Jen Sungshine (co-founder) speaks for a living, but lives for breathing life into unspoken situations in unusual places. As a queer, Taiwanese artist-activist based in Vancouver, BC, she is guided by an ethos of care that is rooted in the ancestral lands of the Coast Salish people. A facilitator by trade, she works with creative technology and social justice media through: Love Intersections, Our City of Colours, Out in Schools and the The Social Justice Institute at the University of British Columbia. Jen’s artistic practice involves learning through unlearning; and instead of calling you out, she wants to call you in, to make artful social change with her. In the audience, she looks for art in your interruption.
David Ng (co-founder) is your typical queer, marxist-feminist, anti-colonization, anti-prohibition, pro-Palestinian, pro-choice activist…with champagne taste, but a beer budget.
After falling in love with feminism and joining Hello Cool World at 14, he has since co-founded and worked on numerous campaigns and projects including youth sexual health initiatives, feminist anti-violence campaigns, anti racist projects, and other forms of fun, radical, anti-oppression work.
Three women’s studies degrees later, he is currently the Outreach Coordinator for Theatre for Living – an anti-oppression, interactive theatre company. He’s super excited to be embarking on the Love Intersections journey!
David holds a Master of Social Sciences, and an Bachelor of Social Sciences (hon.) in Gender and Transformation from the University of Cape Town, and a Bachelor of Social Sciences in Women’s Studies from Simon Fraser University
Andy Holmes (member) became a part of Love Intersections under the mentorship of both Jen Sung and David Ng. As a queer and biracial individual, Andy is a strong advocate for social justice through an intersectional perspective.
Born and raised in Vancouver on unceded Coast Salish lands, Andy graduated from Prince of Wales Secondary as their Student Council President, and leader of their gay/queer-straight alliance club. He was instrumental in organizing the annual anti-bullying/pink shirt day in his school, and in implementing his school’s first all-gender washroom. As a current UBC student, Andy is focused in studying social justice-related issues with a minor in critical studies in sexuality.
Andy loves Pokémon, Harry Potter, California rolls, bubble tea, travelling, and listening to music that drives his inspiration.
Kimberley Wong (member) is a queer intersectional feminist Chinese activist growing, studying, and creating on unceded xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) territory. She prides herself on being a go-getter full of optimism, and compliments her academic and extracurricular activities with rock climbing, marathon running, road cycling, and backpacking. Kimberley currently enjoys working as the Community Development Director at hua foundation, and as a proud Co-Founder of City Hub Initiative, and she co-hosts a series of workshops called Climate Feels to try and bridge the worlds of climate action and social justice. In the community, Kimberley recently won the 2016 City of Vancouver Greenest City Leadership Award of Excellence.
She is majoring in Geography (Environment and Sustainability) with an interdisciplinary minor in Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice, Anthropology, and Political Science at the University of British Columbia. Kimberley is focusing her studies on understanding the lives and migration patterns of her matriarchal ancestors from Hoisan County. As a fourth-generation Chinese-Canadian, whose ancestors were Canadian Pacific Railway workers, and subject to the Chinese Head Tax, she is interested in how urban geography and feminist theory intersect with historic and contemporary experiences of racism, sexism, and homophobia. Kimberley’s experiential knowledge fuels her desire to inspire other diasporic Chinese youth to explore the intersection of identity and discrimination.
Kristi Carey (member), mixed and mixed up in many ways, heritages, movements, and ideas, is a queer lover, friend, and hopeful facilitator of anti-colonial, anti-racist and feminist spaces. She aims to both fight the romanticization of community while also work to make our community networks a given: to work against the power of colonial illusions and exceptionalisms to create something different, an otherwise yet to come.
Academically, she reads patterns of privatization in education through haunted histories and erased paths of refusal led by student activists. Personally, she’s looking for new and exciting ways to comport herself now that she’s been overeducated. For now, she’s learned to do the translational work of convincing the powers that be that our communities have a right to exist and to thrive, and is ready to do the work of finding the forest in the trees. She also plays softball and apparently should drink 103oz of water a day, so she takes liberty for tea, beer, and her nalgene to share the load.
Mohamed Ibrahim Ali (member) is an Egyptian-American artist in Canada doing his best. Trained as a photographer at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, his chance portraiture and video performances engage with themes of failure, Muslim mysticism and the effects of diaspora on identity formation. Currently working in Vancouver, he is endlessly negotiating his ties to home and his status as a settler.
As a new member to the team, Mohamed is most enthusiastic about building collaborative visual projects, working as a part of a queer collective, and engaging with the community all under the Love Intersections’ mandate.
Mohamed loves talking about himself in the third person. Mohamed is excited to get to work!
Jane Agyeman [Ah-jee-man] (member) discovered Love Intersection during a spontaneous conversation with former co-worker Andy Holmes, and was immediately interested in getting involved. Her involvement with her university Queer and Women’s Collectives sparked her passion for activism and social justice, and she will continue to nurture that passion as she begins her journey with Love Intersections.
Jane is a queer identified, first generation Canadian of Ghanaian Immigrants, who lives and works in the Lower Mainland on unceded Coast Salish lands. As a queer women of colour growing up in North Vancouver, forming her own individual identity was at times challenging. Fortunately, these challenges allowed her space to question her own socialized behaviors. It was, and continues to be crucial for her to challenge assumptions about normalcy in order to better understand the world around her. By questioning the ways in which we are taught to create identity, she is able to continuously learn about herself, the world she lives in, and the people in her life who support her.
She is a lover of self-expression, performance art and the human experience in general, and she is grateful to be a part of a platform that creates space for people to be heard and understood, instead of neglected and silenced.
She loves to sing, to write, and to make people laugh use any means necessary (which includes, but is not limited to dancing like Elaine from Seinfeld at parties).
Many people would describe D’Arcy Hamilton as a well-rounded filmmaker, although his true passion persists in telling engaging stories in an unbalanced world. With years of social and environmental education and an additional 16 months of intensive documentary film study, D’Arcy has an experienced knack for finding non-fiction stories like no other. His career has found him journeying one of the last remaining corners of the planet, shooting with recently discovered Indigenous peoples in West Papua, Indonesia.
D’Arcy has worked with a diverse amount of clients, ranging from Greenpeace Canada, Capilano University, Squamish Valley Music Festival, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society and The Whistler Chamber of Commerce. Some of his work has been viewed on Shaw, OutTV as well as an Indonesian national TV Channel, DAAI TV.
As a Director of Photography, D’Arcy has been involved in a documentary in 2011, called Patience and Absurdity, which was screened in Vancouver’s WAM festival and in London’s Liberty Annual Arts Festival for the Paralympic Games. In 2013, he directed and shot a short film called Each and Every One for the International Documentary Challenge, which was shortlisted out of 112 entries to be screened at HotDocs in Toronto. In 2014 D’Arcy DOP’d a short film, Jens Lens, which was selected to compete in The Audience Awards for Best Cinematography.
With a background in world class customer service combined with a technical ability to wear many ‘hats’, D’Arcy has had the advantage of creating engaging films which have single handedly earned him a reputation, as well as a full time evolving career.
Duane R Stewart-Grant (contributor) is Haisla from Kitamaat Village and Nuu-chah-nulth from Port Alberni. His Haisla name is c’ee’hixid and he is from the Raven clan.
In 2006, when he was living in Kitamaat he worked for Kitamaat Village Radio (KVR 96.1FM), where in 2008 he became the radio station manager until 2010. While working at KVR he started learning and growing closer to his culture.
In 2006/2007 he participated in the Star in Your Own Stories with Chee Mamuk, Hello Cool World and 11 other youth from the Haisla Nation. In three days they produced and stared in their own little story called Stand True. Stand True talks about how rumors can spread around like HIV/AIDS. Through Stand True, Duane was able to travel all over BC and he even traveled outside BC for the first time!
Duane came out to his family on May 4, 2010, but knew he was two-spirited at an early age. Through his travels he did with Stand True he met many other Two-Spirited people who were out, strong and proud to be two-spirited, he looked up to them for guidance during his journey.
When he moved to Burnaby in 2013 he started dancing with the Git Hayetsk Dancers and started apprenticing with Mike & Mique’l Dangeli. He now is learning to carve, paint, create regalia, dance, and is drawing First Nation art. Duane hopes to one day bring his knowledge back home and start teaching the next generation what he has learned!
Nomonde Mxhalisa (contributor) is a fat, black, queer womanist – a lover of life and a crusader of the light. She came to her feminist awakening at her mother’s knee, when the pain and triumphs of the women who raised her illustrated daily the sheer importance of intersectional feminism.
Armed with a background in journalism, a degree in gender and transformation and a love of justice and joy, she has recently found a niche in the world of conservation. Her goal is to see an end to urban hunger by fusing gender and nature into a harmonious and sustainable solution to urban food insecurity.
Fat femme power, making the invisible visible and giving voice to oppression even through pain and fear are definite turn ons. Also lipstick, new hair, cupcakes and puppy dogs of all ages are guaranteed to warm the cockles of her heart.