The way volunteers are treated here really set the Festival apart.

Kelli Glass has been volunteering on and off for five or six years, and makes it clear at the beginning of our interview…”I just want to say, Site Transportation has an awesome coordiantor, Alisa (Levenstein) is the best.” This is her third year on the site transportation committee. Although she is is “here because of the music” she is really excited about the Festival. According to her, how the the Festival treats the volunteers “really sets it apart” from some of the other volunteer experiences she’s had. The coordinators, the musicians, the board, all really make sure the volunteers know how much they’re appreciated she says. They’ve really “made it so you want to volunteer”.

Site Transportation drives the golf carts and panel vans around the site and walk in front of all the moving vehicles with red flags to keep traffic moving and ensure everyone stays safe. Kelli loves the interactions she has with her fellow volunteers, many of whom she only sees once a year but loves catching up with. “Last night”, she said, “I was driving Arrested Development around,” adding that its one of the definite perks of the job, making personal connections with amazing musicians.

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Jaia Christopher is an enthusiastic and community-minded Vancouverite. Passionate about living on the West Coast, Jaia has been here five years since relocating from Halifax. Residing in East Van for the past four years, Jaia has been a core organizer of the Commercial Drive Car-Free Days since its first year four summers ago, running stages and coordinating volunteers and still contributes as a block captain for Car-Free summer spaces gracing Commercial Drive most summers.

A spirited dancer, Jaia can be seen inspiring movement and activating dancefloors all over the city, and has dedicated time to co-organizing Earthdance, the Intention gatherings and is a founding member of Just Danc- Journeys. A talented and engaging performer Jaia has expanded from his spoken word roots to encompass all forms all vocal sounding from beatboxing to toning, chanting, droning and freestyle poetry and remains active encouraging others to open up their voices and bodies. He recently invested in a Boss Rc-50 loop station to build vocal community and leads vocal-focused workshops. He is currently working on his third cd, as JAIAquarian, incorporating vocal loops, freestyled lyrics and polished poetics.

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