Who We Are

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Jackie Duys-Kelly | Facilitator
Perceptive listener, big hearted problem solver and expert navigator of visual communications, Co-Founder of the Nanaimo Design Nerds and a certified Graphic Designer with the Graphic Designers Society of Canada. Jackie is the PechaKucha Night Nanaimo City Organiser, a Yogi, and Mother – with over 10 years of design industry background and a practitioner of design thinking in every aspect of life. Growing up in South Africa, studying in the UK, Holland and Canada, Jackie completed her undergraduate degree in Communication Design at Emily Carr University of Art and Design. Followed by a Graduate degree at NSCAD University three years later, Jackie has utilized her skills to teach, learn and practice the distinctions of beneficial design.​

“The most important thing about design, is how it relates to people.” – Victor Papanek


Monica Shore | Facilitator
Monica is a creative entrepreneur whose mission is to facilitate collaborative opportunities and to initiate positive change. She is a freelance researcher, a community development facilitator and an experienced event coordinator. Monica is passionate about the potential of Nanaimo’s creative sector and, through her work, she contributes to its development and sustainability.


Sean Enns | Word Nerd
Sean is a writer, developer and content strategist. He carries extensive knowledge of online platforms and communications mediums coupled with an impressive portfolio as a professional writer. Sean currently works as a hired gun for agencies, bringing with him considerable expertise in sales and marketing from nearly 20 years’ experience working for a variety of agencies and organizations. Born and raised on Vancouver Island, he’s lived in every community and loves them all. He currently writes and creates content on several websites about the local food movement, sustainability, travel and tourism. He’s a passionate problem solver, an aspiring Lego™ Master Builder, modern Renaissance man, and avid gardener. When he’s not building websites, writing, or tending his tomato patch, he’s experimenting with the latest trends in online software and service.

“One cannot, not communicate” – Watzlawick’s First Axiom of Communication


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