Trey Hale and his dog Lexi got an overwhelming response while looking for a roommate. (File contributed/Trey Hale)

Trey Hale and his dog Lexi got an overwhelming response while looking for a roommate. (File contributed/Trey Hale)

Alberta firefighter gets surprise response after posting search for roommate in Greater Victoria

Trey Hale is moving from the Edmonton area to Sooke this summer

Trey Hale was just looking for a roommate out in Sooke, in preparation for a move out from Alberta in June, he didn’t expect such a unique welcome to the Island.

Hale had put up a quick post with a photo of himself and his Korean Jindo dog, Lexi, in the Victoria Rentals Facebook group before going about his day.

“I was at work and kind of busy when I put the post up, and I left it for about an hour or so,” he said. “Then my coworker told me ‘you’ve gotta take a look at this.’”

ALSO READ: ‘I felt stupid’ Langford woman caught up in VRBO rental scam

Hundreds of people had reacted to the post and more specifically to Hale’s photo, which shows the 27-year-old firefighter in uniform alongside his adorable black and white dog. Several women (and a few men) asked for dates instead of a roommate, and others offered to show Hale around when he arrived.

“Don’t have place, but hey are you single?” wrote one woman.

“I don’t think he’ll even need Tinder with the amount of women lining up,” said another.

Other people posted about how different this situation would be handled if Hale were a woman, while other women joked it was time men got some cat-calling.

ALSO READ: 82 new rental units available in Colwood

“It got out of hand pretty quickly, but it was all in good fun,” Hale said. “It makes me a little bit more excited to move to Victoria.”

Quickly, Hale had 150 new Instagram followers and 60 new messages over Facebook.

“No one posted anything offensive, everybody kept it pretty clean. I found it absolutely hilarious,” he said. “Everyone in Victoria seems really friendly.”

Hale successfully found a home in Sooke and a roommate as a result of the post and looks forward to coming west for June 1.

nicole.crescenzi@vicnews.com

Like us on Facebook, send a Tweet to @NicoleCrescenzi
and follow us on Instagram

rental market

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Tiny packets of carrots ready to be distributed in Victoria. (Submitted/Victoria Seed Share)
Free Victoria seed sharing collective bags work experience funding

Fully volunteer run Victoria Seed Share will get a boost from provincial grant

Saanich Fire Department on the scene after a car crashed into the Walmart in Uptown. (Photo courtesy Dan Wood)
PHOTOS: Saanich firefighters free trapped workers at Uptown Walmart

Incident reported as explosion after driver rammed through wall

Beach fires are not permitted in Saanich but portable, gas-powered fire pits are welcome everywhere – including at municipal parks and beaches. (Pixabay)
Beach fires not cool in Saanich but gas-powered fire pits permitted

Respect others, bylaws while still enjoying an outdoor fire, firefighter says

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix and Premier John Horgan describe vaccine rollout at the legislature, March 29, 2021. (B.C. government)
1,262 more COVID-19 infections in B.C. Friday, 9,574 active cases

Province’s mass vaccination reaches one million people

Nanaimo RCMP are asking for the public’s help in identifying the man suspected of being involved in a stabbing. (Photo submitted)
Nanaimo RCMP trying to identify stabbing suspect who wielded rusty knife

Stabbing followed argument between two men at Port Place Shopping Centre April 1

The inside of the Campbell River Community Centre gymnasium has been marked off in order to facilitate the public flowing through the clinic as they receive their COVID-19 vaccination. Photo by Alistair Taylor – Campbell river Mirror
Leftover vaccines go into arms, not down the drain: Island Health

Immunization plan comes with built-in options for any unused vaccines at the end of the day

A man wears a face mask past the emergency department of the Vancouver General Hospital. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)
Calls for stricter action in B.C. as COVID-19 variants projected to climb

Jens von Bergmann says the province has taken a ‘wait and see’ approach when early action is needed

Vancouver’s park board general manager issued a new order Friday restricting tents and other temporary structures from being set up in Strathcona Park after April 30, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Vancouver park board issues order to restrict tents in Strathcona Park

The order issued Friday restricted tents and other temporary structures from being set up after April 30

Vancouver Canucks general manager Jim Benning says the players who’ve tested positive for COVID-19 are recovering and the team still intends to play a 56-game season. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Canucks players ‘mostly on the other side’ of COVID outbreak: general manager

The athletes have had a “whole range” of COVID-19 symptoms, said team physician Dr. Jim Bovard, but no one has needed to be hospitalized

Police are investigating after a man was shot Thursday, April 8 while sitting in a car in Vancouver. (Black Press files)
Man shot in Vancouver while sitting in a parked car: police

The victim is currently in critical condition. Police say no arrests have been made.

Teachers from SD42 and other districts in the Lower Mainland flocked to Surrey on Tuesday in the hopes of getting a COVID-19 vaccine. (Sheelagh Brothers/Twitter)
Don’t line up for vaccines unless asked to come, Dr. Bonnie Henry warns

Social media post shows teachers lining up outside of Surrey clinic for leftover doses

Vernon North Okanagan RCMP is seeking public tips regarding a break-in that left multiple people injured in Vernon Saturday, March 6, 2021. (Phil McLachlan - Capital News)
Cariboo teacher charged in child exploitation case

Charge laid against teacher at Peter Skene Ogden

Most Read