Holly Nathan is a writer now living in New Westminster. These posts capture daily life and other random things in the neighborhood, along with her walks and hikes in the region with Karl Sturmanis, a biologist and First Nations natural resource advisor. She lives near Colborne Street and is beginning to figure out what’s around the corner…
Background: Holly has had the happy fortune to wander around southern Africa, lug a guitar through Europe, canoe the Zambezi River, busque in the Paris metro, and parasail. In her real life, she has been an award-winning reporter, freelance writer, communications specialist and educator, bringing a lifetime of experience to professional story-telling, writing and communications.
As a daily newspaper reporter (Victoria Times-Colonist), she brought consistent coverage to First Nations issues, receiving the Canadian Association of Journalists Award for Outstanding Investigative Reporting in Canada for a series on justice, and a BC Law Society award for legal reporting. Holly has also worked as a freelance writer for non-governmental, health, community and university publications. At the University of Northern British Columbia, she developed, managed and wrote content for communications platforms for the National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health (2008-2012), linking research and practice in First Nations, Inuit and Métis public health in Canada.
As a university and college educator at the University of Victoria and College of New Caledonia, Holly taught professional writing and provided writing support to students for nearly a decade. She received a Canadian Association of Journalists/Canadian International Development Agency Africa fellowship to look at the role of journalists in southern Africa in 2002, and in 2013, her short story “Breathing in Siberia” was longlisted in the CBC Canada Writes Literary awards competition. In another creative project, the shadow art film “Bird, House, Woman,” was launched at Groop Gallery in September 2013, a collaborative creation with artist Mo Hamilton. The film explores the theme of place and belonging through art and music in a project funded in part by the City of Prince George.
After moving to Prince George in 2004, Holly’s studies (MA History, UNBC) strengthened her knowledge and appreciation of the Prince George region. She moved to New Westminster in 2014. Although she is not, after all, a foreign correspondent, she is still sending dispatches, if from a different kind of highly localised, highly informal frontline…Welcome to Colborne Corner!