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Village Welcomes and Updates

New residents, grandchildren, engagements . . . and more

Renee, Manny and Adnan

Adnan Siddiqui and Renee Haldenby, along with their seven-year-old boxer Manny, are excited to be moving from the Arbutus Ridge area in Vancouver into their new home in upper Kelvin Grove this month.

Adnan grew up in the Lower Mainland and spent some years in Calgary and abroad before returning to Vancouver. Renee grew up in Northern Ontario, and spent several years in Toronto before moving to Vancouver for a work opportunity in 2020. They met here and will be getting married in July. 

They are both very active and spend much of their free time on the North Shore and up the Sea to Sky Corridor skiing, hiking and cycling. Although life takes them into the city on a regular basis, they were drawn to the lifestyle in Lions Bay and are looking forward to being a part of a close-knit community. Welcome and congratulations.

Emma and Jackson

Rob Peebles and Kim Powell on Periwinkle Place welcomed not one, but two grandchildren in the last six months. Their son Andrew and his wife Ellie, who live in Nashville, Tennessee, welcomed Emma June on December 5, while daughter Brynn Peebles and her husband Rory Steels in North Van, welcomed little (9 lbs 12 oz!) Jackson on Feb. 27.

Rob and Kim have already made two visits to see Emma, with another planned for October.

It was a very busy time in March at Periwinkle Place as Jackson and his family spent their first month with grandma and grandpa, just to help get things started.

James and Imogene, with Hercules and Priscilla

Anthony and Angela Greville, who live on Upper Bayview Road, announce that their son, James, a Lions Bay baby born into the Village in 1991, is getting married on June 8.

James, a feature on all the local boys’ sports teams, and a regular summertime beach goer, graduated from Collingwood School and was the 2009 Lions Bay Curley Stewart Award winner.

He went on to study at McGill where he met Imogen Jefferies, from White Rock.  Although they were in the same residence in first year, it was not until their final year that they became a couple. After university, James headed to Bond University in Australia to study law, graduating in 2017. He currently works in civil litigation at a downtown Vancouver law firm. Imogen is a marketing professional.

James and Imogen and their two dogs Hercules and Priscilla have purchased a new home in White Rock, and plan on moving in July.

Joseph and Iona

Andrew and Ingrid Wray, who live on Timbertop Drive, announce that their daughter Iona, a 90’s Lions Bay baby, recently got engaged at one of her favourite places – Brunswick Beach.

Her now-fiancé Joseph asked her on April Fools Day. Assuming he wasn’t joking, they’ll be making it official next summer.

We are all so happy for them – congratulations!


Phil Folkersen, who has been the Village Emergency Program Coordinator, a provincially mandated position, and Chairman of the Emergency Program Committee since February 2022, has resigned.

Phil has been a Villager for 12 years and was well-qualified for this senior key leadership and training position.

Left unfinished is a plan to open an Emergency Operation Centre in case of need and a Lions Bay Evacuation Plan. This position has many other responsibilities to make the Village safe and functioning in the event of a public safety event, as well as grant-writing responsibilities.

Phil’s departure comes at an inopportune time of year and will be an extremely difficult position to fill with a qualified individual.

And finally, Karl Buhr was appointed Public Works Manager (PWM) last year, three days after the resignation of the previous PWM, and his one-year contract expired mid-April. His “retirement” lasted two weeks before he was announced as the newly minted Director of Operations. The new position brings with it a raise in pay of at least $23,000, as first reported in The Watershed (HERE.)

Hoping everyone had a happy Victoria Day long weekend, which unofficially heralds the start of summer.

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