Meet the Modo Ambassadors
Meet our Modo Ambassadors!
Ours Ambassadors come from all walks of life, but share two things in common: they’re local bloggers and proud advocates for Modo! They help raise awareness of Modo by telling stories about how carsharing with us fits their lifestyle, and offer different perspectives from travel and shared mobility, to family fun and urban planning.
Anita Cheung is the founder of The Social Yoga — the original nomadic studio offering an alternative to your typical yoga class experience. Classes are workshop-style and run over the course of four weeks in unconventional spaces, from ice cream shops to pizza parlours and cookbook clubs. As someone who is constantly on the go (and new to Modo), Anita is excited to explore carsharing for weekend trips away and for shorter trips around town.
Lisa Corriveau, aka Spokesmama, lives in East Van with her husband and two kids. Her “family car” is a longtail cargo bike, but occasionally she carshares, having been a proud Modo member since 2003. She is the Secretary of the Mount Pleasant Family Centre Board of Directors, sits on the city of Vancouver’s Active Transportation Policy Council and organizes family biking events.
Adrian Crook is a father of five who lives in a 1,023 square foot condo in downtown Vancouver. His family is car-free and enjoys getting around town on foot, by transit and by Modo, when they want to range further. His blog, 5 Kids 1 Condo, is all about minimalism, urbanism and family life — in short, why owning less will lead to having more.
Elicia Elliott Elicia Elliott is a Transportation Planner serving North America. Having lived all over Canada, Elicia now lives in downtown Vancouver and happily gets around the region on foot, on her bike, on transit, and using Modo. Elicia’s part of a bunch of nerdy Planning stuff, including working with the Planning Institute of BC, and spreading the word about what Planning can do in interviews like this one with Flare Magazine. Non-working hours usually involve tacos, margaritas, and friends.
Emma Gilchrist is a journalist who specializes in energy and environment issues. She started her career at the Calgary Herald and now runs DeSmog Canada, an influential online news magazine. She hasn’t owned a car since she immigrated west from Calgary in 2010. Emma now lives in Fernwood in Victoria. In her free time, she runs a website celebrating the best bits of Victoria, called The Vic Life.
Jillian Glover is a communications advisor who specializes in urban issues and transportation. She is a former Vancouver City Planning Commissioner and holds a Master of Urban Studies degree from Simon Fraser University. She was born and raised in Vancouver, where she lives with her husband and son. In her spare time, she writes about urban issues at her blog, This City Life, recently named on the best city blogs by The Guardian.
Nicola Grice is a Registered Massage Therapist and Science Facilitator at Vancouver’s Science World. When not massaging or getting her “science nerd” on, this self-confessed energizer bunny can be found running long distance around Vancouver marathon-training, hiking, biking, kayaking, partaking in snow sports or out walking her Chihuahuas for long walks (“because they do not belong in purses!”). When her feet are not on the ground then they’re up in the air or driving a Modo car in an attempt to manage her self-diagnosed severe wanderlust.
Keane Gruending said goodbye to his Jeep during the summer of 2008 and has never looked back! Choosing care-free and car-free, he gets around by foot, bike, carshare, and transit, sometimes all in the same day. As the Communications Manager for the SFU Centre for Dialogue’s Renewable Cities program, he works to advance 100% renewable energy in cities globally, and also has contributed to the Carbon Talks and Moving in a Livable Region programs. In his spare time, he can be found enjoying East Van and road tripping and hiking around the world.
Alicia Haque is a British lifestyle and travel writer living in Vancouver. She loves encouraging others to explore the world and adventure to new destinations — sometimes with a Modo! Alicia writes on her own blog, Go Live Explore and has published outdoor stories for British Columbia Magazine. Find her latest Modo trip to Joffre Lakes here.
Quinn MacDonald is the owner and editor for Concrete Garden, a Victoria-based print magazine about sustainable urban agriculture. She doesn’t have space for a car at her downtown apartment and mainly gets around by foot, but she loves using Modo to go do interviews and cover stories about the local food movement for the magazine. Find out more in this Modo Q&A. Quinn also does some writing for Megaphone Magazine and likes to blow off steam and stay fit by playing roller derby with the Eves of Destruction.
Jen Walker is an avid hiker, a personal trainer and nutrition coach at Movement108 in Vancouver, BC. Her approach to training is to move well, and to move often. Getting outside in nature as much as possible is part of it. Jen organizes bi-monthly group hikes and Modo’s mini vans make adventuring to the mountains a breeze!
Modo Business Ambassadors
Accio is Modo’s first Business Ambassador! Carla Smart is the co-founder and Operations Director of Accio Delivery Inc. When Carla isn’t working she spends her free time playing sports and hanging out with her 2 dogs (Scout & Duke). Accio Delivery Inc. is a personal and business concierge, if you need “anything” picked up or dropped off in the Victoria area. Read our Q&A with the two owners, Carla and Mike.