A lot of years ago I wrote profiles for a small magazine in Victoria that catered to seniors. The gig didn’t pay well ($10 a profile, $20 if I doubled as photographer) but I loved it because it forced me, an introvert, to call up interesting people I might not otherwise have an opportunity to meet and then spend a morning or an afternoon engaging them in a long conversation about their life. There’s hardly anything I enjoy as much as sitting across from someone as they talk about what makes them come alive. Every person I interviewed ended up feeling like a friend. Click on the names or photos below to meet a few of them yourself.