"This is My City is not intended to be a solution to homelessness. Instead, it provides a platform upon which homeless citizens speak for themselves through creative self-expression."

Board of Directors


President: Eveline Kolijn
Vice President: Allan Boss
Secretary Treasurer: Sara Taylor
Treasurer: Mushtaq Ahmed

Members At Large

Shannon Jones
Lea Storry
William Aitken
Daniel J. Kirk
Alan Kane


Interim Executive Director: Sally Truss

Past Presidents

Linda Hawke: Founding President
Alan Kane: Past President

President: Eveline Kolijn.   Eveline is an artist particularly known for her work that expresses concern for the environment through printmaking and the use of found and discarded materials. As one of the original TMC artist-mentors Eveline led a project using found objects.

Alan Kane. Alan is a self-described community leader activist. For the past nine years he has volunteered at the Calgary Drop-In and Rehab Centre where he spearheads music programming that includes the DI Singers and an acoustic guitar group. He is board chair of the Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth, an organization that delivers programs and support to young immigrants and their families.

Shannon Jones. Shannon received an email three years ago inviting her to join in the creation of a play about homelessness. Since answering that call, she has spent between one and three nights a week working with fellow artists at the Calgary Drop-In and Rehab Centre to explore all types of theatre and music. The group performs at numerous venues and has established a safe and welcoming environment in which members can stretch as artists and as human beings.

Executive Director: Sally Truss.   As an arts administrator Sally is known for her work with Calgary Opera, Whyte Museum, Calgary International Children's Festival, Sage Theatre and her involvement with Blue Quills First Nations College and others. She is a singer/songwriter/film maker with over 50 years of performance and writing experience to share, and is a curator/producer of This is My City Festival.

Founding President: Linda Hawke. Linda led a series of textile programs as an artist-mentor with This is My City in 2009 and was one of the founding members of the TMC Art Society. Linda, who has spent close to two decades as an art educator in Alberta museums and galleries, continues to engage diverse audiences with art as a freelance artist, administrator, and writer.

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