Bree is the mom of two growing boys, a published author, and professor of Design at Emily Carr University of Art + Design. She is currently pursuing her second Master's Degree at UBC in Creative Writing. Her debut picture book, Once Upon a Balloon, has received amazing reviews… especially among the 5-8 year-old crowd, and she continues to write at a feverish pace whenever a spare moment presents itself. Her second book, Milo and Georgie came out in 2017, and her third book, Usha and the Wall, is due out 2019, both with Owl Kids Books. Deeply immersed in the arts + culture scene, Bree and her children can often be found discussing the grand narrative behind many of Vancouver’s latest art and design exhibitions. No children allowed? That’s not in her vocabulary.
Carina is a material historian, visual artist, and Associate Director of New Performance Works. She holds a Master's Degree in History from Simon Fraser University, focusing on Representations of Gender in Art & Architecture from the Early Roman world. She is an advocate of accessible arts, a #buylocal #supportlocal enthusiast, and an aspiring surfer. The outdoors frequently clamours for her attention, and when she’s not exploring the city, she’s roaming the woods and ocean sides with her two children and bearded husband.
Kyla is a working mom living with her toddler son, Hunter, and his Heavy Metal and hockey-loving father. After finishing her Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and giving birth to her son, she has now rejoined the work force as a Scientist for a Biotech company. When not working, she spends as much time exploring with her toddler and attempting to maintain sanity by participating in Athletics and dancing or crafting her ass off. An East Van resident at heart, she lives in New West where she is saving money to potentially own property one day in Vancouver.
Taraneh Erfan King
Taraneh Erfan King is a mother of two magic humans, a poet, writer, yoga and meditation teacher, who has also made a living as a personal and leadership development professional, registered clinical counsellor and expressive arts therapist. Recently the questions she has been pondering the most are: (1) Are her day to day decisions supporting her family's needs while allowing her to pursue her dharma? and (2) How much coffee will she need to succeed today? Alas, navigating the road to fulfillment and peace is not always simple, but always worthwhile. Whether at home, in a yoga studio or boardroom, in workshops or one-on-one work, Taraneh is passionate about creating spaces for people to be at peace with the full range of human experiences and supporting them to cultivate their ability to live mindfully - in response to life, rather than in reaction to it.
Meera Bennett is a lawyer, mama, entrepreneur, yogi, and amateur crafter/baker. She grew up running wild on Salt Spring Island, B.C., but eventually settled down into family life in Vancouver B.C. Meera has a BA in English Literature and a Juris Doctor (Law), both from UBC. Meera works as a lawyer for the provincial government where she advises on policy issues, and has a busy litigation practice. Meera also has a children’s clothing company (Devon’s Drawer, www.devonsdrawer.com) that she operates with her Mom. Meera is on the Board of Directors for the Salt Spring Centre of Yoga, and volunteers for a number of legal and feminist organizations including Access Pro Bono, West Coast LEAF. You can find her on Instagram @devonsdrawer, or on twitter @devonsdrawer.
All About Vancouver
Bethany is living an intentional, love-filled, laughter-induced, beer-infused life in Vancouver with her hunky husband and fiery seven year old daughter. She has been running her own boutique photography studio for ten years and is passionate about creating images for her clients that go beyond just a pretty portrait and capture a real moment. When she’s not behind her camera (or computer) you will find Bethany enjoying what Vancouver does best like craft beer, farmer’s markets, and summer nights. Connect with Bethany on Instagram or online. She’d love to hear what’s your favourite thing about Vancouver or perhaps meet up over Earnest Ice Cream.
Jennifer Scott is a mom, union activist, 19th century literature researcher, and baking fanatic living in the lower mainland.
Rockin' the Toddler
Living in East Vancouver with her growing baby boy and his musician father, Lara strives to lead a life as a mother with no limits. She has discovered a new found love for the outdoors, and frequents wooded trails and hikes with baby in tow. When not roaming the wilderness, she can be found at various vintage, thrift and record shops around the city, as well as catching up with friends over coffee or craft beer at some of the best local spots. Lara loves to share her experiences with others, proving that life as a mother can be fun, exciting and full of opportunities.
Small Space Living
Alison lives in Mount Pleasant with her son, daughter, and husband. She works as a Project Manager for a restaurant group in the day and writes at night about living thoughtfully with less in a small space with her growing family on 600sqft.com and Instagram. Loves great coffee, wine, design and getting outside and away as much as possible. She is so happy to contribute to this amazing community of inspiring women and mothers. Please send a note and share about how you live with #fewerthings or questions you have about living small!
I'm a thirty-three year old mama to two great boys, Luca (6) and Nico (1), head over heals for their papa. Currently nestled in the Okanagan Valley, making each day count. I was born and raised on the north West Coast of B.C. from a region known for its record rain falls, aka Prince Rupert. Two fun facts about Prince Rupert are 1) the town founder Charles Hays died on the Titanic and 2) there was a family that moved to PR from S. Africa because their son was allergic to the sun and it just so happens that PR is one of the places in the world that gets the least amount of sun per year! Yup. So as you can probably tell by now you can take the girl out of the north west coast, but you cant take the north west coast out of the girl! hashtag #gumbootgirlforlife Our family took a leap and moved inland to Kelowna the summer of ’14. Then pregnant with our littlest, our eldest was to soon start kindergarten and we were looking to buy our first family home (something we could never do in the lower mainland...). Before our move I was a full time student studying child and youth counseling, now turned stay at home mum while my honey does his carpentry thing working a one week off, two week on camp job in the north. Our adventure filled days are comprised of fierce love, deep belly laughs, lots of tears and everything in between.
Vanessa is an adventurer at heart who can be found navigating the hallways and hormones of high school life from September to June as a secondary biology teacher. She loves exploring the west coast with her two active little kiddos who can usually be found running, jumping, splashing or shrieking wildly. She is passionate about experiential education, place & play based learning, and, finding ways to walk more gently on the Earth with her family. Vanessa holds a B.Sc, B.Ed and Master’s of Ecological Education. Eons ago, she spent her time between degrees travelling and working either on or in the oceans of the world. She met the Northern Englishman she would eventually marry off the coast of Australia and to this day, continues to translate his Geordie accent for most of her friends along with, adventuring with their two free spirited children.
Marisa got bit by the entrepreneur bug at the age of 8, and along with her everything partner Kent, is the creative force and owner of Organic Fair (www.organicfair.com). With an eclectic education and experiences in linguistics, literature, herbal medicine, marketing, restaurants, organic food, design, media and activism, all these skills are in use in her current incarnation as both parent of three (8,6 &2) and business person. She has found that the only way to have any level of fitness is to attempt to outrun her children on their bikes and to repeatedly enter team races. In between envisioning new products and packaging, she stays current upgrading and acquiring diverse new skills like fermenting everything and building robots with her daughter. She is also a Big 'F' Feminist and passionately advocates for human rights for everybody, everyday. Despite being a third generation Vancouverite she now lives in Cobble Hill (45 mins north of Victoria) on Vancouver Island on a 5 acre farm with chickens, goats, a duck, dogs, cats, deer and the occasional bear.
Stina is a mom to two busy boys, living in East Van with her gardening loving, bbq master husband. She works as an Early French Immersion Primary Teacher and Yoga Instructor. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Education, A Diploma in Teaching and Learning with Technology and a Masters Degree in Educational Practice with a focus on Inquiry-based Teaching. Stina has worked for SFU’s Field Studies Programs as a Mentor to teachers pursuing their Diplomas in Education. She is a trained Yoga Instructor with a specialty in Children’s and Prenatal Yoga. Stina loves Vancouver with a passion and could never imagine living away from the ocean. While on Maternity Leave this year you will find her walking Main Street or playing at one of Vancouver’s parks or beaches with her boys.