Alison is proud to be a member of the Animal Voices collective since November 2009, where she reunited with her radio broadcast roots to produce and co-host a show that speaks deeply to several of her passions: animal rights, veganism, education, and broadcast communications. Her evolution into developing her awareness of animal issues and compassion for all creatures started as a teenager, when she began asking questions and adopted a vegetarian lifestyle to live in congruency with her ethics. Always on a path of learning, she went vegan in 2006, and since 2011 has been exploring a high raw vegan lifestyle.
She enjoys participating in many facets of animal activism in her community, from attending demos to tabling for animal rights groups to social media advocacy, but is most committed and focused to providing quality programming on the Animal Voices show each week, and continuing to educate herself in these issues so that she can have the most up-to-date and accurate information to educate others.
A few of the most influential books she has ever read to help pave this path are “Slaughterhouse” by Gail Eisnitz, “Diet for a New America” by John Robbins, and “The World Peace Diet” by Will Tuttle – all must-reads for every human being, in her opinion!
Elyse has been co-hosting Animal Voices since September 2014 and producing since December 2015. A lifelong animal lover, she finally “made the connection” in 2010 after watching the documentary Earthlings, and committed to a vegan lifestyle. She is now a passionate advocate for animal liberation and regularly participates in activism in the Vancouver area. She is especially interested in evidence-based vegan nutrition, pro-intersectional vegan feminism, and all scientific findings related to animal behavior, sentience, and intelligence.
Elyse is a professional classical violinist and violin teacher, as well as an occasional lyricist, and she enjoys using these skills and the platform they provide to call attention to animal and human rights issues. In her spare time, she enjoys eating delicious vegan food, going to concerts and plays, travelling, reading articles online, and watching movies.
Caroline joined the Animal Voices team as a regular co-host in December 2015 and is thrilled to be working with a dedicated group of animal rights advocates. A 4H field trip to one of Ontario’s largest slaughterhouses when she was 12 years old changed Caroline’s life forever and propelled her on a life long evolving course of animal rights activism. That was 40 years ago. She knew that after bearing witnessing to the violent death of cows, pigs and chickens, she could not ever again be responsible for contributing to that life for them. During her adolescence, she also undertook to regularly set off all of the leg hold traps placed within miles of her home in the country. A local trapper had once taken her along on his trapline route. And sadly, there were many to be sprung both on land and underwater. Veganism came a few years after when she came to understand the cruelty of the egg laying and dairy industries.
Outside of animal rights work, Caroline is deeply concerned with environmentalism and humanism and generally feels that issues of injustice, violence and disrespect are inextricably linked.
Alissa joined Animal Voices in December of 2010 and started hosting and producing in December 2011. In high school she stopped eating land animals after learning about the environmental destruction that it was causing on a global scale. She was a pescetarian for 10 years before she made the connection and committed to veganism in 2007, after watching the documentary Earthlings. She enjoys leafletting and tabling with veg outreach groups and is driven by a desire to continue learning about effective communication strategies. She is deeply inspired by the work of speaker, podcaster, and author, Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, and photographer and humane educator, Jo-Anne McArthur.
Besides speaking out for animals, she hosts a monthly vegan supper club with her partner, writes and performs music, and daydreams about travelling to Europe and South America while working at Vancouver’s only car share co-op. She looks forward to a time when she feels settled enough to welcome rescued animals into her home.