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Irma Soltonovich, Artist

Irma Soltonovich, Artist

At first, you’re struck by her big smile and then her raw honesty draws you in – she’s one of ‘those’ refreshing humans you immediately want to share a glass of single malt with. Irma’s prairie roots run deep and continue to guide her life and art with a no-bullshit, balanced approach. At the heart of the Victoria art scene, she’s a bit of a cultural icon and no event is the same without her. Irma is a tireless advocate for the disenfranchised, her paintings are cherished and highly respected, and her story is truly inspiring. Pour a single malt (in her honour) and get to know our dear friend.

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Summer Sippers: BC Meets France

Summer Sippers: BC Meets France

Although thought to have started in France as an indoor pursuit when affluent gourmands brought their own wine to restaurants, le “picque-nique” apparently worked its way outside after the French Revolution as people started to gather in gardens, each bringing food to the party. Sound familiar? Nothing says summer like sipping and grazing on a patio or picnic blanket. Everyone loves a theme for clinking glasses. But you usually also want to keep it simple and bring a drop which goes with everything and everyone, right? So we’ve got you covered. How about “BC Meets France”?  Support local with a...

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Mari O’Meara, Mari Kushino Design

Mari O’Meara, Mari Kushino Design

We’d like you to meet our friend Mari, an award-winning, Victoria-based interior designer known for creating beautiful spaces with a certain tailored simplicity. Calm, present and understated, Mari approaches her work and her family life with the same intention and focus. Here she shares a little about her work, her childhood and the courage to make changes.

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Michelle Miller, Fine Artist and Instructor

Michelle Miller, Fine Artist and Instructor

Michelle Miller is a Victoria-based artist known for her rich and layered abstract paintings. A passionate and enthusiastic teacher, Michelle has a BFA Visual Arts with a Triple Major in Painting, Drawing and Printmaking, and a BA in Art History. Among her many awards is the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal, presented for her outstanding contributions to children in the field of art education.

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Rachel Holmes, Executive Lead, Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General

Rachel Holmes, Executive Lead, Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General

Rachel Holmes is the provincial lead for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls – a Canadian inquiry that explores the systemic causes of violence against Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA* people and articulates Calls for Justice to address them.

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Punam Kumar Gill, Award-Winning Documentary Filmmaker

Punam Kumar Gill, Award-Winning Documentary Filmmaker

We want to introduce you to Punam, an award-winning documentary filmmaker and human change agent. We were introduced to Punam through digital means, LinkedIn actually, and then had the opportunity to learn more about Punam and her work, and her life… it was a meeting of minds, missions, and life’s work. Take a breath, create space, and take the opportunity to learn from a woman of colour in this timely and relevant interview.

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