Vanessa Richards is brilliant at enlivening a room full of listening students, as she integrates grounded intelligence with the ability to raise our voices and spirits in collective song. She is a deeply gifted speaker and singer, someone who inspires us to grow more fully into ourselves as we connect with one another, to stretch into community with honesty and care. Her work is amazing and necessary. Humbly and vitally, Vanessa is a highly skilled practitioner and orchestrator of transformation.

Rita Wong

Assistant Professor, Critical and Cultural Studies, Emily Carr University of Art and Design

In this video, Creative Together director Vanessa Richards, leads her community choir project, the Woodward's Community Singers.

Simon Fraser University’s (SFU) Woodward’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement, the choir’s founding sponsor, created this video as part of SFU’s 50th Anniversary celebrations.