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Our Board Of Directors

Chantelle Coulson (Chair) 

Chantelle lives in East Vancouver, and is excited to contribute to the East Van community and to the important work done at the Learnary. 

Chantelle’s background is in biology and environmental conservation, social justice, and in law. She has experience volunteering and working for non-profit, grassroots organizations and in providing education to communities on environmental stewardship and human rights issues. She currently works as Crown counsel in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and is passionate about working in collaborative, community-based settings to address social justice issues.

Alison Maddaugh (Secretary) 

Alison is typically on the lookout for how to make things more playful.  As a landscape architect  with a love for designing outdoor play environments, she is passionate about providing rich opportunities for children to express, explore and create. 

Dedicated to shaping engaging and sustainable public environments, Alison has helped generate several public art projects in the Hastings Sunrise area, and is proud to call this neighbourhood home.

Pam Mantaring (Financial Officer)

Pam is a lifelong learner. She enjoys co-creating spaces for individuals to come together and learn more about themselves and each other, than they would alone.

As a Performance Coach, she applies her curiosity and enthusiasm to help developing businesses grow by using technology. 

Pam is excited to join the Learnary Board and give back to the East Vancouver community she now calls home.

Emily Stickland (Member at Large)

Emily is excited to be involved in an organization dedicated to learning, playing and curiosity. She’s the kind of crazy person who decided to take a computer programming course in the middle of training to be a lawyer… just for fun! 

Emily now works as a self-employed criminal defence lawyer, primarily with clients who suffer from addictions and mental health difficulties. She feeds her desire for variety with never-ending home renovation projects, samba drumming, and interrogating her friends while hiking in the beautiful mountains of her adopted home.

Kirsten Bradford (Member at Large)

Kirsten is a curious neighbor of The Learnary and a proud member of the Hastings-Sunrise Community. She has a background in Marine Biology and Sustainable Community Development and is passionate about fostering communities that are connected to nature and each other. You can find Kirsten cycling through the city looking for forgotten treasures, or in her backyard playing with dirt.    

Helen Hughes (Member at Large)

Helen founded Windsor House School, a public school experiment in non-coercive democratic education that's been running 50 years or so. She also raised three children and is the grandparent of four

Helen is an activist for social and environmental justice, an advocate for young people and a beloved community member.

After co-founding The Learnary, Helen is now joining the Board to help us grow...and to take all the classes she possibly can!

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The Learnary is located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh people. We are humbled by this history and grateful for our use of this land.

Phone: 604-215-1146

2643 East Hastings 

Vancouver, BC 

V5K 1Z5



Free (2 hour) public parking is available 1/2 block north of Hastings between Penticton and Kamloops.

Store Hours

*Now Open 7 days a week*

Monday to Saturday  

11:00 - 6:00

Sundays 11:00 - 5:00

You can also purchase online for  pick-up in store or curb side.

No-contact deliveries are also available for a small fee.


Accessibility is important to us. Please note, however, that we are in an old building with limitations.

The Learnary Storefront is on one level.

The front entrance door is 34” wide. There is a short slope outside the front door which rises approximately 5” over 13".

Our bathroom is approximately 57” x 60”.  To access, you need to pass through three doorways. The smallest has a width of 26”. The bathroom is non-gendered.

Our back door (private entrance) has five wooden steps.  

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