The two of us met on a warm and sunny afternoon, at the Stairway to Heaven. We moved to Victoria in December 2007, and we live, with our cat Bailey, in a townhouse located in a gorgeous and quiet setting with Elk Lake Park as our backyard . We really enjoy the area, close to both work and trails for hiking, jogging or biking.
We were married in the sand and sun of Bahia, Brazil in September 2009.
A CPA (Chartered Professional Accountant) by trade and vocation (ask if you want to know the Monopoly story), Marc is the Controller for an insurance brokerage firm. Hendry, Swinton, McKenzie (owned by Brad Hendry, Ross McKenzie & Adrian Stoddart), is located downtown Victoria, with another office in Langford and one in Duncan. Deanna is the Accountant for Newport Realty AND has her own bookkeeping business from home – but we do manage to talk about other things besides balance sheets when are together 😉 …
We enjoy hiking & bike riding together, playing softball or tennis, having dinner parties or hanging out with friends (Victoria’s very friendly and active badminton community made us feel at home as soon as we moved here), and we recently took up bowling together. We also both love to travel to exotic places or to cozy country B&Bs, we like to water ski, share a good bottle of wine (do try to visit our favourite vineyards: Mistaken Identity [on Saltspring] and Eagle Eye [in the Napa Valley] for an experience you won’t forget), to listen to music, read … Now that Deanna has had her first taste of white water rafting (see pictures of her maiden trip on the Nahatlash, we will likely be going back for more. In his spare time, Marc also plays duplicate bridge and enjoys taking (and sharing) pictures.
Deanna grew up in Ontario, and her family moved to BC in 1991. Her Dad lives in Nanoose and her nephew Jordan lives in Parksville. Deanna also has a sister in Ontario.
Marc immigrated to Canada in 1981, and his Dad and two brothers still live in Belgium. His sister Geneviève lives in the south of France. Marc also has two kids from a previous marriage. Both Thia (born in ’83) and Ryan (’86) live and work up in Nanaimo. Marc also joined the Big Brothers program in 2014 and is the proud and happy Big Brother of Luan, a great kid who moved to Canada from Brazil a few years ago.