Welcome to The Villager Magazine, a publication dedicated to becoming the soul of the community. Our mission is to uplift and inspire our readers while promoting local businesses and community events. We believe that by sharing stories of hope, resilience, and kindness, we can create a stronger, more connected community.

We strive to capture the essence of our community in every issue, highlighting the unique spirit and character of the area we call home.

The Publishers

Meet Mikaila

Well, hello! It’s nice to meet you! 

I’m Mikaila, one of the new publishers for The Villager (Jiun’s better half).

Jiun and I share 2 beautiful children – a 7 year old and a 6 month old. To say our lives are busy is an understatement. By day I am a Real Estate Broker, by afternoon I am a publisher for The Villager and by night I am a Stage Manager for theatre! Honestly, all three happen at all times of the day so it’s hard to say which one is my ‘day job’. Yes, many have called me ‘crazy’. Whether it’s true or not is still up for debate…

My family has been in the area since the 1960s. My grandfather owned an electrical contracting company that helped to build quite a bit of infrastructure in the area way back when. Though I grew up in Toronto as a kid, I have always felt strong ties to the area. 

After living in other parts of Canada and abroad for many years, Jiun and I decided to settle here in 2016 and raise our family. It was the best decision we have ever made and we have only become more and more entrenched in the community as the years have gone by. We feel so fortunate to have met so many wonderful supportive people in this area and look forward to connecting with many more! 

Meet Jiun

I’m originally from Ecuador, South America. I met Mikaila in University when I made the decision to study in Canada and the rest she has already told you about. 

Similar to Mikaila, I’m a marketing strategy consultant by day, new publisher of The Villager by later that same day, and a strategy coach for a government run program called Digital Service Squad. In that program, me and 3 other coaches help small businesses across Simcoe County learn and understand how to create marketing that makes a difference. 

I’ve always loved living in places that have that small town feel. Where everything is less busy, everyone knows each other, and people seem more willing to lend a hand. 

It’s a pleasure writing for you.