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Staff Profiles

Charlie Smith

Charlie Smith

Editor

Charlie has more than three decades of experience in the Canadian media. In that time, he has worked at CBC Radio, CBC TV News, BCTV News (now Global News B.C.), and a private radio station. In addition, he’s edited a business magazine and written for many other publications. He was also editor of the Georgia Straight for 17 years and taught journalism at Kwantlen University College (now Kwantlen Polytechnic University) for seven years. Charlie has won two Western Magazine Awards, a community builder award from the Vancouver Asian Heritage Month Society, an antiracism award from Spice Radio, and a medal of honour from Radical Desi.

Jessica Sung

Jessica Sung

Art Director

Originally from Taiwan, Jessica’s artistic journey has blossomed because of her experiences in Canada. As she encounters stories in the arts and culture sphere, she realizes that to be an artist is a responsibility in communicating with the world. The diversity of cultures found within Canada and Taiwan gives her new appreciation of her own heritage identity. Her artistic vision is informed by her consistent learning of culture and community. In her own words: Art and design is not just a job description, but an intimate conversation between the artist and the audience. In the world of design, differences in cultures are easily conveyed; it has opened up the world for her.

becky tu

becky tu

Associate Editor

Becky grew up in Vancouver constantly aware of her many-hyphenated identity. As a writer who is a visible minority and many invisible minorities, she is invested in learning the stories of underrepresented artists and arts-adjacent educators, advocates, and supporters. With her sociology and creative writing background, she is always exploring new forms of storytelling and is thrilled to be part of a team that seeks to elevate stories that connect people to community.

Michelle Wu

Michelle Wu

Website Builder/IT

Avidly curious about technology, Michelle is a self-taught website builder. She is grateful to Toronto Spark for providing her another opportunity to learn more about building websites and publishing media. She hopes to continue to support the rising and existing talent in Canada and beyond by letting their stories be told.

Toronto Spark

Arts for Canadians Tomorrow Society created Toronto Spark to foster greater appreciation for underrepresented artistic communities. A rising tide of understanding lifts all of us.

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Arts for Canadians Tomorrow Society is grateful to be held on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of many nations, including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples, that is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. We acknowledge our privilege to be gathered on this land, and commit to work with and be respectful to the Indigenous peoples whose arts and stories inspire us to bring communities together.