In Voices Canada, we have a saying, “Low and slow, long and strong.” This phrase is the heart of our vision. Just as a seed takes time to germinate and grow, a community takes time to build and form. And just as a tree is only as strong as its roots, a community is only as strong as the foundation.
Our vision is anchored in a world where leaders of colour have equitable access to the resources, support, and community needed for success and flourishing. So as we cultivate space to amplify the voices of leaders of colour, we see a world forming through cultural influence, mutual transformation, and reciprocity. This is not the world we live in but the one we are building together.
Heather is a tea-drinking, female-loving, ex-evangelical pastor turned spoken word artist and educator. In her work, she prioritizes resourcing communities with tools for rebuilding, reimagining, and reconciling differences through art and education.
Heather spends her time creating art, sharing in various community spaces, and exploring Toronto with the beautiful people in her life. To follow her journey and view her work, connect on Instagram at @heatsbeam or her website: heatherbeamish.com.
Trixie Ling is a settler on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded Coast Salish Territories, also known as Vancouver. She was born in Taipei, Taiwan and grew up in many places from Taiwan, Singapore, The United States, and emigrated to Canada at a young age. Trixie is passionate about creating accessible, just, and equitable systems, and amplifying the voices of Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour in the community. She is the Founder and Executive Director of Flavours of Hope, a non-profit social enterprise that empowers refugee newcomer women through cooking, storytelling, and entrepreneurship. She finds much joy and pleasure in eating together with friends, neighbours, and newcomers. Follow her work with Flavours of Hope at @flavoursofhope.com and read inspiring stories on their website: www.flavoursofhope.com
In Mark's gospel, there is a scene where a father, who is desperate to see his son healed, says to Jesus, "I believe; help my unbelief!" This proclamation has been at the center of Carl's journey, paradoxically following Jesus in belief and unbelief. It has been a call to live in the liminal spaces of life: multiethnic, multicultural, settler and immigrant. Carl rediscovered his faith when he learned it was okay to live in the tension of hope and doubt. Learning to grow in liminal spaces is to understand "[you] belong everywhere and nowhere," to quote the late great Maya Angelou.
Carl is a spiritual nomad, a creative, a storyteller, and a faith leader.
For the past 15 years, Carl has been on a journey of starting faith communities and equipping leaders for the future Church. Carl holds a MAT from Fuller Theological Seminary and a BA in Bible and Pastoral Ministry from Pacific Rim Christian College.
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