The REAL Real Housewives of Vancouver: Fannie Smith


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Born in Quebec City, Fannie spent most of the early years of her life moving between la belle Province and the Coast. She returned to Vancouver in 1998 and now considers this her home.

Fannie splits her time between her roles as High Performance Manager for the Disabled Skiers Association of BC  , being involved at different levels with both the BC Wheelchair Basketball Society  and the BC Wheelchair Sports Association, and being a mom to 5 year old Weston and soon to be baby (coming Spring 2013!) She feels blessed every day to be spending her energy doing things that she truly believes in and she is so passionate about.

When she is not biting her nails watching a Canucks game or Wheelchair Rugby, Fannie can be found tweeting, baking, perusing the Farmers Market for fresh kale or attending networking events. Always armed with lip balm, she rarely leaves the house without earrings.

fannie smith What characteristics define the Vancouver Housewife?

I think there are many definitions of the Vancouver Housewife which many of your past featured ladies have nailed. I thought I’d approach the question by answering what I think defines the Real Real Vancouver Housewife. She is confident and natural, community driven and active, enjoys spending time with her family and her friends and enjoys what Vancouver has to offer from the sea to the mountains. She lives her life, her way. She is well, real.

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

I’d like to think that I am. I feel comfortable with whom I am and have long stopped to try and fit this mould of what people think a perfect mother and wife should look like.  I like to support local business, shop at the Farmers Market and enjoy the natural surroundings we are blessed with in this city.

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

Absolutely. I was born in Quebec before moving to the Sunshine Coast for a few years and then returned back to Quebec City when I was 8 years old. I lived there until I was in my early 20’s but I couldn’t resist the call to the coast any longer. Living in BC has made me more easy going (it also helps that my husband is so laid back he is practically horizontal!), more open minded and exposed me to many more cultures and opportunities I feel I wouldn’t have been exposed to had I stayed back East. I feel that this is the true me. I have traveled the world and seen many beautiful places but none of them ever feel as good as Vancouver. I love it, rain, crazy real estate prices and all.

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?

So far nothing. I like to look natural and I was lucky enough to have that instilled by my mom at a very young age. I won’t say never because I do have a nasty frown, a gift from my grandmother and the older you get the meaner you look…so having a small amount of botox injected there to bring it down a notch is not out of the question.

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

Turning my career path on its head in a year; I went from working in Tourism to Para Sports. I woke up one day and decided that I needed something more fulfilling. I put my mind to making into Para Sports and worked my butt off to get where I am today. I love my job and feel proud of the work I do every day, a first!

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

Um, no. I used to work as a Sales Representative where I made close to 80K in a year. It was nice to be able to spend the cash but I was miserable. I now work for a Provincial Sport Organization and in the not for profit industry. I make a fraction of what I once did but I am 10 times happier.

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

I have a pretty impressive collection of nail polish, scarves and bruises (I walk into everything!). I love shopping and find it very hard to leave a mall empty handed. I am grateful I now work very far from any mall or store – no more lunchtime retail therapy!

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

Nope but I sure would love to have a cleaner and would pay to have my laundry done too – I hate it! I love cooking too much to ever consider hiring a chef.

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

I am a member of Y.E.S Vancouver (probably one of my favourite networking groups), I am on the Parent Association Committee at my son’s school and am a board member with the BC Wheelchair Basketball Society.

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

“Every little thing is gonna be alright” – We love Bob Marley in our house. It was a bit of a pregnancy anthem for me and I kept singing it to my belly. By the time my son could start singing he already knew all the words without being taught. It reminds me that when the going gets tough, it will eventually be okay.


logo_tutu As a thank you to Fannie for participating, she will be receiving a hand-made tutu from Poofy Tutus.  All Poofy Tutus are carefully handmade in Gibsons, B.C.  Each one is unique and made with triple layers of the best quality tulle for an amazingly poofy tutu that will not let go of it’s poof!


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