Sooke Category Archives

Niki Martin of Move This

Dances and Sparkles. That is Niki Martin. Not only was her outfit sparkly but her whole personality was shining. From her childhood she has always been dancing, and now has turned her passion into a career. I really like that her teaching style comes from having a healthy experience rather than being good at it. Exploring movement is a great was to get out of …

Lorien Arnold of Sooke Mountain Cycle

Free flowing passion. 12 years is a good amount of time to be running a business, and one guy that’s doing it with real passion is today’s Gem, Lorien Arnold. Boy, did we have a good talk today about cycling. I love speaking to people who are really passionate about their understanding and how it can really impact the way we live, for the better. …

Marlene Barry – Reflexologist and Volunteer Coordinator

Caring for her community. Whether it’s your physical health or community spirits health, Marlene is your woman. Having lived in Sooke for around 41 years now, she has a good idea of what is going on intends to help it stay that way. Marlene came up on my “Gem radar” earlier in the summer at the Sooke Flats for Canada Day, when my mom suggested …

Deanna Brett of Love Sooke

Positively inspired. The nature here in Sooke is really something to get excited about. Deanna is someone who has really embraced this aspect, from out in the boat to walking the shore…every inch of it. How this all began is that Paul and Dan Pudwell of Sooke Coastal Explorations had Deanna out on the boat whale watching one day and loved her enthusiasm. Since then …

Kathy Russell – The Painted Piano

Helping make a difference. Kathy is a mom, wife and terrific piano player and teacher. It takes a commitment to yourself and your studies to be successful at what you do. It has been great to know that Kathy works at all the aspects of her career and life and is also committed to helping out other areas of the community. She teaches piano, performs …

Jeff McArther – RCMP Chief

Friendly with a cause. Jeff loves dogs, is a dad and has a lot of stories about his job. He’s the Town’s RCMP Police Chief. In full Sooke spirit, it is great to know that there is a guy like Jeff in the position of managing our towns criminal activity. Sooke itself is not that bad when it comes to large crimes, and his duties …

Mary Coakley of Far Out Pizza

Groovy and Far Out. Well, I will tell you that traveling the distance for that slice of pizza was well worth it. Mary, along with her partner Matt and friend of the family, Josh, have really created a little Gem of a place. Mary is a pleasure to chat with too. Imagine sitting with a view of the surf-able waves of Jordan River while chowing …

Paisley and Lulu – Temple Home – Wild At Heart

Holding a Loving Space for All. This particular DUO, I have never encountered such as the “PALU” in my life, before. And that I of course mean in a Gooooood Way. I would even say in a God way. These Love-atarians have created their lives around the truth about “Self-Love” and hold a space for all who enter their presence to have the opportunity to …

Jacquetta Nisbet – Master Weaver

Really in tune with what is. We had a great chat about life in East Sooke today, really connecting on some deep yet simplistic insights. When Jaquetta showed me around the studio, by seeing her creations, I could tell that there was a lot of unspoken wisdom that had been gained from her patient art form. It was obvious that weaving fabric touches the very …

Lisa McCormack – Theater Artist

A Tender Heart. Lisa and I found each other at our favorite hang out, The Stick in The Mud Coffee House, and we share a sense of change that is shifting around us, specifically Sooke. Actors are a unique bunch that usually feel more than others and they take on powerful roles to show us the true nature of the soul to help us relate …