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.

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

Featured Vancouverite: Annika Reinhardt

Annika Reinhardt

Photo by Brenda Lowe

Hometown:
Reinsdorf, Germany, current population: 600. It’s a small village in Eastern Germany about 2½ hours southwest of Berlin. Yes, I grew up behind the Iron Curtain. My whole family still lives in the village and I visit at least twice a year.

How long have been a Vancouverite? Just over 10 years, but I’ve lived in Canada for almost 13.

Occupation:
Known as Social Bites, I help organizations plan and realize their community and social impact vision and ideas.

I’m currently working with Cressey Development on a project called Revolving Door @ Meccanica, a series of intimate charity events including fabulous art shows that are happening this month. I also run my own food focused event called #dinnerpartyYVR which is an in-home dinner party bringing together food lovers and hobby chefs to raise funds and awareness for their favourite charities. To date the event has raised over $15,000 for local organizations.

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Featured Vancouverite: Annika Reinhardt

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