Featured Vancouverite: Cheryl Kwok

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Hometown: Hong Kong

How long have been a Vancouverite?
 I’ve been here since Grade 6.

Occupation:
I am currently enrolled in the Masters of Applied Legal Studies program at SFU and am studying to become a Notary Public in British Columbia. I also work part-time as a conveyancer at a Notary Public’s office in Vancouver.

Even with your busy work and grad school schedule, you are very active in the volunteer community in Vancouver. Can you tell us a bit about the organizations that you collaborate with and what you feel are the biggest benefits of volunteer work?
I am currently the President of the Vancouver Diamond Lions Club (VDLC), and was a committee member for the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation 20th Anniversary for Children We Care Gala this year.

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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: 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: Jamie Smith