Featured Vancouverite: Kate Manolis

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Hometown: Moscow, Russia

How long have been a Vancouverite? 13 years and counting

What is your occupation?
COO for PlentyOfFish. I oversee several functions of the business including HR, Finance, Legal, PR/Communications, and Administrative and Support.

The dating world has evolved with the modern times, with many people turning to the internet to broaden their social circles and increase their odds of meeting interesting people. Can you contrast and compare how PlentyOfFish operates in relation to many of the other dating websites?
PlentyOfFish is uniquely placed in the online dating landscape for three reasons: it’s a free service, it offers unlimited selection of potential matches, and it works.

PlentyOfFish started as a free site and 12 years later, users can still use the service, now also available on iPhone, iPad, Android and tablet, for free. As PlentyOfFish grew and matured, we realized that we aimed to offer our users an optional premium membership, for those who want an enhanced user experience. Our upgraded membership allows users to see if someone read or deleted their message, see a user’s extended profile, upload more images and several other value-adds.

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Featured Vancouverite: Jessica Slonski

Jessica Slonski

Hometown: Whitehorse, Yukon

How long have been a Vancouverites? 8 years

Occupation:
I’m the owner and founder of Form Body Lab, a boutique pilates studio focused on an integrated, client-focused approach to wellness. Not just yoga and pilates, our studio was the first to include in-house physiotherapists and registered massage therapists – a collaboration of instructors and practitioners to provide a center for high quality rehabilitation and physical maintenance.

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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: 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: Jamie Smith