DR. JENNY ARNTZEN PMP - Executive Director
Jenny graduated from UBC from the Faculty of Education in 2016. Her area of research and teaching speciality was the use of digital technologies in education to enrich, enhance and enable learning. A key contribution of her academic work was developing a theoretical framework for social ecologies of learning. Her work in the effectiveness of combining digital technologies to foster social ecologies of learning led her to develop a transmedia communication strategy for raising awareness and support for sustainable economic change and equitable social policy.
She became a certified project manager under the authority of the Project Management Institute and is currently working to combine her research in digital technologies and fostering social ecologies of learning in the field of project management. Her approach to project management is to conceive projects as opportunities for learning and sustaining cultural dispositions toward change.
KEVIN WRIGHT - Producer
Kevin has been working with the Artist Response Team since 2003 bringing his multimedia and production skills, and long musical history into the mix. Starting out as Voices of Nature radio show editor and recordist, Kevin is an integral part of the working force that propels ART forward into the future. His musicianship and song-writing skills shape the “new edge of environmental music” being produced by ART. He works alongside Holly, on vocals and percussion, delivering and producing the Voices of Nature School Music Programs.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
HOLLY ARNTZEN - President
Holly Arntzen has been singer, songwriter, instrumentalist and producer in the Canadian music scene for almost 40 years. She performed at every major Folk and Childrens’ Festival in Canada, and toured in every province during the ‘80s before co-founding the Artist Response Team (ART) in 1990. She went on to create a library of eco-themed songs and produced concerts, radio and television programs and broadcast awareness events to raise awareness about environmental issues. Since 1999, Holly has been active in producing a steady stream of Voices Of Nature school music programs, concerts and music-based learning resources.
She and band mate Kevin Wright form the core of ART, and lead the Wilds Band and co-write songs characterized as “folk pop to rock your world”!
Holly has dedicated her musical life to singing about the Earth and is constantly looking for ways to bring resources and funding into supporting artists and musicians to create works that help people and communities in their journey to a green, sustainable future.
HEATHER-LYNN REMACLE - Vice President/Treasurer
Heather has worked in the environmental field in the public sector for more than a decade. With a BSc in Geography and experience leading engagement on climate action across British Columbia, Heather has a very broad understanding of the complexity of our social systems and how they interact with natural ones. She's contributed her expertise to a variety of organizations, including on the board of the Environmental Education and Action Programs Society.
She joined Holly for the first Voices of Nature production: "Running from the Mountains" in 1999, and has sung with Holly and Kevin for a number of performances and recordings over the years.
Recently, Heather returned to her musical roots and joined forces with her husband to write, produce and perform music about climate change. Decades After Paris is their first CD. It tells a story from the Peoples Climate March in NYC, to Paris in December of 2015 to witness world leaders make decisions on global carbon emissions, and the general fate of humanity. From there, the musical story travels decades into the future outlining possible scenarios humanity will encounter.
CHE-YIN MCGOWAN - Secretary
Che-Yin has been an elementary school educator since 1999. Her entire career has been dedicated to working with children from Kindergarten to Grade 5 in New Westminster. In addition to teaching children, Che-Yin has also mentored many student teachers enrolled in the PDP program at SFU. She is passionate about weaving environmental education across the curriculum. During her spare time, Che-Yin enjoys being active with her family around Burnaby.
Doug is the BC Business Development Manager for HSBC. Doug has spent his career in the Financial Services Industry, most of them as an Investment Advisor with Pemberton Securities, Scotia McLeod, and National Bank Financial. He has also been a Speaker and a Coach and is the author of "Money in Motion". In high school Doug excelled at sports and was the Provincial Champion of Alberta in gymnastics. His first love has always been music, and although he does not sing or play, he loves to dance and is the #1 fan of all those who make our lives better from the music they bring. Over the years Doug has given and been involved in many charitable activities and currently is a Caregiver and Mentor at Covenant House.
Heather is an actress, singer and voice over artist who lives in the Sea to Sky Corridor. Heather is also the mother of two young girls and has had the privilege of working with Holly and Kevin at her children's school. Passionate about the environment herself, Heather was naturally drawn to Holly and Kevin's music and their love of Mother Earth. She is honoured to be a director of Voices of Nature.
Drew has been working as an Executive Producer, Director and Writer of documentaries, children’s programming, daytime talk shows, how-to programming and award-winning music specials for over 25 years. With a Bachelors Degree in Arts, he has created hundreds of hours of broadcast television programs for all of the major television networks in Canada including CTV, CBC, Global, A Channel and CHUM, and specialty channels such as HGTV, TYB, Bravo, Prime, W. Life, Star, Movie Central, as well as educational broadcasters such as Access, Cdn Learning Television, SCN and Knowledge Network.
He founded and operated The Idea Factory in Edmonton, before going on to start Mighty Motion Pictures.
He co-produced in 2015, with Holly Arntzen and Kevin Wright, the childrens’ music special, Water For Life CTV2 and PBS; it was filmed live at the Jubilee Auditorium with 2300 students, teachers and parents singing out for nature.