We would like to introduce you to Lily Pollard, February 2015 Graduate of World Wide College of Auctioneering. Lily resides in Canada and we know you will find her story inspiring!
1. Why did you decide to attend World Wide College of Auctioneering?
I didn’t think that I would ever go to auction school. It wasn’t until this winter when my younger brother, Mark, expressed an interest in going that I even really considered the option. Even still it wasn’t until I brought up going with him, just to keep an eye on him and keep him company, that I really started to think about it and ask myself why wouldn’t I go to auction school? Being in a family of auctioneers I’ve done just about every other job in the building from clerking to cashiering to working the snack stand. Why couldn’t I be the auctioneer? It seemed to me that the timing and the circumstances were right, to do something for myself purely because I wanted to, because it was a challenge and an opportunity, not because it was a necessary next step for me as my other professional choices seemed to be.
I chose to attend WWCA because my family has a history of attending its courses and we have always thought that their courses were excellent. My grandfather took my father in 1974, my brother went in 2009 and as far as I was concerned, there was no better place for me to go as well. As to why I would choose an American school when there must surely have been Canadian schools to choose from, there are two reasons for that. For one, when else in my life was I going to spend over a week living and learning with a mix of people I’d never meet elsewhere and in Iowa of all places? And for the other, American auctioneers simply sound better, in our opinion. So if I was going to adopt a style from a teacher, I wanted to sound the best that I possibly could.
2. What one thing surprised you the most about auction school?
I was genuinely surprised by the level of trust and support shown by everyone and to everyone that I encountered at auction school. The instructors were genuine and really put sincere effort in to help. For me, JillMarie Wiles and Tammy Tisland really stood out, largely because both spent more time with the women in the women exclusive classes and Ladies Luncheon, which were very valuable learning experiences for me. That said, any of the instructors were ready to help and spend time with you one on one if you asked. Even if it meant staying late after class or messaging after the course ended.
I was also impressed with the outstanding conduct and character of the other students. Everyone came to school with different goals and different levels of experience, but no one ever discouraged anyone else with a negative comment, an eye roll or a smirk during class time.
3. What state do you live in?
I am from Ontario, Canada.
4. How many auctions have you attended this past year?
I have attended over forty auctions in the past year.
5. Tell us about your family.
My family has always been a cornerstone of my life. My mom, Sheila, is an Elementary French Immersion teacher and is the social head of our auction house as a lead cashier. People come back to visit with her as much as they do to bid at the auction! She has overcome many challenges, including breast cancer and a brain aneurysm. Her resilience, confidence and determination inspire me every day. My dad, Dan, is a third generation auctioneer and the head of our auction company, Pollards Auction and Appraisal Services. He is a committed family man and has always done his best to ensure our family’s dreams are achieved. I have two brothers; one twin brother, Chris, and a younger brother, Mark, who attended auction school with me this year. Both boys are incredibly gifted musicians as well as auctioneers. Chris works for an indie game company called Big Blue Bubble as the Lead Audio Designer and Engineer and Mark is in his final year of high school and plays with the Toronto Youth Wind Orchestra as well as other local bands in his spare time. My family is full of amazing people and I am always reminded of how blessed I am to have their support in everything I do.
6. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you choose to live?
When I was in a university, I was lucky enough to be able to travel abroad to complete some of my studies. One place that I travelled to was Venice, Italy where I spent just over a month and was completely in love with the experience. Since then, I’ve always said that if the opportunity to move to Venice came up, I would go in a heartbeat.
7. Tell us about one "aha" moment while attending auction school.
An “aha” moment for me during auction school was when I finally stopped saying “please,” “thank you,” and “I’m sorry” too often when I was bid calling! I finally learned to keep selling, even when I made a mistake so that I could improve.
8. Do you have a favorite quote that motivates you each day?
No, I don’t have a quote that motivates me every day.
9. Do you have any siblings?
I have two brothers, my twin brother Chris and my younger brother, Mark.
10. Do you have a favorite auction company, if so, which one and why?
Pollards Auction and Appraisal Services! I might be a bit biased because its our family but I would say we’re my favorite in our area.