Katrina Kadoski

Heartfelt and talented. Katrina’s first appearance in my life was at a chant night at the Blackfish Inn where she stepped in and shared her amazing gift with the group by playing a magical set on a string instrument (I forget the name). It wasn’t until I went to a special play put on at the Sooke Harbour House that I found out she was …

Mary Alice Johnson of ALM Organic Farm

One of a Kind. As she pulled up to the farm for our meeting I sensed a strong connection. Mary Alice hopped out of the car and we immediately began telling our stories. My favorite part of her story is that after all of her life living in cities she just knew what she wanted to do as soon as she saw the farming area …

Dante Chicano – Green Man

He’s as grounded and the actual ground. They call him the Green Man, and for good reason. No he’s not green but he probably has green blood. Dante Chicano, or just “Dante”, has lived on a beach for a span of 10 years, and now has a family he is raising in a back woods style home close to the beach he lived on; Ella …

Frederique Philip of Sooke Harbour House

Genuine with an advanced style. Upon arriving I met the front desk clerk and she asked me to wait in the adjacent room for Frederique to arrive in the morning. I chose the older wooden rocking chair among the couches and softer seats. It was a beautifully decorated artistically joyous room with a view of the garden and ocean. Frederique entered the room, and sat …

Branden Bresson – Energy Facilitator

He can help you and the world. The truth is, you are also able. Branden can show you how. It wasn’t long after meeting this Gem of an individual that I could tell that he was as sensitive as a lightning rod is to a storm. His rosie cheeks told me that he had the balanced body energy of a zen master. Branden could be …

Michael Nyikes of Vienna Bakery and Cafe

Is this the Archangel, Michael? What an outstanding individual. Michael and I even came from the same province; Alberta…for similar reasons and not unlike a lot of other Sookites. I had picked Michael as a GEM originally from observing Little Vienna‘s popularity and seeing how he was with customers after a visit. Others in the community had verified that Michael was indeed a gem, and …

Phil Rossner

You can see the Aum in his eyes. The first time I met Phil was in a Kundalini yoga class when I first arrived in Sooke. We were the only 2 guys. In fact we remain to be the only 2 guys at the noon class. I found out very quickly that Phil was plugged into the town and practice of meditation and music. He …

Frances Litman – Green Party Candidate

The Real deal. The truth is Frances is a beautiful person, through and through. Knowing she was a Green Party candidate came later to me in meeting her. Originally I met Frances a week earlier at a yoga retreat where a young couple were renewing their vows. We said hi but never talked much. The next time we met was at the ever popular Stick …

Christine McGuinness – Child Care Worker

Children are her inspiration. This interview went very well, considering we did a second take. You missed the first take when Christine welled up just by talking about the beauty of the children and their gifts she witnesses daily. Her job is a Child Care Worker, which speaks for itself. One of the things she emphasized in the video was the help we need with …

Randy “Woodworking” Welters

Large and in charge. Randy is a manager of the Barking Dog Studio with Debi and also the Stone Pipe Grill within the same “Grand Trunk” complex in Sooke. If you want to talk business, he’s all ears and ready to give you suggestions and if you want to talk creativity, he also is a master woodworker. He enjoys working as a team with the …