Julia, Kara, Robin, Sam, and Sean would like to acknowledge and thank all of the people and organizations who have contributed to our projects and/or shared their work with us.
Funké Aladejebi teaches African-Canadian history at York University. Her dissertation, “‘Girl You Better Apply to Teachers’ College:’ The History of Black Women Educators in Ontario, 1940s–1980s,” explores the importance of African Canadian women in sustaining their communities and preserving a distinct black identity within restrictive gender and racial barriers. She has published articles in Ontario History, Southern Journal of Canadian Studies, and Education Matters. Her research interests are in oral history, the history of education in Canada, black feminist thought, and transnationalism. [Remember | Resist | Redraw: Introduction to Chloe Cooley].
Linda Kelly Alkana researches the link between protest and popular culture at California State University Long Beach. She is an Intellectual/Cultural Historian and author of, among others, “Teaching World History with Graphic Novels,” which appeared in the World History Bulletin (Winter 2007). [Graphic History Project: Suzanne Voilquin].
Lorna Alkana is a visual essayist whose works include a Surreal Coloring Book and multiple blogs. Her works have been shown at various venues in Los Angeles. Her continuously evolving art can been found at www.lornaalkana.com. Follow her on Facebook, twitter, and Instagram. [Graphic History Project: Suzanne Voilquin].
Alex Alkana collaborated on this graphic interpretation of Suzanne Voilquin, with Linda Alkana and Lorna Alkana, assisting with the layout and design. His credits include his entry on “Alias” in Salem Press’s Cultural Survey of Graphic Novels. [Graphic History Project: Suzanne Voilquin].
Jo SiMalaya Alcampo is an interdisciplinary artist who explores cultural/body memory and the healing of intergenerational soul wounds through community storytelling, installation-based art, and electroacoustic soundscapes. Jo has developed community arts projects with queer youth, consumer/survivors of the mental health system, and migrant domestic workers. [Drawn to Change: Kwentong Bayan: Labour of Love; Remember | Resist | Redraw: A Visual Timeline of Caregiving Work in Canada].
Althea Balmes is a multidisciplinary visual storyteller interested in playful collaborative creative expressions through illustration and video and is an artist-educator rooted in community work. She uses her strong connection to her Filipino culture and her place as a woman of colour in the diaspora to inform her art practice and her work. [Drawn to Change: Kwentong Bayan: Labour of Love; Remember | Resist | Redraw: A Visual Timeline of Caregiving Work in Canada].
Christine Balmes is a musician and community worker. She has worked as a Tagalog language instructor and is currently working as a settlement worker helping newcomer families and youth settle and thrive in Canada. Her research on Filipino Canadian arts and artists was included in the book Filipinos in Canada: Disturbing Invisibility published by the University of Toronto Press in 2012. [Drawn to Change: Kwentong Bayan: Labour of Love].
Paul Buhle, a labour historian of 1960s vintage, published Radical America Komiks in 1969 and, after an explicable lapse of 35 years, has produced, since 2005, a number of non-fiction comics including Wobblies!, Che, and Bohemians. [Co-editor of Drawn to Change].
Nicole Marie Burton is an artist, comics creator, and the founder of Ad Astra Comix. After 10 years of political activism, Nicole rekindled her love for comic books, focusing on the study, promotion, and creation of comics that address social justice issues, from marginalized history to gender and sexuality. She lives in Toronto with her imaginary cat. [Drawn to Change: Coal Mountain: A Graphic Re-Telling of the 1935 Corbin Miners’ Strike].
David Camfield teaches Labour Studies and Sociology at the University of Manitoba and is the author of Canadian Labour in Crisis: Reinventing the Workers’ Movement. During the Days of Action he was a CUPE activist. [Drawn to Change: Introduction to Days of Action: The Character of Class Struggle in 1990s Ontario]
Lianne Marie Leda Charlie is a descendant of the Tagé Cho Hudän (Big River People), Northern Tutchone speaking people of the Yukon. She is the granddaughter of Leda Jimmy of Little Salmon River and Big Salmon Charlie of Big Salmon River on her dad’s side and Donna Olsen of Denmark and Benjamin Larusson of Iceland on her mother’s side. She was born in Whitehorse, Yukon to her mother, Luanna Larusson, and late father, Peter Charlie. Lianne is a Political Science instructor at Yukon Collage in Whitehorse, Yukon, and she is currently pursuing a PhD in Indigenous Politics at the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa. Lianne’s work is also on display on Instagram. [Remember | Resist | Redraw: Our Land: 150 Years of Colonialism].
Conely de Leon is a Doctoral Candidate in Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies at York University, a 2013 Research Fellow at the Center for Women’s Studies at the University of the Philippines Diliman, and a proud member of GABRIELA-Ontario. Her doctoral research is about transnational Filipin@ care networks in Canada, the Philippines, and Hong Kong. She is also examining arts-based activism among caregivers as part of the SSHRC-funded Poverty and Precarious Employment in Southern Ontario (PEPSO) project. [Drawn to Change: Introduction to Kwentong Bayan: Labour of Love]
Steph Hill studied politics at Princeton University and comics at Camosun College. These days you can find her in Vancouver working in publishing, eating spicy noodles, and reading anything that gets too close. You can find her online or on Twitter. [Graphic History Project: A Brief, Accurate Graphic History of the Environmental Movement (Mostly in Canada)].
Ethan Heitner is a cartoonist and member of the editorial collective of World War 3 Illustrated, the radical comics magazine. More of his work can be seen on his blog. [Graphic History Project: Stick and Stay, They’re Bound to Stay; Drawn to Change: An Entirely Different Kind of Labour Union: The Service, Office, and Retail Workers’ Union of Canada].
Greg Kealey is an Emeritus Professor of History at the University of New Brunswick. His historical work has focused on Canadian working-class history and state repression of labour and the left. Major works include Toronto Workers Respond to Industrial Capitalism (1980); Dreaming of What Might Be: The Knights of Labor in Ontario, with Bryan Palmer (1982); Workers and Canadian History (1995); and Secret Service: Political Policing in Canada from the Fenians to Fortress America, with Reg Whitaker and Andy Parnaby (2012). He was the founding editor of Labour/Le Travail and is the editor of the University of Toronto Press Canadian Social History Series and the Athabasca University Press series Working Canadians (with Alvin Finkel). [Drawn to Change: Introduction to Dreaming of What Might Be: The Knights of Labor in Canada].
Orion Keresztesi is an artist and activist inspired by the history of working people’s struggles –how they have shaped the world we live in and how they can help us to do the same today. He is a proud member and President of Local 1281 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees. [Drawn to Change: Days of Action: The Character of Class Struggle in 1990s Ontario; Remember | Resist | Redraw: The 1837–1838 Rebellion].
Thozhilalar Koodam: In Tamil, “Thozhilalar” means “Workers” and “Koodam” means “Space” or “Forum.” The objective of the Thozhilalar Koodam labour blog is to be such a space for workers of Tamilnadu, India, and beyond, to share information, interact, discuss, debate, and engage in collective action. [Submitted comic: Why We Need a Minium Wage Law].
Kwentong Bayan is a collective of two Filipina Canadian artists, Althea Balmes and Jo SiMalaya Alcampo. They are developing a comic book, Kwentong Bayan: Labour of Love, in collaboration with Filipina migrant workers who work under Canada’s Caregiver/Live-in Caregiver Program. Kwentong Bayan can be literally translated as “community stories.” [Drawn to Change: Kwentong Bayan: Labour of Love; Remember | Resist | Redraw: A Visual Timeline of Caregiving Work in Canada].
Mark Leier is a historian at Simon Fraser University and author of Bakunin: The Creative Passion and three books on labour and left history. The second edition of Rebel Life: The Life and Times of Robert Gosden, Revolutionary, Mystic, Labour Spy was published by New Star Books in 2013. [Founding member of the Graphic History Collective; co-author of May Day, Drawn to Change: Introduction to Bill Williamson].
David Lester is guitarist in the rock duo Mecca Normal. He and Mecca Normal band mate Jean Smith give a presentation/lecture called How Art & Music Can Change the World. He is the author of The Gruesome Acts of Capitalism and artist / writer of the graphic novel The Listener. His poster “Malachi” was part of the 2014 Whitney Biennial in New York City at the Whitney Museum of American Art. He is art director of BC BookWorld. [Drawn to Change: The Battle of Ballantyne Pier].
Andrée Lévesque is a feminist historian who has published widely in labour history and in women’s history. In 2005, she published the proceeding of a colloquium on Madeleine Parent, under the title Madeleine Parent: Activist (Sumac Press). [Drawn to Change: Introduction to Madeline Parent: A Life of Struggle and Solidarity].
Zenee May Maceda is a community organizer and labour activist based in Toronto. She has recently obtained her Master’s degree at the University of Toronto and is currently a National Representative for the United Food and Commercial Workers Union. [Drawn to Change: Introduction to Kwentong Bayan: Labour of Love].
Dale McCartney is a researcher and instructor in the Morgan Centre for Labour Studies at Simon Fraser University. He was previously the editor of Seven Oaks Magazine and has been on picket lines with both Teamster’s local 213 and more recently the Teaching Support Staff Union at SFU, of which he is still a proud member. He is currently working on a Ph.D. at the University of British Columbia, examining neoliberal restructuring of education in BC. [Drawn to Change: Introduction to The Battle of Ballantyne Pier].
Naomi Michelle Moyer is a self-taught, multidisciplinary artist and writer who often finds herself delving into African diasporic (her)histories, perceptions of Blackness, community, and how they connect to Black experiences. Naomi is known for her zine, Black Women and Self Care: Thoughts on Mental Health, Oppression & Healing, and more recently her print series, Black Women in Canada, that pays tribute to some of Canada’s most radical Black feminists from 1793 to 2006. Naomi’s work stems from collaborating with grassroots organizations and publishers, designing posters, t-shirts, and illustrations with themes of resistance and empowerment. [Remember | Resist | Redraw: Chloe Cooley]
Doug Nesbitt is an organizer for SEIU Local 2 and an editor at RankandFile.ca. He is writing a history of the Ontario Days of Action for his Ph.D. in History at Queen’s University. [Drawn to Change, Days of Action: The Character of Class Struggle in 1990s Ontario].
Josiah Neufeld writes fiction, essays, and long-form journalism and occasionally dabbles in comics. He spent 13 years of his childhood in Burkina Faso and is currently working on an MFA in creative writing at the University of British Columbia. His writing can be found at josiahneufeld.com. [Submitted comic: The Revolutionary].
Bryan Palmer is a historian at Trent University. He is the author of 13 books and five edited collections. His published works have been translated into Korean, Chinese, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, and Greek. His latest book is Toronto’s Poor: A Rebellious History, co-authored with Gaétan Héroux (Between the Lines, 2016). [Drawn to Change: Introduction to Dreaming of What Might: The Knights of Labor in Canada].
Andrew Parnaby is an associate professor of history at Cape Breton University. [Drawn to Change: Introduction to Working on the Water, Fighting for the Land: Indigenous Labour on Burrard Inlet].
Joan Sangster teaches in Gender and Women’s Studies and the Frost Centre for Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies at Trent University. Her scholarship has addressed themes concerning working women, the labour movement, the Canadian Left, the criminalization of women and girls, Aboriginal women and the law, and feminist historiography. Her most recent book on women and labour is Transforming Labour: Women and Work in Postwar Canada (University of Toronto Press, 2010). [Drawn to Change: Introduction to An Entirely Different Kind of Labour Union: The Service, Office, and Retail Workers’ Union of Canada].
Ethel Tungohan is an Assistant Professor in Political and Social Science at York University. She is also a community activist and has participated in campaigns seeking justice for temporary foreign workers and caregivers. To read more of her work, visit www.tungohan.com. [Remember | Resist | Redraw: Introduction to A Visual Timeline of Caregiving Work in Canada].
Ron Verzuh is a writer, labour historian, videographer, and trade unionist who is currently completing his Ph.D. in history at Simon Fraser University. Before retiring in 2008, he was national director of communications at the Canadian Union of Public Employees. In the 1960s, he worked as a labourer at the Trail smelter and was a member of the International Union of Mine Mill and Smelter workers when it merged with the United Steel Workers in 1967. He is the author of three books, one on the history of the pioneer labour press in Canada, several booklets, and many articles. His recent film documentary, Joe Hill’s Secret Canadian Hideout, won the award for best historical documentary at the Oregon Independent Film Festival and was an official selection at the Workers’ Unite Film Festival in New York City. His latest documentary is called Remembering Salt, the story of how a blacklisted movie brought the Cold War to small town Canada. [Drawn to Change: Introduction to Coal Mountain: A Graphic Re-Telling of the 1935 Corbin Miners’ Strike].
Sam Wallman: [Submitted comic: “The Story of the Minimum Wage in Australia].
Tania Willard (Secwepemc Nation) works within the shifting ideas of contemporary and traditional as it relates to cultural arts and production, often working with bodies of knowledge and skills that are conceptually linked to her interest in intersections between Indigenous and other cultures. Willard has worked as an artist in residence with Gallery Gachet in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side, the Banff Centre’s visual arts residency, fiction, and Trading Post and was a curator in residence with grunt gallery. Collections of Willard’s work are held by the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Kamloops Art Gallery, and Thompson Rivers University. Willard’s recent curatorial work includes Beat Nation: Art, Hip Hop and Aboriginal Culture, presented at the Vancouver Art Gallery in 2011 and touring until 2014. Willard is currently the Aboriginal Curator in Residence at the Kamloops Art Gallery. [Drawn to Change: Working on the Water, Fighting for the Land: Indigenous Labour on Burrard Inlet].
Cynthia Williams is a creative writing student at the University of British Columbia who primarily writes nonfiction. You can reach her at cynthia.lc.williams [at] gmail.com. [Graphic History Project: Deadman’s Island].