​Take Five With.... Scott McGillivray: Five Things I Want My Daughters to Know

Real estate expert, contractor and Income Property host (Thursdays, HGTV) Scott McGillivray always dreamed he’d be on TV, but he thought he’d be giving the weather report – not hosting his own show!

Now, the father of two (he and wife Sabrina have daughters Myah, 3, and Layla, 1, at home) is indulging his childhood interest in the environment by helping Earth Day Canada kick off their Clean Your Commute campaign. The handsome TV personality – who was named one of Canada’s Most Beautiful by Hello! – says small changes every day can benefit the environment. “I don’t think I’m going to convince everyone to ride their bike to work,” he tells Hello! Canada. “It’s about making changes that aren’t huge game-changers for your lifestyle.”

With this initiative in mind, we asked Scott what the next generation should know about getting involved, giving back and finding their calling.

The idea is not just to get people thinking about Earth Day, but to set an example by showing people what they can do throughout the year. Think about small tasks that can make a big difference if everyone gets involved. For example, getting your tire pressure checked. Adjusting your tire pressure can reduce the amount of gas that you use while driving, and that helps the environment. Idling is another big one, if your car is running for more than ten seconds you’re better off turning it off.

“Ambitious” is a good word. I’ve always had a lot of gusto. I like to try new things. I think any time I’m curious about something I investigate it. When people ask what I’d be doing if I didn’t do this, my go-to answer is that I would’ve probably been a meteorologist. Every once in a while I volunteer to with the Weather Network because the environment fascinates me. You’ve got to do things that you’re passionate about and that you believe in.

I have an older brother and a younger sister; we’ve always been close. I think we all keep each other grounded. Nobody gets away with anything in our family, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I can confidently say that I have a great relationship with my siblings, though I know not everybody does. I would hope that my children have a very similar relationship with each other.

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been interested in plants and weather. I remember when recycling was introduced at our elementary school, I must’ve been in grade one or two, and I was the recycling monitor. I taught everybody where to put the paper. I guess you could say I’m a bit of a geek! That led to my interest in being socially responsible. I started planting as a kid, and now every Earth Day we always plant something. Imagine if everyone planted a tree on Earth Day, how helpful that would be.

People joke with me that my daughters will be trouble when they’re older, and that I don’t deny. That will be challenging. But there’s a secret amongst fathers of girls, and it’s that we wouldn’t have it any other way. We let people tease us just because they don’t know how good we really have it.

We also caught up with Scott recently at the Ikea House of Kitchens, where he had designed his perfectly functional (and stylish!) dream kitchen, a perfect place to have family and friends over for an eco-conscious meal! Here, Scott shares his top tips for having a functional space and keeping your kitchen family-friendly.

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