Compass Cohousing will be a multi-generational community of about 34-37 units, with a variety of amenities in a large common house. We are delighted to have secured a prime building location at 20353 – 66th Avenue in Langley (but this is not our meeting location), with excellent transit access and in easy walking distance of shopping, medical services, restaurants and more. We are looking for new members!
Chris founded a software company 30 years ago and is interested in co-housing because it seems to be a more sustainable way for people to live. Living in a smaller space and sharing convenient but rarely used facilities such as a shop, exercise room or meeting room is more efficient.
Gordon is a retired lawyer who moved to BC in 1990 from Nova Scotia. He has lived in Fort Langley for over 20 years and has raised three children in this community. He is interested in home renovations, making music, documentary film, antiques and repurposing items to prolong their usefulness. His interest in cohousing stems from a desire to live along side a group of community-minded individuals who value the benefits that accrue to reducing their footprint and sharing skills and talents for the benefit of the community. He views cooperation and comradery as elements missing from most present day housing developments. He considers these things to be the backbone of any successful, thriving and healthy community.
Jenny is a retired teacher with many years of volunteering in several organizations. She is the mother of six and grandmother of five. She enjoys quilting, making her own soaps, gardening, reading and watching documentaries and British mystery shows. She is passionate about environmental issues. She hopes to explore BC in her Boler trailer. She tries to maintain a small carbon footprint, recycle, reuse and repurpose. The benefits of a close community that cohousing can provide are important to Jenny.
Verla – Time passes; family grows and disperses; such is the natural progression of Life. I seek a connected group of individuals with whom to forge a neighbourly bond. I enjoy reading, writing, gardening, swimming, and solving (rarely) crosswords. I have been an avid dragonboater since 2004. A senior and retired teacher, I feel I have much to contribute to a multigenerational community.
Grant was born and raised in Victoria along with two brother and two sisters. He often accompanied his father (a contractor) to work. He went to BCIT and trained as an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer, and has a wide variety of experience in manufacturing, missions and helping refugees.
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Loriane worked in a library for nine years, and has worked in a mail centre. She was the faculty assistant to the Religious Studies department at Trinity Western University. She retired 3 years ago and is now volunteering at A Rocha. She enjoys gardening, crafts and reading.
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Vern is a father of two and a grandfather to four. He drove bus for many years but now enjoys retirement. He enjoys making mead, wine and likes carving. Now is the time to downsize and Cohousing , working and living in a community of friends as neighbours is very appealing.
Donna is a mother of two and a grandma to four. She spent many years being accountant but since her retirement she has enjoyed living in Harrison Hot Springs. She would like to move closer to her family who live in Langley and Vancouver. Intentional community seems very exciting to her and having neighbours as friends and sharing in the lives of young children and their parents is very special. In her spare time she likes to cook, read, do yoga, visit with friends and family and cuddle with her two dogs and two cats.
Doug has had three distinct careers. He spent 7 years teaching English in high school and at what is now Trinity Western University, then owned and operated a photo studio, The Inner Image, here in Langley. Since 1989 he has worked in the software world, where he developed, marketed and supported a package for charities. He is now semi-retired.
Doug spent about 10 years of his childhood in Cameroon in west-central Africa, where his father was a mission doctor; his education led to a B.A. and an M.A in English. He is actively involved in his church and in the Langley Community Chorus where, in addition to singing, he has the responsibility of arranging concert venues. Other interests include reading, travel, photography and bridge. He has been drawn to cohousing since attending a presentation by Chuck Durrett about ten years ago. Doug and Sue have two sons and three granddaughters.
Elizabeth was born and raised in Ontario but made British Columbia her home almost four decades ago. She is the proud mother of three millennials and grandmother to a cat named Spencer. Beginning at age fourteen, Elizabeth has spent much time in the volunteer sector. Her favourite volunteer gig was the eight years she spent as Head Coach of the Ridge Meadows Special Olympics swim team. Most of Elizabeth’s working life was spent as a pharmacist, in a variety of hospital and community settings. Hobbies include bonsai, reading, hiking, soup-making and gardening. She has belonged to a community garden in Maple Ridge for the last three years and is especially proud of her espaliered Japanese pear tree.