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

Featured Vancouverite: Lynn Santiago

Lynn Santiago

Hometown: Victoria, British Columbia

How long have you been a Vancouverite? 26 years (since 1988)

Occupation:
Self-employed as the Director of Rubicon Food Services, which operates Boca in South Granville. This is a modest lunch spot serving Latin-inspired food to those on the go who are looking for healthy, bold flavours.

Our food is made on-site from scratch using locally sourced, sustainable and ethically raised meat. We also provide catering services and workspace food delivery options. With 15 years of food and beverage experience, as well as six years of retail management experience, Rubicon Food Services also offers consulting assistance for business owners.

What are some of the best places in the city to source Latin American ingredients and products?
I primarily use local business Horizonte Imports for our dry ingredients. There is a great selection of Latin products at Killarney Market and 88 Supermarket in East Vancouver. Fresh is Best is a great venue for those on the west side of Vancouver.

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Featured Vancouverite: Lynn Santiago

Featured Vancouverite: Sophie Mas

Sophie Mas Hometown: Montpellier, France

How long have been a Vancouverite?
I have been living in Vancouver for 18 years. I moved from the south of France to Victoria, BC then to Vancouver. As much as I love France, Vancouver is home to me.

Occupation:
I am the Co-Founder and President of the STAND (Step Towards A New Direction) Foundation — a private foundation that helps marginalized youth in Greater Vancouver access education and skills training. STAND created a unique grant program for students from alternative school programs who wouldn’t be able to successfully compete for more traditional scholarships. This grant program offers financial assistance to those youth who come from poverty, and have experienced tremendous personal challenges, such as crime, substance use, mental illness, abuse and neglect, so that they can pursue post-secondary education and/or skills training.

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Featured Vancouverite: Sophie Mas

Featured Vancouverite: Chenny Xia

Chenny Xia

Hometown: Vancouver, British Columbia

How long have been a Vancouverite? 18 years — to put it in perspective, about 78% of my life.

Occupation:
I’m currently running a design consultancy in Vancouver. I craft informed design directions by focusing on the ‘why’ instead of the ‘what’, while thinking consumer-first. One of my favourite projects, PaigeeWorld, is an app that connects young artists globally and provides drawing tutorials for all experience levels.

I’ve also been named as one of The Next 36 from Canada, an entrepreneurship-immersion program that offers mentorship and up to $95,000 in seed investment. I’m currently working on a venture that captures the ideas, suggestions, and sentiments of members within organizations so leaders can get a real pulse on what’s going on internally.

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Featured Vancouverite: Chenny Xia

Featured Vancouverite: Javier Puig

Jaiver Puig

Hometown: Vancouver, British Columbia (born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela)

How long have been a Vancouverite? It will be 12 years on August the 12th.

Occupation:
I am a creative. I hold a Bachelor of Design from Emily Carr University of Art + Design. I have a studio space in Gastown where I run Persona, a brand consultancy. The work I do there focuses on helping clients with their brands.

A typical project starts with a Discovery phase where we identify the ‘spirit’ of the brand, followed by an Insights phase where we distill what we’ve learned into a solid brand strategy. The work is completed in the Action phase, where we create tangible identity assets and brand guidelines, along with a plan to measure ROI.

For a look at our work go to http://iampersona.com.

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Featured Vancouverite: Javier Puig