Originally established as a professional organizing service in 2002, Organized Assistant evolved into a virtual assistance business when an organizing colleague recognized founder Janet Barclay’s technical expertise and passion for working on the computer, and asked her to handle the distribution of her electronic newsletter.
Since that time, we’ve proudly served professional organizers from across North America on a wide variety of projects.
Janet spent over three years on the National Board of Directors of Professional Organizers in Canada (POC), spearheaded the redevelopment of the POC website, conducted a session at the National Conference that was eligible for POC’s Education Credit Program, and was named a Silver Leaf Member, before becoming a full-time virtual assistant, web designer, and blogger.
Janet was recognized as an expert in the organizing industry as a featured guest on Smith ‘n Hayes, CH News at 6, Breakfast Television, and Roaring Women Radio, and in several publications, including:
- The Globe and Mail
- The Star Tribune
- Canadian House & Home
- Canada’s SOHO Business
- The Hamilton Spectator
- Hamilton Mountain News
- Red Tag Specials
An Honours graduate of York University, Janet brings to Organized Assistant a wide range of administrative, supervisory, and front-line experience. She has earned the designation of Master Virtual Assistant, is a certified Shopping Cart Specialist, and has been honoured with several awards and award nominations. She shares her expertise with other VAs through participation in a number of industry associations, including the Golden Horseshoe Virtual Assistants Group, which she founded in 2008.
Janet has also been an active member of People in Connection since 2003.
Scott held quality control, clerical, and IT support positions in the private and public sectors before joining Organized Assistant in 2007.
Scott has been certified as an Internet Marketing Virtual Assistant and as a Microsoft Office Specialist in Word 2003, Excel 2003, Outlook 2003, PowerPoint 2003 and Access 2003. He has also earned a Business Applications for Windows Certificate and a Computer Business Applications Specialist Diploma.
Janet and Scott have two grown sons and reside in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada with Tasha the Cat and Carly the Dog.