Joan Thomas and Bill Dunn

What is something you enjoy about the St. John’s/Scotia Heights/Luxton/North End/Point Douglas neighbourhood?

Bill and I knew very little about the North End when we moved here in 1986–we just discovered a house we loved on O’Meara Street. We soon found we liked the politics of the north end, its history, and the varied streets. Around 1999 we moved to our current house on Scotia. We love walking and cycling here, and the neighbourhood is full of memories from when our daughter was a kid.

Why are you a member of Bannerman Green?

We’re eager to see what it means to build a carbon zero building, we have loved getting to know new people from the community, and we are enjoying the meeting of minds that has shaped this project so far.

If you plan/want to live at Bannerman Green, what are you most looking forward to?

Whether or not we move in . . . we are really looking forward to getting together in person with this terrific group of people. Potlucks!

What is your favourite band or musician?

Bill has introduced me to pretty much all the music I love. Longtime favourite music video: Talking Heads, Stop Making Sense. Recent favourite duo: The Civil Wars.

Have you started any new hobbies during COVID19?

Bill is doing more photography, I have upped my game with soup (finally making my own broth). Really, our lives are not dramatically different.

What is your favourite season?

Joan says spring, Bill says fall. Is there hope for this relationship?

What is a TV show that you loved to watch as a kid or teenager?

Didn’t grow up with TV (had it been invented then?)

Would you rather wear only one colour each day, or have to wear 7 colours each day?

Black all the way.

Would you rather host a large gathering, or attend a large gathering at someone else’s house?

Would I rather climb Mount Kilimanjaro, or toboggan down it?

Is there anything else you want to share about yourself/selves to the other members of Bannerman Green? Work? Family? Pets?

Bill spent his career as a lawyer at Legal Aid Manitoba. I worked as a high school English teacher, and then began to write fiction. Our daughter Caitlin is also a member of Bannerman Green.