I have a been a Board Member at Ecology North since June 2015. Ecology North is a charitable, non-profit organization formed in 1971 to support sound environmental decision-making in the North. Ecology North’s programs focus on five priorities: climate change, environmental education, water, waste reduction, and local food production. A common thread throughout all of Ecology North’s programming is an emphasis on environmental, social, and community well-being. I was previously the Co-Chair of the Board.
REEL PADDLING FILM FESTIVAL
The Reel Paddling Film Festival is an international adventure film tour presenting the world’s best paddling films of the year—whitewater, sea kayaking, canoeing, SUP, action, and lifestyle—in more than 120 cities and towns across Canada, the United States, and around the world. In the winter of 2017, I organized the Reel Paddling Film Festival stop in Yellowknife in conjunction with Jeremy Emerson of WAMP. I also worked with partners in Inuvik and Fort Smith to screen the top 2016 films in those communities. Together, the three events raised almost $2500 for grassroots paddling programs in the NWT. You can learn more about the 2017 NWT tour here.
In 2016, I was the City Organizer for PechaKucha Yellowknife. Four events were held over the course of the year: Why We Walk (January), Maps and Mapping (May), YK Food Matters (October), and #LovetheLand (December). The PechaKuchas were an opportunity to hear interesting stories from a diverse cast of characters, but also an chance to collaborate with the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre, the Yellowknife Farmer’s Market, and the NWT Chapter of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society.
TEN OAKS PROJECT
From 2012-2015, I volunteered with the Ten Oaks Project, an organization which organizes camping and leadership programmes for children and youth from LGBTQ communities. In addition to volunteering at and participating in the yearly Bowl-a-Thon, I was a very enthusiastic member of the Community Engagement Committee. I continue to support this wonderful organization from afar.
In October 2013, I coordinated Ottawa’s first ever Cookie Jam. The event, which was part cookie sale and part cookie competition, brought together bakers and tasters to celebrate all things cookie and to raise money for In From the Cold, Parkdale United Church’s winter hot meal programme.
SHANNON LECTURE SERIES
In Fall 2010, Dr. John C. Walsh and I co-organized the Shannon Lecture Series in Social History at Carleton University. The theme was Storytelling, Storytellers, and the Social Effects of Stories. The presenters included Julie Cruikshank (Anthropology, UBC), Carolyn Podruchny (History, York University), John Greyson (Film Studies, York), Pamela Sugiman (Sociology, Ryerson), Alan MacEachern and Ryan O’Connor (History, Western), and singer-songwriter Miss Emily Brown.
WRITING THE SIXTIES: A PRACTICAL SYMPOSIUM
On Saturday, November 14, 2009, David Tough and I had the pleasure of hosting Writing the Sixties: A Practical Symposium at Carleton University. The event brought together emerging scholars in Sixties Studies to discuss new directions in the field and to explore ways of thinking about and communicating historical research on a popular and mythologized era to audiences within and beyond the academy. Attendees were graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, archivists, museum professionals, and junior faculty from institutions across the country. The day was modelled on one possible trajectory of the research process beginning with work in the “archive” (“From the Archive: Dissonant Stories”) through engagement with theory (“Theorizing Power and Resistance: Origins and Alliances”) to doing historiography (“Field Glasses: Alternative Perspectives on the Sixties”) and finally, communicating research findings through publishing and teaching (“Confronting Popular Memory in the Bookstore and the Classroom”).