Modo Ambassador: Denise Bonin
Denise enjoys outdoor activities, especially trail running, but also track sprinting and road racing. She pretty much enjoys all outdoor activities, including kayaking and hiking. However, she also likes to play games, especially crib with friends and family. When on her own, she likes to read and write, plus cooking and baking in the kitchen. She has a passion for gardening, particularly trying to keep her garden filled with native plants and as natural looking as possible.
She loves to travel and loves to take the Modo car on a good road trip, primarily on Vancouver Island, where she lives as there are so many wonderful places to explore. She hopes to someday soon head overseas and visit Japan and Scotland or even return to Europe and explore, meet people, and enjoy the food and gardens there.
How long have you been a Modo member for and what type of membership do you have?
I’ve been a member since 2000 when I first moved to Nanaimo, and the one car was part of the Vancouver Car Coop. Over the years, I moved my membership to the Nanaimo Carshare and then back to Modo. I have a Modo Plus membership.
What made you want to join Modo?
I joined Modo because of the convenience of having cars in Nanaimo and the ability to use Modo cars in Vancouver (the only location at the time of joining), given that I didn’t have access to my personal car for many days during the week. I also liked the ability to book the cars online.
How do you use Modo and what’s your go to vehicle?
I use Modo when I don’t have access to my personal car to visit my Mother, who lives in Nanaimo; to go to various locations to do exercise workouts or runs with friends; or to attend events both in Nanaimo or elsewhere on Vancouver Island or in BC. I primarily use the Honda Fit, which is located in the Port Place Mall as it is conveniently located near where I live and I love that the car is called “Fit” to match my fitness lifestyle.
What was your most memorable Modo trip?
A trip I took before Christmas 2018 to visit relatives in Brentwood Bay was the most memorable. The drive down was quite uneventful, but the drive back, the next day, was quite horrendous, due to a terrific wind storm that caused trees to topple over power lines, thus causing power outages up and down Vancouver Island and ferries to be canceled, including the one I had planned to take from Brentwood Bay to Mill Bay. The power outage also took out traffic lights along my route home, plus it made all of the gas stations, along my route, inoperable.
In one word, what does Modo mean to you?