I'm grateful to return to the shores of Pedder Bay on Sc'ianew territory this June, and to dive into this new program!
PSYL came into my life in 2006 when I was a participant. I was one of the quietest people there, and the feeling of community, questions about the way the world works, and drive for change have stayed with me since. I'm passionate about challenging systemic issues in our world from ecojustice, decolonization and intersectional perspectives, and finding community-centered solutions.
In my work life I wear many hats – some days I’m playing and learning with 3-12 year olds at a forest school, while others I’m teaching climate science to middle schools classes, or creating communications materials like infographics for organizations. PSYL and PSCL are my happy places; I value how we hold space for dialogue, community and personal needs, and how we can ask big questions about ourselves, the issues in our world, and how we can make change.
I find joy in riding my bike, sitting under cedar trees, and singing in a community choir. One of my proudest moments has been finishing a 10,000+km bicycle trip last year, from Vancouver, BC to Cancun, Mexico and then from Calgary, AB back home to Vancouver.
I can’t wait to meet you all, and build PSCL with you.
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Kathryn Mc Cabe
I am thrilled to be returning to Vancouver Island to pilot the new Collaborative Leadership program and hope to see familiar faces, as well as other returning PSYLers. I have loved the experience of community that PSYL brings and can’t wait to feel that magic again. I am so excited to find out where the years since PSYL have brought you, what questions you sit with, what barriers and frustrations you’ve met and to discover how we can grow into these together.
Having spent my teenage years lost, with no real sense of self or purpose, I eventually connected with my passion in my twenties when I found a radical masters in Australia called Social Ecology. It enabled me to engage with complex systems, design context specific change strategies and, crucially, feel inspired about what is possible when people feel respected and trusted to take the next step towards transformation. I have spent the years since then learning and unlearning; who I am, what the world needs and how I can contribute to…well…changing the world.
My passion is for designing and facilitating emergent programs that can deeply meet the needs of the group. I value intersectional leadership that is personally empowering and enlivening, and that supports social justice and ecological wellbeing. My area of focus is on personal and interpersonal relationship development, as well as a sense of ‘spiritual’ connection to place. I bring a complexity science perspective that emphasizes actions and reflective practice that integrate personal, social, political and environmental concerns and possibilities. It allows for big picture thinking whilst generating local, context specific strategies for change.
I now work internationally (Ireland (my homeland), UK, Australia and Canada) as an independent consultant and facilitator for groups that are engaged in transformational change.
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Kelsey Cham C.
Yīnyáng rén settler of Chinese-Irish descent living on Coast Salish territories, kelsey is a community organizer and high school drop-out dedicated to revolutionary change for social and climate justice. They spend a lot of time learning from their many practices to find grounded strength, flexibility and humility that support conflict resolution and movement toward positive cultural change. They received their Permaculture Design Certificate from the Nettle’s Guild in Vancouver and is the former garden coordinator at the Purple Thistle youth centre for arts and activism. kelsey is a 3-time national karate champion in Canada and now teaches karate to youth on Mayne Island. Kelsey is also co-founding director of Tiny Tiny Cozy Fest - an arts and music festival centering underrepresented artists of colour, women, queer, trans and 2spirit people as cultural creators and regenerators - and Old Dogwood, a 5-acre land-based community project acting as a bridge for urban and rural exchange on Mayne Island. Kelsey is currently working on what is perhaps the most challenging project of their life so far - building a little house with their partner.
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