The Team

The Writing Centre Team for the 2020-21 academic year


Vee is currently in their 2nd year of the MFA program, here at Emily Carr, and will be graduating in 2021. They’ve completed their BFA in Visual Art in 2019, and BA in English and Gender Studies in 2013. They are a published author, professional artist, and IRL troll. Their practice is focused on themes of queer identity, sustainability, and critiques of “capital A” art. Their favourite part of working at the Writing Centre is enabling students to pursue their writing with agency and confidence.


ThuThu is in her 3rd year at ECU, studying Critical and Cultural Practices. She sees writing as a way  of making sense of the very complex human experience. She takes special interest in and write most extensively about cultural nuances through stories. Fluent in Vietnamese, English, and Korean, she recognizes the fears and issues with writing in English for multilingual students and believes that once they are addressed properly, writing is not as scary as many think it is.

She recommends The Very Hungry Caterpillar for anyone new to writing. One misconception many people have about writing is that it needs to be polished to the nine, when in fact, good writing is comprehensible writing. Children books have found that exact equilibrium between comprehensibility and mystery that many other books cannot. Therefore, she believes all fictions are merely intricate layers of children books.

She also enjoys dogspotting whenever she can, yet has never had the courage to pet one.


JourdanHi, I’m Jourdan, a fourth year CRCP student with a minor in SPACE whose primary artistic practice is through creative writing. I identify as a femme, cisgendered, magickal woowoomxn re-enchanting my mind, body, spirit, and heart on the never surrended territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ peoples and identify as a Cancer Sun, Gemini Rising, and Scorpio Moon with a whole lot of Virgo splashed in there. I like to think of myself as a bit of a writing midwife – helping you birth and realize ideas living in your body onto the page in personalized and supportive ways. I’m interested in expressive forms of writing, whether that be through creative writing, bringing in multilingualism, or working through emotional blocks to get that research paper finished. Some of my favourite books right now are Agua Viva by Clarice Lispector, The Smell of Rain on Dust by Martin Pretchel, and of course, Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer. I look forward to working with you wherever you are in your writing journey!


My name is Vance, I was born and raised on the traditional territories of the S’inixt, Syilx/Okanagan and the Ktunaxa people in Nelson, British Columbia. I am from the Dakelh nation, hailing from the Tl’azt’en nation. I am a textile artist interested in embroidery, beadwork and natural dyes, a writer and an organizer. I sit on the board of directors for a small contemporary arts gallery called “Oxygen Art Centre” and help co-ordinate a queer arts festival in Nelson called “Bent on Art.” I have experience in writing grants, academic papers, nonfiction pieces and poetry. I read a lot of books in queer and feminist theory as well as Canadian/Indigenous literature.



My name is Mathew, I use he/him pronouns and I’m a part-time student interested in the intersections between drawing and new media. I’m from Toronto, Ontario, and have lived in Vancouver since 2015. Academic writing helps me consolidate the messy ideas in my head into
something comprehensible to another person. I consider writing strongly linked to personal growth and that tutoring is an exchange of ideas where we can learn from each other. I really enjoy helping others find their voice through writing and I look forward to working with you!


Jake (he/they) is a 3rd year Interaction Designer and likes to write letters to their pen pals and collect/send postcards. Writing has been something that was a barrier to him in his education story due to learning disabilities but it all took a turn for the better when he first entered a writing centre for help. Writing has become a key part of his reflection process both in school and at home. Jake likes to use visual thinking to try to think about writing and grammar in a fun way. So if you have a neat way to visualize your writing process he would love to hear about it!

If you also struggle with being in university with learning disabilities or writing just isn’t your happy place then an appointment with Jake will start with a warm welcome and a gentle heart.


Zoë is a 4th year student expecting to graduate with her BFA in Visual Arts from Emily Carr. She is interested in all forms of writing and more so, building confidence in others to succeed and thrive in the world of literature and text, however that may look. She’s Anishnaabe Métis maternally with a father of european descent. Before her time at Emily Carr she worked with her family run non-profit organization for their urban indgenious community in Calgary, AB where she was also born. Zoë takes pride in advocating for her communities and is always delighted to write a concise, polite and effective letter of outrage, as long as it’s for the right cause.

Zoë enjoys reading science fiction and poetry, text as/in art, and graphic novels. She’s also into weird movies, the paranormal, loves to be out in nature and is always cooking up a storm.


Hello! My name is Tao and I use they/them pronouns. I’m a visual arts major with a focus on creative writing and drawing, among many other artistic and creative interests. I’m dyslexic so if thats something you also struggle with, I can be an empathetic ear. I see writing as one of the greatest tools for people to process, understand, develop, experiment, heal, and so much more. My favourite part of working at the Writing Centre is seeing writers come to see the value of what they have to say. I get so excited to read what people are thinking about and love to brainstorm with writers.


My name is Kyla and I’m a first year MFA student. I work primarily in sculpture but have a background in environmental science and in puppetry. I’m really interested in how language and writing can frame our relationships to our work, to others and to ourselves. My practice often begins with writing my way into a feeling or idea.

In my role as peer tutor at the Writing Centre, I’m hoping to act as a helper/friend in empowering others towards a sense of curiosity, wonder and play in their writing. Your words can shape the world! I’m happy to help with creative and academic writing, as well as anything in between or on the periphery. I’m interested in how to best respond to and utilize the networks and resources of an institution, and to make things work for you.


Born and raised in so-called BC, Christie looks forward to becoming an advocate for the silenced voices of her home province. After several years in customer service and a career in the coffee industry, she’s turned her sights to become more politically active in support of the Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island. During her time at ECUAD she hopes to have interesting conversations and lay the groundwork for her journey to law school.

On a more personal note, Christie is a Libra Dog who thrives in one-on-one settings and would love nothing more than to help her peers/collages/people surrounding her live there best and most fulfilling lives. If you ever need a coffee or movie recommendation, she’s your gal!


MercedesMercedes Eng teaches and writes in Vancouver, on unceded Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh territories. She is the author of Mercenary English, a poem about sex work, violence, and resistance in Downtown Eastside Vancouver, Prison Industrial Complex Explodes, winner of the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize, and my yt mama, which documents a childhood under white supremacy in Canadian prairies. Her writing has appeared on the sides of the Burrard and Granville Bridges as contributions to public art projects, and in the Lambda-nominated anthology Hustling Verse: An Anthology of Sex Workers’ Poetry, Jacket 2, Asian American Literary Review, The Abolitionist, r/ally (No One Is Illegal), and Survaillance and M’aidez (Press Release).


AllaDr. Alla Gadassik is a media historian/theorist/programmer with special interest in cinematography, animation, and experimental cinema. She has published articles and book chapters on a range of these topics, most recently on the role of women in early film editing. More articles are forthcoming in the journals Feminist Media Histories (on independent women animators) and Journal of Cinema and Media Studies (on animation and technology). Alla is also a peer writing consultant with over fifteen years of experience.


As Faculty Writing Associate for 2020-21, Alla seeks to support all members of the ECUAD community, particularly faculty and graduate students, with proposal writing. She will serve as peer consultant on individual proposal projects alongside developing synchornous and asynchronous workshops dedicated to specific proposal genres. Alla is also interested in supporting exchanges and materials on unconventional approaches to structuring scholarly writing.


Sandy has supported the Writing Centre team since Fall 2018. She has a BFA in Media Arts & Digital Technology from Alberta College of Art + Design (now Alberta University of the Arts) and level 9 RCM piano certification, and used to be in a band many moons ago. Her great pandemic achievement is finishing almost all of the Soulsborne games.

She appreciates the opportunity to work with the many kind and funny people who make up the team each semester, and to watch students be helped and grow in their writing journey.

Bonus Fun Fact: She can solve a 3×3 Rubik’s Cube in about two minutes.


Jacqueline Turner is the author of five books, most recently Flourish (ECW Press, 2019) and a Writing Specialist focusing on Foundation and Grad students. She is the developer of the WRTG curriculum and Co-coordinator of the Writing Centre. Her recent writing-related research investigates the role of generous curiosity in creating conditions for collaboration. She is a co-researcher in a SSHRC-funded project exploring the potential of critical literacies and pedagogy-as-gift in post-secondary learning environments. She has held writing residencies in Brisbane, Tasmania, Granada, and Berlin. Over the years she was a founding member of filling Station magazine, on the collective of the Kootenay School of Writing, co-curated an early webzine with Meredith Quartermain called The News, and is still part of a group that runs the On Edge Reading Series at Emily Carr.


Bio coming soon!