I work as a writer, editor, facilitator, and writing instructor.
As of winter 2016, I’m at work on a journalism series exploring community solutions to the opioid crisis. The project is supported by the Tyee Solutions Society, a non-profit journalism hub in Vancouver producing open-source, solutions-focused journalism. I’m also working with the Peter Wall Institute of Advanced Studies at UBC to document its partnerships with public health organizations to advance harm reduction work in drug using communities across BC.
In addition to writing work, I am one of the founding facilitators for Community Journalism 101, an inclusive journalism class for people facing barriers through SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement. I also work as a contract facilitator for workshops on youth leadership, media literacy, narrative production, and social change. From January 2014 to December 2016, I taught over 1,000 undergraduate students in UBC’s Creative Writing Program.
I’m on the board of directors of the Hua Foundation, a non-profit whose mission is to engage Chinese youth with social and environmental justice work while building pride in shared heritage and cultural identity.
I have previously worked as the editor at Megaphone, an award-winning social enterprise providing meaningful work for people experiencing poverty; as a housing reporter for Tyee Solutions Society; as a writer for the Museum of Vancouver’s first digital exhibition; and as a staff writer for the Westender, an urban weekly in Vancouver.