BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Friends of Granville Island is governed by a board of directors populated by Vancouverites whose collective experience in the arts, nonprofit, business, and government sectors reflects the diversity of Granville Island and the greater Vancouver community.

 

As a young organization, our board of directors is still in development. We currently have three seats still open, which we are actively working to fill with representatives from local Indigenous communities.

Please feel encouraged to contact us if you know of someone who would be a good fit, or if you'd like to volunteer.

OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Cloe Aigner | Interim President

Cloe Joël Aigner is a creative and communications specialist who has worked in media and marketing for over a decade. She works on specialized projects in writing, design, photography, research and teaches as a college instructor, psychotherapist and health educator. She holds a bachelor’s degree in social sciences and communications, and a master’s degree in education from Simon Fraser University. Cloe’s artistic upbringing and training in her father’s stained glass studio was formative. She has self-published two children’s books, with Artistic Glass being her largest book project to date.
 

Cloe was project manager of the Granville Island Works initiative (2009-2015) in collaboration with the Granville Island Business and Community Association (GIBCA). She is currently actively engaged in Friends of Granville Island and is busy with the release of her first fine art book, Artistic Glass: One studio and Fifty Years of Stained Glass

Alma Lee | Interim Vice President

Alma Lee was the founder and first Artistic Director of the Vancouver International Writers Festival; one of Vancouver's most prestigious cultural events. She also was the founding Executive Director of The Writers' Union of Canada and The Writers' Trust of Canada. Alma worked for several years as an associate producer in charge of script development for Universal Pictures when they had a production office in Toronto. She moved to Vancouver in 1984.

Ms. Lee was inducted into the Order of Canada, is a YWCA Woman of Distinction and has received an honorary degree from Simon

Fraser University. She has also been a recipient of both the Queen's Golden and Diamond Jubilee medals and was given the Writers' Trust of Canada Award for distinguished contribution to the literary community. Alma left the Writers Festival in December 2005 and is currently actively involved with Friends of Granville Island and a national organization  – Project Bookmark – of which she is a board member.

Miranda Ting | Secretary

Miranda an interactive designer who believes design is a powerful visual practice that impacts change. Eccentric design thinking, process over product, and connecting to the story is how this change takes place. Miranda is passionate about projects that value culture and community, in her career she has collaborated on numerous community-based projects. This includes Granville Island Works; where she designed a website that showcased over 200 artisans work communicating the value of arts in society. She believes by understanding ethnography and people it creates the effect to empower change for the better. Her love of teaching led

to design digital curriculum for Stanford University’s Digital Media Academy, Red Academy and John Casablanca Institute. She holds a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from UBC, a diploma in Interactive Media & Web Design (Art Institute of Vancouver), and recently completed a Masters in Web and Digital Design from Scuola Politecnica di Design in Milan, Italy. Miranda currently is a design educator and faculty at the University of Fraser Valley. Her dream is to create digital experiences for social / cultural causes that addresses social inclusion and solve wicked problems in our society.

Ashley Proctor 

Ashley is in her element while creating the conditions for meaningful connections, sustainable development and social change. Through her company Creative Blueprint, Ashley consults and collaborates on many impactful, multi-dimensional projects with creative community builders from around the world.

As one of the original voices of the coworking movement, Ashley Proctor has been building collaborative communities since 2003. Ashley worked to develop and launch the XpaceCreative BlueprintFoundery, and 312 Main coworking communities, artist studios, 

and gathering spaces in Toronto, Vancouver, and Seattle.


Ashley is one of the founding members of the Coworking Toronto and Coworking Ontario collectives. In 2013 Ashley created COHIP— the world’s first Coworking Health Insurance PlanCOHIP is now available to all independent artists and workers across Canada.


Ashley served as the Founding Executive Director of 312 Main, leading her team to establish the community-driven Centre for Social and Economic Innovation in the heart of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.


Ashley continues to shape the coworking industry as the Executive Producer of GCUC Canada, partner of the Global Coworking Unconference, and she is a passionate advocate for local creative control, serving on the Activation Committee for Vancouver’s Friends of Granville Island.


As an accomplished artist and entrepreneur, Ashley travels internationally to speak about the coworking movement, community-led transformation and social impact.

Andrew Power

Andrew Power has been a Vancouver resident since 1991, and has been a municipal government employee at the City of Vancouver for more than twenty years. Andrew is a graduate of Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design; and holds a professional degree in Architecture.

Maryam Marissen 

Maryam currently serves as the Managing Director at Burrard Strategy, a Vancouver-based Public Affairs and Digital Advocacy firm.  Her job is focused on gaining public trust for her clients.

 

Maryam's extensive background in building successful startups and managing public advocacy campaigns has garnered her increasing attention and several awards.   Her strong business acumen comes from first-hand experience.  Her keen eye for branding and design has helped her clients succeed in the public arena like never before. 

Maryam studied International Relations with a focus on Middle Eastern conflict resolution.  She resides in Vancouver with her husband Mark and three children.  
Maryam is passionate about her local community and looks forward to helping bring about local creative control for Granville Island's unique cultural hub so that artists and residents alike can thrive and make Vancouver an even better place to live, work and play.

Martin Peters 

Martin Peters is a potter and a barrister at law.  Martin trained at the Leach Pottery in St. Ives, Cornwall with the master potters

Bernard Leach, John Reeve and Michael Henry .  Martin has exhibited his works at the Royal Ontario Museum and the Gardiner Museum in Toronto.

Martin works with Ron Vallis in running the Dunbar Pottery in Vancouver.  They specialize in high fire stoneware and porcelain domestic ware.
 

Martin's law practice is focused on criminal law. Martin represents those charged with very serious offenses.  Martin's most recent passion in terms of the practice of law is representing land defenders in regards to the pipeline construction across B.C.

Brooklyn Obrecht | Treasurer

Brooklyn is a multi-media artist, with a brilliant business sense, a flamboyant flare for bright colours and childlike playfulness. She explores the joy of creating drawing inspiration from the beauty that nature provides.