Advocacy, education and outreach in support of Vancouver's public spaces

The VPSN Board of Directors is supported by a core team of volunteers who assist with operational activities, volunteer recruitment, communications, and various portfolio and project-related activities.

Organizational Development Team

Andrew Pask (executive director) founded in the VPSN in 2006. Trained as both an anthropologist and city planner, in Holland and Canada, Andrew has worked with municipalities and non-profit organizations across the country. A member of the Placemaking Leadership Council, Placemaking Canada, Andrew has served on advisory boards for the UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, and the Toronto Public Space Initiative. He presents widely on public space issues and has been a regular lecturer at SFU and UBC. Andrew has been featured in the Globe and Mail for his innovative work on public space planning and advocacy. Since 2005 he has also worked as a social planner and neighbourhood planner for the City of Vancouver.


 

Stephanie Goldberg (communications coordinator) joined the VPSN in 2016 as our social media specialist, and now manages our overall communications portfolio.


 

Michelle Pollard (volunteer coordinator) – see Michelles profile on our Board page.


 

Komiete Tetteh (events editor) - has been managing the events page on our website for the past year. Want to know where the action is at in Vancouver’s many public spaces? Komiete has the answer.


 

Project Coordinators & Other Portfolios

Wendee Lang (open space) is passionate about the role of parks and plazas in the civic life of the city and possesses a keen interest in the intersections of democracy, ecology and park design. She sits on the City of Vancouver’s Park Naming Committee, and the North East False Creek Park Design Advisory Group. She’s also represented the VPSN in various other public space initiatives, including Re-imagining Granville Island 2040, St. George Rainway, and the Arbutus Greenway. Wendee also works as a writer and communications specialist.


 

Jaspal Marwah (public art; Active Fiction project) is a long time project coordinator with an interest in the intersection of art and public space. Hes a planner and a repeat jury member for the Canadian Institute of Planners Great Places in Canada contest. He’s led public art and urban interventions including the Active Fiction Project, laser graffiti, public space short film festivals, and the city’s first Park(ing) Day event. He also coordinated Canada’s entry into the world’s first public art event to be photographed from space. Jaspal has taught urban intervention seminars to high school students at the Satellite Gallery.


 

Naomi Wittes Reichstein (Arbutus Greenway project lead) heads up the VPSN’s advocacy for the City of Vancouver’s exciting 9-kilometre Arbutus Greenway. Formerly the VPSNs Communications Coordinator and Blog Editor, she works as a writer, editor and communications professional and instructor, having played lead commissioning roles as editor at Business in Vancouver (BIV) Media and Raincoast Books, Harry Potter’s Canadian publisher. Beyond the Arbutus Greenway, she has also participated in consultations relating to Granville Island 2040 and the Housing Vancouver Strategy. Raised in New York, she’s lived in the Portland, Boston, Washington, D.C. and Vancouver areas as well. She’s particularly interested in how arts and culture, green space and human heritage intersect in the built environment. She’s now returning to school as a master’s candidate at UBC’s School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP). Come on over and check out her blog Sidewalk Babble: Meandering through the Urban Maze.