About Us - Kia Ora Vancouver
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ABOUT US

Kia Ora Vancouver connects Kiwi expats, Caniwis and those with Kiwi links to our dynamic Kiwi community in British Columbia.

Kiwis fly all over the globe. Our ‘can-do’ attitude and love of life finds us valued both at home and abroad. When a Kiwi’s your friend, you’ve got a friend for life! We aim to live up to this great reputation while adding value to our local Vancouver community.

Our Purpose:

  • Bring our Kiwi community closer together and share our love for New Zealand by hosting social, sporting and business events
  • Create greater participation, engagement and continually expand our network
  • Enable people to share valuable knowledge, experiences and opportunities
  • Support new comers by providing useful information and networking and social opportunities
  • Build relationships with organisations and Canadians keen to see the New Zealand brand and Kiwi presence in Vancouver grow

OUR TEAM

MATTHEW MEAD

Born and raised in Hamilton, I’ve been in Canada since 2007, when I was recruited to Toronto by a friendly bunch of Canadians. Working in IT, my time has been dividing between Toronto and Vancouver; however, I’m now proud to call British Columbia my adopted home. Over the years, I’ve been actively involved with Kea New Zealand. A founding member of the Toronto chapter, I launched the Vancouver chapter during the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Top tips: For newcomers, I recommend keeping an industrial strength umbrella nearby in case of rain during the winter months. Though Vancouver has a tendency for rain, the mountains will be great above the clouds – get ready for some evening snowboarding after work!

 

Anastasia

ANASTASIA SILLICK

My partner and I moved to Vancouver from Auckland in 2012. With a background in recruitment and community advising, I now work as a Resource Advisor and Facilitator at WorkBC. What I love most about living in Vancouver is our access to both the sea and the mountains, and of course, the U.S of A.

Top tip: Get a Vancouver Public Library card. Also, when you need help navigating Vancouver’s labour market, you can’t go past the WorkBC Resource Centre, for free advice and assistance with your resume.

 

Shannon

SHANNON CROWLEY

I’ve been living in the great city of Vancouver for over six years. Originally here to experience the snow and the Winter Olympics, I fell in love with the place and a great Canadian girl so decided to stay. I’m an avid traveller and been lucky enough to have lived in both the UK and Australia. I grew up in Palmy and completed a BSc at Massey Uni. Currently, I’m working in Finance with a large bank in downtown Vancouver.

Top tip: Newbies should be sure to try the sushi and the local craft beer – they will blow you away.

 

ROBYN TUCKER-PECK

Born in Kenya to Kiwi parents, my sense of adventure and career in journalism has allowed me to travel extensively, living in seven different countries. My Canadian husband and I moved to Vancouver from Auckland in 2012, and we’ve only scratched the surface of what B.C. has to offer. Though my background is in publishing, I’m now working in the travel industry in a sales and marketing role.

Top Tip: There are all kinds of sports to enjoy in our backyard – rowing in the Burrard Inlet, skiing at Whistler, mountain biking on the North Shore, road biking to Horseshoe Bay, running the Stanley Park Seawall or park trails, and rock climbing in Squamish.

STEVE WILLIAMS

Wellingtonian born and bred, a ‘late’ OE in 1996 found me in London teaching and becoming an Assistant Principal. After 12 years travelling in the U.K and Ireland, I fell in love and married a Canadian, immigrating to Vancouver in 2009.

Vancouver and British Columbia are my home now. I love the city, the outdoors, fishing, working with a fun bunch of people, playing funk in a band and yes, even the winter rain – that’s fishing again!

Top tip: Be yourself – those natural Kiwi characteristics of fun, friendliness, ethics and hard-working will always take you far. And, see how we can help!

Lauren Joe - Kia Ora Vancouver Board Member

LAUREN (REN) JOE

I’m a relative newbie to Vancouver and to Kia Ora Vancouver but love the city AND New Zealand so got involved! I grew up just outside of Auckland and am currently a Marketing Coordinator in East Vancouver. I’m lucky enough to have travelled to a few corners of the world and there’s a reason why Vancouver attracts so many well travelled people… Because it’s awesome!
I love the blues and greens of the city and watching the ridiculous sunsets from the West End. We have the ability here to feel like we’re in the middle of nowhere in the middle of Stanley Park or just an hour on a bus in any direction! I love making the most of that.
Top tip: Get out and about! Go to the pride parades, the block parties, the food, the fringe and the film festivals. Get involved with things that take you outside of your comfort zone, the diversity is one of the things that make this city great for me. Get out and meet people and dare I say it, meet the non-kiwis too!