Victoria Pruden.

Victoria Pruden.

15 Questions: With Victoria Pruden, Executive Director of Bridges for Women

15 Questions:
With Victoria Pruden, Executive Director of Bridges for Women

1. It’s Sunday morning, what are you having for breakfast?

Coyote brand whole wheat pancakes and bacon from the Red Barn with warm maple syrup.

2. If you didn’t do what you did for a living, what would you be?

I would be a jazz singer who wears a red sparkly dress and performs a lot of Cole Porter tunes.

3. What’s playing in your music player right now?

An eclectic iTunes playlist that includes Van Morrison, AC/DC and The Weeknd “Can’t feel my face” (among others).

4. What’s your biggest pet peeve?

When people cruelly dismiss or degrade the most vulnerable members of our community.

5. What’s the best thing about living in Victoria?

This is one of the most beautiful places in the world…it is a blessing to live, work and raise my son in this part of Coast Salish territory.

6. What’s your favourite movie(s)?

Once were Warriors is gritty and triggering, but an insight into family violence and recovery from trauma in an aboriginal community that is truly remarkable. Other faves include Any Diary of a Wimpy Kid movie or any installation of The Godfather.

7. Which person, alive or dead, would you have dinner with?

My sweetheart, Kwakwaka’wakw artist and carver, Sean Whonnock.

8. What’s your favourite vacation destination?

Disneyland.

9. If you could have one super power, what would it be?

The power to heal people from their trauma and grief.

10. What’s the one thing you haven’t done that you’d love to do?

I would love to travel to New York City and visit the Bronx Zoo.

11. If you could see one concert, what would it be?

I would like to see Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga sing songs from their jazz album.

12. What is your favourite TV show?

It’s a tie: Moosemeat and Marmalade (APTN) and the Walking Dead. Art Napoleon and traditional food fusion…or Norman Reedus and zombies….it’s hard to choose just one.

13. What’s your dream car?

A Cadillac SRX crossover.

14. What is your favourite place to dine?

My favorite place to dine is the Olive Grove on West Saanich Road. I love the food, the ambiance and the warm service. I love the feel of being a “regular” at a neighbourhood restaurant.

15. What are your words to live by?

“People will forget what you say, but they will never forget the way you made them feel.” I strive to leave people with positive feelings.