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Hilary Mandel

Hilary Mandel is a writer, a photographer, a musician, and a believer in the power of legacy. A Los Angeles native, she's lived in Vancouver on and off since 2003 (but totally on since 2008). Currently, Hilary is producing, writing, and project managing for mission-based businesses and non-profits.

2013 Land Awards

2013 Land Awards highlight leadership in sustainable land use

Real Estate Foundation of BC’s 2013 Land Awards Gala honours Carol Newel, laneway housing, an effort to cut energy use and a multi-unit housing project made of recycled shipping containers

Entrepreneurs share stories and connections at Social Venture Institute for Women

Women’s business networks are alive and well – and still relevant.

Making fundraising the easy part of Climbing for a Cause

Climb for Change online fundraising tool makes charity climbs that much easier.
1% for the Planet

Power Plant teams up with 1% for the Planet

1% for the Planet was the featured organization in the 11th edition of Power Plant Vancouver.

Moving boxes and cereal for a healthy planet

What do a Vancouver moving-supplies franchiser and organic cereal company have in common?   A desire to help the planet.   Vancouver-based FROGBOX and Nature’s Path Foods are two of the...

Read naked much?

Who knew reading naked could be so much fun?

From Commercial Drive to the House of La Douche, Zoe Broomsgrove shapes hair... and queer culture

So you’re new in town and want to find out what’s hip and cool in the queer scene in Vancouver? Start by checking out Zoho Salon & Lock Shop (1708 East 4th Avenue, just off Commercial Drive...

All’s fair at the fair

Huey Lewis and The News were just one of the ways I found to have good old fashioned fun at the PNE...

Vancouver Folk Music Festival inspired me to move to Vancouver. I haven't missed one since.

The Folk Fest is where I see just about everyone I know in Vancouver. Since 2004, when I was a Folk Fest “virgin,” I’ve attended every Folk Fest weekend with my “chosen family” in Vancouver, my two