Anna is a wildlife technician, student, cycling enthusiast, and mother of one based in Nelson, BC and the traditional territory of the Ktunaxa, the Syilx, and the Sinixt peoples. Anna spent her formative years in Prince Rupert, where she worked and volunteered for a variety of environmental and community minded organizations. In 2012, she returned to her childhood home, Nelson, to live.
Anna’s daughter Bianca keeps her busy and active but mostly mindful of the future world Bianca will inherit and inhabit. Anna appreciates the frequent interactions she has with those who hold dissimilar views and finds these conversations integral to breaking down the perceived and real barriers that tend to divide us. When she isn’t chasing after Bianca or working from home, you can find Anna enjoying a good cup of local coffee, singing Bob Marley covers, or fighting against a headwind on the local roads or lakes.
Sarah grew up in Kitchener, Ontario, and always dreamed of living in BC. When she finally came to New Denver, the unceded territory of the Sinixt people, in 2016, she knew she had found a special place. When she first got here, a local pulled over by the side of the highway concerned a bear was chasing her. There was no bear. Since then, she has slowed the pace she walks. She has climbed a few mountains and enjoys the Slocan Lake. She loves adventuring with her dogs and growing a large garden.
Before coming West, she received a degree from Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario. She worked in research doing qualitative evaluations of non-profits to improve the services they offer communities. She loved hearing people’s stories in this role, especially those in remote, fly-in First Nations communities in Ontario’s far North. She believes in the power of storytelling to change lives for the better. She is a published writer of fiction and creative nonfiction and writes a novel in her spare time.
Shay currently lives in Lethbridge, Alberta. She is originally from Toronto, Ontario. She traded in skyscrapers for a closer-knit rural community to provide her children with an enriched upbringing. Shay and her family enjoy quality time outdoors and travelling throughout Canada and the Caribbean.
Shay is a Black and Rastafarian woman whose upbringing has been heavily influenced by the art of storytelling. Many of her cultural and family traditions continue to be passed down through oral history. Shay is passionate about challenging marginalization. She believes creating and sharing your own narrative is the only way to break-free from being confined by stereotypes.