Victoria Vegan Fest


This is What a Vegan Looks Like

Welcome to our This is What a Vegan Looks Like campaign, where we highlight the wide diversity of vegans in our community and beyond! This all began with our t-shirt, which we designed for the first Victoria Vegan Fest, and is still available in our store!

We’ll be featuring a mix of print and video entries, and the most recent at the top – check back for new updates!VEGAN_SHIRT_WHITE_GREEN

June 24th, 2014 – Glenn

glenngaetzMy name is Glenn Gaetz and I’m a vegan and the co-owner of Nice Shoes in Vancouver.

Q How and when did you become vegan?

I’ve been vegan for 17 years now, and I was vegetarian for 4 or 5 years before that.

I grew up on a small farm (really a homestead) – we had a few beef cattle, a couple of pigs, and some goats. The goats we had for milk and the rest were for meat. I think being around the animals, seeing them live, and then seeing them slaughtered affected me more deeply than I realized at the time. A few years after we had stopped keeping animals any more I went to see that movie about the soccer team that crash-landed in the mountains and had to eat each other to survive – Alive, I think it’s called. Seeing them pulling “meat” off of human bodies, I suddenly realized that animals are very much like us. We’re all “meat,” and we all want to live. None of our animals volunteered to be our food. The next day I gave up eating meat, except for some fish as a concession to my parents. Form there on it was a steady progression to becoming fully vegan.

When I met my wife Joanne, she told me about rennet in cheese and other issues with milk and eggs, so I soon gave them up.

Q What does being vegan mean to you?

Being vegan means that I’m trying to live responsibly, not demanding that other beings give up their children, their freedom, or their lives for me.

Q Tell us how you thrive on a vegan diet.

Being vegan is now so normal to me that I couldn’t even imagine not being vegan. It’s just how I live. It’s so easy here to buy good, healthy vegan food. And good, delicious, not-so-healthy vegan food too! Not to mention all the vegan shoes, cruelty-free soaps and shampoos, and lots more vegan and animal-friendly products out there. Being vegan is much more than how I eat.

I just live vegan, and it works for me!

My name is Glenn and this is what a vegan looks like

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June 17th, 2014 – Chris

chrispert1My name is Chris Pert and I am committed to healthy, cruelty-free living and fun through a vegan lifestyle.

Q How and when did you become vegan?

I became a vegan a little over 12 years ago, after being a vegetarian for a few years. Besides not wanting to contribute to cruelty or environmental destruction, I realized that dairy was detrimental to my health. After going vegan my respiratory issues almost completely disappeared, and I had so much energy I didn’t know what to do with it. My running and quality of life have greatly improved as a result. It’s been a fantastic journey so far, and it’s always great meeting other vegans who are bursting with energy and compassion.

Q What does being vegan mean to you?

It means being part of the vanguard that is helping to change society for the better, to help sustain all life on planet earth. This includes being more compassionate toward all animal life, reducing our environmental impact, and protecting biodiversity. It is also about healthier humans and healthier human communities. The healthier we are, the more we are able to fight for what is right. Ultimately, being vegan is all about having a broader perspective, to think more about how our actions impact others both in our communities and in communities and animal life in other parts of the world. We need to be good, healthy role models to get other people to understand what is at stake, and how a vegan lifestyle offers solutions.

Q Tell us how you thrive on a vegan diet.

Thanks to my healthy vegan lifestyle, and a lot of training, my athletic ability has improved to the point that I am now a distance joggler. Joggling is the sport of juggling while running. Besides being a ton of fun, it’s such a great way to promote the vegan lifestyle and inspire others since I usually have a vegan shirt on while joggling. Obviously it’s attention-grabbing, but it’s for a good cause. Whether I am joggling marathons or just joggling around the neighborhood, many people are very amused, and they often comment, make jokes, or ask questions. This is such a fantastic way to show how healthy a vegan can be. People are very enthusiastic everywhere I go, and I hope they are now more open to going vegan.

My name is Chris and this is what a vegan looks like.

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June 13th, 2014 – Krystle

KrystleCharltonMy name is Krystle Charlton and I’m passionate about a whole foods, plant based diet providing optimal nutrition so I can thrive.

Q How and when did you become vegan?

I started my Vegucation in February 2010. It began as a reaction to learning how animal products affect our health and environment. Shortly after cutting back I decided to try 30 days of eating a vegan diet and have not looked back This food journey I am on right now has been exciting and filled with delicious food that nourish my body and soul.

Q What does being vegan mean to you?

Being vegan means living kindly. It means showing kindness and compassion towards all living things and the earth to the best of your abilities.

Q Tell us how you thrive on a vegan diet.

Following a vegan diet makes me thrive because it has increased my energy, improved my athletic performance, reduced my food allergies and opened my eyes to a whole new way of looking at food and cooking. I am super passionate health and nutrition. I love showing people that eating a healthy, whole foods diet can be delicious too.

My name is Krystle and this is what a vegan looks like.

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June 12th, 2014 – Ryan

ryancantyMy name is Ryan Canty and I’m committed to healthy and optimal living and the safety of all living beings on this planet.

Q How and when did you become vegan?

I became a vegan very recently, not only after watching documentaries such as Earthlings, Vegucated, and Food Matters, but because after a visit with both a general physician and naturopathic doctor in which both strongly suggested I change my eating habits and improve my deteriorating health. So I did…slowly. I’m still learning and it has been quite a wonderful and needed education.

Q Tell us how you thrive on a vegan diet?

How do I thrive as a vegan? Very well. I have more energy, I sleep well, my workouts have been coming along. I am thriving and I love it.

My name is Ryan and this is what a vegan looks like.

June 11th, 2014 – Emily

emilyvoneuwMy name is Emily von Euw and I like to hug my friends, not eat them.

Q How and when did you become vegan?

I became vegan because I love myself, I love you, and I love the world we live in. (Not too extreme, huh?) I think murder is wrong, I want the planet to be in good shape for my kids, and I want to feel the best I possibly can. I became vegan basically overnight, 4 years ago, after deciding to try a vegan challenge for 30 days; the first day in, I knew this was the lifestyle I was born to lead. I am now almost 21 and feel better than ever. Each day is a gift when you live a compassionate life.

Q What does being vegan mean to you?

Being vegan simply means I care. I see being vegan as a RESPONSIBILITY. I am an intelligent being who is able to understand that pointless cruelty, disease, pollution, and global hunger are all problems that I play a role in, and I can stop them. That is why I am vegan. 100 years ago, when people first began questioning slavery, there was much expected backlash of that questioning because slavery was seen as merely part of accepted culture and society. Now, the general attitude towards slavery has changed, as culture changes and humanity learns. I see veganism in the same light, and I believe it will have a similar story. It is the intelligent, obvious, and right choice. It is the choice for those who care.

Q Tell us how you thrive on a vegan diet

I usually have more energy than those around me. I work out every day and recover very fast. I sleep great. I think clearly. My skin glows. I eat as much as I want (soooo muuuchh) and maintain a healthy weight, because the foods I eat are the foods my body wants.

My name is Emily and this is what a vegan looks like.

Emily’s Links

June 10th, 2014 – Hayley

Hayley’s Links