Jen Barlow – Artist

She can paint and ignight a room. Having lived in Sooke for 22 years now she has finally arrived, painting her soul away in the Barking Dog Studio and at home.”Get to know your community and don’t be afraid to be yourself” she advises. Jen showed me just how easy it was to learn how to paint using FAT ™ Paint and she is happy …

Kate Connell – Artist

A natural born artist, bursting with color. We enjoyed talking so much that we had to do a double recording. OK, the microphone wasn’t on for the first take, but we recovered. I loved meeting Kate with her humble and confident attitude about herself and her art. “It just keeps pulling me back in” she says about her creating. “If I’m not creating, I’m not …

Andy The Pizza Man

Built on solid ground. It was a pleasure meeting and interviewing Andy the Pizza Man today. Everybody loves pizza, and everyone here in Sooke loves Andy. Reassured by everyone who I talked to said that we are blessed to have a man like him in town. Andy has a strong set of values and beliefs that encourages the removal of the sense of entitlement in …

Taylor Caspersen

A diamond in the rough making music for the world to love. You can find Taylor jamming most of the time at the Kemp Lake Music Cafe, a place he would call his second home. For his age, he is well on his way to carrying that shining light great musicians do. Taylor originally started out with drums and now is able to rock the …

Diane Bernard of Seaflora

Wise and experienced, rich as the seaweed is in nutrients. What an interesting way to make a living, being know as the Sooke “Seaweed Lady”. Diane Bernard is the co-owner of Seaflora, a completely ecologically sound and sustainable operation that produces health and beauty products for the public by using that green stuff we all know so well that appears on the rocks at low …

Eric Shelkey of Kemp Lake Music Cafe

A shining soul and spirit. It takes a lot to build a solid community up in a place, especially where not much traffic flows. Thanks to the efforts of Eric Shelke here in Otter Point, just west of Sooke, at a local community store, for the last 4 years exists a growing number of regulars to the place. Sunday’s at 1pm-5pm is the main show …

Jessie Taylor Dodd of South Shore Gallery

Poised, cool and genuine. Jessie (Taylor-Dodd) has only been in this location for almost 2 years now but has made a beautiful gallery out of the space. Jessie, being an artist herself, has a great eye for these things. Her art collection exhibited are all original pieces brought in from across Vancouver Island. Over 85 artists contribute. To boast a bit, 21% of her artists …

Paula McCormick of Sunriver Community Garden

Rooted like a tree flourishing in the sunshine. Two things are certain when walking through the gates at Sunriver Community Garden, you will fall in love with how it makes you feel, and you will fall in love with Paula McCormick, Coordinator for the Grow A Row program at the garden. The place wouldn’t be the same without her. Paula say’s “the garden is growing …

Les Haddad-The Sooke Delivery Guy

A great human being. I met with Les over breakfast at Cathy’s Corner Cafe before the interview to get to know him better. Not only is Les a dependable delivery guy for a lot of the businesses in the area, but he is a father and true Sookite. This man has a set of values that goes way beyond the usual effort. “I treat my …

Alanda Carver of Sooke Yoga

Beautiful Alanda. I’m visiting Sooke, B.C. and while I’m here, taking in some Yoga. Alanda is our instructor and the owner of the Ahimsa Yoga and Wellness here. I’m really enjoying the classes. She is an expert in Kundalini Yoga. Very grounding. ¬†She is a female Buddha, laughs a lot and has a great aura. Thanks for being YOU! You’re a GEM Alanda. Find out …