Born and raised in the Cowichan Valley, Matteus grew up playing sports and has always loved the outdoors. He learned homesteading through necessity with a family raised on income assistance. Canning, preserving and animal processing all the while living in an apartment building on Auchinachie road with his mother and younger brother, Sam.
Matteus travelled after graduating high school, hitch hiking across Canada, travelling through Australia and New Zealand. Upon coming home, he lived in Victoria for the next 7 years working a variety of jobs from security officer to venue manager.
He then met Zoe Isberg, now his wife, and soon started attending Camosun College where he became the External Executive and spokesperson for the Student Union. It was here where Matteus saw the value of non profit organizations and municipal government working in tandem. Matteus played a part in bringing late night transit to Victoria as part of Victoria’s “Late Night, Great Night” campaign. His recommendation paper also brought about more street food vendors, help to establish taxi stands and bring about more police officers patrolling on foot. Matteus ended his first year on the Student Union by bringing in an events levy through a referendum that helped create a more vibrant and sociable Camosun College that is still in effect today.
In his second year, Matteus spearheaded a rally on the legislative lawns for better funding of post secondary education. The event saw 1000 attendees that spanned across the education sector, multiple unions and over a dozen student unions from across the province.
After graduating from the Applied Communications program at Camosun, Matteus started Royal Road’s program in Communications but felt something missing and chose instead to start his multimedia company, Mazo Media, specializing in video production. Matteus lent his communication skills he developed while at the Camosun College Student Society (CCSS) to his video production company. Three years later, Mazo Media is still helping businesses and organizations reach their potentialadvertising goals.
Matteus and Zoe moved to Cobble Hill in 2012, after Zoe received a teaching job in the valley. The two had always been gardeners in Victoria but now with more land, the “garden” started to grow and grow. Six chickens and MANY raised beds later, the two caught the farming bug and have now moved onto Hutchinson Road to start their small scale farm. It is their hope to sell local organic produce through Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) sales. They now have 70 chickens and 3 dairy goats.
On June 28th 2014, at 5:30am, Matteus become a father to a little baby girl, Amalia Victoria Clement.