NAME: Joël Campbell
WHERE DO YOU CURRENTLY LIVE: Roncesvalles
CAREER: Owner of TrueNorth Construction & Laneway Custom Builders.
GREATEST ACHIEVEMENTS: My family.
FAMILY/PETS: Most recently, we have a pet caterpillar, which is currently hanging as
a chrysalis, that we are all eagerly awaiting to emerge as a butterfly.
1. WHAT BRINGS YOU THE GREATEST JOY OR SATISFACTION?
Spending time with my daughters, Lola and Judith.
2. WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE YOU’VE BEEN GIVEN?
When we were kids, my dad always told my sister and I to “take care
of each other.” I think that concept has permeated into many other
parts of my life. I really enjoy helping people and making them feel
welcome. My dad, Lane Campbell, passed away in 2011 from cancer.
We have a bench in the Sorauren Park dedicated to him, where this
quote is engraved and is a constant reminder to me and my family to
take care of the people we love.
3. IF YOU COULD POSSESS ONE SUPER-HUMAN POWER, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
It would be to pinpoint accuracy, because in my line of work,
it is of the utmost importance to be accurate!
4. WHAT DOES THE WORD COMMUNITY MEAN TO YOU?
It refers to a group of people with something in common. Whether
it’s Market Mondays at Sorauren Park, Baby Time at the High
Park Library, or going for a swim down at Sunnyside Pool, we
all have a stake in this neighbourhood and the more we give, the
more we all will benefit.
5. WHAT IS ONE THING THAT VERY FEW PEOPLE WOULD KNOW ABOUT YOU?
Nobody ever knows how to do the 2 dots on the ë in my name.
It’s called a tréma. On a smartphone, you long touch the e and
select it. On a keyboard, you hold down alt and press 1,3,7.
6. WHO OR WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
I’m inspired by kids and all the fun, whacky, and inquisitive
things they say.
7. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE MOVIE OF ALL TIME?
This is such a hard question to answer! But one movie that we
definitely need to show for our Sorauren Park Movie Nights is
The Goonies. Who doesn’t love that movie? “Hey you guuuuys!”
8. WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH?
9. WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE VACATION SPOT?
The family cottage up at Lake of Bays.
10. IF THE WHOLE COMMUNITY WERE LISTENING, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO THEM?
Come out and volunteer at the park! It’s a lot of fun. There’s many
ways you can participate and it’s a great way to meet your neighbours.
PS: If you need a new garage built, I’m your guy!
TELL US A BIT MORE ABOUT YOURSELF!
Being new to the neighbourhood in 2012 and running my own
construction company, I was looking for a way to meet new people
and potential clients. We considered getting a dog at first, but then I
fell into a volunteering role at Sorauren Park to fill in as a coordinator
of the Adopt-a-Tree program. Blast forward about four years and I
am now very involved and invested in our great little park. As it turns
out, getting a dog would have been a lot less work, but I love it and
I feed off it. We’re a group of trailblazers at Sorauren Park and I’m
honoured to be a part of all the great things we have going on right now.