

Personal Lines Insurance Broker

Gerry Farm Insurance Broker andPersonal Lines Insurance Broker

Gerry

Farm Insurance Broker and
Personal Lines Insurance Broker

Jayme Personal Lines Insurance Broker

Jayme

Personal Lines Insurance Broker

Kendall Personal Lines Insurance Broker

Kendall

Personal Lines Insurance Broker

Chris Personal Lines Insurance Broker

Chris

Personal Lines Insurance Broker

Marilyn Office Assistant

Marilyn

Office Assistant

Pamela Commercial Lines Insurance Broker

Pamela

Commercial Lines Insurance Broker

Carol Receptionist and Office Administration

Carol

Receptionist and Office Administration

Shane

CAIB RIBO


Shane Van Allen

Position: Owner and Farm Insurance Broker, Listowel

Employed with Van Allen Since: 1993

First Role at Van Allen: Reception and Administration work

Education: Canadian Accredited Insurance Broker

First Job: Farm Hand on a beef farm

Favourite Movie: Smokey and Bandit

Favourite TV Show: Letterkenny

Favourite Song: Eye of the Tiger

Currently Reading: Finding Ultra and Living with a Seal

Where in the World He Would Like to Visit: Stonehenge in England

Favourite Quote: "Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it"

Contact Shane: 519-291-2470 ext. 226

Sarah

BBA FCIP CAIB CRM RIBO


Sarah Van Allen

Position: Owner, Insurance Broker, Life Insurance and Jack-of-all-Trades, Listowel

Employed with Van Allen Since: 2003

First Role at Van Allen: Summer student, reception and administration work

Education: Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University, Fellow Chartered Insurance Professional Certified Risk Manager, Canadian Accredited Insurance Broker

First Job: Cashier at Carter’s Variety in Milverton

Favourite Movie:  Elf

Favourite TV show: How I Met your Mother

Favourite Song: Anything Tragically Hip

Currently Reading: Not a big reader but I love to cook so Cookbooks are my reading material

Where in the World She Would Like to Visit: New York City

Favourite Quote: "Life is full of setbacks, success is determined by how you handle those setbacks"

Contact Sarah: 519-291-2470 ext. 230

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Barbie


Barbie Van Allen

Position: Founder

Employed with Van Allen Since: 1989-2011

First Role: 1989 Co-founded Van Allen Insurance with Ken Van Allen

Education: Business Diploma, Sir George Williams University

First Job: Junior Camp Counsellor

Favourite Movie: Dr. Zhivago 

Favourite TV Show: Big Bang Theory

Currently reading: all about nutrition and healthy lifestyle choices for mind, body and spirit

Favourite Song: Amazing Grace

Where in the World She Would Like to Visit? Would love to do a road trip all across Canada, and especially, Newfoundland. Road trips rock!

Favourite Quote: "It's not joy that makes us grateful. It is gratitude that makes us joyful"

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Kelly

BA RIBO


Kelly Office Manager & Personal Lines Insurance Broker

Position: Office Manager & Personal Lines Insurance Broker, Listowel 

Employed with Van Allen Since: 2012

First Role at Van Allen: Personal Lines Broker

Post-secondary Education: Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from the University of Western Ontario & Post Grad Certificate in Court & Administrative Tribunal Agent from Fanshawe College and currently half way through a CAIB (Canadian Accredited Insurance Broker) designation

First Job: Kitchen staff at the Wingham & District Hospital

Favourite Movie:  Dirty Dancing, Point Break, Bridesmaids and all Christmas movies!

Favourite TV show: The Ellen Show, Scandal, How I Met Your Mother

Favourite song: This constantly changes, but currently Can’t Stop the Feeling by Justin Timberlake

Currently Reading: The Nest, Pretty Happy, Essential Oils

Where in the World She Would Like to Visit: Paris

Favourite Quote: "If you only do what you can do, you will never be more than you already are"

Contact Kelly: 519-291-2470 ext. 227

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Mike

CAIB RIBO


Mike Personal Lines Insurance Broker, Guelph

Position: Manager, Insurance Broker, Life Insurance, Guelph

Started with Van Allen: 2007

First Role: Manager Guelph/Insurance Broker

Post-Secondary Education: Business Insurance Diploma, Mohawk College; Canadian Accredited Insurance Broker

First Job: Farm Hand, Dairy Farm

Currently Reading: Red Rising Trilogy by Pierce Brown

Favourite Movie: Princess Bride

Favourite TV Show: Game of Thrones

Favourite Song: Anything by Metallica

Where in the World He Would Like to Visit: Athens Greece, to see the Coliseum

Favourite Quote: “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”  – Mahatma Gandhi

Contact Mike: 519-823-2665 ext.105

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Charlene

RIBO CIP


Charlene Personal Lines Insurance Broker

Position: Personal Lines Insurance Broker, Listowel

Employed with Van Allen Since: 2012

First Role at Van Allen: Personal Lines Insurance Broker

Post-secondary Education: Early Childhood Education, Chartered Insurance Professional, Yoga Instructor, Reflexologist, Bowen Therapy Practitioner and Reiki Certification

First Job: Cashier at a grocery store

Favourite Movie: Serendipity

Favourite TV Show: Toss up between Friends and Seinfeld

Favourite Song: Loving the Arkell’s right now

Favourite Book: Obsessed with National Geographic magazines

Where in the World She Would Like to Visit: Everywhere! Top 3 are hiking Machu Picchu, Exploring the largest Cave in the world-Vietnam and Tomatina Festival in Spain

Favourite Quote:  “In a gentle way, you can shake the world”

Contact Charlene: 519-291-2470 ext. 231

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Carley

RIBO


Carley Personal Lines Insurance Broker

Position: Personal Lines Insurance Broker, Bookkeeper, Guelph

Employed with Van Allen Since: 2007

First Role at Van Allen: Personal Lines Insurance Broker, Bookkeeper

Post-secondary Education: Bachelor of Arts in French, University of Guelph

First Job: Convenience store cashier

Favourite Movie: Rain Man

Favourite TV Show: Dancing with the Stars

Favourite Song: Hotel California by the Eagles

Currently Reading: Breakdown by Jonathan Kellerman

Where in the World She Would Like to Visit: Australia and New Zealand will be coming off my bucket list shortly!

Favourite Quote:  “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page”

Contact Carley: 519-823-2665 ext. 102

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Gerry

RIBO


Gerry Farm Insurance Broker and Personal Lines Insurance Broker

Position: Farm Insurance Broker and Personal Lines Insurance Broker, Listowel

Employed with Van Allen Since: 2013

First Role at Van Allen: Farm & Personal Lines Broker

Education: Agricultural College at MLS Dordrecht, Holland

First Job: Working in a produce store

Favourite Movie: Crocodile Dundee

Favourite TV Show: Survivor

Favourite Song: Dancing Queen, Abba

Currently Reading: Children’s books to grandkids

Where in the World He Would Like to Visit: Grand Canyon

Favourite Quote: "It always seems impossible until it’s done"

Contact Gerry: 519-291-2470 ext. 225

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Jayme

RIBO


Jayme Personal Lines Insurance Broker

Position: Personal Lines Insurance Broker, Listowel

Employed with Van Allen Since: 2016

First Role: Personal Lines Insurance Broker

Education: Diploma in Rec and Leisure at Cambrian College and post diploma in Therapeutic Recreation at Georgian College

First Job: Dance Instructor

Favourite Movie: Torn between Footloose and Dirty Dancing

Favourite TV Show: Depends on my mood

Favourite Song: Anything by John Mayer

Currently Reading: Bedtime stories to my kids

Where in the World She Would Like to Visit: Africa

Favourite Quote: "This too shall pass"

Contact Jayme: 519-291-2470 ext. 235

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Kendall

RIBO


Kendall Personal Lines Insurance Broker

Position: Personal Lines Insurance Broker, Listowel

Employed with Van Allen Since: 2009

First Role: Personal Lines Broker

Education: Hotel & Resort Administration at Georgian College

First Job: Lifeguard at the Brussels, Morris & Grey Public Pool

Favourite Movie: Pretty Woman

Favourite TV Show: All-time favourite is Gilmore Girls and currently This Is Us

Favourite Song: Dig Your Roots by Florida Georgia Line

Currently Reading: What to Expect The First Year

Where in the World She Would Like to Visit: Anywhere I haven’t been yet

Favourite Quote: "Live what you love"

Contact Kendall: 519-291-2470 ext. 232

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Chris

RIBO


Brandie Commercial Lines Insurance Broker and Property Inspector

Position: Personal Lines Insurance Broker, Listowel

Started with Van Allen: 2018

First Role: Personal Lines Insurance Broker

Education: RIBO Licensed in 2017 completed CAIB part 1

First ‘official’ job: Part time arena attendant

Currently ReadingLethal White by Robert Galbraith

Favourite Movie: Not sure, watching a lot of children’s movies with my kids currently

Favourite TV Show: Impractical Jokers

Favourite Song: Don’t really have a favourite song, like all types of music

Where in the World He Would Like to Visit: Europe: would love to go to Juno Beach and Vimy Ridge

Favourite Quote: "Worrying is like a rocking chair, gives you something to do but doesn’t get you anywhere"

Contact Chris: 519-291-2470 ext. 233

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Marilyn


Marilyn Office Assistant

Position: Office Assistant, Guelph

Employed with Van Allen Since: 2016

First Role: Office Assistant

First Job: Snack Bar – Acton Arena

Favourite Movie: Dirty Dancing

Favourite TV Show: Criminal Minds

Favourite Song: Too many to narrow down to just one.

Currently Reading: The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb

Where in the World She Would Like to Visit: Europe – England, Scotland, Ireland

Favourite Quote: "Learn from Yesterday, Live for Today, Hope for Tomorrow"

Contact Marilyn: 519-823-2665 ext.104

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Pamela

RIBO


Pamela Commercial Lines Insurance Broker

Position: Commercial Lines Insurance Broker, Listowel

Employed with Van Allen Since: 2002

First Role: Commercial Insurance Broker

Education: Hotel Management, Georgian College

First Job: Waitress, Redwood Restaurant

Favourite Movie: Depends on the season, but National Lampoons Christmas is our family favourite

Favourite TV Show: Suits and Lie to me

Favourite Song: Whistle While You Work by Katy Tiz and pretty much any song by Queen

Currently Reading: Just finished reading The Girl on the Train. Just starting The Couple Next Door

Where in the World She Would Like to Visit: Ha... too many places to mention, but Australia and Iceland are on the top of my list

Favourite Quote: "Family and friends aren’t an important thing. They are everything!"

Contact Pamela: 519-291-2470 ext. 223

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Carol


Carol Receptionist and Office Administration

Position: Receptionist and Office Administration, Listowel

Employed with Van Allen Since: 2006

First Role: Receptionist, Accounting, Clerical Work

Education: Southwood Secondary School

First Job: Victor Canada, Clerical work

Favourite Movie: Anything funny

Favourite TV Show: Big Bang Theory and Modern Family

Favourite Song: Hey Jude by Paul McCartney

Currently Reading: Books by Robyn Carr - Virgin River series

Where in the World She Would Like to Visit: Italy – for the scenery, and history

Favourite Quote: "A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures for anything."

Contact Carol: 519-291-2470 ext. 221

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