What's Keeping You in Vancouver?
Michelle Lorna Nahanee (Squamish) is the designer of a life-size board game and workshop called Sínulhkay and Ladders. She is a creative director, critical communications scholar and Indigenous changemaker. Michelle recently completed a Master of Arts in Communication from Simon Fraser University where she wrote “Decolonizing Identity: Indian Girl to Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Matriarch.” She concluded her research with a call to dismantle academic barriers to decolonizing practices.
Megan Lau is the Manager of Communications, Engagement & Equity at STORYHIVE. Megan has written and edited for publications across Canada, including Maisonnueve, Megaphone, Reader’s Digest, the Toronto Star and Ricepaper Magazine. She is also part of the founding team of SAD Mag, a Vancouver-based arts and culture magazine. In the nonprofit sector, Megan has developed programs to support food justice, and had roles in fundraising, strategic communications and digital engagement. In 2016, she co-founded The Future Is You and Me, a free, community-based leadership program for women of colour in the arts, ages 19-25. She is currently a member of the City of Vancouver's Creative City Strategy External Advisory Committee.
I am a new settler on Coast Salish territories from South Africa, with Indian heritage. I have an undergraduate degree in political science and philosophy and I'm always trying to raise the bar set by my parents and be a good role model for my brothers. I'm currently occupied with trying to understand how to bridge gaps between communities and decision-makers, in order to strengthen democracy and improve social cohesion. I am enrolled in the SFU Certificate in Dialogue and Civic Engagement, and a member of CityHive's Civic Engagement 30 Network. I am grateful to be leading the Community Engagement Initiatives at the SFU Centre for Comparative Muslim Studies.
As a trained planner, Anthonia Ogundele has a passion for cities and engaging communities. As a member of the Northeast False Creek Stewardship Group, Anthonia is interested in bringing an intersectional lens to planning issues. She is also on the board of the Coal Harbour Residents' Association and her newest endeavor with her husband is The Cheeky Proletariat, an art space on Carrall Street that features local artists. As a member of the African Diaspora, Anthonia remains curious and passionate about daylighting the Black Canadian identity whilst she remains relentlessly curious in discovering her own. Professionally, Anthonia manages the environmental sustainability and emergency management program at Vancity.