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Tracy Bains

Tracy is a writer and marketing strategist with a keen interest in social media. Find out more on her website.
May love overcome fear and hatred

Victoria Pride Parade 2016

The Victoria Pride Parade was held on July 10, 2016, moving from Government Street to MacDonald Park. Over 100 groups and floats--including local businesses and non-profits--helped celebrate the day.
A lesson in Cuban dance

Shimmy and shake for Sawan Mela: The South Asian Family Association's 10th annual music festival

The South Asian Family Association hosted its 10th annual cross-cultural music festival, Sawan Mela, at the Plaza of Nations on August 17 and 18, 2012.
Male Bhangra dancers mid-jump on-stage, performing in Celebrate the Harvest.

Bhangra performers deliver electrifying show in Surrey

This year’s HSBC City of Bhangra Festival runs from May 31-June 10, 2012. As a volunteer, I went backstage for Celebrate the Harvest, a free outdoor event in Surrey, BC.

Canada's anti-Asian immigration policy revisited in SFU Library’s new Komagata Maru website

SFU recently hosted a symposium to discuss the Komagata Maru (1914) and celebrate the launch of a new website dedicated to documenting this infamous incident from Canada’s history.

Robocall scandal protested as citizens demand inquiry at second rally: video

On March 11, 2012, protestors gathered at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre to rally for an independent inquiry into the robocalls allegedly used during last year's elections to confuse voters.

Little Black Dress Soiree to benefit Battered Women’s Support Services

On March 3, 2012, StilettoFit and Help Change My City are co-hosting the LBD Soiree, an event to raise $1000 for Battered Women’s Support Services.

Youth weigh cultural cuisine in light of demand for local, sustainable food

RangiChangi Roots hosted a workshop in December at the first HSBC-Evergreen Youth Action Series to discuss whether we can source local, organic food for ethnic dishes and support a sustainable diet.

Community organizer Susan Faehndrich-Findlay connects with artists to tell South Hill’s stories online

Inside Stories is a website that profiling members of South Hill Vancouver. A two-part series explores how community organizers like Susan Faehndrich-Findlay and artists can trigger social change.

Filmmaker Nettie Wild takes on Vancouver's immigrant experience through online storytelling

Inside Stories is an interactive multi-platform website profiling South Hill Vancouver’s local residents. A two-part series explores how artists and community organizers can collaborate together.

Simmi Dixit talks about empowering minorities through Me in Media

On September 13, a public dialogue will explore how to challenge stereotypes and create inclusion through media. Learn more from Simmi Dixit, the National Coordinator of Multimedia & Multiculturalism.