As a recent transplant to Vancouver from Winnipeg, Robin is surprised how comforting the snow has been this week. She believes the universe conspired to make it as easy as possible for her to come west to study Arts for Social Change at SFU, and that it’s part of its master plan. She only has to listen, trust the guidance, and open the doors of opportunity.

Lucca and Rebecca take some time to get to know CJSF’s new program director on-air, with you listening in!

 

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Katarina (Kat) Thorsen, is an artist, a creative engagement facilitator and a craftivist passionate in her belief that art can heal and build connections.  Kat specializes in arts-based programming for all ages, in particularly engaging at-risk populations.  The heart of her work is visual storytelling, graphic recording, whole brain engagement and facilitation.  Her interactive art events and street art encourages participants to become part of the creative process.  Kat’s own artwork can be found in private collections in North America and Europe.  She published her first book, Drawn Together- Maintaining Connections and Navigating Life’s Challenges with Art, in 2013.  She launched her passion project, Molly- a true crime analysis, this past Sunday- as a weekly online serial at mollygraphicnovel.com.

Lucca and Rebecca are excited to have Kat back in the studio for the second time, as life has evolved greatly since she was first a guest on our show! We explore with Kat what has changed since we last had her on, learn the secrets and background of her passion with her graphic novel project, and share in the jovial energy that is KAT!

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For the past 6 years Emily has been working as the Community Building Coordinator at Kinbrace Community Society. Kinbrace is a vibrant non-profit in East Vancouver that began offering housing and support to refugee claimants in 1998 and continues with this work today.

At Kinbrace, she organize events that provide safe and welcoming spaces for residents to build friendships with each other, staff, volunteers, and other community members. She is constantly reminded of the ways that relationships help sustain all of us through stressful and overwhelming situations (like the very fast-paced, complicated Canadian Refugee Claim process!)
She joined the Kinbrace team after completing a degree in International Relations, Latin American Studies and Spanish at Simon Fraser University.

She lives just a few blocks away from Kinbrace, with her husband Thomas (who we also interviewed on Essencetial Conversations – listen to that here). When she is not at Kinbrace you may find her working in her garden, playing with her chickens, brewing Kombucha and Ginger beer, playing music at her church, reading in her hammock or spending time with family.

Lucca and Rebecca speak with Emily about her origins in community building, and the vision of Kinbrace’s new development.

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Laura is a seer and a counsellor – newly awakened after the life-altering passing of her soulmate. Her work and outreach into the world used to be in the corporate realm, but after the unexpected death of her partner she reconnected with a deeper part of herself that had first been initiated when she was a teenager. Now, Laura seeks to support her clients through major life changes and challenges.

Lucca and Rebecca explore Laura’s experiences to see how the threads of who she is today originated in her past.

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