15 Questions: With Dr. Dee Hoyano, Medical Health Officer at Island Health

Getting to know the people in your community a bit better

Dr. Dee Hoyano

Dr. Dee Hoyano

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

Usually some toast or a bagel, and a fried egg. If my kids bug me and we actually have the ingredients in the house, I sometimes make French toast or crepes.

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

I suppose I would be the same person, but I might be a teacher or an occupational therapist.

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

A Raffi CD — One Light, One Sun

4. What’s your biggest pet peeve?

People throwing cigarette butts out of cars.

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

The trees, the ocean, the climate and not being too big-city.

6. What’s your favourite movie(s)?

The 7-UP documentary series is very interesting. It tracks a cohort of British people over decades, from age seven. Every seven years, a new film is produced.

It’s old fashioned, but The Sound of Music is also a favorite. So many sing-along songs!

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

My mother died two years ago. I would so love to sit down to one of her meals again, and have a good chat about everything. She was a remarkable person, interested in so many things including science, the arts, and community building.

8. What’s your favourite vacation destination?

Mexico, where we go to visit with family. So much good food, colour, life and cultural history and diversity.

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

With the state of the world right now, I wish I had super peace-making powers.

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

I would like to walk the Camino de Santiago in Spain. It’s an ancient pilgrimage route that can take over a month to walk. Although it’s become very touristy, I think it would be fascinating to follow a path that pilgrims have walked since the Middle Ages. And walking is a perfect low-tech low-cost transportation mode.

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

I think it would be fun to see k.d. lang in concert. She is from my home province, and I think she is a phenomenal singer.

12. What is your favourite TV show?

I like British shows. The absurd comedies are the best: IT Crowd, Red Dwarf, Fawlty Towers.

13. What’s your dream car?

This being Victoria, my dream car would be an electric cargo bike that can haul my kids and groceries around town.

14. What is your favourite place to dine?

My family are regulars at the Sour Pickle Café. It’s a small breakfast/lunch place with lovely French toast, and very nice people.

15. What are your words to live by?

Wear a condom. Don’t touch bats. Get vaccinated. Have hope.