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Village Welcomes and Updates for December

New babies, new residents and news from an old friend

Rome and big brother Greyson.

In a column earlier this year, I noted that Leslie Nolan and Shakil Kassam, residents of Isleview, had welcomed their second grandchild. Leslie’s daughter Sydney and her husband Kellen (who first met as three- and five-year-old children in Lions Bay) are the proud parents of Wyatt Berry Welch. Well, Leslie’s and Shakil’s family just got a little bit bigger with the birth of their third grandchild last month. Son and daughter-in-law Carter and Christine Link welcomed Rome Lewis on October 18. Everyone is doing well and we understand three-and-a-half-year-old big brother Grayson is thrilled to have a future golf partner.

I'm also delighted to introduce Trevor Hoffmann and Bobo Zhao who now reside on Mountain Drive. They are two young professionals who have relocated here from Yaletown. Metro downtown to rural life means a very big change for them, but they tell me they are LOVING it. There are mornings when they wake up and still cannot believe how peaceful and beautiful everything is, and they are looking forward to meeting local residents.

Trevor and Bobo met close to 10 years ago and they tell me it was their love and passion for art and life that brought them together. Trevor is a pianist and music composer who writes for children’s series’ on Netflix, Disney, LEGO etc. He comes from a classical music background and has been the Composer-in-Residence for the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra as well as touring music director for artists in the David Foster roster.

Bobo is a portrait photographer who has her own wedding studio and commercial studios with photos that have been published in magazines worldwide. They have a four pound tiny (but fierce!) toy poodle. Regardless of her size, Bourbon is a sweet and adventurous little pup. The family love travelling, kayaking, and being in nature, but also enjoy a cozy night in with wine and cheese. Trevor, Bobo, and Bourbon – welcome to Lions Bay.

Departed Public Works Manager and friend to many Nai Jaffer is now the Section Manager of Parks Operations for the District of North Vancouver. He tells me his new job is going well; managing operations and maintenance for 206 named parks in the district, as well as countless trails and connectors, community plazas, and the Deep Cove anchorage area. This is essentially all the urban greenspace from the Capilano River up to Grouse Woods and all the way east through Deep Cove to Indian Arm from the foreshore to the treeline.

While Nai says he's working hard to get to know all the more than 75 members of his staff, he also misses the residents of the Village and tries to stay updated on all that's happening. This past summer he says he was pleased to meet up with other members of the former Public Works team at Garth Begley's wedding, which brought the former Public Works team back together and was a particularly heart-warming experience.

And adding to the whirlwind of his new job, Nai also celebrated two family weddings this year. Amanda, his middle daughter, and her new husband Josh tied the knot on June 4 in Victoria. It was an intimate affair, graced by beautiful weather at the Beach House on Cordova Bay and an even more beautiful bride and groom.

Nai and Katy Jaffer celebrate with Amanda & Josh, and with Nick & Vanessa

Nai and Katy’s youngest son Nick married his sweetheart Vanessa at the end of September, in a grand Italian wedding in New Westminster. Making it even more special, Nai's mother, despite her battle with advanced pancreatic cancer, managed to join the celebration and even shared a dance or two with friends. A truly unforgettable summer for Nai and his family.

Once a Villager, always a Villager is my view, and next time we'll bring you up to date on a few residents who may have left but still keep the village in their hearts. If you know a past resident who might enjoy being included, reach out to me at Wishing you the best of the season!

From new babies to newcomers to those who may live far away, The Watershed wants to celebrate our readers! Leave your comments below, or contact us at


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