NAME: Edward Guca (BIA Chair)
BIRTHPLACE: Toronto
NICKNAME: Edziu
WHERE DO YOU CURRENTLY LIVE: Toronto
CAREER: Leader of a Polka Band (previously also Co-owner of one of Toronto’s first video stores, Movie Art Decor)
GREATEST ACHIEVEMENTS: Inducted into the International Polka Association Hall of Fame
FAMILY/PETS: Wife (45 years), 2 Daughters, Cat

NAME: Ah Nan Boughton (BIA Vice-Chair)
BIRTHPLACE: South Korea
NICKNAME: Nahny
WHERE DO YOU CURRENTLY LIVE: Toronto
CAREER: Business Owner
GREATEST ACHIEVEMENTS: BSc and financing it on my own
FAMILY/PETS: Husband, 2 Daughters, Dog, Gecko

NAME: Weslie Guca (BIA Coordinator)
BIRTHPLACE: Toronto
NICKNAME: Wes, Lil Guchka, Cupcake
WHERE DO YOU CURRENTLY LIVE: Toronto
CAREER: Undecided but geared towards creative ventures
GREATEST ACHIEVEMENTS: Patience
FAMILY/PETS: Mother, Father, Sister,                                     

 

1. WHAT BRINGS YOU THE GREATEST JOY OR SATISFACTION?
EG: Playing Polka music at dances or weddings and watching the happiness on people’s faces.
AB: Gardening.
WG: Movies, laughing, baking, writing, creating visual art, winning a debate, cats.

2. WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE YOU’VE BEEN GIVEN?
EG: Save money for your old age.
AB: Strive for the best, not complacency.
WG: “Just because” is not the answer; always ask yourself “why” with every decision.

3. IF YOU COULD POSSESS ONE SUPER-HUMAN POWER, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
EG: Time travel.
AB: Super strength & health.
WG: Time travel.

4. WHAT DOES THE WORD COMMUNITY MEAN TO YOU?
EG: A group of people that communicate together in a positive and friendly way.
AB: Neighbours supporting one another.
WG: A group of people united by engaging each other in a common interest.

5. WHAT IS ONE THING THAT VERY FEW PEOPLE WOULD KNOW ABOUT YOU?
EG: I love old Sci Fi movies.
AB: I’m private.
WG: I believe that ghosts exist, if only so they won’t show up and prove it to me. That being said, I never close my eyes in the shower.

6. WHO INSPIRES YOU?

EG: Good music.
AB: Strong women leaders.

WG: When someone declares, “it can’t be done”.

7. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE MOVIE OF ALL TIME?

EG: Forbidden Planet.
AB: Dirty Dancing.
WG: Jurassic Park.
8. WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH?
EG: Getting together with friends and reminiscing.
AB: Russell Peters.
WG: So many things…lately, All in the Family.

9. WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE VACATION SPOT?
EG: Cuba.
AB: Costa Rica.
WG: New York.

10. IF THE WHOLE COMMUNITY WAS LISTENING, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO THEM?
EG: Love your neighbour and get happy with a good Polish Polka.
AB: Buy local, live and cook simply.
WG: Life is a mystery but one thing is for sure, we’re all here together. Learn, laugh, and love.