After almost 18 years in Winnipeg, Artist Becky Thiessen has settled once again in her birth province of British Columbia and is calling Nanaimo home as she pursues a Master’s in Community Planning at Vancouver Island University. Eighteen years of dynamic community development work and as an Arts Educator, she has compiled a unique set of leadership, facilitation, art and design skills. Her work has ranged from women’s advocacy, family and community outreach and child and youth arts education. Her work has taken her across Canada to the high Arctic with Statistics Canada and in various rural, coastal, northern and inner city communities as an Arts Educator with Winnipeg Art Gallery, Art City, Manitoba Arts Council, Winnipeg Arts Council and several other arts and community organizations. Community and art are her core. With her Master’s of Community Planning she hopes to encompass all that she has learned to help create and design places that inspire creativity and community.