Shelby has collaborated with diverse organizations throughout Vancouver to launch programs and events that engage people on environmental and social justice issues. In 2005, she joined Post Carbon Institute and coordinated the Relocalization Network, an international network of citizen-driven initiatives working to address peak oil and climate change through building community resilience. She is currently a member of Village Vancouver and the Vancouver Food Policy Council, and coordinates projects for the US national hub of the Transition Towns Network. Shelby is a (stubborn) generalist, always looking to learn new skills and understand problems from a systems perspective. She is inspired by the use of storytelling, social media and social enterprise models that enable communities of all stripes to learn and experiment — and is probably happiest sharing meals with friends amidst clicking knitting needles.
Since riding West from the Prairies in 2005, Andrea has been making waves on the West Coast in Vancouver as a community organizer and event producer. Hailing from a background in art making and arts organizing she has since fueled her passion for culture into a vehicle for social change and environmental stewardship. Andrea is a proud and active Next Up Alumni member. After completing the program in Spring of 2009, she joined the organizing team to assist in seeking out, supporting and unifying young, progressive leaders with the Next Up program. Aside from her work now as Next Up BC Coordinator, Andrea is Co-Director of creative project management company Transformation Projects. Andrea brings her experience in community engagement, creative strategy, leadership and facilitation to Next Up. For her Next Up has become more than a passion and experiment in providing tools and networks to our next leaders — It’s an ever expanding family and an investment in our collective future.
Charlotte is heuristic and a generalist, a true believer that everything that you could be paying for, can be done yourself, with a little confidence and maybe a friend. She believes that skill shares and trades devoid of cash money fit into a larger plan for minimizing social and economic inequities. She is currently part of a consensus based collective of folk running two not for profit d.i.y. bike shops. Together they run a number of low barrier programs for people who wouldn’t otherwise be able to find themselves a solid mode of transportation. She is also one of three people in Muscle Memory, a bi monthly fundraiser primarily for folks in the queer community who need financial help with medical and legal bills. Due to her arrest at an olympic protest last year, she is taking full advantage of subsidized schooling offered to her as a youth involved in the Downtown Community Court. She is currently enrolled in VCCs Addictions Counselling Program. You’re likely to find Charlotte preserving birds, shooting cans, stenciling the neighbourhood or riding her bike.
Claudia is currently working at Shark Truth to promote awareness about shark fin soup in the Chinese community. More than just animal rights and conservation, she feels that this is a gateway topic into sustainability dialogue in general for the Chinese community – and one that is urgently needed. She is looking to build a community of likeminded folks to dialogue, inspire and share. Her passed times include cycling, rock climbing and cooking for her friends and family.
Tria is an alumni from Next Up Year 1. When she entered the program she was studying journalism at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops. AT the end of it, she was working for the BC Government Employees Union, and helping found the BC Campus Climate Network.
Tria brings many years of experience working on climate justice and the environment. She is passionate about dealing with environmental issues in a fair and equitable manner that includes addressing systemic oppression and inequality. She is an active volunteer with several organizations, including the Sierra Youth Coalition, the Canadian Youth Coalition and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. Last year Tria traveled to Copenhagen with the Canadian Youth Delegation for the climate talks, and was the Project Manager for goBeyond, a youth driven climate project that works with 12 post-secondary institutions in BC. Tria currently works for the Wilderness Committee as the Pacific Coast Campaigner, and spends most of her time trying to shut down fish farms and coal mines.
Sherese Johnson is a MA Candidate in Environmental Education and Communication at Royal Roads University. She works for a small Vancouver-based company, Passion for Action, specializing in developing environmental education programs and tools for engagement. She is interested in the concept of sustainability and sustainable development and wants to contribute to bridging the environmental, social and cultural aspects of sustainability principles. She daydreams about various co-operative businesses and once she is graduated she (Finally!) she will champion the cooperative economy. When things get too intense her daughter often reminds her of the importance of humour and the power it has to spark hope and improve outlook. She loves the outdoors and as circumstances evolve she plans to be taking more of her work outside. She serves on the board of www.latincouver.ca, a cultural organization bridging Latin communities and Latin enthusiasts in the Lower Mainland. Sherese is helping the organization to integrate sustainable practices within its long-term strategic plan. They are helping her to understand what dedication and passion is and that change happens at a personal level to propel larger shifts.
One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.
– William Shakespeare
Sarena is passionate about social justice and creating inclusive communities, both locally and globally. She is currently pursuing this vision in her role as internal chair of the Coalition of Progressive Electors, a progressive municipal political party in Vancouver. She holds degrees in International Studies, Sociology, and Sustainable Community Development from Simon Fraser University. Sarena works with CoDevelopment Canada, a non-profit organisation that works for social change and global education in the Americas, and as a Community Connector with the Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network. A process nerd, she can be found facilitating youth capacity building workshops as well as board visioning and strategic planning processes. She is the Youth Coordinator on the Canadian Board of Servas, an international peace organisation that facilitates relationships between travelers and local folk. While wearing this hat, she also coordinates a program for international Servas youth to come to Canada to learn English and experience Canadian culture. When not in meetings or answering emails, Sarena enjoys spending time with her community of friends, sing-a-longs, sailing, salsa dancing, attempting to garden, playing non-competitive pick-up soccer, and biking around this city she has grown to love.
Sahil did the Next Up program in it’s inaugural year while he was in his first year of law school at UBC. Since then, he has gone on to being involved in numerous initiatives at UBC and in the Vancouver community, including but not limited to: legal aid with the Law Students’ Legal Advice Program, running the UBC chapter of Canadian Lawyers Abroad, being a residence advisor, and coordinating the Student Olympic Collaborative – a unique student group which ran student engagement activities and discussions during the the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver. After finishing law school in 2010, Sahil is in the process of completing his articling year and hopes to stay connected to the social justice community throughout his career. In his spare time, he is volunteering with Imagine One Day, an NGO working towards educating children in Africa, and training for a half marathon in the spring of 2011.
Rachel Marcuse is currently a Masters candidate in Organizational Change Management at Milano, The New School for Management and Urban Policy in New York City. She was previously the Executive Director of the Coalition of Progressive Electors (COPE), a major municipal political party in Vancouver, British Columbia. Rachel has successfully managed election campaigns at the municipaland provincial level and was one of the youngest campaign managers in Vancouver history. In 2006 and 2007, she worked at the Vancouver International Fringe Festival, where she managed operations and a 400-person volunteer program for the largest theatre festival in British Columbia. In addition to her work as a manager, she has nearly ten years of facilitation experience — both freelance and on staff for PeerNet BC and YouthNet Vancouver/Montreal — programming and delivering workshops on facilitation skills, strategic planning, youth engagement, anti-oppression and more for organizations as diverse as the Dialogue Program at Simon Fraser University, the Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition and the British Columbia Ministry of Children and Family Development. In 2007, Rachel spent time in Buenos Aires, Argentina, working in communications and development for La Base, an NGO which gives micro-credit loans to worker cooperatives. Rachel graduated with a BA Hon in sociology from McGill University, where she coordinated an orientation and facilitationtraining program, and expects to graduate from The New School in December, 2012.
I am currently working in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil but am based out of Brooklyn, New York. In Rio, I have been working on community media projects in the Complexo da Mare favela. I was also part of a small team that produced a video advocacy piece in partnership with victims of torture suffered during the military regime in Brazil with the goal of furthering their campaign to open State archives. The video was presented at the Human Rights in Rio de Janeiro conference attended by the State Secretary for Human Rights in Brazil and the State Governor of Rio de Janeiro. In New York, I am completing an MA in International Affairs at the New School University, concentrating at the intersection of media, governance and rights. I have worked with Witness, an international video advocacy NGO and most recently the United Nations, Civil Society Division. My current focus is on media for change.