The REAL Real Housewives of Vancouver: Christine Pilkington

RRHOV ButtonCrisp Media CEO Christine Pilkington is a mom entrepreneur based out of Vancouver, where she lives with her husband and their three daughters who range from toddler to school-age.

A digital media veteran, Christine Pilkington has consulted some of the world’s top brands, delivered countless workshops and seminars, written articles and blog posts, and participated as a panelist and speaker on online technologies for over 14 years.  Christine is a great example of what Vancouver women are about and what we do best!  She’s a dynamo of an entrepreneur who’s killing it with her company, but family definitely comes first…and it is apparent in all she does.

christine_pilkington_headshot_webWhat characteristics define the Vancouver Housewife?

Is there really such thing as a Vancouver “housewife”? If I were to look at the moms in my circle, I’d say active, eco, conscious, natural, smart and beautiful. Difference-makers. Foodies. Maybe yoga pants. :)

Are you a good representation of a Vancouver Housewife? Why?

Pretty much! I’m generally looking for healthy, natural options for my kids and enjoy what’s in our outdoor playground – hiking, cycling, walking everywhere.

Do you feel that living in Vancouver in some way defines who you are? Please explain.

Having lived in Toronto for 13 years before moving back home to Vancouver, I would say: Definitely. It’s impossible to live here and not have the sheer beauty of the mountains and water affect you. The landscape and easy accessibility to awe-inspiring nature is what makes us Vancouverites recognize our impact on the earth and the connection between mind, body and spirit.

Have you ever had cosmetic surgery, Botox, Restalyne injections, etc.? If so, please provide details. If you haven’t had any of the above procedures performed, would you consider it?

I haven’t, but admittedly, I have considered laser hair removal. But coincidentally this morning, I’ve decided against it. Really, it’s just hair.

Other than your children (if applicable), what is the accomplishment of which you are most proud?

Launching my business and growing VancouverMom.ca , the go-to online resource for Vancouver’s discerning and urbanite mom. It’s been successful enough that I’m expanding into several markets over the next few months, which means that I can empower local moms in other cities to become writers, earn some extra income, and whatever other dream they might have.

Has the desire for affluence/power/money been a motivator in the choices you’ve made for your life?

I grew up in the 80s. It was hard not to think that way. It’s also what motivated me to move across the country and pursue and grow a pretty successful career in digital media. But it’s certainly not my main motivator now. I walked away from a pretty successful career track for a more flexible lifestyle for my young family. My chief motivator these days is to be the best person I can be for my kids.

Tell us about your stuff. What do you like to buy, collect, etc.?

My father was a furniture designer in the Philippines and now is a collector of retro objects and is an antiques dealer who often shows at the Red Barn market on Terminal Ave. I grew up with his custom furniture in our home and remember the day he brought home an Eames chair, well before they became so hip. So now, I adore mid-century modern furniture and design and love that mix of old and new in my home.

Do you have “staff” in your home? (E.g. nanny, driver, chef, etc.)

Other than my husband and me??? We do have a part-time nanny, but we’re the ones cleaning our floors and toilets.

Do you belong to any clubs, teams, groups or social organizations?

I’m really involved in the entrepreneur community of moms and am so grateful for all the moms in my life that have helped me get my business off the ground – so much so that I launched Entrepreneur Mom Now, an online community for moms in their first five years in business. We have sites in Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton and plan to grow across the country.

Finish this sentence: “My life’s motto is ….”

… to live every day with purpose and my best life in mind.

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