I was raised and educated in Toronto. When I was 18, I had the good fortune to travel across Canada by train and work in the bush around Lake Babine in central BC. It was hard work but a grand adventure for a kid from Toronto. I fell in love with the beauty of British Columbia and decided then that I would eventually move to BC.
In the face of dire parental predictions, I returned to Toronto where I completed an undergraduate then law degree. From 1974 to 1988 I practiced civil litigation in Calgary. In 1988 I decided to move to British Columbia and initially spent some time at the Haven Institute on Gabriola Island followed by extensive travel in Asia.
In the face of yet again more dire predictions, I decided to settle in Victoria and resume the practice of law. In the latter years of practice, I took training in the Conflict Resolution program at the Justice Institute of BC. I believe that my experiences at the Haven and the Justice Institute have enriched my life significantly and provided skills that are well suited to the consensus-based decision-making principles of cohousing.
My decision to move into Cohousing was instinctive. I now reside in Harbourside Cohousing while I await completion of the West Wind Harbour Cohousing project. I can say from first hand experience that I have met a diverse, warm hearted, motivated, interesting and active group of dedicated individuals who are building a resilient and engaging community. From my experience to date at Harbourside and West Wind Harbour, I think that the consensus-based decision model affords members the opportunity to listen and understand differing views which seems to bring people together in surprising ways and effectively resolves many issues of difference. That process also builds a community of friends.
Sooke offers many community-based activities for all interests and one is always made to feel welcome. And of course, there is the incomparable experience of living on the edge of the sea.
I enjoy adventure travel, cycling, hiking, spending time with friends, exercise and inflicting my broken French and Spanish on the locals in those countries where those languages are spoken.