Hello! We’re Drawing Change.
We’re a multi-racial and multi-gendered team of graphic recorders, graphic facilitators, and illustrators who use visuals to help you create connection and belonging through better meetings. We work with clients across sectors on complex problems – and we prioritize social impact work. Our clients make the world a better place – and we amplify their work by transforming complex information and meetings into something joyful. Together, we’re drawing change.
We’ve been working remotely for a long time, and can provide virtual graphic recording, digital illustration, and facilitation wherever you’re located. Our team uniquely uses an intersectional lens, and has experience working with sensitive information. We get your issues because they affect us, too. Our facilitation approaches support complexity because that’s the world we’re in. The Drawing Change team includes members who can work internationally in US/Canada, are Indigenous or who are settler accomplices who are invited to work with Indigenous communities, and are bilingual French/English and Spanish/English. Drawing Change is a Living Wage Employer and we like to give back with our Foundation.
Sam Bradd (he/him)
Facilitator, Speaker, and Graphic Facilitation
Sam Bradd is a graphic facilitator, meeting facilitator, and the founder of Drawing Change. He combines 20 years’ facilitation experience with visual tools to help groups engage, solve problems and lead. He has a Master’s Degree in Education (UBC), is certified in Human Systems Dynamics and Integral Facilitation, and is a Dialogue Fellow with the SFU Centre for Dialogue.
Sam's facilitation is strengths-based, creative, works with complexity, participatory, and uses an intersectional and anti-racism lens. Throughout his career, Sam has worked with decision-makers in 11 countries, with the World Health Organization, Indigenous communities, and groups working to change the world.
He is the co-editor of two books including Drawn Together through Visual Practice (2016), a contributing author to The World of Visual Facilitation (2018) and is a co-founder of the award-winning Graphic History Collective. He’s a white settler of Italian and Scottish background, and lives on unceded Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh territories. Sam is an active member of the International Forum of Visual Practitioners, to grow the field. Please see his full education and CV here.
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Collaborators at Drawing Change
Graphic Recorder, Facilitator
Graphic recorder Michelle Buchholz (she/her) is a proud Wet’suwet’en woman, raised in Wet’suwet’en territory and hails from the Witset Band. She studied anthropology and First Nations studies and holds a Master’s in Public Policy from SFU. Michelle is a qualitative researcher, a facilitator, and has been working with Indigenous communities and organizations for over 13 years.
Graphic Recorder, Spanish/English
Adriana Contreras (she/her)was born in Bogotá, Colombia and moved to BC with her family in 1998, at the age of fifteen. Artistic expression has always been a central part of her life but became an essential tool for navigating the world as a first-generation immigrant. Adriana completed her BFA at SFU School for the Contemporary Arts in 2006 and has worked and volunteered in numerous local Arts and Community organizations for 20 years.
Tiaré Lani Kela Jung
Tiaré Jung (they/them) is a 2Spirit/Mahu person raised in Lheidli T'enneh territory. Their ancestors are from Hawaii, Tahiti, China, Ireland, and they are trying to uncover the stories of Indigenous grandmas. Tiaré listens to weave collective wisdom and draw pathways into the futures we want. Let our work towards lateral liberation feel hopeful, joy-driven, trauma-informed, intersectional, and beautiful.
Graphic Recorder, Videos, French/English
Annalee Kornelsen (she/her) is a bilingual graphic recorder and illustrator. As a French Canadian born into a family of artists and raised in Vancouver, her inherited love of drawing and performing led her to the arts at a young age. Annalee believes that art is a process rather than an end result and enjoys working with organizations who share her values and commitment to social justice. In her downtime she plays a lot of fiddle tunes and helps run a maker’s collective in the Okanagan where she has a painting practice.
Carina Nilsson (she/her) is an illustrator at Drawing Change. Raised in Northern BC by Italian-Swedish immigrants, she came to Vancouver to complete her Master’s Degree in History at Simon Fraser University. Carina believes visual storytelling can connect, empower, and inspire individuals and communities.
Graphic Recorder, US/Canada
Yolanda Liman (she/her) is a graphic recorder with Drawing Change and has been graphic recording for over eight years. She specializes in science communication and digital graphic recording, and she has worked extensively in Canada and the US. When not drawing, she cooks and plays music with her family. Yolanda loves learning and has degrees in both science and art, including a BSc in Microbiology from McGill University and an MA in Environmental Studies at UBC.
Melissa Kendzierski (she/her) is passionate about voices being heard and visions being seen. As a graphic recorder, her approach is rooted in humility and intuitive listening with a desire to support getting to the heart of what is being said. When she’s not graphic recording – in person or on-line – she’s chasing 3 kiddos around, riding her bike, listening to books or perhaps doing all of those things at once.
Nigit’stil Norbert (she/her) is a multidisciplinary artist, land defender and advocate. She was born and raised in Denendeh/Yellowknife, NT. In 2019 she planted her Gwich’in roots in their ancestral home of Inuvik, NT. In 2013, she graduated from OCAD University with a Bachelor Degree of Fine Arts in Photography. Norbert started her graphic recording and illustrative services to give voice to individuals, community and organizations to amplify good work.
Snow Dowd (she/her) is a designer and communications strategist. She has over 15 years’ experience creating beautiful, functional, and memorable visual communications. At Drawing Change, Snow works alongside our graphic recorders and facilitators 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.