Featured Vancouverite: Lareina Hui

Lareina Hui

Hometown: Vancouver, British Columbia

How long have you been a Vancouverite? My entire life! I was a born and bred in East Van, and don’t anticipate leaving the city anytime soon.

Occupation:
I’m a Senior Compliance Analyst at a hyperWALLET, a Vancouver-based company specializing in global money transfers, and financial technology solutions.

After being diagnosed with a rare form of ovarian cancer in 2010, rather than allowing this diagnosis to guide your days, you took this opportunity to make changes to your lifestyle and to live by your mantra of ‘finding the beauty in the fragility of life’. Can you provide some insight into this experience and how it has developed over the last few years? 
I think it’s very easy to take very little things for granted. When I was undergoing treatment, every moment was laboured breathing; every moment was a 120 beat-per-minute heart rate. The rare moments I wasn’t in excruciating pain were moments I cherished immensely. Never will I take something simple, like having the energy to lift a mug, for granted. The ability to just sit and breathe, to me now, is a miraculous thing. Luckily, this mindset has stuck with me since that experience – I have been genuinely humbled, and I remember to show gratitude for even the smallest things in life.

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Featured Vancouverite: Lareina Hui

Featured Vancouverite: Todd Lajeunesse

Todd Lajeunesse

Hometown: Surrey, British Columbia

How long have been a Vancouverite?
I moved to Vancouver my first year at UBC. After that, for 4 years, I lived in both in Seattle and Kaohsiung, Taiwan. I’ve been back in Vancouver since December last year and am so grateful to call this city home.

Occupation:
I’m the Co-Founder and CEO of DinnrTime, a social venture that connects home cooks who are preparing dinner with neighbours who’d love to buy an extra portion. DinnrTime is an online platform that provides access to convenient and affordable home-cooked meals for all food lovers here in the city. This venture also creates a means for interaction between neighbours, a way for home chefs to gain income from their cooking efforts, while offering food lovers healthy, affordable alternatives to fast food and other processed meal options.

To learn more information about DinnrTime, please visit our website at DinnrTime.com, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

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Featured Vancouverite: Jamie Smith

Photo by Shannyn Higgins

Photo by Shannyn Higgins

Hometown:

I grew up in White Rock – just a hop, skip and a jump away from Vancouver, British Columbia.

How long have been a Vancouverite?

I moved back to Vancouver roughly 3 years ago after traveling extensively and living in the Middle East. What a contrast to be back in this rainy, mountainous and beautiful city, I love it!

Occupation:

I am an artist and I work at a little studio between Main and Cambie Street. I was a high school art teacher before taking a leap of faith to pursue a career in the arts. During my travels, finding myself as the keener tourist in local art galleries, wondering how to do it myself. It has been a learning experience and I have met so many great people in Vancouver doing amazing things. With this adventure I’m on, no day is the same but this beautiful city stays steady and comforting. My paintings can be seen at jamiesmithstudio.com.

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Featured Vancouverite: Annika Reinhardt

Annika Reinhardt

Photo by Brenda Lowe

Hometown:
Reinsdorf, Germany, current population: 600. It’s a small village in Eastern Germany about 2½ hours southwest of Berlin. Yes, I grew up behind the Iron Curtain. My whole family still lives in the village and I visit at least twice a year.

How long have been a Vancouverite? Just over 10 years, but I’ve lived in Canada for almost 13.

Occupation:
Known as Social Bites, I help organizations plan and realize their community and social impact vision and ideas.

I’m currently working with Cressey Development on a project called Revolving Door @ Meccanica, a series of intimate charity events including fabulous art shows that are happening this month. I also run my own food focused event called #dinnerpartyYVR which is an in-home dinner party bringing together food lovers and hobby chefs to raise funds and awareness for their favourite charities. To date the event has raised over $15,000 for local organizations.

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Featured Vancouverites: Victor Kolstee and Rosario Ancer

Kolstee_Ancer Hometowns:
Victor Kolstee is originally from The Hague in The Netherlands and Rosario Ancer from Monterrey, Mexico.

How long have been Vancouverites?
25 years – after living and performing in Spain and Mexico, we settled in Vancouver.

Occupations:
Rosario Ancer is a Dancer, Choreographer and Artistic Director and Victor Kolstee is a Guitarist and Musical Director, both with Flamenco Rosario and the Vancouver International Flamenco Festival. They also teach dance and guitar and are the owners of Centro Flamenco. Continue reading:
Featured Vancouverites: Victor Kolstee and Rosario Ancer