Board of Directors

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Stuart Parker, President

Stuart Parker is a lecturer in International and Liberal Studies Simon Fraser University and BCIT. A former postdoctoral fellow of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, he is the author of the forthcoming book History Through Seer Stones: A Hundred Years of Mormon Pasts published by Kofford Books, as well as academic journal articles and conference presentations on Mormonism in the US and Latin America in addition to papers on historiography, sport history, landscape phenomenology. Prior to his academic career, Stuart served as leader of the BC Green Party from 1993 to 2000.

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Alannah New-Small, Vice President

Alannah, a gallery manager in Vancouver, comes to Los Altos’ board with a generation of governance, activism and organizing experience in left politics, the environmental movement, alternative energy and the artistic and artisanal sectors; she has served on the boards of the Granville Island Business and Community Association, BC Glass Arts Association, Friends of Renewable Energy BC and the BC Green Party. In 1999, she co-managed the successful COPE-Green alliance that resulted in the first election of Green Party candidates in Canadian history. She currently lives in Kitsilano with her partner of twenty years, an Emmy-nominated film editor and artist.

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Jeremy Stewart, Director

Jeremy Stewart is a poet, musician, and arts management professional in Prince George, British Columbia. He is the author of two trade collections of poetry: (flood basement (Caitlin 2009) and Hidden City (Invisible 2014), which won the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry. He has worked in management and fundraising roles with the Prince George Symphony Orchestra, Theatre North West, and Island Mountain Arts. Stewart completed his English M.A. at the University of Northern BC in 2010 with a creative writing/theory hybrid thesis project drawing on Deleuze and Guattari’s rhizome. He is the Principal of Dreamland School of the Arts and the President and founder of the Casse-Tête Arts Society, which produces an annual festival of experimental music.

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Michael Demers, Director

Michael Demers is a logistics industry regional account manager, based in Vancouver; for the past year he has worked for PeopleNet, a leading hardware and software supplier. A fixture in Vancouver left politics for the past two decades, Michael has served at the board of directors and committee chair level in the BC Green party and the Vancouver Coalition of Progressive Electors. Prior to working in logistics, Michael served as part of the management team of the Vancouver Food Bank. He holds a degree in Military History from Simon Fraser University and served as an LAI fellow in our first 2013/14 academic year.

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Tom Ewasiuk, Director

Tom Ewasiuk is a road safety professional and commercial photographer. Tom studied Geography at Simon Fraser University in the 1980s, when he served as external relations officer of the SFU Student Society. In the 1990s, he served as a member of the citizens’ committee overseeing the Burnaby Youth Detention Centre and served as a member of the BC NDP’s provincial council representing premier Harcourt’s constituency. Last year, Tom returned to the NDP provincial council and was elected to the board of Los Altos Institute.