Read the stories of tenants who live in Seafield Apartments to learn why Seafield is such a special place.
Brian is a long-time Seafielder who’s reach in the community is far. He feels his story is really the story of others. Seafielders from the past, present and future. Brian has done a lot to protect the Seafield community, from “taking down” thieves trying to break in to keeping an eye on the street to taking care of Rolly and Mary – his neighbours upstairs.
Read Brian’s story.
Wendy and her daughter, Christie, have called the West End home longer than most people. In fact, their family ties to the West End go back 100 years. As a single mom, Wendy benefited from the sense of camaraderie and community found at the Seafield and in the West End. Leaving the Seafield will mean leaving the community they have called home for all their lives behind.
Read Wendy and Christie’s Story.
Penny and Joe moved to the Seafield with their young son Aedan. Penny and Joe get support from other parents in the building such as Mark and Christine (whose son, Miles, is Aedan’s best friend). Moving away from the Seafield will not only be hard on Penny and Joe, but also Aedan as he has spent most of his young life playing with Miles in the building.
Read Penny, Aedan and Joe’s story.
These brave Sefielders are the first to receive eviction notices from Gordon Nelson Investments. Kevin and Trina are long-time residents of the Seafield who took on caretaking responsibilities — keeping the building in pristine shape through regular maintenance and superb gardening — under the old management. Gordon Nelson Investments used Kevin and Trina’s responsibilities as justification for issuing them eviction notices on July 31, 2008. Since the couple’s tenancies were not tied to their caretaking duties, the eviction was illegal, and was verbally rescinded the day after it was delivered.
Read Kevin and Trina’s story.
When Heather married her husband (and long-time Seafield resident) Tim, she inherited two families — Tim’s family, and her new Seafield family! In typical Seafield fashion, Heather was warmly welcomed by her husband’s neighbours in the building and many Seafielders were guests at her wedding. Leaving the building is just not an option for our resident opera singer. She has spent exactly half of her life here. This building represents her home and her family.
Read Heather’s story.
This young Seafield couple are expecting their first baby in early 2009. When they found out that they were expecting, the entire building responded with excitement and advice — with parenting magazines left at their door, offers of baby clothes, babysitting and other support. Of course, having two other young families in the building is a huge draw for Bobby and Dana because their young one will have built in play mates, and they will have other parents around who are willing to help. When Chris Nelson of Gordon Nelson Investments detailed his plans for the building in September, Bobby and Dana learned that they were likely going to be evicted on February 1, 2009 — the day their baby is due.
Read Bobby and Dana’s story.
When Christine and Mark moved to Vancouver from New York, they slept on Brian and Ross’ floor at the Seafield while they were looking for an apartment. Day in and day out, they would search for a place, only to come back to the Seafield (where they really wanted to live!). Between the two of them, Christine and Mark have lived in many cities around the world, but have never found a building with community like the Seafield. As luck would have it, a two-bedroom apartment came available, and Christine and Mark moved in. A few years later, they had Miles (a born and raised Seafielder) who’s best friend, Aedan, lives in the building. They wouldn’t want to raise their son anywhere else.
Read Christine, Mark and Miles’ story.
When Tim moved in to the Seafield over 30 years ago, the West End wasn’t exactly the nicest neighbourhood in Vancouver. Tim has watched the community transform from a skuzzy area of town into one of the healthiest neighbourhoods in North America — a large part because of buildings like the Seafield. It’s diverse communities like the one at the Seafield that keep the West End safe.
Read Tim’s story.
Melissa is one of Seafield’s newest residents. She had only lived in the building for two weeks before she learned that it had been bought by Gordon Nelson Investments. They said they were going to evict the building, renovate and jack up the rents. Melissa doesn’t have a lot of options if rents continue to skyrocket in Vancouver, and may have to go back to Toronto. It would be sad for her to leave her apartment at the Seafield since most of her new friends in the city are her neighbours in the building.
Read Melissa Mewdell’s story.
Before David and Donald moved a stick of furniture into their apartment at the Seafield, they were meeting all of their new neighbours and eating a wonderful meal at their first of many barbeques. David and Donald have continued the tradition of warmly welcoming in newcomers to the Seafield — whether it be through dinner invitations, a welcome party, or the donation of furniture!
Read David and Donald’s story.
Glen and Darcy didn’t live at the Seafield for long, as they were only in Vancouver on a sabbatical. But this didn’t stop them from becoming full fledged members of the Seafield community. Glen reminisces about his time at the Seafield in his story, and expresses dismay about the Seafield’s eviction threat and what it will do to the community here.
Read Glen and Darcy’s story.