Cherie and Mike
Cherie grew up in Philadelphia and Mike was born and raised in Vancouver. We are a biking family and enjoy exploring different parts of the city on our bikes with our two young children. English, Cantonese, Mandarin and a little Khmer are some of the languages we speak at home. Cherie and Mike have spent the last decade living abroad in different parts of Asia. Our experiences overseas and in North America have allowed us to be adaptable to different kinds of living spaces. We see the value in having easy access to public amenities, parks and transportation. Being connected to our community makes for an interesting and fun place to live. We are excited about the possibilities that co-housing offers.
My attraction to an urban village is probably the result of our family moving every couple of years when I was a child. I have a built-up longing for deep roots and knowing my neighbours. Location is a big deal for me. I’m a walker and an urban location means strolling to Main Street for coffee with a friend or hitting the library and community centre. I love art, really long walks like the Camino Real and I’m a relentless reader. I like lively conversation, but also need time to myself.
When my youngest daughter told me some friends were moving to cohousing some time ago, I was instantly fascinated by her explanation of what it involved. I had lived in a small rural area for much of my adult life and realized that living within a sharing, caring, cohousing community while still having my own space – this time in an urban setting – might work for me. In OUV I have found a diverse group of people who share many of my priorities. I am already enjoying getting to know other members and working together to make our community happen.