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The Modern Vancouver Family

In Doings on May 3, 2012 at 9:06 AM

Like our teeth, we’ll keep your property impeccable and clean.

Thank you to everyone who has been sending us house listings and sharing our situation with their networks in the last 12 hours! We want to give you a bit more info about each of us so you get a complete sense of who exactly is #TheWholeVanFamily.

Natalie Burgwin (@nburgwin) is the Public Relations Manager for the loveable and locally-founded 1-800-GOT-JUNK? When she’s not volunteering her time as a Big Sister, she keeps us laughing with her quick wit and enthusiasm. Natalie grew up in Calgary and on Vancouver Island and was later drawn to the urban lifestyle of Vancouver. She holds a BA in English Literature from the University of Victoria and, after an intense stint at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Nat has landed a specialist role in public relations.

Tyrel Meredith (@tyrelmeredith) is our born-and-raised Vancouverite. Raised in his own unique family, Tyrel knows the value of commitment through thick and thin. He’s got a dry sense of humour and love for hockey (especially our Canucks). Tyrel also gives back to his community whenever possible, as a teacher and coach.

Jocelyn Wagner (@jocelynwagner) is the Writer Services Coordinator for the Vancouver International Writers Festival on the vibrant Granville Island. With a BA in Communications from Simon Fraser University and a certificate in Sustainable Community Development, she’s got a passion for experiential education and for building communities. Jocelyn loves her annual bike trips with her father and she encourages her Modern Vancouver Family to stay active. Together we completed the St Patrick’s Day 5km run this year in Stanley Park!

Phillip Huen is our North Van boyscout. He loves the trails and his bikes. And he can fix anything! As a trained carpenter knowledgeable in framing, finishing and foundations, Phil currently builds custom homes in West Vancouver. He’s got a goofy sense of humour and innate empathy for others. As the man himself says, “If there’s a Phil, there’s a way.”

Matthew McLellan is one of the most talented, up-and-coming film actors in the Vancouver industry. Known for a focus on his craft and dedication to his career, Matt works at the beautiful Cardero’s in Coal Harbour to fund his passion. Definitely the quirkiest and most diplomatic of the group, Matt is the peacekeeper and creates a calm environment for all of us.

David Mongar (@davidmongar). Where do we begin? Once a musical theatre superstar, having travelled around the Pacific on cruise ships and performed in Toronto for several years, David traded in the stage for the hospital when he decided medicine was his dream. He is our Patch Adams. Our Ross Gellar, if we may. He is funny, outgoing, deeply empathetic, and easily the most interesting man you’ll ever meet. Not only that, but David use to be vegan and now cooks us incredibly healthy meals (we recommend the roast chicken and homefries).

Riley is an advocate for chihuahuas everywhere. Under the wing of our dedicated David, this 3-year old pup can perform an impressive series of tricks including “Scratch my back”, the “Mission Impossible” crawl, and “Out of the kitchen”. This dog even knows his nautical directions and can do a handstand! Don’t believe us? Well, you’ll have to meet us to see for yourself. But we guarantee a good show.

Now that you know a bit more about us, please feel free to share our profiles with any landlords you may know in Vancouver! You can also email us at We’re happy to provide more info to find our new home in the next week. Thank you!

  1. […] Do you have the perfect home for the Modern Vancouver Family? […]

  2. I heard you and Natalie on the radio! You guys did great! Best of luck finding a place 🙂

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