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2021 Contributors

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Catherine Arcand-Pinette

A professional classical singer, Catherine Arcand-Pinette is a well respected Oakville vocal teacher, clinician and adjudicator.  A graduate of the Masters In Performance and Literacy Program at Western University, she has enjoyed a diverse…

Cheri Otterbein (She/Her)

I began my yoga journey in the early 2000's when I signed up for an introductory yoga class with my husband because I thought it would be a fun activity that we could do…

Din of F105 (He/Him/His)

Musician

Din (formerly of The Soles), with his raw, expressive vocals, is the talent behind F-105.  Din released 5 albums with The Soles, performing hundreds of shows and festivals across North America, and garnishing multi-national…

Drew Brown (he/him/his)

Musician

Drew Brown is an award-winning and Juno nominated musician, producer, podcaster, photographer, social justice & anti-racist advocate, craft beer aficionado, bourbon lover, storyteller, and all-around awesome human. His vulnerability and warm heart attract everyone…

Heather Beamish (she/her)

Performing Artist-Spoken Word

Heather is a tea-drinking, female-loving, ex-evangelical pastor turned spoken word artist, activist and educator. Heather recognizes that throughout history differences have divided, isolated and disrupted our connection with each other. In her work she…

Jeffery Straker (He/Him/His)

Singer-songwriter pianist Jeffery Straker grew up taking piano lessons in small-town Saskatchewan.  He actually swears he was born under the piano on the family farm, and since those ‘grand’ beginnings he’s gone on to…

Michael Shewburg (He/Him)

Michael Shewburg is the Executive Director of Five Oaks Centre, an intercultural centre for retreat, education and healing.  Michael is also the minister of Richwood United Church, a rural church in Oxford County.  Michael…

Michiko Bown-Kai (they/them)

Speaker

Michiko Bown-Kai is minister in The United Church of Canada who is passionate about social justice and creative expression. Michiko studied Social Justice and Peace Studies and Political Science at the University of Western…

Piper & Carson

Musician

From festival stages to intimate house concerts, Piper & Carson remind us of why we go to see live music. Their songwriting is free and fiercely personal; as if it’s been running in the…

Theatre of the Beat

Theatre of the Beat (TOTB) is a Canadian touring theatre company working to catalyze conversations on social justice and its intersection with the beliefs of the communities in which we find ourselves. Since 2011,…