2021 Core Team

EMILY OLSEN–Founder, Director, MC.

Emily Olsen is the founder of the Connection Project. Emily facilitates workshops exploring magic in the every-day through themes such as worthiness, gratitude, and kindness. Her passion is bringing people together to explore personal growth through creativity. She loves to write poetry, is host of a podcast about well-being, and continues work on a book about her journey back from depression. Emily lives in W̱SÁNEĆ Territory in Brentwood Bay, BC. with her husband Adam and two children Silas and Ella. Emily is grateful for the support of family, friends, and the ever-growing Connection Project community and wishes to thank all those involved since it’s inception. emilyolsenpresents.com

LINDA HUNTER–Event Coordinator, Sponsorship Lead.

Linda Hunter is an independent, professional writer and event planner who is dedicated to service, open to possibility, and who aspires to walk a path of grace. She is passionate about communal living, nurturing relationships, and doing death better.  Linda is the co visionary behind Deathly Matters – A Community in Conversation; you can find out more about her work at https://dyingwithgrace.ca/  Linda loves a number of people living with mental illness and is dedicated to serving The Connection Project as a member of this year’s event production team.  

“we’re all just walking each other home” – Ram Dass.

CALEIGH HUNTER–Social Media, Promotions.

Caleigh Hunter joins The Connection Project for the first time this year and is grateful to be involved in this incredible community event. Caleigh assists with the Social Media for the event. Caleigh teaches dance, fitness, and yoga at a variety of places in Victoria as well as co-owns RNS Dance Inc. She has her Bachelor in Sport and Fitness Leadership and is grateful to use these skills by managing a variety of sport, fitness, and health events on the island. Caleigh is looking forward to learning from the incredible speakers this year and all who contribute to The Connection Project.

B. JOEL CRAN & CHANTELLE MUSSELL–Videography, Post Production.

We at Lot2 Media believe in the power of strong content for your website, print, commercial, and social media needs. We have the utmost creativity and experience to deliver high-quality content for your brand. We believe in collaboration and analytics to create stories that will drive your business to the next level. We are videographers, graphic designers, marketing experts, musicians, recording artists, filmmakers, award-winning sound designers, singers, visual artists, website designers, documentarists, and avid Yogis from Victoria, BC, nous vous aimons.

B. Joel spent the early years of his career as a composer and marketing director for video games. In 2012, he discovered two things that changed his career path and life forever. The first one was practicing asana, and the second was he realized being behind the camera was his calling in life. From there, Lot2 Media was first conceived. From documentaries to commercials, from business development to business marketing, B. Joel has expertise in crafting stories.

Chantelle Mussell is our brand and marketing expert. From executive producing large music videos with 50 person crews to crafting graphics and design for multiple projects (sometimes at the same time!), she is a powerhouse of a human and our fantastic Creative Director. Every bit of our work is meticulously checked over by Chantelle, and her excellent sense of style and creativity is branded on each project. She runs things around here, and the organization shows.

ALWYN CROCKER–Event Production.

Alwyn (Wyn) Crocker was born to lighthouse keepers on the remote West Coast of Vancouver Island and at the age of three moved to Bamfield. Leaving there at the age of 11, she then bounced between Ladysmith and Victoria for school, studied some History in Art and left University feeling very unprepared for life. Surprising even herself, she found love, community and satisfying work in Brentwood Bay where she’s been settled for almost a decade. In 2019, she joined The Peninsula Players to realize dreams of staging theatre and now for a third year in a row, she brings her organizational talents and sharp eye for visual details to the Connection Project’s Event Production.


With over 11 years experience as a photographer and working with many local businesses and a well known magazine, this ambitious lady has decided on a new fun path of becoming an Artist in different forms besides those with a lens. Still taking photos for friends, family and projects close to her heart. Jo-Ann continues to bless the Connection Project with her amazing photographs.

PAMELA RICHARDSON, PhD, RCC-Well-being, Counselling.

My approach to therapy offers you a safe and nurturing space to explore and heal challenging patterns and stuck places in your life.

You can expect your sessions to be attuned to your needs, honouring of your strengths, as well as, empowering you to greater depths of awareness, authenticity, and connection with self and others.

Pamela brings 20+ years of experience in the fields of counselling, teaching, leadership, and contemplative, creative and somatic practices. Devoted to creating an inclusive experience for all clients, Pamela welcome clients who are LGBTQ+, and clients of all ethnicities, cultural heritages and faith backgrounds. She also welcome clients who are neurodivergent.

Pamela is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) and a member in good standing of the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors. pamelarichardson.ca