Alumni Profile

Alumni Profile: Anna Bohn - Design for Change

Alumni Profile: Anna Bohn - Design for Change

Meet Anna Bohn was freelancing when she came to Groundswell in 2016, seeking a way to bridge her design talents with her passion for environmental sustainability. Now, her design studio employs 3 people and works across North America, and she’s developing a Lighter Footprint app with UBC, taking on the challenge of entrepreneurship in many different arenas.

Alumni Profile: Irina McKenzie - Circular Economy Fashionista

Alumni Profile: Irina McKenzie - Circular Economy Fashionista

Irina came to Canada with a background in law and retail, and a love of fashion and the environment. She was also done with a regular career. She turned a lay off at work into the springboard she needed to jump into a new life as an entrepreneur. Read how she made the leap and is now leading the conversation and taking action in textile recycling and reuse in Metro Vancouver with her three ventures.

Conlan Mansfield & Feral Strength

Conlan Mansfield & Feral Strength

I had always dreamed of creating a community organization to build solidarity, self reliance, and youth leadership. With a liberal arts degree, I had to follow the advice to "create my own job".  I found Groundswell and they helped me do that.

Feral offers training for the body and mind and youth leadership to mentor the next generations in building a more just world.  We train a variety of teams, athletes, and organizations.  For us, it's less about creating a "gym" than trying to create an alternative that's grounded in justice and practical social impact.  

Ecofriendly designer Daphne Woo teaches slow fashion - Green Living, The Georgia Straight

Ecofriendly designer Daphne Woo teaches slow fashion - Green Living, The Georgia Straight

Natural dyes and textiles make for one of a kind beauty and conscious consumption.  2017 Groundswell alumna Daphne Woo's slow fashion social venture Amacata is featured in an April edition of The Georgia Straight, written by Lucy Lau,

Alumni Profile: Another Space

Alumni Profile: Another Space

Groundswell alumni Sarah Peacock and Tada Ozumi founded Another Space out of the Groundswell Community Based Ventures Program.  

Sarah Peacock says, "We started our project in May of 2015 by opening the doors to Vancouver’s very first community-based creative arts therapy studio. Since, we have grown into something that is more than just a physical space. Another Space has evolved into a platform that promotes workshops around personal growth and healing by helping to increase their value and visibility."

Watch this video to hear more of their journey and the steps they took to make their vision a reality.