Author, Treed: Walking in Canada's Urban Forests
Ariel Gordon is the Winnipeg-based author of two collections of urban-nature poetry, both of which won the Lansdowne Prize for Poetry at the Manitoba Book Awards. Recent projects include the anthology GUSH: menstrual manifestos for our times, co-edited with Tanis MacDonald and Rosanna Deerchild, and the fourth installment of the National Poetry Month in the Winnipeg Free Press project. Her latest book is Treed: Walking in Canada's Urban Forests (Wolsak & Wynn, 2019).
Knowledge Keeper and Permaculture Gardener
Audrey Logan is an Indigenous gardener and community leader residing in West Broadway. She advocates for and teaches traditional approaches to raising food and caring for the land. She has led the development of many community gardens and shares knowledge in many formats with her community.
Ella Rockar lives in the West Broadway neighbourhood and works at the West Broadway Community Organization as part of the housing team. Ella holds an MA from the University of Manitoba, through which she researched affordable housing and sustainable community design in Canada, Denmark, and Hong Kong. Ella is passionate about how access to housing and public space must intersect to create livable communities.
Manager of Communications and Community Relations, End Homelessness Winnipeg
Kristiana Clemens' work centres on strategic communications, planning and facilitation for the non-profit sector, with experience in change management, public relations, stakeholder engagement and participatory decision-making. Kristiana has a background in media production and community outreach, having worked with community and non-profit media outlets across Canada. Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Applied Arts in media production and a Master's degree in history. She has worked as a freelance journalist, public speaker, facilitator and trainer on topics including media, policy, governance and equity. Most recently, she has worked in strategic communications for the mental health and Indigenous governance sectors.
Manitoba Harm Reduction Network
Veda is the Project Coordinator at the Manitoba Harm Reduction Network and has been passionate about harm reduction since her raver days. She loves community based research, social justice and fighting the axes that hack. She's been volunteering and working in sexual health and harm reduction since she was 15 years old and recently completed her Masters in Community Development from the School of Public Administration at the University of Victoria. She takes care of her 16 month old baby Adria, her puppy Mortimer, her vegetable garden and her community.