I am a poet moving more and more towards lyric prose and prose. I am also a facilitator and much of my work has been with women. In 2014 I was surprised to find that I had been nominated for Vancouver's Remarkable Women. There are so many remarkable women in Vancouver.
The theme in 2014 was... Year of Reconciliation: Honouring Women who build understanding and empathy between people. Given the theme this was quite the honour. Here are the kind words offered by PeerNetBC when they nominated me.
Jonina Kirton is a longtime volunteer and facilitator here at PeerNetBC. Jonina facilitates sacred circles and inclusive spaces for meaningful dialogue in various communities throughout our city including the DTES. However, this is but one of the roles she plays in our fabulous city. Jonina engages others particularly those within Indigenous communities to write and tell stories. Jonina helped organize the first National Indigenous Writers Conference this past year providing space for Indigenous writers across the country exposure, recognition and acknowledgement for their art and contributions.