- SEMESTER IN DIALOGUE
- SFU COMMUNITY
PROJECT DIRECTOR, HEY NEIGHBOUR COLLECTIVE
Michelle currently directs the new Hey Neighbour Collective project at the SFU Morris J Wosk Centre for Dialogue, a three-year multi-stakeholder collaborative project aimed at building community and resilience in multi-unit housing. She also does community engagement work on housing and land use projects.
Previous to this, she was the co-founder of The Tyee and Tyee Solutions, leading the business operations of one of Canada’s most highly-regarded independent media companies and its sister non-profit from 2003 through 2016. From 2016 to 2017 she managed The Tyee’s Housing Fix project, a solutions-journalism and civic engagement project focused on Canada’s housing crises. In the final two and half years of the Housing Fix project, Michelle worked with a number of partners to organize and facilitate two public and three stakeholder events on affordable housing: three in Vancouver, one in New Westminster, and one in Ottawa. She continues to be an advisor to The Tyee.
Michelle’s completion of the SFU Certificate in Dialogue and Civic Engagement in 2017 cemented an interest in utilizing her emerging skills as an engagement planner and facilitator in areas she’s passionate about: affordable housing, social and environmental resilience, and urban planning.
Michelle is the mother of two young daughters, a renter since age 19, and an avid community gardener and cyclist. One of her favourite hobbies is talking to strangers.