Meet the Team

Bree Galbraith

Bree Galbraith

Co-Founder

Bree is the mom of two growing boys, a Master of Design graduate from Emily Carr University of Art + Design, a Phd candidate in Communications at SFU, and a published children’s book author. 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, is due out in 2017, and third book, Usha and the Wall, will follow in 2018, 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-Marie Nilsson

Carina-Marie Nilsson

Co-Founder

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.

Samantha Gutmanis

Samantha Gutmanis

Resident Foodie

I have my very own crew of taste testers: my enthusiastic, if messy toddler twins Zoe & Isla, my baby Lucy, and my protein-loving husband G. These various food demands that surround me have pushed me to lead our food life more simply, nutritiously, and deliciously. Life’s big celebrations and humble everyday moments often revolve around food, and it brings me much joy to cook for these occasions. I may be covered in baby purée or unwinding with a glass of wine (or possibly both), but it’s a good day when food, family, and friends intersect. You can find me more frequently @mykitchenlove and I'd love to hear any food relate questions you may have.

Bethany Schiedel

Bethany Schiedel

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.

Lara Zukowsky

Lara Zukowsky

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.

Kyla Hingwing

Kyla Hingwing

Science Geek

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.

Abby Shumka

Abby Shumka

Fashion Hag

After spending years growing up overseas and traveling the globe with her family, Abby moved to BC 15 years ago, fell in love and never left. Her passions include everything design & fashion, sewing, crafting, baby animals and anything that will make her laugh. When not being run ragged by her daughter she looks for inspiration, motivation and outlets for making, fixing and creating. She is a mother, a maker, friend to all dogs and her own person. She is a cohost of the highly entertaining fashion-obsessed podcast The Fashion Hags, available on iTunes.

Marisa Goodwin

Marisa Goodwin

Entrepreneur Extraordinaire

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.

Alison Mazurek

Alison Mazurek

Small Space Living

Alison lives in Mount Pleasant with her busy toddler son 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!

Kellie Diguangco

Kellie Diguangco

Art & Kids Lit

Kellie has a BFA, a minor in Child Development, and Ortin Gillingham training. She choose between her love of art and children. She has been fortunate to teach art to children for more than 8 years, and they constantly inspire her world. She has a passion for reading, and aspires to see that all children meet their full potential. She can be found exploring the city with her 4 curious boys when they aren't catching up on their favourite picture books.

Norah Masse-Clark

Norah Masse-Clark

Full-on Mom

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.

Meera Bennett

Meera Bennett

Work/Life Balance

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.

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