2019 Board Members
Belva Stone is an early childhood educator with a deep love for the outdoors. A twenty year veteran of the early childhood education field, she holds both a Montessori Diploma and a Forest School Training Certificate along with her ECE Certification. As director of Muddy Bootprints Outdoor Early Learning program, Belva is pioneering outdoor learning in an urban setting, connecting children with nature by being in local Vancouver parks.
Belva also holds a certificate in physical theatre from Dell’Arte International in Blue Lake CA, and infuses her love of singing, dancing, and laughing throughout her life and work with kids.
When she’s not wrangling the wee ones of the world in the great outdoors, she can be found spinning fibre, working in her many gardens, and wrestling with knitting needles. Follow Muddy Bootprints on Instagram @muddybootprints
Jason Jones (Ph.D., R.P.Bio.) is a terrestrial ecologist with more than 20 years of experience. For the past 5 years he has worked as an environmental consultant, primarily in the energy sectors in Canada, the United States, and Mexico. In this capacity, Jason has worked on close to 300 energy, transmission, and mining projects. His responsibilities include experimental design, data analysis, environmental impact assessment and risk analysis, public education, and collaboration with First Nations and Aboriginal Peoples. Jason has had a life-long interest in environmental education and the critical role that citizen science and engagement plays in successful conservation. Prior to his consulting career, Jason spent the better part of a decade as a college professor, and has also worked as a park naturalist in the BC Provincial Park system. Outside of work, Jason is an avid bird watcher, gardener and musician.
jil.p.weaving is an artist, writer and cultural strategist. She is a mother and grateful to be living with her family on the ancestral and unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. She believes deeply in the uniqueness of the life story and creativity of every being and of the importance of artists in the making of meaningful works. She was employed for a number of years with the Vancouver Parks Board during which time environmental arts, deeply engaged community art, intercultural understanding and relationships with indigenous communities advanced. She also worked with Canada Council, Vancouver Foundation and BC Arts Council on funding approaches and research in these areas of interest. She highly recommends watching the Documenting Engagement; Stanley Park Environmental Art Project; Arts & Health: healthy aging through the arts; and ICASC Artists Speak videos as well as those of the EarthHand Gleaners.
Karen Barnaby has two great passions: spinning and cooking. She will try to spin anything if it looks spinnable and cook anything if it looks edible. By day, she works as the Product Development Chef for the Gordon Food Service Strategic Alliance. She is a Vancouver Sun food columnist, popular Lower Mainland cooking teacher and acclaimed author of four cookbooks. Karen volunteers for Vancouver’s Community Kitchens, sat on the board of the Greater Vancouver Food Bank, and is past president of Les Dames d’Escoffier BC Chapter. She is the recipient of a Minerva Award for Community Leadership and the Back of the House Award from the British Columbia Food and Restaurant Association.
Nicole Jahraus is a designer and community organizer whose work explores the materiality of our environment and what humans leave behind, and their potential to be transformed. Some of her recent projects include starting construction of an aluminum kayak inspired by traditional Aleut designs, co-creating communal portable saunas, and building community through skill sharing at the Pender Street Mend & Friend. Nicole currently works for a community-oriented and women-led architecture firm in Vancouver. She was project coordinator for community development at Evergreen, and contributed to the board of directors of the Vancouver Tool Library and Sprouts Cooperative. Nicole holds a bachelor’s degree in global resource systems from UBC and a bachelor of environmental design from Dalhousie University.
Susan Gerofsky brings experience in a number of fields to bear in an innovative and interdisciplinary approach to curriculum theory, mathematics education and environmental education. She holds degrees in languages and linguistics as well as mathematics education, and worked for twelve years in film production, eight years in adult education (including workplace and labour education), and eight years as a high school teacher with the Vancouver School Board. Dr. Gerofsky has been involved in interdisciplinary research and teaching involving mathematics education, garden-based education, applied linguistics, and film. She is one of the founders of the UBC Orchard Garden, a project where teacher candidates and experienced teachers learn to teach across the curriculum outside the four walls of a classroom, with a garden as co-teacher.
Founding Executive Director:
With a “one mile diet” approach to sourcing art materials, Sharon works to discover the inherent material potential in a local landscape. Involving community in connecting traditional hand techniques with invasive species,tended plantings and garden waste, she creates site-specific installations that become ecological interventions. Graduating from Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in 1996 she began working materials from the land in 1999 and has exhibited and engaged communities with her practice in Ireland, Spain, Mexico and throughout the United States. At home in Vancouver Canada, Sharon works with Vancouver Park Board, Stanley Park Ecology Society. One of the primary stewards of Means of Production garden since 2009-a community garden that grows art materials as well as Trillium North Park. Sharon has received numerous Canada Council and British Columbia Arts Council grants for both studio based and community focused projects. Her work has been acknowledged as the 2010 recipient of the Brandford/ Elliott International Award for Excellence in Fibre Arts, Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award for Studio Design: emerging artist, and the Vancouver Mayors Award Recipient for Studio Design in 2017.
Her book, Common Threads: weaving community through collaborative eco-art, was published by New Society Publishers in 2014 and is used in many post secondary programs as a model for creative engagement in shared green spaces.
Artist in Residence:
starting Autumn 2019
We are thrilled to have Amy join us as our first artist in residence; exploring the intersections between her practice and what EartHand does in our programming and skill development around the gardens we manage.
Amy ‘Biker’ Walker is a self-propelled maker who has a special interest in doing it together with her mobile arts and crafts business, Makemobile. Trained as a craftsperson/designer at Sheridan College’s School of Crafts and Design, Amy has experimented with drawing, producing a magazine, Momentum, and book, On Bicycles, about the new bike culture.
Amy then shifted gears to focus on what turns her own crank: craft and art. She has spent the last five years using natural materials (wool, silk, cotton, linen, etc.) to make textiles, hats and handmade garments and accessories while honing her skills as a facilitator. With Makemobile, a pedal-powered arts and crafts studio, she designs collaborative, hands-on activities that bring people together and create connections.