Welcome to Capsule, Capilano University’s new digital magazine!

Capsule is the work of CapU’s marketing and digital experience team. We are a collective of diverse talents but one common thread that unites us is our love of storytelling.

We created Capsule because we believe stories have the power to build connections — and there is no better time to launch a platform designed to connect us through stories. It’s more important than ever to create ways to stay in touch with, learn about, and learn from each other.

As we prepared Issue II, this theme of connecting came up time and time again. In this collection of stories, you will meet people who are connecting with their elders, with their purpose and with their personal history. We will seek answers to questions like “How do we build community when everyone is apart?” and “How can new routines help us connect with ourselves?”

We hope this work provides insight into the CapU community and fosters your connection to it.

Tae Hoon Kim, managing editor

Capsule Issue II was made possible by support and contributions by: Tanya Bovenlander-Vogt, Lorie Clay, Teodora Dotzeva, Trula Fountaine, Ravi Gill, Sebastian Mantilla, Bria Marchenski, Lance Singbeil and Yellow Pencil.

Meet the team behind Capsule

With more than 15 years’ experience as a designer and production artist, Rommel Cabanal brings levels of efficiency and agility to originating and leading specialized creative design implementation for CapU’s marketing and digital experience team.

Passionate about design in traditional and digital mediums, he’s always up for a quick debate that the greatest teacher is the natural environment.

Shannon Colin is CapU’s marketing supervisor. She has a BA from the University of British Columbia, and certificates in integrated branding, e-marketing, public relations and media writing.

She has more than 20 years of experience in marketing, communications and event management. As a key content creator at CapU, she has a talent for drawing out stories from students, alumni and subject matter experts and enjoys writing and sharing these stories across multiple platforms. Shannon’s role also includes writing and project management for the University’s award-winning Viewbook.

Denise Corcoran works on CapU’s marketing & digital experience (MDX) team as a digital communications specialist. Denise graduated from the Alberta College of Art and Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts then went to the Vancouver Film School and took their digital media certificate. Her goal was to up her skills and ensure she could be creative while happily employed.

She loves working at CapU and especially being part of MDX where she gets to work with talented, inspiring coworkers. As she likes to say “I won the job lottery.”

Outside of her regular job, she has a couple of side hustles. She gets paid to craft with kids (aka crafternoons), write for the Salvation Army Thrift Store... she’s even authored a crafty book sharing fun, simple DIYs.

In her spare time, Denise can be found trekking around on one of the many lush North Vancouver trails, enjoying bike dates with “Liv” (her new road bike) or enjoying a yummy craft beer at one of the local beweries.

Gillian Damborg is the creative manager for CapU’s marketing & digital experience team. She is currently on maternity leave with her first child.

She has more than 12 years of experience working as a manager and director for high profile brands like lululemon athletica and Luvo Inc., building and leading teams of creatives.

She specializes in brand development, digital and print marketing strategies, client services and creative operations. Gillian is always trying to think of how to connect people to the brands she works with through storytelling — whether it’s visual or verbal communications, digital or print, or the sweet spot right in between.

Niki Hope is a copywriter, freelance writer, content creator and strategic branding expert with more than a decade of experience in engaging readers, driving web traffic and generating buzz. As an SEO whiz with a passion for crafting the right flow of words, Niki knows how to keep eyes engaged and on the page. Niki has created compelling advertising campaigns and web copy for the real-estate industry, trades, startups, ad agencies and branding/design firms.

Niki also enjoys collaborating with art directors, brand developers, financial firms and clients, whether individuals or businesses, to create evocative marketing materials that resonate. When it comes to crafting the right message, words matter.

Chelsea Kelso is one of CapU’s graphic designers. With nine years of design experience in a variety of corporate environments, she has created all kinds of materials from brochures and reports to in-store shop signage, packaging, web graphics and advertising campaigns that span across print and digital platforms.

She thrives in a team environment where brainstorming, collaboration and creativity are encouraged. Her current role at CapU has allowed her to explore the visual design strategies of storytelling and relating those stories to audiences of all ages.

On weekends you can find her hiking in the forest with her pup or curled up with a pot of tea and a good book.

Tae Hoon Kim is CapU’s visual media specialist. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with the full intention of pursuing a law degree, but changed careers when he rekindled his love of photography while teaching and travelling in Asia.

He applied on a whim to Ohio University’s School of Visual Communication, somehow got in, and earned his MA in photojournalism. His master’s project was a short film about a backyard wrestling federation (yes, you read that correctly!).

Outside of his work at CapU, Tae Hoon works as a freelance photojournalist. He has worked with organizations such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Globe and Mail and Buzzfeed News.

Nancy Lanthier is a marketing and communications specialist at CapU. She graduated from Ryerson University with a degree in journalism and began her career by starting her own monthly music newspaper. Nancy eventually landed a plum real gig at the Vancouver Sun, writing about cultural events and editing web pages.

After accepting a buyout from the paper, Nancy honed her digital marketing skills as marketing director for the BC Alliance for Arts + Culture before joining CapU. She continues to freelance write for magazines and newspapers, such as Toronto’s MusicWorks and The Globe and Mail.

Alisha Moolla is CapU’s creative manager, and a multi-disciplinary professional working at the intersection of creativity and strategy.

Alisha holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Alberta, a Bachelor of Communication Design from Emily Carr University, and has more than 13 years of experience in marketing and communications for post-secondary education institutions like UBC and BCIT. During her time in higher education, she managed the development of award-winning undergraduate viewbooks and helped to spearhead new digital strategies to support both prospective and current students.

Alisha greatly enjoys leading cross-functional teams, building meaningful relationships with collaborators, creating work that meets business goals, and engaging with diverse audiences. In her spare time, she can be found exploring B.C. with her husband and two daughters and slowly renovating their East Vancouver home.

Linda Munro is a senior communications officer at CapU, focusing on media relations and external communications. With initial plans of joining the foreign service and becoming an ambassador, she completed a bachelor’s degree in geography and political science at Queen’s University. However, this education shifted her attention to community development and urban planning.

A series of internships in India and Thailand introduced her to marketing and communications, laying the foundation for her career. She completed an MA in journalism at Western University and has worked in public relations and communications for the last 20 years. Since 2016, she has worked in communications in higher education.

Outside of work, she is an active community volunteer, enjoys hiking, paddle boarding and 1,000-piece puzzles.

Kirk Pedersen is the marketing content generalist at CapU. He holds a Bachelor of Journalism degree from Kwantlen Polytechnic University and got his start working as a reporter for various Black Press papers before being hired to work on the Need for Speed team at Electronic Arts (EA).

Since departing EA, he has spent a decade working in higher education, previously working in the marketing department at Douglas College.

In his spare time, he enjoys playing guitar, pointing out classic cars, expanding his knowledge of hockey and baseball history and rudely shouting out answers while watching Jeopardy! Kirk moved to the North Shore just before the pandemic hit and lives with his partner in Deep Cove.