Board of Directors

President – Crecien Bencio

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. He then eventually joined the Moon Festival Youth Committee, has been the production manager for the Moon Festival for 2 years, and now sits on the Still Moon Board. 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.

Co-Secretary – Emily Chan

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.

Co-Secretary – Chitha Manoranjan

 

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.

Members-at-Large:

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.

Ann Hepper

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.

Emily Xu

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.

Albert Chiu

Albert 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 Still Moon Arts Society as a way of contributing to the community that he has grown up with. On the weekends, he can be often be found exploring the rapidly-changing neighborhood while walking his frisky Shih Tzu-Poodle.

Terry Lam