As the great Gabor Maté explained: "Any healing work we do is an extension of healing our own wounds - 'The Wounded Healer' ". This project initially felt like a curiosity to understand the lives of the street community and turned into a personal journey to look at and transform the shame and isolation that I held my story with. For the past 4 years I've learned that the deeper we go into our own experience the more we learn about the collective experience, our common humanity.
I have a Masters in Strategic Leadership, I've worked in the non-profit industry for over 10 years and I am continuously on a journey of learning and healing. If you feel drawn to take part in this project or have any other ways you think we could work to make the world a better place, I want to hear from you. With love!
Armed with a degree in sociology and media, and a lifelong love of storytelling, I’m grateful for the opportunity to coordinate initiatives and connect communities through The Existence Project. I believe in the power of empathy to build a better world, and am excited by the potential for creative online media to tell the stories that need to be told. Since starting out with the organization, I’ve been constantly amazed at the new directions this work takes us and I look forward to continuing to grow alongside the Project.
Born and raised in Victoria, Adam has always been fascinated with technology. Comfortable with computers from an early age, he recently decided to explore his passion and began making websites in 2018. He is excited to be working on the Existence project and glad for the opportunity give back to his community. He looks forward to helping non-profits spread their message to the world as well as other businesses and individuals grow through the power of the web.
An engaged community member with a passion for social inclusion, Rachael is constantly surprised by how much we have to learn from each other. With a background in sociology and community work, Rachael is deeply passionate about building relationships to empower and engage communities. Having been challenged by what it means to truly be connected to the people in her own life, Rachael greatly values the work of The Existence Project in fostering a space to build community and connection based on the basic shared human experience.
An artist and student of creative culture, Ali's path into the Canadian art community has been as unconventional as his work. His dedication to fellow artists brought opportunities to organize independent art events, international painting tournaments, and travel Canada while hosting shows. With lifelong experience of poverty and mental health challenges, Ali works to empathize with others by first understanding himself, sharing in stories of success and failure along the way.
From working in the fashion industry in New York City, to homesteading in Clayquot Sound, Gillian has a way of finding community wherever she goes. Motivated by the diversity in the human experience, and possessing the belief that every person’s story holds power and knowledge, her inquisitive nature is fuelled by the openness of others. Passionate about cultivating creativity and mindful activity, Gillian challenges the false beliefs fed to us through the general media, instead celebrating the imperfections that make us human.