Burrard Inlet Fish Fest is a project of the Canadian Sound Therapy Arts Society.
BIFF2016 (Burrard Inlet Fish Festival) is brought to you by the Canadian Sound Therapy Arts Society. We are a collective of creative individuals that see the power of creativity to heal, express and communicate. We believe in the healing power of nature and through this project we wish to raise consciousness about the waters that surround us. We are interconnected with the water and the natural environment that sustain us.
“Nature is our Medicine.”
Melissa Chaun is an ecologist with a passion for all things sustainable. She began her environmental career in the US and upon returning home, got a certificate in Sustainable Community Development. She volunteers with various non-profit endeavours in the Tri-Cities, and tries to keep her bicycle well-oiled and her feet wet by exploring our incredible coastline by kayak.
J Peachy is a Tri-Cities raised, multi-disciplinary artist. He sees art and creativity through his own experience as a powerful tool in personal and societal transformation. Peachy creates community engaged spaces in which individuals can participate and express narratives. His hope is that this process serves the common good. JP is the creative director for the 2016 Burrard Inlet Fish Fest.
Amy Anne Lubik holds a PhD in cancer research, works in preventative health, and was the recipient of the prestigious US Department of Defense Prostate Cancer Trainee Award. Passionate about equity and science, she was the founder of the Queensland University of Technology chapter of Universities Allied for Essential Medicines, is an alumna of the Next Up Leadership program through the Centre for Policy Alternatives, BC, and volunteers in knowledge translation for BC First Call Child and Youth Advocacy. Amy is a local organizer for Leadnow, advocating for democratic, economic, and climate justice.
Joyelle Brandt is a radical self love warrior, on a mission to help women understand that their ugly is beautiful. She uses the creative arts to help women heal their relationships with their bodies and recover from abuse trauma. She is the author/illustrator of Princess Monsters from A to Z, and an accomplished singer/songwriter and speaker. When she is not busy raising two rambunctious boys, she is most often found playing her guitar or covered in paint at her art desk. She is currently recording a collection of songs called Family Life, in her closet studio.
Fred Soofi, owner/operator of Pasta Polo & Brick Oven Pizza in Coquitlam, also preserver of heritage character homes in the Tri-Cities, is a well known community advocate, and has been on the Board of many non-profit organizations. He is a strong believer in social justice and fair business practices, and believes that when things are out of balance, unfair, unjust, we have a responsibility to speak up and take action. He has recently chosen as Top 25 Canadian Immigrant 2016.
Elaine Willis is a teacher, a community activist, a business woman, an environmentalist, a techie and an advocate for people with disabilities. A Tri-Cities resident for over thirty years, she strives to make the world a better place behind the scenes in as many collaborative efforts as she can. An admirer of trees, dogs and other magnificent works of nature, she also can be moved to tears by art and music.