Featured Vancouverite: Dr. Divi Chandna

Dr Divi Chandna

Hometown: Windsor, Ontario

How long have you been a Vancouverite? 9 years (wow!)

Occupation:
I’ve been practicing family medicine for 20 years. After the first five years in traditional allopathic medicine, I began my search for alternative remedies. I am also a mind-body medicine coach, yoga teacher, meditation teacher and certified medical intuitive.

I currently take my strong knowledge base in Western Medicine combined with alternative medicine to help people get to the root of their disease. Through the marriage of these disciplines, I am able to work with clients, and guide and empower them on their healing journey. My primary focus is to help patients integrate that state of wellness inside of them. My job is to teach, guide and show my patients the paths that will allow them to heal and create greater wellness from the inside out.

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Featured Vancouverite: Dr. Divi Chandna

Featured Vancouverites: Don Williams and Tak Yukawa

Don Williams and Tak Yukawa

Hometown:
Don Williams: The small town of Quesnel, British Columbia
Tak Yukawa: Richmond, British Columbia

How long have you been a Vancouverite? 
DW: 15 years
TY: I’ve been a Vancouverite for 15 years as well.

Occupation:
DW: As a co-founder of Free Agency Creative, I have been working in the creative field for almost 20 years. My desire at Free Agency is to bridge the gap between business objectives and creative strategy through the effective writing of brand messaging platforms. I am also responsible for business development, in a diverse range of industry verticals that include technology, outerwear, event marketing and real estate. As a company, our ability to engage our clients in a collaborative process and bring strategic thinking to progressive design has been essential to Free Agency’s success.

Additionally, I am a sessional faculty member at Emily Carr University of Art + Design in the design degree program. Emily Carr has worked with both Tak and I to create a co-teaching environment that allows students to develop their senior thesis projects under both our direction. Recently, the university has asked Tak and I to bring our creative business philosophy to the Professional Practice Management class. Our relationship with the University has been an important part of our development. It has given us an opportunity to nurture young Vancouver talent and we’ve been able to bring the best of this talent to Free Agency to continue their growth as designers. Free Agency has also engaged in partnership with Emily Carr that allows students to apply their research findings to real world projects.

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Featured Vancouverites: Don Williams and Tak Yukawa

Featured Vancouverite: Clayton Pettifer

Clayton Pettifer

Hometown: North Vancouver, British Columbia

How long have you been a Vancouverite? Born and Raised (35 Years)

Occupation:
I am the Senior Chef for the Cactus Restaurant Group, currently overseeing our newest and largest location at the Jack Poole Plaza in Coal Harbour.

Best place to shop for foodie related items in Vancouver:
We’re really luck in Vancouver to have a dynamic food scene with great vendors. Some of my favourites include Granville Island for fresh vegetables and fruit, seafood and bread; Save on Meats for steaks, ribs and in-house-made sausages; and Bosa Foods for any cheese, pasta and unique Italian ingredients.

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Featured Vancouverite: Clayton Pettifer

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: Mélanie Kimmett