Sarah Comyn (Common) (she/they) Facilitator and Community Weaver/Organiser of food-plant-land connectings, Sarah inhabits interstitial spaces of complexity, translating across difference and supporting diverse voices in coming into (colonial) policy and leadership spaces to decolonise governance. This is possible through learnings they have primarily grown in relationship with Urban Indigenous and frontline community in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, K’emk’emelay
Sarah is currently exploring the accessibility, cultural relevance and practice of growing inclusivity in community gardens: opening access to land and supporting movement towards Indigenous Food Sovereignty, Land Back and Food Systems Sustainability.
They are learning about reciprocities beyond economic/enterprising efforts after a decade of organising with Hives for Humanity Society; moving in hummingbird vibrations between their accordion practice of oceanic drone and folk-song-poems of yearning. They are deepening their understanding of plants – those which provide people and pollinators with food, habitat, fibre and medicine. They find their hands often holding fibres and weaving baskets, cloths and creations of varied use/usefullnessess.
Sarah seeks to be of lasting and respectful use, in a practice of tending with care, slowly adorning through Time & Times, with intention and accountability, in nourishment of self, land and community. They are of Irish settler and mixed European descent, with growing knowing of roots to Larne, Northern Ireland. They are most relaxed and joyful by and in the water, timeless and turning.
Kathy Feng (she/her) is an interdisciplinary artist, born in Guangzhou, China, and is a guest living and working on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. As an immigrant and child of immigrants, she grew up between cultures in a constant process of learning, unlearning, and relearning. This framework informs the central themes to her work: in which memory and nostalgia are expressed through images, text, and the aesthetics of the temporal.
Kathy holds a BFA in Visual Art with a minor in Art and Performance Studies from SFU’s School for the Contemporary Arts. She began working at SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement January 2020 as a Research Assistant for the Below the Radar podcast.
Grace Gonzales is a mom, vovo (grandma), and recent retiree who has spent her life caring for her community, family, and friends. Grace can often be found tending to her garden, where she spends countless hours growing a variety of veggies, teas and herbs. Her love for gardening extends beyond just growing food, as she is also an avid learner of plant medicines and their healing properties.
Grace’s love for community and connection is shown through her cooking, where she takes immense joy in sharing delicious food with those around her. She firmly believes that sharing a meal with loved ones is one of the simplest and most rewarding ways to foster togetherness – something she learned from her own mother.
Grace is new to the world of non-profits and serving on a Board of Directors, but she is eager to embrace this exciting new phase of life where she is learning from and amplifying the voices of the next generations.
Imaginative. Bold. Genuine. Hopeful. Khari is an award-winning musician and creative facilitator who uses the arts and experiential activities for transformational learning. Based in Vancouver, Canada, Khari has worked with communities across Africa, Australia, Europe, North America and the Caribbean. In a world with increasingly complex societal challenges, the need for values-based creative solutions is paramount.
Khari helps youth and adults explore core values and creativity as a means to self-actualization, community building and problem solving. His approach is warm, insightful and engaging.