My Vancouver – Then & Now: Jessica Kruger

Jessica Kruger, Wheelchair Rugby Athlete & Ambassador | Photo: Erin Wild Photography

Jessica Kruger, Wheelchair Rugby Athlete & Ambassador | Photo: Erin Wild Photography

My Vancouver Then & Now Series – Introduction

As one of the most desirable cities in the world in which to live, Vancouver has played a pivotal role in the destinies of many athletes, performers and creative minds.  Whether as a stepping stone at the beginning of their long careers (Academy Award –winner Jim Erickson); a safe harbour for immigrants to start again (Prima Ballerina, Chan Hon Goh ) or reaching the pinnacle of their life’s work here ( NHL’s ‘Captain Canuck’, Trevor Linden, ) the celebrated personalities of this new Inside Vancouver Series by Laura Goldstein, all have one thing in common:  MY VANCOUVER THEN & NOW is immeasurably in their hearts.


Jessica Kruger

Slammed from the side by a 200-lb male opponent, she is tipped precariously sideways, still clutching the ball with her chest while trying to right her equilibrium. Crashing to the floor could mean a broken wrist –a hindrance for her team and in her new role as Ambassador and new face of Canadian Cosmetics giant, Lise Watier’s Something Sweet Perfume campaign.

At 21, Jessica Kruger is the youngest member and only female on the B.C. Provincial Wheelchair Rugby Team. Known as ‘murderball’ because of its aggressive, full contact nature, most players are medically classified as quadriplegic to compete. Developed in Canada in 1977, it’s played in over 20 countries worldwide and a Paralympic Sport, something that Kruger aspires to represent Canada at in the future.

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My Vancouver – Then & Now: Farhez Rayani

Farhez Reyani, Lighting Director, Pixar Animation Studios | Photo Credit and Clips courtesy of Disney•Pixar.

Farhez Rayani, Lighting Director, Pixar Animation Studios |
Photo Credit and Clips courtesy of Disney•Pixar.

My Vancouver Then & Now Series – Introduction

As one of the most desirable cities in the world in which to live, Vancouver has played a pivotal role in the destinies of many athletes, performers and creative minds.  Whether as a stepping stone at the beginning of their long careers (Academy Award –winner Jim Erickson); a safe harbour for immigrants to start again (Prima Ballerina, Chan Hon Goh ) or reaching the pinnacle of their life’s work here ( NHL’s ‘Captain Canuck’, Trevor Linden, ) the celebrated personalities of this new Inside Vancouver Series by Laura Goldstein, all have one thing in common:  MY VANCOUVER THEN & NOW is immeasurably in their hearts.

Farhez Rayani

Majoring in ‘scaring children’ at Monsters University never occurred to Kenyan-born Farhez Rayani as a specialty when attending Simon Fraser University in computer engineering and later Emily Carr studying animation in the ‘90s. Even as a 6-year-old computer wiz kid in Vancouver and obsessed with drawing and creating flip-books as early as grade one, the seeds of his future career were irrevocably sown.

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My Vancouver – Then & Now: Farhez Rayani