Kalajo – in my mother tongue it means to “come and join”. I am Ibaloi and I descend from an Indigenous tribe of the Philippines. I work in community development in Renfrew-Collingwood, though my efforts are tremendously supported by the collective contributions of my family, neighbours, and friends. Kalajo – Together, our relationships, our connections, bring light into our lives. Together, we walk in the history of this land, of our people, of our descendants. Together, we make our communities a brighter place to live.
Vice-President – Henry Lau
Henry has been involved with Still Moon Arts Society since grade 8 as a Moon Festival volunteer, then eventually joined the Moon Festival Youth Committee, and has been the production manager for the past 2 years. He has been able to sit on the Still Moon Board for one term. Henry was interested in joining Still Moon as a board member to help continue its work of engaging with the community and raising awareness of the environment through art which is both unique and worthwhile.
Treasurer – Janet Hall
Janet has lived in East Vancouver for over 40 years. As a parent she has always been actively involved in her children’s sports organizations and school activities. After retiring from her job in the Union she wanted become active in a local neighbourhood organization. Still Moon Arts Society was a perfect fit because of its approach to doing community involvement events which brought environmental awareness through art. She has been on the Board in the position of Treasurer for seven years.
Secretary – Susan Gordon
Originally from Montreal where she attended McGill, Susan moved west in the late 1960’s and has lived in Vancouver since 1978. She began her working life as a teacher and started working for the City of Vancouver in 1979 at the new Carnegie Community Centre in the Downtown Eastside. Working for the Park Board in various capacities she became the Co-ordinator of Arts and Multiculturalism in 1991. Susan retired in 2007 and now devotes her time to her granddaughter, singing, neighbourhood initiatives and the Still Moon Arts Society.
Past-President – Terry Tayler
Terry has been active in the Renfrew Collingwood community for over 40 years. When she had a young family, Terry was involved in school committees and programs attended by her children. She was the founding president of Graham Bruce pre-school and for Collingwood Neighbourhood House. Terry remained on the Board at CNH for 10 years and continues to volunteer there in various capacities. In the mid 90’s she led a group of volunteers who started cleaning up Renfrew Ravine. A variety of community groups maintained the stewardship of the Ravine until it was eventually turned over to Still Moon Arts Society when it was formed in 2004. Terry was the founding president of Still Moon Arts Society. She is happy to combine her passion for the community, the environment and the arts in her role on the board of Still Moon Arts Society.
Emily has been involved with the Still Moon Arts Society since grade 8 as a volunteer for the Moon Festival, and since then she has increased her responsibility with the society to being Volunteer-Coordinator for 3 years and a Still Moon board member for 4 years. Emily mentored a Moon Festival Youth Committee to help organize a portion of the Moon Festival for the last several years. As a Board Member Emily recognizes the unique and passionate approach Still Moon takes when engaging with the community.
Ann is a musician, bookkeeper and parent. She is a long time member of the Vancouver Community Gamelan and has performed at the Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival with a small gamelan group for several years. She has been a fan of the Still Moon Arts Society for years and am very happy to have the opportunity to help with its interesting and valuable work.
Faye has volunteered in a variety of community events over the years in Vancouver and other municipalities. Her most recent volunteering was at the Moon Festival produced by Still Moon Arts Society and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Fundraiser. She works as paralegal with over 25 years’ experience and brings with her an eye for detail and organizational skills. She has also worked as an administrative assistant for a non-profit organization and assisted with the preparation of two annual conferences, budget analysis, event scheduling, registrations and web maintenance. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, playing with her puppy, Teebo, and indulging in her favourite pastime, art and painting. She has a Certificate of Fine Art Techniques from Emily Carr University of Art and Design. She is entering her second year as a Board Member with Still Moon Arts Society and enjoys being involved with a local neighborhood organization that is involved with art, nature and community involvement. She hopes to participate in more art projects around the neighbourhood in the future.
Emily is currently a grade 10 student at Stratford Hall, and loves to sketch and paint. After hearing about the projects completed by Still Moon, she found drawn to their mission to raise awareness to nature and conservation through the arts. She grew up in Vancouver, and later she attended an international school in Beijing before returning to Vancouver. Outside of academics, she enjoys volunteering with children, debate, raising awareness for and discussing contemporary issues and visual arts. This is her first year volunteering with Still Moon, and she looks forward to working with others to find new and innovative ways to garner community interest and involvement.
Administration and Finance
The Administration and Finance Committee is responsible for advising the board on matters relating to Still Moon’s operations, such as finances, facilities, and equipment. The Committee also oversees reporting to funders and governmental agencies.
Sponsorship and Fundraising
The Sponsorship and Fundraising Committee is responsible for obtaining funds to support Still Moon’s general operations and projects. The Committee reviews, develops, and implements strategies to solicit donations from potential sponsors and to plans events to achieve fundraising goals.
Governance and Policy
The Governance and Policy Committee is responsible for creating and reviewing policies for which Still Moon operates within. These policies play an integral role in how the board, Still Moon’s board, and our volunteers operate.
Programming and Stewardship
The Program and Stewardship Committee works with the Artistic Director in developing new and ongoing programs to ensure community inclusion and incorporation of Still Creek is kept in mind. The Committee evaluates current programs, suggests new programs, and assesses where stewardship programs may fit into the neighbourhood.
The Communications committee manages the media platforms of the Still Moon Arts Society including the website, newsletter, social media, print media and developing communications material.
The Youth Committee is made up by stellar youth in the Renfrew Collingwood neighbourhood. The Committee plans and implements events and workshops throughout the year, with a general focus on the Moon Festival.
The Nominations Committee is an ad hoc committee formed to recruit board members each year for our annual general meeting. The Committee looks for potential recruitments based on the parameters set out by the board, which are often determined by skills needed by the board.