Michael Clague writes, teaches, and works in the fields of adult education, community development, and social planning. He currently works as a private consultant and as a community volunteer. In the past he has served as Director of the Carnegie Community Centre, Director of Programs for SPARC BC, Executive Director of SPARC BC, and as Executive Director of the Community Council of Greater Victoria.
Michael is the recipient of several notable awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Council on Social Development and the Thakore Foundation Award for Service to the Carnegie Community Centre and Vancouver Eastside presented by SFU. He has taught courses and workshops at UBC, SFU, Langara, and through SPARC’s Community Development Institute.
Michael is an active community member, having founded the Downtown Eastside
Community Arts Network, and is currently the President of the Carold Institute for the Study of Citizenship in Social Change.
Cheeying is the Executive Director of the Whistler Centre for Sustainability. She has worked in the non-profit sector in policy, planning and education on transportation, land use and smart growth for over 10 years. Cheeying was the Executive Director of Smart Growth B.C. – a province-wide non-governmental organization promoting sustainable land use and development and Executive Director of BEST (Better Environmentally Sound Transportation).
Cheeying is a former high school and college teacher of science and mathematics. She served as a member of the Prime Minister’s External Advisory Committee on Cities and Communities, as well as a term on the Board of Vancity Credit Union and currently sits on a number of other advisory boards and committees including the Mayor of Vancouver’s Greenest City Action Team.
Seth Klein is the BC Director of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, a public policy research institute committed to social and economic justice. Seth holds a BA in international relations and a B.Ed from the University of Toronto, and an MA in political science from Simon Fraser University. He has been a social activist for over twenty-five years.
A former teacher, Seth is co-chair of the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition, a board member of the Canada Without Poverty Advocacy Network, and an advisor and instructor for Next Up, a leadership program for young people committed to social and environmental justice. He is a frequent media commentator and public speaker on public policy issues. He lives with his wife and daughter in East Vancouver.
Darlene has had an extensive public career, which began in the Social Planning Department of the City of Vancouver in 1968. From this position, Darlene continued on as a Vancouver City Councillor for 8 years and served as a GVRD Director. Darlene became MLA of Point Grey in 1986 and held two cabinet positions: Minister of Tourism & Culture from 1991-1993 and Minister of Municipal Affairs from 1993-1996. During this time she was responsible for the creation and adoption of an innovative Growth Strategies Act in 1995.
Now retired, Darlene serves on a number of boards and committees. Her roles have included, Chair of Georgia Basin Network, Honorary Director of the Legal Action Fund, Honorary Director of the Big Sisters Society of BC, Member of the Katherine Sanford Housing Society, Board Member of Headlines Theatre, Director of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Elected Member of the UBC Alumni Association, and Member of the Vancouver Folk Festival Society Board.
Kevin co-founded Check Your Head and served as its Executive Director for ten years. He served a term on the Vancouver School Board where he drafted one of Canada’s strongest policies protecting students from advertising in schools and began a project called Sustainable Schools which is now working with 11 Vancouver schools to design and implement climate change education and action plans.
In 2005 Kevin started developing Next Up, a leadership program for young people committed to social and environmental justice. The program has since expanded into Alberta and Saskatchewan, and has an alumni network of over a hundred leaders. Since May 2009 he has been dividing his time between the VSB where he’s currently the Coordinator for Sustainability and continuing to build Next Up across Western Canada.
Patrice has been a community and social justice activist all her life. She is currently serving her third consecutive term as a Vancity Credit Union Board Director, and served as the Chair of the Board of the United Way of the Lower Mainland from 2000-2006. She was a director of the Vancouver Foundation (VF) for six years, chaired committees that funded important community projects, and still sits on disability related committees for VF.
Patrice worked for the BC Government and Service Employees’ Union for 28 years before retiring in 2004. During that time, Patrice served in various elected positions in the BC Federation of Labour, was appointed to the Board of BC Hydro, the Simon Fraser University Board of Governors, the UBC Centre for Labour Management, the UBC Labour Relations Board, and was Vice-Chair of the Governor General’s Leadership Conference.
Anne Russo has an MA in Leadership and Training from Royal Roads University, with additional coursework in Decision Making in Local Government. For twenty years she worked within the arts sector, for local and provincial government agencies and departments, on policy and program development.
Anne was one of the original editors for Creative City Network. The organization and its website provides a resource base for staff in municipalities across Canada who are responsible for cultural policy and program development. She has written Creative Connections: Arts and Culture in British Columbia Communities for UBCM, describing how communities can use the arts to help meet community goals, and is co-author of A Cultural Planning Toolkit.