Got the Edge
A light-hearted Q&A with the people who make the Okanagan work


Nathania Roy
Okanagan Edge Staff - Dec 13 - Got the Edge

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Name: Nathania Roy.

What business or organization are you involved with? Okanagan Cosmetology Institute.

What is your role with that organization? Director of trade development.

What’s your favourite thing about living in the Okanagan? My favourite thing to do in the Okanagan is to spend time with my family and my students. Anything water-related seems to be a bonus during the summer, but I definitely stay hunkered down in the winter.

If you could have lunch with anyone in the world, who would you choose and why? That’s a tough one..

What’s your go-to happy place? The ocean– without question. For me, there is nothing more relaxing and grounding than salt water and the sound of waves crashing.

What are you most proud of? I am insanely proud of my parents. I have watched them create a school from the ground up, watched them jump through hoops to allow people to accomplish their dreams without having to leave their homes and families. It has been such an honour to come into the company and now offer my take on the industry to the students.

What are the top three things on your bucket list?
1) Visit Bora Bora and explore The Maldives;
2) Scuba dive with manta rays at night;
3) Publishing a book.

Latest movie or book? I’m actually not a huge fan of movies. I am more a fan of TV shows. I highly recommend Power to any one that needs a new TV addiction–after three episodes you can’t turn it off.

What’s the best gift you’ve ever received? I am a sentimental person. There is nothing more meaningful to me than the awards I have been given from my students, or the hugs from people I have gotten to know. The best gift is definitely the gift of time. That’s something you can never get back.

If today were your last day, how would you spend it? I would spend it with the people I love, swimming in the ocean and laughing until my cheeks hurt.

Victor Veach
Okanagan Edge Staff - Dec 11 - Got the Edge

Name: Victor Veach

Employer: Investors Group Financial Services Inc.

City: Vernon

Occupation: Financial Advisor

Tell us about your job: You know how sometimes we worry about not having enough money to buy a home, retire when we want or wonder if we will outlive our assets? I work with clients to create a personal financial plan to eliminate those concerns and implement an achievable action plan to achieve their goals.

Good financial health is something that most Canadians struggle to find time to work on, but it’s something that every Canadian deserves, and that’s where I help.

Tell us about yourself: I have lived in Vernon my whole life, growing up with an identical twin brother. I love the Okanagan and can’t see myself ever leaving.

What do you do for fun? I enjoy doing anything that involves our two children, Dexter and Max. They would live outside if they could, so we spend most of our time outdoors.

What Winnie the Pooh character do you most relate to? Hmm, I think Christopher Robin, though I just asked every colleague in my office and each and every one of them said Roo.

Latest movie or book: Movie: The Boss Baby. It was super good! Book: The Advocis certified financial planner course

What’s your go-to happy place? There’s no place like home to be around loved ones. For my “me” time, it’s fly fishing. Away from home it’s camping in the summer and Hawaii.

Danny Bakker
Okanagan Edge Staff - Dec 08 - Got the Edge

Name: Danny Bakker

What business or organization are you involved with? 
Liveport Corporation

What is your role with that organization? 
Vice President

What’s your favorite thing about living in the Okanagan? A
ccess to all the activities. When you travel around the country you realize how lucky we are to have a lake and surrounding mountains that provides everything the Okanagan is about.

If you could have lunch with anyone in the world, who would you choose and why? 
I am a very observant person that enjoys humorous observation. Jerry Seinfeld would be someone I could chat with for laughs. For someone more serious it would be President Obama.

What’s your go-to happy place? S
ports. Always sports

What are you most proud of? 
My family.

What are the top three things on your bucket list? 

-Attend an International World Cup final event;
-Travel across Europe;
-Sit down with a previous president

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten? 
Pizza with mayonnaise and pierogies as toppings.

Latest movie or book: Arrival.

What’s the best gift you’ve ever received? 
A trip to a resort with my entire family tree.

If today were your last day, how would you spend it? 
On a sunny day by the water with my family.

David Scarlatescu
Okanagan Edge Staff - Dec 06 - Got the Edge

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Name: David Scarlatescu.

What business or organization are you involved with? The Sprouted Fig.

What is your role with that organization? Owner/operator

What is your favourite thing about living in the Okanagan? The amazing support in the community.

If you could have lunch with anyone in the world, who would you chose, and why? Gary Vaynerchuk. I look up to him as a mentor, and he is truly a master of emotional intelligence.

What’s your go-to happy place? I already live in my happy place every day.

What are you most proud of? What I’ve been able to accomplish at the age of 19. But I’m just getting started.

What are the Top 3 things on your bucket list?
-Meet Gary Vaynerchuck;
-Be remembered as one of the greats;
-Build a business empire.

What is the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten? Brain. I can’t remember the animal, but but definitely brain.

Latest movie or book? Unshakable, by Tony Robbins.

What is the best gift you’ve ever received? The gift of life from my parents. Yes, it’s corny, but it’s true.

If today we’re your last day, how would you spend it? I would get my closest family members and friends together and eat the biggest feast ever.

Patty Patterson
Okanagan Edge Staff - Dec 04 - Got the Edge

Name: Patty Patterson

What business or organization are you involved with? A&E Community Market and Consignment Centre

What is your role with that organization? Co-owner/financial officer/fashion and design specialist

What’s your favorite thing about living in the Okanagan? I really enjoy living in Vernon because of all the very friendly people I meet. The Okanagan has a great mix of people from all over who have so much to offer and share.

If you could have lunch with anyone in the world, who would you choose and why? The Dalai Lama, because he exemplifies the human qualities of
compassion, humility and grace and strives to be the best that humans can be.

What’s your go-to happy place? Natural surroundings, especially around water.

What are you most proud of? Leaving the corporate world as an employee to determine my own success in my own business.

What are the top three things on your bucket list?
1. To coach and mentor others to follow their dreams;
2. To establish and leave a lasting legacy;
3. To ride a camel in its native surroundings.

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten? Chocolate covered grasshopper.

Latest movie or book: Inside Job with Denzel Washington, Jodie Foster and Christopher Plummer

What’s the best gift you’ve ever received? The ability to go dancing with a good partner.

If today were your last day, how would you spend it? Enjoying an adventure such as riding a camel in Egypt.

Pearl and Stefan Marten
Okanagan Edge Staff - Dec 01 - Got the Edge

Name: Pearl and Stefan Marten

What business or organization are you involved with? 
Marten Brewing Co. and the Naked Pig BBQ

What is your role with that organization? 
Owner/Operators

What’s your favorite thing about living in the Okanagan? 
If we have to pick just one then the landscape, which to us includes the vibrant people, the offbeat culture and the incredible terrain.

If you could have lunch with anyone in the world, who would you choose and why? 
Our entire family, because there is nothing better than that.

What’s your go-to happy place? 
Early mornings at the Naked Pig. Before the day starts and the doors open, having a coffee and inhaling the mouthwatering smell of the barbecue coming out of the smoker.

What are you most proud of? 
Creating two flourishing, cornerstone businesses in a location and city that no one believed in.

What are the top three things on your bucket list?
-Doing a collaboration brew with Waikiki Brewing;
-Aiding an unsuspecting family in need;
-Taking our home and businesses of the grid (this one might take a while)

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten? 
Frog Legs.

Latest movie or book: Black List

What’s the best gift you’ve ever received? 
Each other

If today were your last day, how would you spend it? 
Doing good deeds.

Olivia Solano
Okanagan Edge Staff - Nov 29 - Got the Edge

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Name: Olivia Solano.

What business or organization are you involved with? 
The Canadian School of Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker.

What is your role with that organization? 
I am a dancer, and I will be performing as Clara in this year’s production.

What’s your favourite thing about living in the Okanagan? 
I love that that I get to ski at Big White in the winter and I get to swim at the beach in the summer.

If you could have lunch with anyone in the world, who would you choose and why? 
I would have lunch with Blake Lively, because she is such a strong female figure. I would love to hear her opinions on arising conflicts and debates. It would be amazing to get the chance to pick her brain.

What’s your go-to happy place? 
The Dance studio. It is the only place I feel comfortable taking risks and being myself, without concern about feeling judged. I go there so often I basically live there. I can’t imagine my life any other way.

What are you most proud of? 
Presently, I take greatest pride in achieving the role of Clara for my tenth anniversary on stage in The Nutcracker. I have wanted to be Clara since I was six years old and an Angel in Act I.

What are the top three things on your bucket list?
1. Be Clara – check;
2. Live in New York for a while;
3. Be a mentor for young girls.

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten? 
I was born and raised as a vegetarian, so my friends think everything I
eat is weird!

Latest movie or book? The latest book I’ve read is A Million Little Pieces by James Frey and Rodrigo Corral, a very moving story. The last movie I saw was Marvel’s Spiderman: Homecoming, which I absolutely loved and have watched three times already.

What’s the best gift you’ve ever received? 
A trip to New York with my mom, where we watched four Broadway shows.

If today were your last day, how would you spend it? 
I would spend the day out on the town celebrating life. I would focus on the things that make me smile and do everything I’ve been too afraid to try before.

Julia Keller
Okanagan Edge Staff - Nov 27 - Got the Edge

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Name: Julia Keller

What business or organization are you involved with? liv a lil chocolate

What is your role with that organization? All of them! My favourite is Quality Control.

What’s your favourite thing about living in the Okanagan? The number of outdoor activities, the climate, the fresh fruit and produce, and the beautiful scenery.

If you could have lunch with anyone in the world, who would you choose and why? Jocko Willink. He is an American podcaster, author, martial artist and retired Navy SEAL. He is a large inspiration for my entire family, including teaching my girls (through his novel, Way of the Warrior Kid) to be warriors.

What’s your go-to happy place? Rose Valley Regional Park hiking trails.

What are you most proud of? Teaching my daughters how to play piano. Music is such an important part of my life and I feel it’s very important to pass on the love of music to my girls. I have never been so proud as when I watch them play.

What are the top three things on your bucket list?
-Furthering my education;
-Learning a new instrument;
-Taking an extended vacation with my family.

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten? My daughters gave me a small bite of a booger flavoured jelly bean (I smelled the vomit one and it was AWFUL).

Latest movie or book? I am on the seventh and final book of Stephen King’s Dark Tower series.

What’s the best gift you’ve ever received? A beautiful silver necklace made by Smallprint Okanagan’s Suzanne Henderson. It has two pendants on it, each with a fingerprint of my daughters. I will cherish it forever.

If today were your last day, how would you spend it? Around the campfire with my family.

Taylor McAuley and Connor Gnam
Okanagan Edge Staff - Nov 24 - Got the Edge

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Name: Taylor McAuley and Connor Gnam.

What business or organization are you involved with? The Canadian School of Ballet.

What is your role with that organization? Taylor is a teacher and choreographer; and this year we are choreographing the party scene in The Nutcracker together.

What’s your favourite thing about living in the Okanagan? 
The Okanagan is beautiful all year round. The people are wonderful and there is so much to do no matter the season (such as coming to The Nutcracker in December).

If you could have lunch with anyone in the world, who would you choose and why? 
Crystal Pite, the artistic director of Kidd Pivot. She is one of our biggest inspirations choreographically.

What’s your go-to happy place? 
Taylor’s parents cabin. They’ve only had it for three years but every time we go there we feel like we can relax and recharge. It’s also nice to spend time together, and with family and friends, and not worry about work.

What are you most proud of? 
What we are most proud of right NOW is the fact that we were fortunate enough to have the opportunity to choreograph a new party scene for The Canadian School of Ballet’s The Nutcracker. It’s been a lot of work, but also a lot of fun, and we’ve enjoyed every minute of it.

What are the top three things on your bucket list?
1-Travel;
2-Dance another duet together;
3-Replace our basement carpets…HA.

Latest movie or book? A Nutcracker Christmas. We both love made-for-TV Christmas movies.

What’s the best gift you’ve ever received? 
Well, we recently got engaged, so that was pretty awesome gift we gave to each other.

If today were your last day, how would you spend it? 
Together with our families, eating lots of food and drinking lots of
wine and beer.

Megan Woodruff
Okanagan Edge Staff - Nov 22 - Got the Edge

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Name: Megan Woodruff.

What business or organization are you involved with? 24k Coaching; New Wave Fitness.

What is your role with that organization? Owner/coach at 24k Coaching, and the general manager at New Wave Fitness.

What’s your favourite thing about living in the Okanagan? When I was a kid, I used to dread the drive to my grandparents house in Penticton. Now, it is my favourite drive in the whole world.

Nothing compares to that view when you round the corner and head down the hill on the way to Peachland. That first look at the lake and Rattlesnake island always lights me up. Something about it never gets old. I always try to have a good song on the radio when I get to that spot and just take it all in.

If you could have lunch with anyone in the world, who would you choose and why? It’s a toss up between Brene Brown and Ellen DeGeneres. Both are super funny, and I admire people with good humour. I think a good laugh is one of the most important things in life. Both of them also have great insight and understanding about people.

What’s your go-to happy place? Barefoot Beach in Penticton. I was just there this past weekend and the wind was crazy, the waves were huge, and the sun was shining. It’s just as beautiful in the winter as it is in the summer.

What are you most proud of? My coaching credentials, leaving my safe and comfortable job to pursue my dreams, and marrying my husband.

What are the top three things on your bucket list?
1.) Experience a workshop by Tony Robins;
2.) Go on a Susan Hyatt retreat in Euorpe;
3.) I’d love to see my husband strapped to a backpack on an adventure with me. He’s more of an all inclusive kinda guy. But I’d love to get him out of his comfort zone.

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten? When I was on a trip to Sonoma with JOEY Restaurant Group, we paired off into small groups and did a “dine around” at 3 different restaurants. We would go in, order a ton of stuff on the menu, try it and move on.

The strangest thing was at this Mexican restaurant. They brought an entire lizard-looking thing that was deep fried, I think. It
was huge, and had the head on it and everything.

Latest movie or book? For my job, I feel a responsibility to continuously grow. So I make time in my weekly routine to read inspirational books. Right now I am reading Being of Power by Baron Baptiste. But if I were to be completely honest, I love to indulge in books like Girl on a Train, and Me Before You.

What’s the best gift you’ve ever received? Three years ago I was pretty unhappy at my current job. I knew what I wanted to do, but I didn’t have the money or the guts to make a change. I remember having lunch with my mom and she slid her credit card across the table. She told me to go and take my mastery level of coaching. We both didn’t really have the money, and she knew absolutely nothing about the course. She just knew it was something that would make me happy, and it was what I was mean to do. To this day, she has never asked for the money back.

If today were your last day, how would you spend it? At Barefoot Beach, with some delicious Okanagan wine, with all my
friends and family. We would make a fire, listen to Eric Church and some of my other fave country tunes. For dinner we would eat my friend Brian’s charcoal BBQ-grilled chicken and warm potato salad.

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