About Drawing Change
We’re Drawing Change.
We believe in visual communication for a better world.
In times of complexity – groups need better ways of connecting. Better ways of understanding information. And that’s where our award-winning visuals come in. We’re a one-stop agency for visual facilitation, group facilitation, illustration and research knowledge translation.
Our clients make the world a better place, supporting health, education, Indigenous organizations, governance, and innovative private sector businesses. We amplify their work by transforming complex information, reports, strategic planning, and meetings – into something joyful.
The Drawing Change team includes members who can work in the US/Canada, specialize in working with Indigenous communities, and provide bilingual French/English graphic recording.
We believe in:
- Creativity: There’s not one answer to a problem: creativity helps us work within complexity
- Thinking visually: Visuals help people see what they mean, and increase engagement
- Excellence: Presenting your ideas in compelling ways, and with continual improvement
- Engagement: Interactive learning leads to better results
- Community: We collaborate with people who lead with their values
- Cultural Competency: Not a finish line but a process, we practice cultural humility to address inequities
We combine skillful facilitation and visual tools to help groups engage, solve problems, and communicate complex ideas. Together, we’re drawing change.
As the founder and principal at Drawing Change, Sam works around the world bringing meetings to life visually.
With a background in non-profit management, art, and 20 years’ facilitation experience, he uses visual tools to help groups engage, solve problems, and lead.
Sam holds a Masters in Education (UBC), training in Indigenous cultural safety, human rights training (YorkU), and is part of the Emergent Scribing community.
He believes in growing the visual facilitation field: Sam is an active member of the professional association IFVP, and launched the Drawing Change mentorship program in 2017. He’s a white settler of Italian and Scottish background, and lives on unceded Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh territories.
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Team Members and Graphic Recorders
Graphic recorder Michelle Buchholz is a proud member of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation or the Moricetown Band and was raised in Smithers, BC. She is a member of the Gitumden (wolf) clan and the Cassyex (grizzly bear) house. She holds a Bachelor in Arts with a major in Anthropology from the University of Victoria and an Associates Degree in First Nations Community Studies. Michelle is a traditional and modern artist and works as a graphic recorder with Drawing Change. She is extremely passionate about working with First Nation communities and organizations and has now been doing so for over 11 years.
Snow Dowd is a designer and communications strategist. She has been delivering visual solutions in print and online for over 15 years. She believes that design should be beautiful, functional, and memorable. Snow enjoys all the listening, synthesis, testing, and collaboration required to get there. She is humbled to work with the amazing graphic recorders and facilitators at Drawing Change to bring their work into other contexts. Snow has a BFA from the Image Arts program at Ryerson University, and an MFA in Arts Leadership from Seattle University.
Annalee Kornelsen is a bilingual Graphic recorder and illustrator with Drawing Change. A French Canadian, born into a family of artists and raised in Vancouver, her inherited love of drawing and performing led her to devote herself to the arts from a young age. Annalee believes that art is a way rather than an end result, and is grateful to have found a way to use her skills in the service of the collective. In her down time she plays a lot of fiddle tunes and helps run a maker’s collective in the Okanagan where she has a painting practice.
Yolanda Liman is a graphic recording specialist with Drawing Change. She has been graphic recording for over seven years and specializes in science communication and digital graphic recording. She has been drawing since she was a kid and is deeply thankful that she now gets to draw for a living. Yolanda loves learning and has degrees in both science and arts. When not drawing, she loves cooking and playing music with her family. Yolanda has a BSc in Microbiology from McGill University and a MA in Environmental Studies at UBC.
Carina Nilsson is an Illustrator, as well as the Director of Operations at Drawing Change. She has been active as a senior arts professional in the non-profit sector for over 8 years, and has been a practicing artist for two decades. Raised in Northern BC by Italian-Swedish immigrants, she came to Vancouver to complete her Master’s Degree in History (SFU) focusing on Representations of Gender and Power in Ancient & Early Roman Art & Architecture. Carina is passionate about the ability of visual storytelling to connect, empower, and inspire individuals and communities, and is grateful to be able to work, raise her family, and create on the unceded xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) territories.