John Gray

John Gray

John Gray is a co-founder of Mentionmapp and a freelance writer. John’s always curious and lives life as an epistemic journey. BC born and raised, Vancouver’s been home for the past 37 years. He’s been part of the Vancouver technology community since 2009, as an entrepreneur, teacher, and writer. John’s committed to exploring and communicating … Read more

Graeme Duffy

Graeme Duffy

Graeme Duffy is an established Actor, Writer, and Improvisor. He is a long time cast member with the Vancouver TheatreSports League performing Improv Comedy to sold-out shows weekly. Graeme has graced the stage with Ryan Stiles and Colin Mochrie, of Whose Line is it Anyways, many times and is a Featured Performer at Comedy Festivals … Read more

Reg and Kisch Neufeld

Reg and Kisch Neufeld

Meet the Neufeld’s – again Kisch and Reg were one of the first guests on our podcast, Cool Conversations. They are back. This time sharing with us their trip of a lifetime. Exploring the highways and byways for one year plus in a motorhome. Married in their teens. 48 years later still together. Meet Reg … Read more

Jenny Duffy

Jenny Duffy

Jenny Duffy is an award-winning choreographer and dance educator, trained in Vancouver, New York, Los Angeles, Hong Kong and China. Her formal education includes her Bachelors of Commerce in Accounting  (with honours) from the UBC/Sauder School of Business and her CA/CPA accounting designation. Currently, she is a proud Faculty Member at Langara College where she … Read more

George Froehlich

George Froehlich

George is a journalist and former broadcaster with vast hands-on experience and later as a senior TV executive in the news and sports area. As a former television and print journalist, with more than 40 years of experience, he worked in Chile, Ireland, the U.S. and different parts of Canada. For years he was in … Read more

April Bellia

April Bellia

April Bellia is deeply passionate about startups in the food and wellness industry. Honest Entrepreneurship is about April’s journey and the continuous adventures of Granola Girl. She believes in sharing her challenges and struggles so that new entrepreneurs can save time, energy, and resources as they navigate through the first 3 years of business. She … Read more

Michael David Simms

Michael David Simms

Michael David Simms has been a working actor for over 25 years and an acting teacher in L.A. And Vancouver for over 10.  He’s recently been on an 11-year hiatus having made a “hard right” into real estate investment in Canada, the US, and Belize.  He’s recently happily re-established himself as an advanced acting coach … Read more

Joe Average

Joe Average

Joe Average is a 59-year-old, self-taught artist, who has expressed himself through art since childhood.

First Nations art played a big role in inspiring his creativity. He has always loved the simplicity of the images, the graciousness of the lines and curves, and the emotional impact of the bright simple primary colours. He then discovered the “Pop Art” of Warhol, Lichtenstein and Peter Max. He was inspired that these fun and colourful images could be presented seriously on canvas.

At twenty-seven years old he was diagnosed HIV positive. At the age of thirty, he decided to dedicate the remainder of his life to art. Leaving work and refusing the assistance of Unemployment Insurance or Welfare, he challenged himself to live completely through his art.

With paper, charcoal, pastels, paint and a will to survive, he continued developing his survival skills and artistic abilities. He did not want to be on a deathbed wondering if he could have succeeded as an artist, or, wake up at 40 questioning the same. This threat and his awareness of mortality inspired and changed him. Art heals.

In the 70’s and 80’s, he spent a lot of time with his camera mainly documenting people. In 2010 he started photographing again mainly doing self-portraits to document his struggles with lipoatrophy. He has lent his name and art to many social and humanitarian causes and he is a fierce advocate of arts education for children.

Dave Dickson

Dave Dickson

After 28 years with VPD, Dave Dickson continues to work with men and women in Vancouver’s DTES. Dubbed the poorest postal code in DTES, the Eastside has people living in extreme poverty, hunger, mental ill health, and isolation. Dave Dickson has been recognized for his work in this community. He has won receiving 9 awards including queens jubilee and an international … Read more

Preston and Fletcher

Preston and Fletcher

  Preston & Fletcher are two Vancouver British Columbia singer/songwriters with a penchant for hooky melodies, insightful clever lyrics, and old British sports cars. Their songs have as many twists and turns as a rallye Monte Carlo where the driving teams are Lennon & Mccartney Bacharach & David Mann & Brion. As you read this … Read more