|SONGBIRD ARCHIVE - THE LIVING
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Ann Duffy runs her own consulting practice, Cypress Communications
and Environmental Management, in Vancouver, B.C. She works with public,
private and non-profit organizations, advising on and facilitating
the planning, delivery and management of sustainability-oriented initiatives.
Ann also teaches at Capilano College and Simon Fraser University.
is an artist, writer and cultural activist. For more than 20 years
she has been exploring and developing arts and cultural practices
that re-vision and re-connect people to place and meaning, and the
mind to the heart. Beth was born in Vancouver and is co-founder and
creative director of the SongBird project.
Nelson Gray, the artistic director of Savage
Media and the co-artistic director of the SongBird Project, spends
half his time imagining things and the other half making them happen.
Presenters at the Living City Forum
Herb Barbolet, the co-Founder and Executive Director of FarmFolk/CityFolk
Society, has worked in the field of Community Development for
30 years. He was Co-founder and former partner in the Glorious Garnish
& Seasonal Salad Co., a Food Panelist on CBC Radio-Almanac Show,
and is Co-author of Farm Folk City Folk, Douglas & McIntyre, 1998.
Nancy Bleck is an artist, photographer & cultural activist whose
concern for social and environmental inter-relationship has led to
projects in the post-Communist Czech Republic, China, Cuba and the
Squamish Northern Territory in B.C., Canada. She is the initiator
and co-founder of Utsam/Witness,
in partnership with the Squamish
Nation. Utsam/Winess was the first arts residency at The Roundhouse
Community Centre. She is currently working on a new arts & ecology
collaboration called "Cedar People".
Cathy has been active in the Georgia Basin environmental community
for the past seven years, working as the Administrative Director and
Program Coordinator for the Georgia
Strait Alliance. She is co-chair of the BC Environmental Network
Health & Toxics Caucus, a board member of Toxics, Ink, and sits
on the board of the Nanaimo Area Land Trust.
George Bowering writes books in B.C. His last publication was "Bowering's
B.C. - A Swashbuckling History". He is currently completing "Egotists
and Autocrats", a book about Canadian Prime Ministers, published
DB Boyko, music director for the SongBird Oratorio, has been active
in Vancouver as a perfomer, a composer, and as a music curator for
the Western Front.
She has also toured & performed throughout Canada, the USA, Indonesia,
and Australia. Her loves include Javanese Gamelan,
ornithology, music, theatre & dance.
is an educator and a mountaineer with an intimate knowledge of and
love for this province's wild places. He is a co-founder of the Witness
Gwen Curry is an artist based in Victoria who has shown her work nationally
and internationally. Known primarily for her large scale mixed media
drawings, she is also involved in sculpture and installation work.
Her work is represented in numerous public & private collections.
Galleries which represent her are: Equinox Gallery, Vancouver, Fran
Willis Gallery, Victoria and Virginia Christopher Galleries, Calgary.
A musical chameleon with a near five octave range, vocalist Christine
Duncan performs jazz, R&B, blues, gospel, top 40 pop, folk, new
music opera and even childrens' music. Christine was nominated 1997
West Coast Female Vocalist of the Year by the Pacific Music Industry
Assn. This spring she was the subject of a documentary-portrait entitled,
Coming Home: Christine Duncan at Christ Church Cathedral.
Born and raised in Vancouver, David Fraser has worked with Environment
Canada for approximately 9 years in the field of intergovernmental
and international relations. Over the past three years David has been
intimately involved in the development & implementation of the
Basin Ecosystem Initiative - a broad partnership of governments,
non-government organizations and communities committed to shared goals
for a sustainable future in this part of the world.
has been with BC
Hydro for 19 years, starting as a meter reader in 1980. He is
currently a Power Planning Specialist with BC Hydro's Power Generation
business unit, and has championed the integration of community and
energy planning, or Community Energy Planning, within BC Hydro. He
is Chair of the B.C. Energy Aware Committee and sits as an associate
on the G.V.R.D.'s
Technical Advisory Commitee, as well as the Fraser Valley Regional
District's Intergovernmental Advisory Committee.
Cheeying is currently the Executive Director of Better
Environmentally Sound Transportation (BEST). A former high school
& college teacher, Cheeying has worked for the past 6 years in
Hilary Keever, Adbusters
Media Foundation is a media-literacy organization that's concerned
about the erosion of our physical and cultural environments by commercial
Dr. Joseph Lin
Dr. Joseph Lin is the President and CEO of the Taiwanese
Canadian Intercultural Green Club, a board member of the Pacific
Spirit Park Society, a board member of the B.C. Multi-ethnic Marrow
Transplant Society, a member-at-large of the Greater Vancouver Regional
Parks Forum, and a
conservation & eco-tourism columnist for Chinese media.
Born and raised in Chomedy, Quebec, Shaugn completed a major in Urban
Studies at Concordia University in Montreal. He moved to B.C. in 1995
to study Community and Regional Planning at UBC and has been active
in the environmental movement ever since. In 1997 he founded the Transit
User's Group (TUG) a lobby group for public transportation issues.
He currently heads The
Evergreen Foundation's western office.
Sekyu Siyam (Ian Campbell)
I am the youngest of sixteen Hereditary Chiefs of the Squamish
Nation. My family lineage also descends from the Musqueam First
Nations. The Squamish Nation currently employs me as the Cultural/Community
Developer. My life is dedicated to learning and sharing the intricate
heritage of my family with others. I teach mythology, art, history,
song and dance, canoeing, land and resource, and inumerable aspects
of the Coast Salish Culture. I believe sharing the spiritual &
cultural values of the Coast Salish People will assist in educating
and bridging the gap between cultures and promote closer relations.
Sandra Semchuk is a photographer who asks questions about identity,
relationship to nature, and control over nature - particularly over
our own natures. She teaches at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and
James Tansey recently gained his PhD from the University of East Anglia
in the UK. His research interests include environmental politics and
economics, risk management, philosophy and the environment, business
and the environment, and social science methodology. He has also worked
for Outward Bound and for the United World Colleges network, of which
Pearson College on Vancouver Island is a member.
is a Coast Salish carver, drum-maker and cultural worker. He has worked
in communication and education for various school districts developing
curriculum and doing cultural demonstrations. He has completed several
large scale carving projects, one as artist in residence at the Roundhouse
Community Centre's Witness program.
Lisa Walker is a musician/composer with an interest in technology
and research. For the past four years she has been working with a
team of scientists in southeast Alaska, studying the acoustic ecology
of the Humpback Whale, and is now beginning similar research with
upcoming album, The Grooved Whale, combines her underwater recordings
of whales with layers of violin and rhythmic grooves.
Hildegard Westerkamp is a composer. She recycles sound. Vancouver
has been her home since 1968. She was born in Germany. Her international
work explores soundscape listening as a way to better understand and
honor cultural differences.