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My YR – Phiona Durrant


Name:  Phiona Durrant  

Occupation: Owner of Coconut Village and Spa, Aurora

How long have you lived in YR?  15 years

Why did you make YR home?  Coming from Jamaica, having a sense of community is important and I love that York Region has lots of trails and greenery. I also wanted a place that had diverse cultures.

What do you do for fun in YR Attend community events, enjoy some winter sports with my sons, especially when they were young. I’m trying to get my tropical blood more comfortable with winter events, so this winter I’m on a mission to learn ice skating.

What is one summer/winter event that you never miss in YR?  Chamber Street festivals and concerts in the park.

What are your favourite restaurants in YR?  I love cooking, so I have very high expectations of restaurants. So far, the favourites are Awe Shucks, Irie Bistro Jamaican Food, Thai Spring Rolls, and Nandos.

What YR attractions/events/happenings would you recommend to friends who visit YR? York Region Street Festivals, Concerts in the Park, and the Farmers Markets.

Bio: Phiona is the mom of 2 boys, and has a deep passion to serve her community. She’s the author of Cherish Your MistakesThere’s Hope, is the CEO of Coconut Village Spa, President of Aurora Black Community Association, Member of York Media Advisory Council, and on the Board of Directors for Aurora Chamber of Commerce and the Business Improvement Association. Her advice to herself and others is, be your authentic self unapologetically. 

Phiona is hosting Courage is Possible, a free workshop running once a week for 6 weeks (January 15-February 28, 2022). Session will include 1 hour of powerful conversation on how to be courageous in different settings. Registration opens January 3, 2022 at Registration is required; zoom link to be provided upon registration. All ages welcome.


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