More About Joan Brander

Goals

  • to create greater public awareness of the fascinating art of decorated eggs known as "pysanky" in Ukrainian folk-art
  • to write books of interest to teachers, community leaders, and anyone interested in pysanky

Accomplishments

  • Author
    • See Publications by Joan Brander
    • About the Pysanka – It Is Written! A Bibliography by Joan Brander (2007)
    • About the Pysanka – It Is Written! A Bibliography by Joan Brander (eBook 2014)
    • Book Launch for About the Pysanka : It Is Written! A Bibliography – March 8, 2008, Washington, DC and March 15, 2009, Richmond, BC
    • Pysanky on Paper: An Activity Book for Children (1997)
    • Pysanka Power! Birthday Party Ideas & Planner (2012)
    • Pysanka Power! Birthday Party Ideas & Planner (eBook 2012)
    • Pysanka Power Pamphlets - information, knowledge, hints, and money saving tips (1996 to present)
    • Pysanka Power – Writing Eggs with Beeswax and Dyes: Instructions, information, and money saving tips for all levels of experience (2014)
  • Artist
    • Presenter, 2008 Pysanka Symposium, Washington, DC 2008
    • Visual Artist, Art Starts in Schools, Vancouver
    • Hidden Passions - British Columbia Institute of Technology (2013)
    • Richmond Museum
    • Moncton Museum - Eggfest '97 (July 28 to August 10, 1997)
    • Richmond Art Centre – 2013
    • Richmond Art Gallery – 1980
    • Richmond Art Gallery/Richmond School Board "Arts for Life" – 2001
    • Shadbolt Centre Seasonal Celebration – 2010
    • Surrey Museum "Ukrainian Spirit" – 2013
    • Surrey Musuem "Making a New Home: 125 Years of Ukrainians in Canada" – 2016
  • Editor
    • EGGS-aminer, a newsletter dedicated to the art of Pysanky
  • Awards
    • Arts Education Award, Richmond – Finalist 2014
  • Committees
    • British Columbia Ukrainian Arts Council, Vancouver
    • British Columbia Ukrainian Cultural Festival, Langley
    • Ukrainian Centennial Days, Plaza of Nations, Vancouver 1991 and 2000
    • Canada Day at Canada Place, Vancouver 1992
    • Ukrainian Showcase, Pacific National Exhibition, Vancouver 1992
    • Ukrainian Canadian Congress, BC Branch 2011
    • 120th Anniversary of Ukrainian Settlement in Canada Celebration 2011
  • Director
    • Ukrainian Community Society of Ivan Franko, Richmond

Media Attention

Digital Media Television
  • CBC Vancouver: our Vancouver, Easter eggs, the eastern European way, March 27, 2016
  • Shaw TV Vancouver: go! March 23, 2016
  • Delta Cable Communications: "Plugged IN! Pysanka with Joan Brander", Delta 2008
  • Voice of America, March 19, 2008
  • CityTV, Breakfast TV, Vancouver, March 22, 2005
  • CTV, Vancouver, March 26, 2005
  • Vancouver Cable 10 Echoes of Ukraine Easter Program: "Pysanka Workshop", Produced by Julia Stashuk, Vancouver, 1999
  • BCTV, Vancouver, April 4, 1998
  • Vancouver Cable 10 Echoes of Ukraine Easter Program: "Pysanka Workshop", Produced by Julia Stashuk, Vancouver, 1997
  • Vancouver Cable 10 Echoes of Ukraine Easter Program: "Pysanka Workshop", Produced by Julia Stashuk, Vancouver, 1994
  • Delta Cable 10 Community Events Program: "Bubblebash", Delta 1993
Radio
  • Nash Holos Interview, Vancouver, April 27, 2008
  • CBC, North by Northwest, Vancouver, March 19, 2004
Newspapers
  • Richmond Review – July 2, 2014
  • Richmond Review – August 21, 2013 [link to The Richmond Review website and advance to page 6, or .pdf version]
  • The Richmond News - March 14, 2012 [link to The Richmond News website and advance to page A17, or .pdf version]
  • Diverse, Canadian Multicultural Awareness Magazine focusing on Art + Culture + Heritage, Volume 3, Issue 1
  • The Ukrainian Weekly, April 27, 2008
  • Burnaby New Westminster NewsLeader, March 20, 2008
  • Burnaby New Westminster NewsLeader, April 7, 2007
  • Vancouver Shinpo, March 29, 2007
  • Vancouver Sun, March, 5, 2007
  • Burnaby New Westminster NewsLeader, April 15, 2006
  • Peninsula Lifestyles, April 8, 2004
  • Richmond Review, April 8, 2004
  • Delta Optimist, March 27, 2004
  • Richmond News, April 12, 2003
  • Florida Today, April 4, 2003
  • Richmond News, April 15, 2001
  • Delta Optimist, March 20, 1999
  • Richmond News, March 16, 1997
  • Richmond Review, April 3, 1996
  • Ming Pao, March 16, 1996
  • Richmond News, April 19, 1995
  • Richmond Review, April 19, 1995
  • Vancouver Sun, April 2, 1994
  • Richmond News, March 30, 1994
Newsletters and Magazines
  • Diverse, Canadian Multicultural Awareness Magazine focusing on Art + Culture + Heritage, Volume 3, Issue 1, Summer 2011
  • Ukrainian Community Society of Ivan Franko, Richmond, Volume 20, Number 3, Spring 2009
  • Solovei, Volume 4, Number 2, Spring 2008
  • Ukrainian Community Society of Ivan Franko, Richmond, Volume 10, Number 10, Spring 2008
  • Solovei, Volume 1, Number 2, Spring 2005
  • EGGS-aminer, published by Bluenose Press, Richmond, Volume 7, No. 2, July 2001
  • International Egg Art Guild, No. 78, April 1998
  • Ukrainian Community Society of Ivan Franko, Richmond, Spring 1994
  • Contact, published by Ukrainian Canadian Congress, British Columbia Provincial Council, Vancouver
Pysanka Power Video Clips on YouTube – iluvpysanky channel
  • Oct 2011 – photo montage of 2008 Pysanka Symposium and Book Launch in Washington, DC
  • Nov 2011 – video clip of Book Launch and Announcement by Library of Congress
  • Jan 2012 – Annual Pysanky Ukrainian Egg Decorating Workshops
  • May 2012 – Our Tee Shirts Get Around

Promoting Pysanky

  • 2008 Pysanka Symposium (Washington, DC) – March 8, 2008
  • Malls
    • Arbutus Village, Vancouver – since 1999
    • Lougheed Town Centre, Burnaby – since 2003
    • Richmond Centre Mall, Richmond – 1995 to 2004
    • Willowbrook Town Centre, Langley – since 2005
  • Teachers, Schools, Artist in Residence
    • B.C. Art Teachers' Association (1996 to 2004)
    • School Districts of British Columbia
  • Festivals, Multi-Cultural, and Community Events
    • BC Ukrainian Cultural Festival 1998 to 2004
    • Chateau Whistler Resort – 2014 to 2016
    • Culture Days – 2014, 2015
    • Dragon Boat Festival, Vancouver – 1996
    • Fusion Festival, Surrey – 2011 to 2012
    • International Tall Ships Festival, Richmond (Steveston) – 2002
    • Kaleidoscope: A World in Our City, Richmond – 2004
    • London Farm, Steveston - 1992, 1996, 1997 (Family Farm Fair) and 2011
    • Mountain Secondary School, Langley – 1997 (Multicultural Night)
    • Multicultural Celebration '98, Richmond - 1998
    • Multifest, Richmond - 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997
    • Palmer School (Community Interaction Days), Richmond – 1996
    • Panorama Heights Elementary School, Coquitlam – 1995
    • Plaza of Nations (Ukrainian Days), Vancouver – 1991
    • Pysanka Festival, Vegreville, Alberta – 1998, 1999, 2004
    • Richmond Doors Open – 2014
    • Richmond Nature Park, Richmond – 1991
    • Rotary Club, Vancouver – 1993
    • Steveston Landing, Steveston - 1994, 1995, 1996
    • Steveston Salmon Festival on Canada Day - 2012 to 2016
    • Svitanok Performing Arts Society of BC – 2002
    • Ukrainian Community Society, Richmond – 1995 to 1999, 2004 to 2015
    • Vancouver European Festival – 2007 to 2015
    • Vancouver Multicultural Society of BC, Cultureshare – 1997
    • Vancouver Museum, Vancouver – 1994, 1998
    • Writers' on the Street, Vancouver – 1998
    • Yevshan Spring Festival, Abbotsford – 1998
  • Seniors
    • Courtyard Gardens, Richmond - 2006, 2011
    • Fraserview Manor, Richmond - 1994
    • Icelandic Care Centre, Vancouver - 1998
    • Inglewood Care Centre, West Vancouver - 2000
    • Kinsmen Senior Recreation Centre, Tsawwassen - 1997
    • Laurel Place, Surrey - 2009
    • Lions Manor, Richmond - 1996 to 2014
    • Pacifica Resort, Surrey - 2009
    • St. Michael's Senior Centre, Vancouver - 2000, 2001
  • Corporate Events
    • Chateau Whistler Fairmont Resort – 2014 to 2016
    • Delta Town & Country Inn, Delta –1993, 1995
    • Eatons, Lansdowne Shopping Centre, Richmond – 1992
    • MacCallum McIntyre Law Corporation – 1992
    • Pixar Canada – 2013
    • Pryke, Lambert, Leathley, Russell Law Corporation – 2009
    • Richmond General Hospital– 1995 to 1997
  • Churches
    • Fraserview, Richmond
    • M.O.P.S., Richmond – 1995
    • Reah Fellowship, South Langley MB Church, Langley – 1994
    • St. Joseph the Worker Church, Richmond – 1995

Educational Background

  • Foam Lake Composite High School, Saskatchewan - Graduated 1973
  • Seneca College of Applied Arts & Technology, Toronto 1973 - 1975
  • Kwantlen College, Richmond – Part Time Studies 1981
  • Vancouver Community College – Part-Times Studies 1978 - 1981
  • University of British Columbia – Real Estate Pre-Licensing Course 1982
  • H&R Block Canada, Inc. 1995
  • British Columbia Institute of Technology 2012 - 2016
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