Meet The Contributors

Spring 2024

Lisa Richardson - Writer

Lisa Richardson


When Lisa first moved to Pemberton from the Australian suburbs, she thought radishes grow in bunches, because that’s how they come in the store. Meeting local farmers was one way that living on the unceded land of the Líl’wat Nation has helped re-educate her, making her a passionate advocate for local food, seasonal rhythms and reconciliation. She is a co-founder of Pemberton’s agritourism event the Slow Food Cycle Sunday and a prolific freelance writer. Her writing has been translated into multiple languages, has appeared in a wide range of lifestyle publications and has earned her the title of “Pemberton’s Favourite Writer” since 2007. Find more at

Michael Kompass - Writer

Michael Kompass


Michael has been a resident of Sea to Sky Country since 1997. As a graduate of both the International Sommelier Guild and the Wine & Spirit Education Trust, he is the co-owner/operator of the Blackcomb Liquor Store and Fitzsimmons Pub in Whistler, as well as the creator and director of the Whistler and Squamish Wine Club since 2001. In addition to all things beverage related, Michael enjoys skiing, snowboarding, camping, rugby and good barbecue!

Christine Montgomery - Food Stylist

Christine Montgomery

Food Stylist

Christine is a pastry chef, food stylist, artist and mom of two (and wife of one). After her culinary training and work throughout Vancouver, Christine started a bakery in West Vancouver with her mom, where they operated for eight years. Christine is now enjoying another side of food through food styling for print and film advertising in and around Vancouver. Working with local ingredients and exploring the beauty of food is a constant inspiration for Christine. Find out more or contact Christine at Fig Food Styling.

Sue Senger - Writer

Sue Senger


Sue is a landscape ecologist by trade (PhD, Biology; MSc, Plant Science), with a passion for homegrown food and small-scale farming. She’s spent her career translating science into understandable components and actionable steps that support good decision-making on the land. Join her newsletter, The Naturalized Human, on Substack ( for a focus on the mind-body-food connection, or visit Rose Hill Farm online ( for more hands-on farming features.

Ellena Dean - Illustrator

Ellena Deen


Ellena is originally from Sydney, Australia, and currently lives in beautiful Squamish. She has lived between Canada and Australia for chunks of her life and has always loved both for different reasons. Squamish has always felt more like home, with the towering mountains and deep forests. It’s one of her favourite places to be. Her painting is something her time in both places has in common, highlighting her ability to make the best of both worlds shine. During COVID, when she was finishing school, her interest in painting grew. Now it is one of the main things in her life. 

Meredith Gardner - Writer

Meredith Gardner


Meredith is a former world champion freestyle skier turned television producer turned sport development expert specializing in inclusion for neurodiverse kids and, in 2018, turned farmer. Find Meredith Googling everything green at HappiLife Farm in the Pemberton Meadows. 

Kerry McCann - Writer

Kerry McCann


Kerry co-owns and operates Laughing Crow Organics farm. For the past 10 years, she has been dedicated to growing the farm business. Kerry is passionate about farming, small farms, systems and efficiency for farmers, land stewardship, really good food, flowers and birding. 

Brenda Bakker - Photographer

Brenda Bakker


Brenda’s work as a hair, nail and makeup artist has been featured in Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, Flare, Fashion, Pulp, Strut, WedLuxe, Weddingbells and Real Wedding Magazine. Partner, gardener, yoga student and teacher, cold plunger and mother of twin boys, Brenda lives and learns on the ancestral and unceded territories of the Líl’wat Nation and St’át’imc Nation. Whether she is working alongside film and television celebrities, catwalk models, brides or organic farmers, Brenda’s goal is the same: to deepen connection and help people feel beautiful from the inside out. This is her first photography feature for a magazine.

Ashley Drody - Photographer

Ashley Drody


Ashley is a brand and lifestyle photographer based in beautiful B.C. She loves to explore and capture the deep connection between human beings and nature. You can usually find her chasing the sun in stunning landscapes around the world or in her backyard right here in Squamish. She is passionate about working with heart-centred humans and brands focused on sustainability and wellness.

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