What business or organization are you involved with? The film industry.
What is your role with that organization? Executive producer.
What’s your favourite thing about living in the Okanagan? My favourite things about living in the Okanagan is the lifestyle, the lakes, the recreation and the people. It offers such a variety of fun things to do, with the nicest sceneries and great climate. I have lived from the East Coast to the West Coast and spent five years living in California. I have travelled to different countries and have seen many places, but truly the best place to live is right here in the Okanagan, and that is why I made this place home since 2005.
If you could have lunch with anyone in the world, who would you choose and why? If I could have lunch with anyone in the world I think it would be with George Lucas to learn everything about being a great executive producer. “Best known as an executive producer based on credits in that role in 15 films, with $5,791,530,210 worldwide aggregate box office (rank No. 21). Now retired and sold his company, George Lucas continues to be a philanthropist with all the money he made.” I would enjoy talking to someone who is so successful yet so giving.
What’s your go-to happy place? Believe it or not, I wish it was somewhere in the Okanagan. But for now it is Boston, as that is where my daughter, her husband and my grandbaby live. She just turned one year old, and it is so difficult to see them often. Watching her grow so quickly over Facetime is just not ideal.
What are you most proud of? I am most proud of my children. Alisha is 33, and Trevor is 25. They have both become such authentic, compassionate, intelligent individuals who understand the true meaning of giving and random gifts of kindness. I am very proud of whom they have become.
What are the top three things on your bucket list? I have done so much already that there is not much that I can think of as a bucket list. Why do something before you kick the bucket? Rather, check off some things to do on your life list.
1. Move my daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter to Kelowna.
2. Help build a home for at-risk teens in our community.
3. Go tour Shanghai and Beijing in China.
What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten? I will try anything once, but as a child my best friend ate the same kind of sandwich every single day. It is still by far the weirdest thing—peanut butter and mustard sandwich. There are a lot of great foods peanut butter goes well with, but certainly not mustard.
Latest movie or book? It’s a movie: On the Basis of Sex. It’s the true story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, her struggles for equal rights, and the early cases of a historic career that lead to her nomination and confirmation as U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice. Totally inspiring!
What’s the best gift you’ve ever received? The best I have received was the honeymoon gift from my husband, Peter, when we went to Maui and spent a week there chasing sunsets, doing helicopter touring, sailing, whale watching, art shopping in art galleries and coming home with two amazing pieces—one by Sir Anthony Hopkins and one by Bill Mack.
If today were your last day, how would you spend it? If today was my last day on Earth, I would spend it with my family and close friends. I would party it up and celebrate life for living a life worthwhile!
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