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About the City's Organizers
Educator, designer and advocate for the design profession! Karin heads the Graphic and Digital Design department at the University of the Fraser Valley in Mission, British Columbia. She served the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada (GDC) as VP Education National from 2012–2014. A GDC CGD member since 1989, Karin is active in building creative community through partnerships and outreach initiatives. Karin’s research interests focus on post-secondary graphic design education in Canada. Previously, she contributed in a leadership capacity as Chair, for the School of Media Arts at Capilano University and was instrumental in the design of the highly successful IDEA Program and co-authored the new Bachelor of Design. Her professional practice specialized in corporate communications and information design.
Cherlandra is a diehard creative with a life-long passion for all things artistic. Primarily a graphic designer and fine artist, she tends to wear many creative hats. One hat is that of Special Events and Marketing Coordinator at the Reach Gallery Museum in Abbotsford. The rest of her time is spent painting and completing design projects for Graphein Studio. Cherlandra completed her graphic design management certificate at Emily Carr and BCIT in 2008 and is currently working on her BFA at the University of the Fraser Valley.
Faculty, Graphic + Digital Design Department at the University of the Fraser Valley Nova believes that everyone has a story to tell. Nova is a educator, graphic designer, and permaculturalist. She believes in helping others by inspiring individuals and communities to come together through design, nature, placemaking and food. Nova brings an organic view to design—using the philosophy of permaculture, she unites her approach to design and education with her artist background—looking at imaginative ways to create, design and build connections. Away from the classroom or her design studio—you can find her in her garden amongst her mason bees.