Linda moved to the West End years ago and she really enjoys Vancouver because there is not much snow during the winter. She adores the neighbourhood because she can walk anywhere. In fact, for 35 years she would walk to Downtown everyday, where she worked at the Government of Canada,
“I used to get off work and head to the beach… it felt like a vacation.”
Nowadays she enjoys traveling, volunteering once a week, and going to knitting club. Linda has been volunteering at GNH for 25 years.
“I know everyone who’s around but what’s more, my daughter who grew up with the community is now working here.”
Abdol has lived in the West End for 15 years, owns a moving company, and likes to relax at home and spend time at English Bay. He drives up often to North Vancouver and he likes very much seeing the landscape across the bay,
“Vancouver looks so much different from afar, compared to what it feels like being inside, it looks like another city.”
Just as many others, he is in favour of maintaining the West End as it is,
“If the developments keep on going, it’s not going to be possible to see the houses anymore. Similar to Yaletown or Gastown, the West End has its own history, but not the night life and popularity to protect it.”
Stephanie’s dad moved to the West End during WWII, he worked for years at the harbour which is one of the reasons why she likes living near the bay. Since she moved to her current apartment, a seagull visits her everyday, his name is Nelson (find him on Instagram @nelson.the.seagull). Nowadays, Stephanie teaches international students, “when I walk back from work, Nelson is able to spot me walking down the street” this is indeed a one of a kind friendship.
Bonnie used to have a business collecting pottery and she had whole shelves covered with it. To this day her collection continues to grow as she participates in the West End Pottery Club and assists to all the shows. However, since 2007 after receiving a IT course, she started a new business fixing computers.
“It all started at a café on Denman St., I could work from anywhere really, now I’m able to take computers apart without any problems.”
What she wants to see for the West End is an area that can support the local initiatives and economy, on her part she believes there is a lack of infrastructure for these purposes.