Connections

Building connections among diverse individuals and groups is something I find deeply satisfying. Whether by introducing people at a workshop in a way that helps them connect or, more and more, providing “virtual introductions” over email with an encouragement ot “talk amongst yourselves”, networking is a key talent I bring to any role I play.

Arts Community

Through my work with the Community Arts Council of Vancouver I have been privileged to meet (and sometimes connect) such an exciting range of community groups, artists and supporters – Vancouver is a wonderful cauldron of creativity.

Educational Community

From a young age I was interested in how people learn and how people teach others. As well as teaching through various institutions and as a consultant, I was on the board of BC Institute of Technology for six years and for many of those years the representative to the Advanced Education Council of BC.

Community Connections

Currently I am particularly interested in building neighbourhood connections as part of a strategy to increase our sustainability and lessen dependence on fossil fuels. I am an engaged volunteer with Village Vancouver. While I live in Kitsilano, I now consider the Downtown Eastside as my “other neighbourhood”. (And when I’m in the DTES, Kitsilano is my other neighbourhood.)

Volunteering

Volunteering is a wonderful way to create connections – more ongoing and intentional than taking a course or workshop (which also can work) and more likely to allow people to follow their passion than what paid work might offer.

I practise “pro-active voluntarism” – I try to find a place where I can both contribute and also have some of my own needs met.

When managing volunteers, I try to help people find a good fit and know that sometimes the fit might not work over time.

I warn new volunteers that, especially as we’re getting to know each other, I may err on the side of inviting them to participate,  but I’m willing and able to hear “stop”.

Among various volunteer roles, I have served on the board of BCIT (a Vancouver post-secondary institution), been a Beaver (baby Scouts) leader, housing co-op board president (more than once) and gardener as part of the City of Vancouver’s Green Streets program.

“If our hopes of building a better and safer world are to become more than wishful thinking, we will need the engagement of volunteers more than ever.”

Kofi Annan

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

Mary Oliver

“If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.”

Derek Curtis Bok

“Act the way you’d like to be and soon you’ll be the way you act.”

Leonard Cohen

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