Katherine Petrunia

Katherine Petrunia

Katherine Petrunia is the blogger behind Our Happy Place, a lifestyle blog that shares on topics such as recipes, fashion, and DIY alongside candid articles about real life. Born and raised in Surrey, she has been blogging for almost 4 years, and now resides in Delta with her husband and 2 young kids.
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Meet Surrey Girl, Ally Matos

Photographer, Videographer + Blogger-  AllyFotogafy Media Co. + Blog Grew up in: Whalley | Surrey is a beautiful, growing city. It keeps evolving and is so beautiful. I travel a lot with my work and the cities I have seen that are described as run down are actually that; Surrey gets called similar things and is looked down on, and yet there is so much good here. There are awesome shopping malls, parks galore, and the multiculturalism is just so beautiful. It is also much more affordable to live in Surrey than elsewhere in the Lower Mainland. My studio is in Surrey and from where I live it’s a short drive to pretty much anywhere. There are so many amazing things to do in this city and I love how one moment you have these beautiful parks and around the corner you get downtown feels; it makes me proud to be...
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Meet Surrey Girl, Steph Hassell

Co- Owner of Violet + Ruby Grew up in: Whalley | I’m proud to be from a place that four generations before me lived, I went to the same high school as my dad and my grandfather - I’m not sure many people can say that! My favourite thing about growing up in Surrey was the sense of community. Whalley was really great for that – everyone had a connection to everyone else, people looked out for each other, families helped each other. Surrey is a great place with lots to offer: commerce, education, recreation, lifestyle, etc.  Any large city has areas which need improvement, but overall Surrey is a fantastic place to live, work and play.  There are so many cultures, religions, people...we’re truly very lucky to have that,  I love the diversity of Surrey. The landscapes are also pretty awesome: lots of parks, beaches, trails, forests...it’s a very...
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Meet Surrey Girl, Natasha Raey

Entrepreneur, Co- Founder SheTalks Global, Women’s Empowerment and Medical Marijuana Advocate Grew up in: Fleetwood | There’s a lot to be said for having a built- in family in your community, and a place that really feels like “home”. I live in Toronto half of the time, but nothing beats coming back to Surrey where I’m surrounded by greenery, fresh air, parks, the ocean, and space. I love the diversity and the small town feel, and I’m still friends with many people I went to highschool with. We don’t pretend our community is perfect.  No community is.  But we embrace our flaws and assets, and that’s pretty beautiful. I love that we have a suburban base, but are really turning into a big city. I love that the ocean is a 10 minute drive away and that you can hike, paddleboard, golf, and shop here.  I love how our community rallies...
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Meet Surrey Girl, Kristy Powers

Photographer & Co- Owner of The Local Space Grew up in: Guildford | I love SO many things about this city! As an adult I've lived in the Clayton/ Cloverdale area for the last decade, but growing up, Guilford was my 'hood. I literally lived across the street from the mall and it quickly became a place I frequented as a tween. First stop was usually The Bay makeup counter to put on some lipstick and then a frozen yogurt at Yogun Fruz, and I loved birthday parties at Stardust! Geographically speaking we are central to everything and you get a lot of bang for your buck here. We have so many wonderful parks and trails, views of the mountains, and access to the ocean, and I love all of the new infrastructure and improvements happening in our city. I can attest that the misconceptions about Surrey happen everywhere, not just...
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Meet Surrey Girl, Jenifer Wiens

Stay at Home Mom, Co- Owner of Cedar Creek Fencing, Small shop owner Cozy Darling Crochet Grew up in: Birdland & Guildford | Growing up in the Whalley/Guildford area I knew what low income looked like. Even though our family wasn't well off I knew that we had things that other families didn't. My mom taught me that there is always someone less fortunate than you and there is always someone you can help. We ran a small food bank as a family and I remember being maybe 18 and talking to the building manager at a low income rental building in Guildford, asking if they knew of families that would benefit from me dropping off a box of food no strings attached. I packed 20 boxes and delivered them myself. Now that I'm married with three kids, my passions have remained the same. I love Surrey and specifically the inner-city....
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Meet Surrey Girl, Samantha Lenz

Freelance Journalist & Blogger Growing up, soccer was my life. We spent a lot of time on the fields and it's a bond that can't be described. My favourite thing about growing up in Surrey were the friendships I formed as a child. I am proud of where I’m from because it's where I grew up. I made memories, my life, my family. I like knowing that I have roots somewhere and that I can take my son back there and show him where I came from. A favourite memory of mine has to be the endless amount of birthday parties at a place called Walley's World. If you're from Surrey you know where I’m talking about. It has a batting cage, endless arcade games, a miniature race car track. It was the best! I like that on one side of the City you have the ocean and the other...
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Meet Surrey Girl, Monika Levarsky

Nursing Student & Behavioural Interventionist/ Respite Care Grew up in: Sullivan Heights | My favourite thing about growing up in Surrey was that I was surrounded by many parks and lived close to Crescent Beach. I always remember my childhood exploring new parks and enjoying the adventure that came along with it. I love that Surrey is very multicultural and everybody is accepted for who they are. I never feel out of place, no matter what part of Surrey I’m in; it makes me feel comfortable and feels like home. I’m proud to be from Surrey because it’s so unique. Surrey has a city and a country side all meshed into one and it’s nice to have a variety of different activities you can enjoy whether you’re a city or country girl. Surrey is somewhere I feel safe. People’s conception of Surrey is usually bad, but every city has good and...
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Meet Surrey Girl, Piya Sandhu

Owner & Chief Curator of The Handpicked Home Spent the most time in: Cloverdale | We moved around a lot when I was a kid, but the longest we stayed in one place (and where I moved back to as an adult for a while) was Cloverdale. My family moved there the summer before grade 7 and when my brother and I took our first walk to my new elementary school, I remember being so stoked to see how amazing the playground was. I’ve been a kid at heart my entire life and still get excited to see a cool playground. Some of my favourite things about living there were the clean air, the recreational amenities, and the parks. Surrey is the City of Parks, and rightfully so. I was lucky to live down the street from the Cloverdale Athletic Park, which kept us and our family pup busy through each...
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Meet Surrey Girl, Carolyn Turkington

High School Teacher | Softball Coach and Technical Director of the South Surrey and White Rock Minor Girls Softball Association | Softball Camp Coordinator of the Okanagan Softball Camp Grew up in: Ocean Park | My parents always taught me that where you are from tells a story of who you are and to be proud of who you are. I am proud to be from Surrey, it is nothing to be ashamed of. I love the opportunity and diversity our city has to offer. I feel incredibly fortunate to have grown up in the area I did. I was very naive to the wealth that was present around me, because I grew up in a modest home and had to work for everything that I have. I love that I grew up here, work here, and still live here and get to be a part of a community that is fast paced...
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Meet Surrey Girl, Katherine Petrunia

Blogger, Our Happy Place; Co- Founder, Captured in Squares Grew up in Newton | I took where I grew up for granted. As recently as a few years ago I didn’t appreciate it at all. But looking back and reflecting, I know I’m lucky to call this place home and I love where I live. Our family moved to Delta a few years ago, but I was born and raised in Surrey; it’s still home to me in many ways. The beauty of this place still catches me off guard and even though it isn’t perfect (but where is?), Surrey has come a long way. Some of my favourite memories were spending days at the beach, getting covered in salt water and sand; learning how to swim at the Newton Wave Pool and Unwin Park; volunteering at the SPCA; and making memories with family and friends - too many to list...
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Introducing The Surrey Girl Project

I was born and raised in Surrey and like many others, grew up being called a 'Surrey Girl', knowing that it wasn't meant as a compliment no matter how jokingly the term was thrown around. I remember being half way around the world on vacation and telling someone where I was from and they laughed, having heard the term. It didn't hurt my feelings, it didn't define me, but on some level I always disliked it, even though I laughed it off. I love where I'm from; this is one of the most beautiful places in the world. We are surrounded by so much natural beauty, with the City of Surrey in the heart of it. In a way I always took being from here for granted, but I've come to appreciate it so much more, and am proud to be a BC girl- a Surrey Girl, born and raised. I...
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