Featured Vancouverite: Robert Lynds

Robert Lynds, Photography by Andrew Csinger

Hometown:  St. Catharine’s, Ontario

How long have you been a Vancouverite? Since 1989, so 24 years total.

Occupation:
I am a Renaissance  man, a Founder of Dojang Martial Arts Clubs, Director of Leo Koo Gallery, Creator of the Think Certus program and visual artist.

Best way to break into the local creative scene:
I attend art openings in the city — we have a lot of talented individuals both locally and nationally, as well as internationally. Every month, the Leo Koo Gallery also has art openings with either a solo exhibition or a group exhibition.

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Featured Vancouverite: Robert Lynds

Featured Vancouverite: Mélanie Kimmett

Melanie Kimmett

Hometown: Toronto, Ontario

How long have you been a Vancouverite?
Vancouver has been home for over seven years now. My husband Kevin, our cat Charlie (who has recently passed) and I moved here from Toronto in 2006 when I was offered a lead designer role with the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Occupation:
Since wrapping up my three and a half year contract with the Games in February 2010, I’ve been working as a freelance/contract designer and illustrator here in the city, while also running and designing my own successful stationery line, Pretty Paper Please.

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Featured Vancouverite: Jamie Garratt

Jamie Garratt

Hometown:  Toronto, Ontario

How long have you been a Vancouverite? 19 Years

Occupation:
President and Founder of Idea Rebel.

Idea Rebel is a Vancouver Digital Agency that develops exceptional digital marketing solutions (web, mobile and social) for world-class brands. My day-to-day consists of client, project and company strategy while skateboarding around the office. We have offices in Vancouver, Toronto and soon, in Los Angeles. I’m also a musician, surfer, wakeboarder and father of three beautiful girls. My spare time, needless to say, is jammed packed with excitement.

I love Vancouver! It’s only place in the world where I can do all of the things that I love to do in one place.

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Featured Vancouverite: Madeline Lucy Smith

Madeline Lucy Smith

Hometown:
I was born in Vancouver, British Columbia and grew up on an acre of land on the border of South Surrey. My dad, a landscape designer, has since fashioned it into a jungle garden surrounded by trees. Paradise.

How long have you been a Vancouverite?
Basically my whole life! As a child, my parents, my brother and I spent most weekends in Vancouver visiting family, attending live music events and going to festivals. In 2003, I officially moved to Vancouver as a student of the UBC Opera program and have lived in Kitsilano ever since.

Occupation:
I’m a classically trained soprano with a wide range of musical interests.

I am the co-founder/manager/producer of the new singing group Stellaria, Vancouver’s first professional-level vocal ensemble dedicated to music from the Renaissance and Baroque eras. I’m a member of the Vancouver Chamber Choir, one of Canada’s only professional choirs, and I also enjoy an active and varied ‘gigging’ life, collaborating with many different musicians and composers that make up the rich music scene here in Vancouver. Visit my website for updates at www.madelinelucysmith.com.

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Featured Vancouverite: Heather Magee

Hometown: Squamish, British Columbia

How long have you been a Vancouverite?
I moved to the West End in 2002. I now hang my hat in Yaletown.

Occupation:
I’ve been working in corporate PR and communications for over a decade, but I’d say writing has been my passion for the past 5 years. I’m a regular contributor to The Province blogs, with a penchant for all things pervy, covering sex and dating trends. I also write about lifestyle and entertainment for Huffington Post BC. All other musings can be found on my blog Urban Cowgirl Vancouver. My major focus this year will be finishing a screenplay I started a few years ago. It finally feels like the right time to write it.

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Featured Vancouverite: Heather Magee