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Deena Kara Shaffer, PhD

Deena Kara Shaffer, PhD

Deena Kara Shaffer, PhD, is a learning specialist and lecturer at Ryerson University, co-creator of the Thriving in Action initiative, and owner of Awakened Learning, resilience-based educational coaching and consulting. 

Christina Chandra

Christina Chandra

Christina Chandra, BSC FNH, is a freelance food, nutrition, and health writer. Based in Vancouver, she enjoys exploring local eateries and advocating for wellness.  

Nancy Coulter-Parker

Nancy Coulter-Parker

Nancy Coulter-Parker writes about all things organic and the natural products industry. She and her family live in Boulder, Colorado where her vegetable gardening skills are challenged by the dry weather.

Lisa Truesdale

Lisa Truesdale

Lisa Truesdale is a full-time freelance writer who lives in Colorado with her family (including three cats). She writes about healthy living, food and drink, and travel and tourism for dozens of publications. Her passions are cooking, traveling, and reading.

Tracy Peternell

Tracy Peternell

Tracy Peternell is a mother of two, a certified school teacher, and a healthy living enthusiast.

Melissa Curman

Melissa Curman

Melissa Curman is a writer and editor from Vancouver, Canada. She enjoys spending time with her family, being in nature, and has a true passion for natural health and wellness.

Karina Inkster, MA, PTS

Karina Inkster, MA, PTS

Vegan since 2003, Karina Inkster, MA, PTS, is a fitness and nutrition coach, author of five books, and podcast host. She and her coaching team help vegans worldwide live their healthiest, most plant-strong lives.

Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen

Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen

Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen is a full-time Vancouver-based freelance writer, alive contributor, and the author of Growing Forward When You Can’t Go Back (Baker House Publishing, January 2019).

Nina Wagner

Nina Wagner

Nina is the Group Vice President of Publishing and Operations at alive. Her spare time is spent enjoying the many pleasures that life in Vancouver has to offer with her daughters.

Amy Green

Amy Green

Amy Green is a writer, counsellor, and registered psychologist based in Salmon Arm, BC

Katie Swanson

Katie Swanson

Katie Swanson is a world traveler and a health and wellness writer. She writes to help others live healthier, wealthier, happier lives.

Margaret Littman

Margaret Littman

Margaret Littman is a journalist, stand-up paddler, author and lover of all things Nashville. 

Roohi Sahajpal

Roohi Sahajpal

Roohi is a freelance writer and journalist based in Vancouver, Canada. She enjoys writing about wellness, culture, and social issues. She is also the co-founder of Didihood.

Kristy Aleksich

Kristy Aleksich

 Kristy is a media and communications specialist based in beautiful British Columbia

Colleen Bryon

Colleen Bryon

The managing editor, digital, at alive, Colleen likes baking healthy(ish) desserts and cooking up a good pun.

Faye Boxall

Faye Boxall

Lisa A. Beach

Lisa A. Beach

Lisa Beach is an Orlando freelance writer whose work has been published in The New York Times, Good Housekeeping, and Eating Well. LisaBeachWrites.com.

Erin Jackson

Erin Jackson

Erin Jackson is a writer and editor based in Vancouver, BC.

Linda Woolven and Ted Snider

Linda Woolven and Ted Snider

Desiree Nielsen

Desiree Nielsen

Desiree Nielsen, BSc, RD, is the author of Un-Junk Your Diet and co-founder of the digestive health app MyHealthyGut. Her plant-based cookbook, Eat More Plants, is coming August 2019 from Penguin.

Gail Johnson

Gail Johnson

Gail Johnson is an award-winning digital, print, and broadcast journalist based in Vancouver.

Julia Murray

Julia Murray

Julia Murray, RHN, is an Olympian, certified plant-based chef, and co-founder of 80/20 Plants, the plant-based health app.

Heather Burt

Heather Burt

Heather Burt bicycles to Langara College, where she teaches literature and writing. Her novel Adam's Peak (Dundurn Press, 2007) was shortlisted for the 2008 BC Book Prizes.

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