My name is Vanessa Richards and I believe in the power of people and creativity. I combine these two superpowers to help groups attain (and celebrate) their goals and missions effectively.

As an artist and facilitator, my professional experience is in music, performance, creative writing, arts education and public celebration. For more than 20 years I have been combining my passion for communities and culture into unique socially-engaged projects. Along the way I’ve learned much about creativity, collaboration and inspired leadership.

I’ve devised and developed engagement initiatives within long-term contracts for Simon Fraser University, the Arts Club Theatre Company, Public Dreams Society and for the Canada Council for the Arts Equity Office.

Vancouver Art Gallery, animating Ken Lum Installation with song

The feeling she creates in the room is one of inclusion, celebration and connection. On the various occasions when Vanessa has performed at my events at the university and in the community, she leaves us feeling uplifted, ready to get to work and inspired to do our best. I highly recommend Vanessa Richards and the collective singing experience. 

Dr. Joanna Ashworth

Associate Director, Centre for Sustainable Community Development and former Director of Dialogue Programs at the SFU Centre for Dialogue, Simon Fraser University