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 has been an active Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival organizer, co-founder of the board’s Youth Committee and Communication Committee, and a member of various other committees. Emily is grateful to have the opportunity to be a part of the unique and passionate approach Still Moon takes when engaging with the community.
Co-Secretary – Chitha Manoranjan
Chitha is an intercultural community developer and a long-time resident of the Renfrew-Collingwood Neighbourhood. He was first introduced to Still Moon Arts in 2009 as a volunteer and has since shifted through many roles including the organization’s Youth Engagement Coordinator. He currently works to support organizations build inclusive communities and is also involved in various community arts and cultural initiatives.
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.
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 is very happy to have the opportunity to help with its interesting and valuable work.
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 often be found exploring the rapidly-changing neighborhood while walking his frisky Shih Tzu-Poodle.
Terry is currently a first year student with a passion for filmmaking. He first got involved with the Still Moon Arts Society through the youth committee. His experience with Still Moon has allowed him to feel more connected with his community. Terry is currently one of the leaders of the youth committee along with his lovely partners of Angus Ho, and Cindy Chen. Along with filmmaking, Terry also has a passion for athletics – specifically in basketball and ultimate – and magic. So if you happen to meet Terry one day, maybe he’ll perform you a trick!