Our Staff


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Jessica Hannon
Executive Director                                                                                                              jessica[at]megaphonemagazine[dot]com

Jessica had recently returned to Vancouver after working with people displaced by conflict overseas when she met a Megaphone vendor on the street. Moved by the potential for social change in Megaphone’s model, Jessica volunteered to help out, starting by writing thank-you postcards to donors. In 2013, she joined staff, first as vendor coordinator, then as operations manager, and now as executive director. Jessica was formally educated in International Relations. She was informally educated by the Internet, her library card, and that time her father unceremoniously threw her into the Nanaimo River to teach her to swim. When not making executive decisions, Jessica explores forests and mountains, learns to play music, reads, and plays soccer.

 

Stefania Seccia
Managing EditorStefania_circle_crop.png - on parental leave                                                                                                stef[at]megaphonemagazine[dot]com

Stefania has been writing for Megaphone since 2009, shortly after graduating from Langara College’s journalism program. Her work has appeared across Canada, in the Vancouver Sun, Montreal Gazette, Ottawa Citizen, Vancouver Province, the Windspeaker and many other publications. She’s worked for many newspapers, including the North Shore News, 24 hours, Metro—but got her start at community paper Tofino-Ucluelet Westerly News. Beyond the written word, her interests include snowshoeing, raising her new puppy, indoor rock climbing, and playing Dungeons and Dragons.

 

 

Krista Butler
Program Manager, Speakers Bureau                                                                                                                                               krista[at]megaphonemagazine[dot]com

Krista_Butler_Staff_Photo_Circle_Crop.pngKrista Butler is responsible for Megaphone's supporter and donor development and organizing fundraising events. Krista holds a degree in both Psychology and Environmental Studies, with a background in health research and non-profit program development as well as frontline support work for those struggling with homelessness and addiction. She is passionate about spiritual health, social equity, and building community. In her spare time, Krista is a trauma-sensitive yoga teacher and end-of-life doula. 

 

 

 

Travis Poor
Vancouver Vendor Coordinator                                                                                                                                                                         travis[at]megaphonemagazine[dot]com                                                                                             Travis_Poor_Circle_Crop.png

Travis grew up in Colorado but relocated to Vancouver in the early 2000s to attend the University of British Columbia. After a few years back in the U.S., Travis returned to B.C. in 2016.
Travis has worked for several different non-profit organizations, providing case management and housing services to homeless and low-income individuals and families.
Travis is a true believer in low-barrier services and person-centred care and is excited to offer Megaphone’s vendors support in achieving their goals.
When he is not at work Travis enjoys playing basketball, vegetable gardening, and spending time in nature.

Matthew Duquette

Victoria Vendor Coordinator
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Matt has spent the last 10 years working with non-profit organizations in Vancouver, Montreal and Victoria. His primary focus has been housing and food security. He is especially interested in innovative ways to improve access to quality food, housing and income. He has contributed to the creation of fresh food markets, employment programs and housing projects for low-income individuals. Matt loves basketball and trips home to Prince Edward Island. 

 

 

 

Will Pearson
Operations Coordinator

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Will coordinates Megaphone's operations in Vancouver and Victoria. Will holds a master's degree in Public Policy and a BA in Art History. He has a background in social research and program management and focuses on contributing to initiatives that work to address social and health inequity. As a former Megaphone and Hope in Shadows volunteer, he is excited to be contributing full time. In his off time, Will enjoys skateboarding, fishing, riding his bike, and eating delicious food with his partner. 

 

 

 

Paula Carlson
Interim Managing Editor

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For the past two decades, Paula Carlson has worked as an editor and reporter at various newspapers throughout the Lower Mainland, contributing stories and stick-handling special projects that have won more than 50 industry awards for news, feature and opinion writing, page layout and design. Her work has appeared across B.C. and Canada. Having been personally affected by many of the issues that are the focus of Megaphone, she’s also explored deeper spiritual pursuits, and is a certified trauma-informed yoga teacher.

 

 

Greta Shuting Lin
Communications & Development Coordinator

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Greta was born and raised in Guangzhou, China. She moved to Vancouver in 2013 to pursue her degree in Marketing at the University of British Columbia. In her second year of University, she got the opportunity to participate in an internship program in the Downtown Eastside neighbourhood, and she fell in love with DTES ever since.

She has been living and loving the Downtown Eastside since 2016, committing her daily life to serve the most vulnerable populations in Vancouver. When she is not working at Megaphone, she organises the Strathcona Artisan Market to provide low-barrier vending spaces to low-income artists. She is also a lover of good food, and you'll most likely find her cooking up a storm in her kitchen.

 

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