I’m a facilitator and writer in Vancouver interested in urban health, race, and equity. I facilitate workshops on writing, media, and social change.
As of spring 2018, I am working on editorial and facilitation-related projects with Hua Foundation, City of Vancouver, United Way of the Lower Mainland, Pivot Legal Society, Professional Employees Association, Canadian Association of Labour Media, and Reader’s Digest magazine.
I’ve facilitated writing and media workshops since 2011. I co-facilitate Community Journalism 101, an inclusive journalism class for people facing barriers through SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement. It runs each year in the spring and fall. In fall 2017, I facilitated “How to Save a Life: Front Line Stories,” a new series of storytelling workshops and overdose prevention trainings by people who use drugs through Megaphone and the Overdose Prevention Society. From April to August 2017, I facilitated a creative writing workshop at Onsite, a transitional housing and detox program above Vancouver’s supervised injection facility.
I facilitate media training and journalism workshops for youth, including Indigenous Youth in Action BC; the youth leadership program Next Up; the student radio station CiTR; and the feminist arts leadership program The Future is You and Me. I am frequently called upon to host or contribute to public discussions including the DOXA documentary film festival and events through SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement.
My recent writing includes the cover story in Maisonneuve’s winter 2017 issue on the connections between B.C.’s HIV/AIDS crisis of the 1990s and its current overdose crisis; the cover story in University Affairs’ November 2017 issue on race and racism in the academy; the cover story in University Affairs’ September 2017 issue on campus suicides; and a series on loss and B.C.’s overdose crisis for Tyee Solutions Society, which follows a series published in early 2017 on community solutions to B.C.’s overdose crisis through Tyee Solutions Society and Simon Fraser University’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement Knowledge Mobilization Lab.
I have previously worked as the editor at Megaphone, an award-winning social enterprise providing meaningful work for people experiencing poverty; as an adjunct instructor in UBC’s Creative Writing Program, where I taught over 1,000 undergraduate students; and as a housing reporter for Tyee Solutions Society; and as the news reporter for one of Vancouver’s now-defunct urban weeklies.
Outside of work, I’m a board director of Hua Foundation, a non-profit empowering youth from the Asian diaspora to explore their racialized identities and advance social change. I love spending time with the people in my life, reading fiction, watching comedy, and running in glorious silence.