Who we are
Linda Solomon Wood, Founder, Publisher, Editor-in-Chief
Jenny Uechi, Managing Editor, Senior Reporter
Jenny Uechi manages VO's news reporting and writes about First Nations issues and the Kinder Morgan pipeline's impact on British Columbia communities. Follow her on twitter:
D. Matthew Millar, National Correspondent
D. Matthew Millar reports on national affairs for The Vancouver Observer from Ottawa. Follow him on twitter
Mike Chisholm (pictured above right) has worked across the country as a broadcast journalist and producer with CBC television and radio, CTV and as the national Atlantic correspondent for Global TV. He is a recipient of both a Jack Webster Journalism Award and an RTNDA award for his reporting.
Jordan Yerman, Entertainment and City Affairs Editor
Jordan Yerman was last seen as Editorial Director for Vancouver's own NowPublic. Find him on twitter @JordanYerman
Mychaylo Prystupa, Environmental Reporter
Mychaylo Prystupa has filed more than 1,000 CBC TV News stories across Canada, as well as a documentary that he shot and produced in China. Before joining The Vancouver Observer, he worked for the CBC in Manitoba. Find him on twitter @Mychaylo
Janel Johnson, Advertising and Digital Strategies Director, Branded Content Specialist
Get in touch with Janel to learn about advertising and digital strategies on the Vancouver Observer. She would love to talk with you about all the great stuff you get when you become a member of the Vancouver Observer and/or about promoting your business.
Anja Konjicanin, Digital Strategies and Social Media, Branded Content and Public Relations Partnerships
In addition to managing the Vancouver Observer's active social media presence, Anja works with everyone from public relations folks to local business owners on developing stories and brands through VO's many exciting promotional opportunities. For more information: Anja@thevancouverobserver.com Follow her on twitter @AnjaKonjicanan
David Egan, Web consulting
David Egan is usually managing the technology behind the scenes at VO, but files the occasional report, too. David keeps our site from collapsing into a black hole, dragging the rest of the Internet with it. Do not distract him.
Lee Carney, Food Page Editor-in-Chief
Lee Carney loves food. Whether it is spending months mastering the art of making pizza or his exploration of the world of competitive BBQ, Lee loves to explore new food experiences. He is an accomplished home chef, enthusiastic mixologist and the consummate host. Lee is very close to annexing his living room to use as a prep kitchen.
Jason Hall, Senior Culture Editor
Jason likes to combine his technical writing skills and his years as a musician by interviewing musicians and researching music events. Prior to taking up the pen, he played clarinet with a number of orchestras in Canada, including the Vancouver Symphony. With over 15 years experience as a writer to clients including SAP, Webtech Wireless, WorkSafeBC and Health Canada, Jason is also an instructor at BCIT. There, he mentors emerging writers to create clear and concise documentation suitable for its intended audience. He teaches technical and web writing courses, which are core to BCIT’s Associate Certificate in Technical Writing.
Sonia Gallimore Pouyat, Community Engagement and Business Strategist
Sonia Gallimore Pouyat has been a leader in the development and promotion of social entrepreneurship and social enterprise in the U.S. and Canada since 1998, working to advance that model and assist socially and environmentally focused businesses with strategy and governance. She is a founding member of both the Social Enterprise Alliance (USA) and the Social Enterprise Council of Canada, serving on both boards of directors for several terms.
As CEO of 2 not-for-profit service organizations over the past 28 years, she grew strong, progressive companies generating “profits” that financed significant expansion of their mission and scope. Sonia continues to assist for-profit, not-for-profit, hybrid companies and charities to develop enabling policies and business practices. She brings post-graduate training in business leadership, a graduate degree in social work, entrepreneurial spirit, expertise in governance, and decades of executive management experience to her professional and volunteer roles in Ontario and British Columbia.
Ajay Puri, Founder, Editor-in-Chief, BeeVanCity-VO Events coverage
Ajay Puri (top left) founded BeeVancity, Vancouver's honey sweet events blog that is more than just a calendar. Pulling together an effervescent group of "bees," (aka writers), Ajay and his crew power up Vancouver's arts and culture scene by highlighting favourite cultural and civic happenings to spotlight and promote. Ajay is a well-known advocate for social change and community empowerment. Over the last several years he co-founded EastVanLove, Bridge to A Cool Planet, Coop Culture, Canadian Ethno-cultural Health Network and RangiChangi Roots. Ajay defies the notion that one person can only do so much.