The Animal Voices team

Alison Cole

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!

 

Alissa Raye

Alissa joined Animal Voices in December of 2010 and started hosting and producing in December 2011. In highschool she stopped eating land animals after learning about the environmental destruction that it was causing on a global scale. She was a pescatarian 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 carshare co-op. She looks forward to a time when she feels settled enough to welcome rescued animals into her home.

 

Jackie McIntosh

Jackie joined Animal Voices in October 2012, and serves as a host and producer of the show. She has always loved, and felt connected to, all animals, from rats to bears, and was fortunate enough to grow up in an area surrounded with wildlife. Jackie experimented with vegetarianism on and off as a teen, but living in a household where meat was always included in the meal plan made it difficult. Once she moved out from her parents’, at the age of 17, Jackie didn’t consume much meat for several years, being, as some call it, a “flexitarian”. However, after watching the documentary film Food Inc. in early 2010, she made the life-changing, committed switch to veganism. She committed to educating herself as much as possible about the legal torture of animals that takes place in today’s society, from animal testing to the fur trade to animal agriculture. Over the past several years, Jackie has become very involved in animal activism and animal rights groups. From demos and memorials to leafletting and educating the people closest to her, she feels more empowered every day to fight for the liberation of those exploited beings.

Jackie loves film outreach and finds it to be a powerful method of activism, especially as most humans need to “see to believe”. Some of her top most influential films include EarthlingsFood Inc., and Maximum Tolerated Dose, among many others. She currently lives in a home with her partner, and one canine and two feline companions. Her long term goal is to one day open up a sanctuary for animals rescued from exploitation, or at least to live somewhere with the ability of at-home rescue.

 

Jenni Rempel

Jenni joined the Animal Voices collective at the beginning of 2013 after MCing and performing at a number of animals rights events in Vancouver (including Veg Fest).

Her vegan journey began in 2008 when she watched the film “Titanic” (yes, the James Cameron movie). Jenni was inspired to help others using her skills, instead of “leaving them to drown” (so to speak). She became vegetarian and went vegan shortly after and has now been vegan for over 4 years.

Jenni has dabbled in a number of forms of animal advocacy including protests, internet campaigns, organizing and more. Notably, she interned for Mercy for Animals in New York City in 2013. She founded the LOVE (Living Opposed to Violence and Exploitation) Club at Simon Fraser University and has enjoyed bringing animal advocacy into her class work (including the creation of  a poetic book about veganism, a vindictive annotated vegan rap, and more). Jenni also runs her own social enterprise as a media artist, Creative for Change and hopes to use to profits to create positive change (for humans and other animals). You can listen to her sing as the vocalist for pop-punk band Hello, Harmless.

 

Cynthia Ganatra

cynthiaAVbioCynthia began guest co-hosting in May 2013 and officially joined the Animal Voices collective as a producer in July 2013. She became vegetarian at the age of 12, after she saw a backyard chicken being slaughtered and made the connection that meat was the product of violence. She was a lacto-vegetarian for many years before she learned about the dairy industry and became vegan. It was only after becoming vegan that she became truly active in the animal rights movement. She was shocked it took her so long to learn about the cruel practices in dairy. This motivated her towards activism as tool to educate and spread the message of compassion for all beings.

She is active in the animal rights community in many different ways including demos, leafleting and vegan transition coaching. She is also a Yoga teacher and Holistic Nutritionist and part of her advocacy includes educating people about the connection between Yoga and Veganism. She teaches at the Institute of Holistic Nutrition where she hopes she can inspire and educate her students to see veganism as more than just a diet. She is inspired by Thich Nhat Hanh, Gandhi and any person who is willing to stand up against injustice of any kind. Some of her favourite books includes: “The World Peace Diet“, “The China Study” and “Diet for a New America“.