Communications Lead
Vancouver B.C.

Maya Pankalla

Maya joined the Communications Team in March of 2014 and has since worked to ensure the organization’s many stories are told in an honest, visually appealing, and tech-savvy manner. She studied English (Creative Writing) in her hometown at the University of Calgary before completing a Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism at Montreal’s Concordia University and diplomas in both Photography and Digital Design.

Maya’s love of travel—and of the stories people tell and live—has taken her around the world, continually draining her bank account. From semesters spent abroad in Argentina and New Zealand, to a film festival in a Western Saharan refugee camp and backpacking trips through South East Asia, India, and Europe, Maya doesn’t go anywhere without her camera, a notebook, and a great shade of lipstick.

Her favourite countries—Nepal, India, Indonesia, and Turkey—may be a world away, but Maya’s heart is right here in BC, the province where she spent her summers and dreamed of living since childhood. She made the move to Vancouver shortly before starting with the SCI BC team, and hasn’t looked back (at the snow) since.

As Communications Lead, Maya’s tasks at SCI BC are varied: she contributes stories and photos to The Spin magazine, updates the websites and works with guest bloggers, designs graphics for both print and online, shoots and produces SCI BC TV episodes, photographs Peer events, and pitches in on SCI BC’s social media sites.

When she’s not bringing new plants into her office (and promptly killing them), Maya’s a sucker for podcasts, non-fiction books, Danish films and furniture, and weekend camping trips…providing someone brings cold Hefeweizen and dark chocolate.


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