Day 2: Voice


Show Up and Shimmer: Finding Your Voice Online

Uhm hemmph uh eew. Excuse me while I clear my throat.

There are a few simple ‘tricks’ to creating an online presentation so that your voice and your authentic self can show up comfortably and compellingly. In this session, we’ll explore what some of these strategies are. 

Now that many teachers are teaching from home there is an opportunity to enhance the environment for good vocal health. Some of these strategies can be transferred to the in-person classroom as well. 

Many teachers experience vocal damage and vocal fatigue. This doesn’t have to happen. Many teachers feel self-conscious in the new online Zoom room. This can be mitigated. 

Online teaching doesn’t have to feel boring or disconnected. 

Come along if you’d like to explore ways to create a clear, strong and easy presentation style. Come along if you’d like a few more tools for engagement so that your content can really land and learning can bloom.

IMPORTANT: Please bring any kind of drinking straw to the session. We will use it as a warm-up tool. 

Vanessa Richards

Vanessa (she/her), born in Vancouver, is an artist and facilitator. Her work focuses on creativity and participatory culture as central in the civic imagination and positive social transformations. As an arts-based engagement facilitator, she has devised and delivered initiatives with universities, unions, cultural organizations, and health care providers.

Educationally she earned an MPhil in Creative Writing at Cardiff University and has continued formal and informal training in community music, equity, and urbanism. 

One of her pleasures is to advance imaginative thinking across disciplines. Towards that, she has sat on a number of advisory committees, including the RADIUS Fellowship at Beedie School of Business SFU, Kwi Awt Stelmexw Language + Arts Society for the Squamish People,  the City of Vancouver Black History Month Citizen’s Advisory, and the Hogan’s Alley Working Group. She is a volunteer mentor for two Black youth cultural co-operatives, Ethọ́s Lab and Afro Van Connect and a producer/facilitator for the Social Venture Institute with Hollyhock Leadership Institute. 

In performance she has worked in music, film, television, and for her theatre work been nominated for a Jesse Richardson Theatre Award. As an artistic director she’s devised public celebrations and arts education programmes with The Arts Club Theatre Company, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Capilano University, Portland Hotel Society and the Vancouver International Children’s Festival in addition to premier venues in the UK. 

Her poetry and critical works have been anthologized in the UK, Holland, United States and Canada. She is the founder and song leader of a drop-in community choir open to all voices and Creative Together, is her voice based facilitation process you will experience today.

For her work in community engagement Richards was the 2018 recipient of the City of Vancouver’s Mayor’s Achievement Award. 


Sarah Van Borek 

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Sarah (she/her) is a media artist, educator, and PhD scholar in environmental education at Rhodes University, South Africa. Sarah has been a sessional faculty member of the Emily Carr University of Art + Design since 2012 and is a 2019-2020 BCcampus EdTech Fellow through which she is exploring the potential for podcasting to support more diverse, equal, and inclusive online learning environments. She has designed and implemented project-based university courses towards social and ecological justice that included partnerships with the David Suzuki Foundation, the University of Johannesburg, and the University of Cape Town’s Future Water Institute,  and in collaboration with a wide range of museums: the Museum of Vancouver, the Vancouver Maritime Museum, the Courtenay & District Museum, the Gulf of Georgia Cannery, the Beaty Biodiversity Museum, and the Apartheid Museum. Sarah has been producing videos and social practice media works for more than 15 years, supporting mainly UN-level clients since 2018. Sarah’s passion for African music, film, and sustainable development has taken her work to Gabon, Zambia, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Mauritania, and Mali. Sarah provides customized training and support in digital storytelling through video and podcasts for research, education, and advocacy across a variety of sectors. For her doctoral research, Sarah is using a praxis process to develop a relational model of site-specific, media arts-based environmental education towards reconciliation in Canada and South Africa. 


Jacqueline Turner

Jacqueline (she/her) is a Writing Specialist at Emily Carr University of Art + Design and the author of five books of poetry, the most recent of which, Flourish, was published in 2019 by ECW Press. She was the inaugural poet-in-residence at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts in Brisbane, Australia, and an artist-in-residence at Gorge Cottage in Launceston, Tasmania. She has held recent writing residencies in Granada and Berlin and is an active member of local, national, and international writing communities. She has worked as an instructor in the English department at Simon Fraser University, at several campuses, including Ts’zil Learning Centre on the territory of the Lil’wat Nation in Mount Currie, and the Secwepemc Learning Centre in Kamloops. Her recent writing-related research investigates practices of reading in academic contexts and the role of generous curiosity in creating conditions for collaboration. She is a co-researcher in a SSHRC funded project exploring the potential of critical literacies and pedagogy-as-gift in post-secondary learning environments. She is also at work on her first novel, The Daphnes or Dianas.