Faces & Families of Victoria

Welcome! Here you can meet some of your neighbours. From their stories we can learn about the challenges for families living in Victoria, how individuals and families experience our housing crunch, how folks make it work and what they need from us going forward.

One last #familyfriday! Meet the Lores!

Well, tomorrow is election day! That means today is the very last #familyfriday! Let me introduce you to some familiar faces… my family! Meet Evie – she’s four, loves the colour purple (my campaign signs are a huge hit), and wants to be a flamingo for Halloween. She...

Meet Phoenix and her family!

Meet Phoenix and her Family Phoenix was born and raised in Victoria. She grew up in a housing co-op, surrounded by neighbours and family.  When it came time to have her own family, Phoenix and her partner were lucky enough to land themselves in a housing co-op in the...

Meet J & G

Neighbours! Meet J & G Meet G and J – these two are so much of what there is to love about Victoria. They live central so they don’t own a car and both bike everywhere. J works for the provincial government, G is a sustainability planner and has expertise in...

Meet Darren & Valerie

Neighbours! Meet Darren and Valerie. If you were born and raised in Victoria, you’re in good company with Darren and Valerie.  They are Victoria through and through have lived in this city their entire lives. Darren works in IT and Valerie works at an Equestrian...

Family Friday – Local business special edition!

A special family Friday! One of my fav things about #yyj is how much our city ? local. Here are a few and a bit about what they say about us! Smoke and Mirrors Cofee - This social enterprise makes coffee… for a cause. A group of SCIENTISTS use their skills to roast...

Meet Alieda, John, and Cohen!

Neighbours! Meet my neighbour Alieda, her partner John, and their little guy! This campaign has helped me connect with families across this city…. It has also helped me meet a young family whose house I can see from my front door! Meet my neighbours, Alieda, John and...

Family Friday – Foundation House

#Familyfriday is a way to tell the stories of Victoria, the challenges and the beauty of it, and the way our friends, families, and neighbours do – and do not – make it work. Today I want to introduce you to the family, friends, and residents of Foundation House....

Family Friday- Childcare Special Edition

Over the last few months I’ve talked with hundreds of families of all shapes and sizes trying to find space in Victoria. Core to these families’ struggle, and livelihoods, is finding secure, safe, quality child care. In Victoria, we have a huge gap that is pushing...

Meet James, Mami, Biko and Hoji!

Another family that reminds us about how great our city is – and the people who make it great!  They are a multi-cultural family, making their home in the Vic West/Esquimalt area. Mami provides after-school care (Hallelujah! Thank you!) and James works for the public...

Meet Kiki, James, and Alex!

eet James, Kiki, and Alex!   Happy #familyfriday!   Meet Kiki, James, and Alex!   Kiki and James and their 3-year old Alex moved to Victoria last year from Nanaimo. Like many in this city, Kiki and James both work for the provincial government and their...

Meet Chica – The Political Pup!

Meet Princess Chica! It took an election campaign for me to meet my neighbour and his adorable – and political -  puppy named Chica (check out her Twitter @Princess__Chicapup). I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – this process has been very good to me! The...

Meet Bronwyn, Evan, Hayden, and Charlie

I’ve had the chance to meet this family as part of this campaign adventure, and let me tell you, lucky me! Bronwyn and Evan are both Victoria born and raised. Bronwyn grew up in Quadra Village and Evan in James Bay. They love this city and they both do incredibly...

Meet Geoff, Michelle, and their girls!

Meet Geoff & Michelle and their daughters!  They are NOT your neighbours. But they want to be! Geoff and Michelle are from the British Columbia, but they current living in Edmonton.  They return every chance they get and want to come back full time to be closer to...

Meet your Neighbour T & Rescue Pup TJ!

Neighbours! Meet T! T is a volunteer, roommate, dog-owner, parent, coffee drinker, and cyclist in the Victoria area. Like many in our communities – including many of those I love - T is also eight years into recovery from alcoholism and lives with mental illness and...

Meet Anna, Phil, and littles Eloise and Oban!

Meet Anna, Phil, and littles Eloise and Oban! You may have seen – and even tasted – some of this family's fine work! Anna owns, cooks, and operates Bread & Butter Catering. Phil is a distiller for Victoria Distillers - where he works along side his brother and...

Meet Lauren, Jesse, Lily and Joshua!

Wow, have this family faced more than their fair share of the housing crunch in this city. Lauren works part-time, including at the fabulous Mothering Touch, and Jesse is completing his Ph.D. in seismology at UVic (and, yeah, it might be just a little important to...

Meet James, Tarah, & Tariq

Tarah & James are the kind of people that make this city alive – they are entrepreneurial, hard-working,  and are making Victoria work for their family. Not only are they parents to four-year old Tariq, but they both own and operate their own business. In addition...

Meet Stephanie, Tim, & Kinley!

Stephanie works in health care, Tim works in tech. Can you think of another pair Victoria needs more of? We can’t, and we’re pretty sure Victoria can’t afford to lose them! They fit themselves into a one bedroom with three-year old Kinley. Lucky Kinley gets the...

Meet Eliza & Nolan!

Eliza is an Early Childhood Educator and provides care for 7 toddlers and pre-schoolers in her home-based, fully licensed daycare. Nolan just turned one and feels like a little brother to the other kids who attend his mom’s centre. Eliza has more than a decade of...

Meet Julie & Kashi!

Julie is Victoria, born and raised. She and Kashi met in Victoria ten years ago and now they are raising their little guy in their two-bedroom condo in Vic West. Both Julie and Kashi walk to work downtown, crossing over the Johnson Street bridge and occasionally a...

Meet Judy and Kyle and their two littles Greyson and Wesley!

Two years ago, Judy and Kyle finally found their way back to Victoria after a few years in Vancouver. They made their return with two year old Greyson in tow and just a mere two weeks before Wesley was born. Lucky Wesley has only ever known Victoria as...