Valerie Zink is a long-time community organizer and is active in movements for migrant and refugee rights, Indigenous sovereignty and Palestine solidarity. She studied History at Dalhousie University and holds a Certificate of Professional Editing from New York University.
Andrew Loewen is a long-time social activist and one-time English instructor and academic. He has a Master’s degree and some questionable poetry stored alongside his old treeplanting gear.
Leslie-Ann Kroeker is a recent Journalism school graduate and also has a Bachelor of Arts in English. She enjoys reading, freelance writing, watching too many documentaries on Netflix, and jogging.
Rachel Penner loves making order out of chaos, especially if it involves punctuation, grammar, and a dictionary. To provide balance to this brain work, she takes flamenco classes and sometimes dances just for fun in her living room.
Victoria Abraham is a Russian export completing her honors degree in Journalism and Canadian Studies at Carleton University. She is passionate about women’s rights and immigration and refugee issues. She loves writing, yoga, a good book, and travelling.
Kim Kovacs is a Canadian-Oxford-Dictionary-toting, red-pen-wielding, grammar-policing bibliophile who moonlights as a nitpicker (i.e. proofreader) on the Volunteer Brigade at Briarpatch. She is based in Regina, Treaty 4 Territory.
For over 10 years Derek Hogue has been designing and developing websites for radical publishers; artists and musicians; and non-profit advocacy organizations across Canada and beyond. He does this from his politically-beleagured yet economically-affordable hometown of Winnipeg.
Board of Directors
Briarpatch is overseen by a dedicated and delightful volunteer Board of Directors. Each member is indispensable in guiding the magazine through patches of rough sea and ensuring that the ship is sailing in the right direction.
- Naomi Beingessner
- Eric Bell
- Patricia Bell
- Lara Bonokoski
- Simon Enoch
- Kenneth Kubian
- Michael Kurtz
- Steffany Salloum
- Shanon Zackidniak