In September 2018, I joined the Yellowknife Choral Society. The Choral Society began as a non-auditioned community choir. It now has three choirs: two adult choirs (Aurora Chorealis and Ursa Miners) and a children’s choir (Fireweed Children’s Choir). Aurora Chorealis’ spring concert is scheduled for May 3-4. The following week-end, the choir will be travelling to Calgary to perform with Spiritus.
I was a member of the organizing committee for the NWT Evaluation Symposium, a collaborative learning event that explored and promoted Indigenous approaches to evaluation. The event, which took place in Yellowknife May 31-June 1, 2019, was co-hosted by the Alberta/NWT Chapter of CES and Dedats’eetsaa: the Tłı̨chǫ Research & Training Institute.
Since 2015, I have been the NWT Recreation and Parks Association’s representative on the NWT On The Land Collaborative. The Collaborative brings together government, charitable, corporate, and other partners to combine efforts and make it easier for communities to access money and resources for on the land projects in the NWT. In 2019, we granted 1 million dollars to 48 projects from every region in the territory. I am a member of the administrative team of the Collaborative.
The 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. Since 2017, I have organized the Paddling Film Festival stop in Yellowknife in collaboration with Jeremy Emerson of WAMP. I have also worked with partners in Inuvik and Fort Smith to bring the tour to those communities. Over the last three years, we have raised more than $6,000 for grassroots paddling programs in the NWT.
I was a Board Member at Ecology North from June 2015 to September 2017. For part of that time, I was the Co-Chair of the Board. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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”).