|Linda Poole represented Canada on the international scene as Canada’s Cultural Attaché in Chicago and the Mid-West for six years creating and producing a wide range of large-scale arts and cultural initiatives with some of Canada’s top artists and arts organizations. Sixteen years ago she brought a new cultural idea from Japan to British Columbia and founded the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival – the only festival of its kind in Canada. As Artistic Creative Director she has brought this intra- community arts and culture festival to international recognition with BBC World Travel quoting VCBF as “one of the best cherry blossom festivals in the world” and locally winning the Canadian Garden Council award for “Best Garden Festival ”.
Now as Artistic Creative Director she continues to enjoy the creative process developing new engaging community programming for the Festival. For centuries the transcendent fragile beauty of the cherry blossom has inspired poets, artists and designers around the world. It is Linda’s mission to make BC artists aware of this wonder of nature to create exciting new works.
Her passion for the beauty and joy cherry blossom programming brings to everyone is as strong as ever as she continues to constantly be on the search for innovative new artists to present.
Her career has largely been in Vancouver’s arts community working with the Arts Club Theatre, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Carousel Theatre, and founder of DramaWorks West Vancouver. She studied Theater at UBC and Arts Management at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.
|Isanna Wong is currently pursuing a major in the B.A. Cognitive Systems program at UBC. Her passion is to create verbal or visual ideas into reality to connect people for social change, whether it be through logos to represent a collective identity or a platform in which creative ideas and works are shared among artists.
Growing up, she was heavily influenced by her mother, a graphic designer, and her father, who worked in various fields of technology. It was only a matter of time before she decided to combine the two worlds and look for her own path with the fusion of the two. One of the first steps she took to jumpstart her creative journey was to create an image that told the story of the First Nations for Imagine a Canada. This conference emphasized the importance of digital art in representation and she was humbled to have shared the table with so many other creative individuals.
In addition to managing VCBF’s social media and websites and helping with coordinating their wide variety of programs, she also has been involved in International Baccalaureate student council, is an executive in the UBC CVC club, and has taken on a stylist and managerial role in the retail industry.
Wendy Cutler, Cherry Scout Co-ordinator
VCBF Cherry Scouts
Haiku Invitational Judges
Chuck Brickley, Terri L. French, Claudia Coutu Radmore
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