BOARD OF DIRECTORS
This is Virginia Bowden’s second year on the SMAS board. As a graduate of University of Alberta (BEd) and Emily Carr University (BFA), volunteering for Still Moon Arts Society has provided Virginia with an opportunity to combine her interests in education, visual arts, and environmental issues. Virginia divides her time between exploring the outdoors around Vancouver and teaching ecology programs in China.
Albert Chiu is a lawyer with a downtown Vancouver law firm. He has lived in the Renfrew-Collingwood area for over 20 years and has always had an interest in local art and culture. He joined the board of Still Moon Arts Society as a way of contributing to the community that he has grown up with. On the weekends, he can often be found exploring the rapidly-changing neighborhood while walking his frisky Shih Tzu-Poodle.
Alecska Divisadero is a multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary artist from France. Her photography and video works have been exhibited, published & screened at several galleries, theatres, and artist-centers in Europe and Canada. Alecska is also an experienced administrator, passionate about connecting people with resources and each other. Since immigrating to this land, she has been active with arts organizations in various capacities: administration, development, programs, events, communications. She is thrilled to join the Board and provide her skills to an organization that engages the community about the environment through the arts.
In her spare time, Alecska rescues houseplants and walks her housemates’ dogs.
Originally from Edmonton, she’s been living in Grandview-Woodland for 15 years. Her family loves attending the annual Moon Festival and Crow Bike Rides. She’s an active member of the Still Creek Streamkeepers, and is excited to contribute to the group with her background and knowledge in environmental sciences.
Member At Large
Madelyn Read is an avid cooperative enthusiast, musician, and social and environmental justice advocate. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Cultural Studies from Quest University Canada and an Advanced Certificate in Sustainable Business Leadership from BCIT. Madelyn had the joy of working as Still Moon’s Moon Festival Production Manager for the 18th and 19th editions of the festival. In February 2022, she joined the BC Co-operative Association as their Co-op Education Coordinator to help advance knowledge of the co-operative business sector. She is very excited to join Still Moon’s board and to continue working with the organization in this new capacity.
Member At Large
Joe Boyd has always enjoyed exploring nature and the community around him, from the suburbs of Toronto to East Vancouver, with stops in Nigeria, Switzerland and northern Quebec along the way.
Joe has been a high school teacher, information specialist in engineering companies and is now research liaison at BCIT. He is active with the Green Team and Cycling Committee at BCIT, and has board experience with the BCIT Faculty and Staff Association.
Joe has lived in East Van for over 30 years. In recent years he has been more involved with Still Moon Arts as a community volunteer, and joined the board in 2022 to become more involved with the Still Moon Arts community. When he’s not working or volunteering he’s usually on his bike or in his garden, or weaving with ivy and willow.
Member At Large
Teresa Opatovsky grew up in the small town of Owen Sound Ontario admiring the streams, waterfalls and lakes around her. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Biology from University of Guelph.
Then switched fields and attended British Columbia Institute of Technology for a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Now she is a Clinical Nurse Leader on a busy surgical unit at St Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver.
Teresa was contracted by Metro Vancouver for numerous years promoting tap water and providing guided tours of the watersheds that provide drinking water to Metro Vancouver. This experience piqued her interest in the promotion of healthy creeks, streams, and watersheds.
Living in Renfrew-Collingwood for most of the past 12 years, she appreciated the presence of Still Creek and joined the Still Creek Streamkeepers in 2018. She joined the board of Still Moons Arts Society in 2020 to further her involvement in her local community, to be more involved in the stewardship of this valuable natural asset and welcome others to take interest.
Member At Large
Sidi Chen is a traveling queer artist whose practice addresses the intersectionality of the body and community space. Through his interdisciplinary research, Chen’s inspired by his intercultural research and how the physical and cultural environments reflect and (de)construct the humanities. Through his practice, Chen is passionate about utilizing arts for community research, relationship building, and action development. Chen has participated in a wide range of residencies, exhibitions, performances, and projects across Canada, and is currently residing in Vancouver, BC, as a practicing artist, an independent arts administrator, and a community worker.
Member At Large
Ian Yip is a lifelong resident of the Renfrew-Collingwood neighbourhood. He has been engaged with Still Moon Arts Society since he was a small child, first attending the Still Moon Festival as a baby with his parents. As he grew older, he enjoyed lantern making workshops and subsequently became a volunteer in 2014. More volunteer responsibilities led to him joining the board in 2017.
Ian has an Economics BA from Simon Fraser University and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Computer Science at North Eastern University. Whenever he can move himself away from the computer screen, Ian takes long walks and tries to capture the spirit of the neighbourhood with his camera.
STILL CREEK STREAMKEEPERS
The Streamkeepers work towards making Still Creek a healthier stream for its ecosystems. We meet every 4th Monday of the month from 6:30-8:30 PM at Slocan Hall to plan activities for the community to take part in, learn about, and improve Still Creek!
- Dave Scott
- Emma Warner-Chee
- Virginia Bowden
- Jennifer Norquist
- Colin Bailey
- Gabriel de Andrade Fazioni
- Teresa Opatovsky
The Still Moon Arts Youth Committee consists of youth aged 15-19 who are passionate about supporting Still Moon Art’s pillars of art, stewardship, and community, and in particular want to engage with other youth around these values. The Youth Ambassadors organize the Harvest Fair portion of the Moon Festival, as well as other workshops, events, and activities throughout the year. The committee holds monthly meetings and receives support and mentorship from the General Manager and Artistic Director. This year, our team is lucky to have eight incredible Youth Ambassadors who have demonstrated leadership in the community!