Alfred DePew

Alfred DePew’s day job consists of training executive leaders and their organizations in change management, emotional intelligence, conflict resolution, diversity, non-toxic communication, and implementing vision. He is on the faculty of Center for Right Relationship, for whom he delivers advanced training in Organization and Relationship Systems Coaching. He is available for keynotes, breakout sessions, leadership training, staff development, team building, and retreat facilitation. For more information see his website or read his regular blog, “Relationship Matters”.

Before moving to Vancouver in 2007, DePew taught at the Maine College of Art, the Salt Center for Documentary Studies, and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. His first book of stories, The Melancholy of Departure, won a Flannery O’Connor Award. His second book, Wild & Woolly: A Journal Keeper’s Handbook is available to Canadian readers through his website and at a few local independent bookstores. His third book, another collection of short fiction, is in search of a publisher—got any ideas?

 

Tom Carter: Painter

Had a bomb not exploded in the lobby of the Pantages Theatre in 1933, and sent the box office grille through the front window of the Vancouver Café across the street, Tom Carter might never have...

Lesbian-feminist icon dies unnoticed. But not by us.

Thespian lemonist, dance cricket, and irrepressible funster, Jill Johnston seemed to be everywhere in the 1970s. And then she wasn't.

Tashlich, 9/11, and Pastor Terry Jones

Tashlich is the practice of casting off transgressions at the beginning of Rosh Hashanah. Each bit of bread we throw into moving water symbolizes a quality or event or behavior we do not want to...

Vancouver’s peripatetic Master Certified Coach: Juhree Zimmerman

From Dubai to Oslo to Jerusalem to Calgary, Juhree Zimmerman is a woman on the move. At home in Kitsilano, she's still in motion.  She takes me into  the kitchen, and from there we move to...

Since feeling is first

Canadians often put me in mind of Dorothy Parker’s quip about Katherine Hepburn, who, she once said, “ran the gamut of emotions from A to B.” Some weeks ago, at dinner with my friend Hal, he said he...

In Canada's poorest neighborhood, a pastor serves mass and lunch

Not everyone is finished when Brian lets in the second group. Some in the first group have shoveled pasta into plastic bags they brought and are calling for more...

Brian Heinrich and the Lutheran Urban Mission Society in Vancouver’s DTES

This is part one in a three part series...

Finding poems

When I sit down on the bench outside, I see a sheet of notebook paper with writing on it. The sheet has been unfolded, and the writing might be Polish. A poem, by the look of it. I lean over to see...

Melanie Kobayashi: underground painter

Paintings everywhere—on the floor, on the wall, hanging in sheets on a rack. Big paintings—one of them nearly 12 feet long. And I’m jealous.

Buffoons Invade L’ÉTHÉÂTRE

First: the shock of seeing a gang of Buffoons. Then: the horror of their approach.