Visuals to communicate new data about First Nations Communities

New First Nations data is now available. Now is the Time is a brand new report with about First Nations communities, thanks to the First Nations Information Governance Centre. FNIGC writes that Now is the Time: Our Data, Our Stories, Our Future,The National Report of the First Nations Regional Early Childhood, Education and Employment Survey is “The most … Read more Visuals to communicate new data about First Nations Communities

11 ways to use Graphic Recording images afterwards

Ask any graphic facilitator, and they’ve probably been asked these questions: Do you do weddings, Do you have the best job ever, (yup) and what can we do with the images afterwards? Sorry I can’t come to your wedding, but here’s the one, best thing you can do with graphic recording images after your session: … Read more 11 ways to use Graphic Recording images afterwards

Infographic for Pacific Herring – a tiny and mighty fish

This one infographic asks 32 questions: the new Conceptual Model of the Herring Social-Ecological System. The Pacific Herring is a tiny, and mighty, fish. They’re ecologically and economically important for other species and commercial fisheries. Pacific Herring: a Cultural Keystone Species But as importantly, these fish are interdependent with Indigenous people on the Pacific Coast – they’re a cultural keystone species. Indigenous … Read more Infographic for Pacific Herring – a tiny and mighty fish

Data is more than numbers — it’s stories – with FNIGC

Data isn’t just numbers, it’s stories. The first-ever First Nations Regional Early Childhood, Education and Employment Survey (FNREEES) tells a new story: “unprecedented insight into life in First Nations on-reserve and northern communities in Canada”. When the FNREEES was published, we had the privilege of creating infographics and graphic recordings with the First Nations Information … Read more Data is more than numbers — it’s stories – with FNIGC

A gift to you: sketchnotes from Rockwood Art of Leadership

Last summer, I drew a popular set of sketchnotes at the Rockwood Institute’s Art of Leadership training.  My free gift to you: download a free PDF set to keep*. May these spark something inside you, the way the course inspired me. Here are edited, higher resolution images about leadership, connecting to purpose, courageous conversations, and re-finding … Read more A gift to you: sketchnotes from Rockwood Art of Leadership

Low Carbon Future Illustration for Sierra Club of BC

My new Sierra Club of BC poster shows a thriving, vibrant low carbon future. It’s so fun to draw tiny details that create the world I want! We squeezed in everything from backyard gardens, walkable neighbourhoods, thriving culture, drinking water straight from the source, and of course great jobs.  The poster is part of the Sierra Club of BC’s new … Read more Low Carbon Future Illustration for Sierra Club of BC

Illustrations for the YMCA’s strategic plan

Here’s a great idea to make your strategic plan an evergreen document – make sure people see it every day! I created these illustrations for the YMCA of Greater Vancouver‘s strategic plan, and then Signi Solmundson (VP Marketing and Communications) creatively printed them on a planter, so people could centre the strategic plan plan right on … Read more Illustrations for the YMCA’s strategic plan

Catching up: recent graphic facilitation projects

Pumpkin lattes are back, my sandals are away, so I should have written this a month ago. Here’s a quick recap where graphic facilitation has recently improved meetings and processes in the health, government, education and non-profit sectors. And although I don’t blog about every project, you can definitely count on me to tweet daily. … Read more Catching up: recent graphic facilitation projects

Art of Leadership with Robert Gass: sketchnotes

Six days with Robert Gass’ Art of Leadership course feels like 30. Happy to share these personal sketchnotes with you. Sometimes imperfect is best. I ate a lot of yeast dressing. Spilled my guts to strangers. Laughed so hard at the no-talent show. Found out why Facebook pushes my buttons and how to really have … Read more Art of Leadership with Robert Gass: sketchnotes

Vision Map for Stó:lō Nation Wellness

  In your reception area, can people see your Vision? This 8-foot Vision Map greets visitors to the Stó:lō Wellness Centre. I loved the process of making this map because it was about consultation from beginning to end. Vision Maps give us a visual overview of a strategic plan, project, or high-level picture. But what’s as important as the drawings: … Read more Vision Map for Stó:lō Nation Wellness

Judging the 2015 CALM awards: Canadian Association of Labour Media

I’m in Victoria, BC to judge the 2015 Canadian Association of Labour Media awards once again. I evaluated the visual categories including best poster, best infographic/illustration and best overall print excellence. Congratulations to everyone – there were so many excellent submissions that we had a tie and numerous honorable mentions. The poster category blew me away. Have you … Read more Judging the 2015 CALM awards: Canadian Association of Labour Media

Winnipeg Public Library Infographic

I drew the first draft of this infographic for the Winnipeg Public Library’s strategic plan with stacks of books across the top. Books are iconic, but libraries are much more than books: they’re a place for information and connection. From english-language classes, parent-child drop-ins, questions for Dr. Google and outreach, libraries need to be a little bit … Read more Winnipeg Public Library Infographic

Illustrated Mental Health Strategy- knowledge translation

The Mental Health Commission of Canada asked me to illustrate their new report, “A Mental Health Strategy for Canada: a youth perspective.” National strategies research what’s not working, what’s needed, and sets out strategies for what’s next. Everyone should be able to understand a national strategy, and making it visual is one way to do it. Two … Read more Illustrated Mental Health Strategy- knowledge translation

Surrey School Achievement Contract infographic

The Surrey School Board Achievement Contract communicates key information to parents, students, and community members. Now it’s a brand-new interactive infographic. The Achievement Contract used to be a long, dense PDF and now it’s a visual to help tell their story. Surrey Schools is the biggest school district in BC, and there’s lots of innovation that needs … Read more Surrey School Achievement Contract infographic

Illustration of an East Vancouver Sandwich Map

I live for sandwiches. So why not an illustration of an East Vancouver sandwich map? Happily, there’s no shortage of delicious options nearby. And good parks to eat them in, too. The map includes the two neighbourhoods of Hastings-Sunrise and Grandview-Woodlands. I’d like to give a big thanks to Uppercase magazine and the talented pair at They … Read more Illustration of an East Vancouver Sandwich Map