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The Human Library

  • EPL, Whitemud Crossing Branch 4211 106 Street Northwest Edmonton, AB, T6J 6P3 Canada (map)

Back by popular demand is our 2nd Annual Human Library Event. Imagine that you could go to your local library and check out a person just like a book. What stories they'd tell! It is an experience where real people- some of the most provocative movers and shakers from our city- are on loan to you, the “readers”. This is a place where exciting dialogue is expected and appreciated.

Anthology Members - tickets are included in membership so please RSVP here

Non Members - tickets are $10 available for purchase here

Confirmed "Human Books" include:

Giselle Denis, Fine Artist Giselle is a performance painter at Fairmont Hotels in Canada. Her work develops quickly as you watch her make a painting from start to finish in a short period of time. She was the resident artist at the Raffles Hotel in Dubai, UAE for February & March 2017. She paints nature in bright bold colours, with a warmth and joy that you can't help but feel happy when you look at it. She connects to people in a unique way through her live painting experience. Giselle paints hope.”

Giselle Denis, Fine Artist

Giselle is a performance painter at Fairmont Hotels in Canada. Her work develops quickly as you watch her make a painting from start to finish in a short period of time. She was the resident artist at the Raffles Hotel in Dubai, UAE for February & March 2017. She paints nature in bright bold colours, with a warmth and joy that you can't help but feel happy when you look at it. She connects to people in a unique way through her live painting experience. Giselle paints hope.”

Joyce LaBriola, Founder Artists for Life Foundation Joyce LaBriola has nearly two decades of sports and entertainment marketing experience, working in the NHL, NBA, ECHL and CFL, as well as the Citadel Theatre and Winspear Centre, most recently serving as Senior Director of Marketing for the Edmonton Eskimos. Joyce is a proud member of Avenue Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40 Class of 2012, YWCA Edmonton Women of Distinction nominee, and an ambassador for the You Can Play Project, representing western Canada. Joyce was the Fund Development and Communications Officer for HIV Edmonton for several years and during that time also founded a non-profit called Artists for Life Foundation that raises money for local charities, focusing on LGBTQ community, marginalized and at risk populations, and HIV/AIDS organizations. As founder and volunteer Artistic Director, she has been instrumental in raising over $200,000 through arts-based events. With a extensive background in marketing, digital strategy, media relations, fund development and event planning, Joyce is also a member of the Women’s Advocacy Voice of Edmonton (WAVE) committee which reports to Edmonton City Council on gender equity issues.

Joyce LaBriola, Founder Artists for Life Foundation

Joyce LaBriola has nearly two decades of sports and entertainment marketing experience, working in the NHL, NBA, ECHL and CFL, as well as the Citadel Theatre and Winspear Centre, most recently serving as Senior Director of Marketing for the Edmonton Eskimos. Joyce is a proud member of Avenue Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40 Class of 2012, YWCA Edmonton Women of Distinction nominee, and an ambassador for the You Can Play Project, representing western Canada. Joyce was the Fund Development and Communications Officer for HIV Edmonton for several years and during that time also founded a non-profit called Artists for Life Foundation that raises money for local charities, focusing on LGBTQ community, marginalized and at risk populations, and HIV/AIDS organizations. As founder and volunteer Artistic Director, she has been instrumental in raising over $200,000 through arts-based events. With a extensive background in marketing, digital strategy, media relations, fund development and event planning, Joyce is also a member of the Women’s Advocacy Voice of Edmonton (WAVE) committee which reports to Edmonton City Council on gender equity issues.

Marianne Ryan, former head of RCMP Alberta In November 2013 Deputy Commissioner Marianne Ryan was appointed as the 23rd RCMP Commanding Officer for Alberta’s Provincial Police Force also known as “K” Division.  In March of 2017 she retired after having served as a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for 35 years.   Prior to becoming the Commanding Officer, she served as an Assistant Commissioner for 3 years in the position of Officer in Charge of Criminal Operations Branch, for RCMP “K” Division. D/Commr Ryan began her career in law enforcement after graduating from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, with a Bachelor of Arts degree. During her career in the RCMP, D/Commr Ryan has served in the provinces of Manitoba, British Columbia and Alberta carrying out various operational uniform and plainclothes duties.  She has extensive operational police experience at the local, national and international levels, leading major investigations targeting organized crime groups involved in a myriad of criminal activities including drugs, proceeds of crime and organized crime.   In May 2008, D/Commr Ryan assumed the role of Pacific Region Coordinator for the Change Management Team and in August 2009, she accepted the position as Human Resources Officer for the Pacific Region.  In this role, she had the responsibility and oversight of all human resource related issues for approximately 9,000 RCMP employees in the Pacific Region. In 2013, D/Commr Ryan was appointed to the Order of Merit of the Police Forces and resides with her partner and their family in Edmonton.

Marianne Ryan, former head of RCMP Alberta

In November 2013 Deputy Commissioner Marianne Ryan was appointed as the 23rd RCMP Commanding Officer for Alberta’s Provincial Police Force also known as “K” Division.  In March of 2017 she retired after having served as a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for 35 years.   Prior to becoming the Commanding Officer, she served as an Assistant Commissioner for 3 years in the position of Officer in Charge of Criminal Operations Branch, for RCMP “K” Division.

D/Commr Ryan began her career in law enforcement after graduating from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, with a Bachelor of Arts degree.

During her career in the RCMP, D/Commr Ryan has served in the provinces of Manitoba, British Columbia and Alberta carrying out various operational uniform and plainclothes duties.  She has extensive operational police experience at the local, national and international levels, leading major investigations targeting organized crime groups involved in a myriad of criminal activities including drugs, proceeds of crime and organized crime.  

In May 2008, D/Commr Ryan assumed the role of Pacific Region Coordinator for the Change Management Team and in August 2009, she accepted the position as Human Resources Officer for the Pacific Region.  In this role, she had the responsibility and oversight of all human resource related issues for approximately 9,000 RCMP employees in the Pacific Region.

In 2013, D/Commr Ryan was appointed to the Order of Merit of the Police Forces and resides with her partner and their family in Edmonton.

Dr. Shawna Pandya, Physician, Astronaut, Black Belt, Entrepreneur Dr. Shawna Pandya is a physician, speaker, martial artist, citizen-scientist astronaut candidate with Projects PoSSUM & PHEnOM , and prime crew aquanaut with Project Poseidon . She holds degrees in in neuroscience (BSc Hons.Neuroscience, University of Alberta), space (MSc Space Studies, International Space University), entrepreneurship (Graduate Studies Program, Singularity University) and medicine (MD, University of Alberta), and is currently completing a fellowship in Wilderness Medicine.

Dr. Shawna Pandya, Physician, Astronaut, Black Belt, Entrepreneur

Dr. Shawna Pandya is a physician, speaker, martial artist, citizen-scientist astronaut candidate with Projects PoSSUM & PHEnOM , and prime crew aquanaut with Project Poseidon . She holds degrees in in neuroscience (BSc Hons.Neuroscience, University of Alberta), space (MSc Space Studies, International Space University), entrepreneurship (Graduate Studies Program, Singularity University) and medicine (MD, University of Alberta), and is currently completing a fellowship in Wilderness Medicine.

Dr. Margaret-Ann Armour Margaret-Ann Armour joined the Chemistry Department at the University of Alberta in 1979, and from 1989 to 2005, was Assistant Chair of the Department. Since 2005, she has been Associate Dean of Science, Diversity, at the University of Alberta.  She was the first incumbent of the latter two positions. Her research and teaching have been in the field of Environmental Chemistry especially methods for the management and disposal of small quantities of hazardous waste chemicals. Outside her professional career, Dr. Armour has been highly engaged in encouraging young women to consider careers in the sciences and engineering. She is a founding member and past Chair of women in Scholarship, Engineering, Science and Technology WISEST, at the University of Alberta. She has received a number of awards for her research, teaching and outreach activities including a 3M Teaching Fellowship, Canada’s premier award for undergraduate teaching, a Governor General’s Award in Commemoration of the Person’s Case, the Montreal Medal of the Chemical Institute of Canada, twice named one of the top 100 most powerful women in Canada by the Women’s Executive Network and an Innovator Award at the 2011 APEC Summit on Women in the Economy.  Other exciting human books include: Justine Barber, Poppy Barley Lisa Holmes, Mayor of Morinville Jane Alexander, Anglican Bishop of Edmonton and Co-Chair of End Poverty Edmonton Bridget Ryan, Media and Entertainment Star

Dr. Margaret-Ann Armour

Margaret-Ann Armour joined the Chemistry Department at the University of Alberta in 1979, and from 1989 to 2005, was Assistant Chair of the Department. Since 2005, she has been Associate Dean of Science, Diversity, at the University of Alberta.  She was the first incumbent of the latter two positions. Her research and teaching have been in the field of Environmental Chemistry especially methods for the management and disposal of small quantities of hazardous waste chemicals.

Outside her professional career, Dr. Armour has been highly engaged in encouraging young women to consider careers in the sciences and engineering. She is a founding member and past Chair of women in Scholarship, Engineering, Science and Technology WISEST, at the University of Alberta.

She has received a number of awards for her research, teaching and outreach activities including a 3M Teaching Fellowship, Canada’s premier award for undergraduate teaching, a Governor General’s Award in Commemoration of the Person’s Case, the Montreal Medal of the Chemical Institute of Canada, twice named one of the top 100 most powerful women in Canada by the Women’s Executive Network and an Innovator Award at the 2011 APEC Summit on Women in the Economy. 

Other exciting human books include:

Justine Barber, Poppy Barley

Lisa Holmes, Mayor of Morinville

Jane Alexander, Anglican Bishop of Edmonton and Co-Chair of End Poverty Edmonton

Bridget Ryan, Media and Entertainment Star