Meet the Team

Publisher, Regular Contributors and Columnist, Advertising Team
and Support Staff.


Amraah Carole White – Publisher
Amraah writes our regular column of “Wheelin’ In The ‘Hood”  She say’s “At 78 this year, I am both an old hand and an accidental tourist in Vancouver, 2017. I am pleased to offer an unusual take on my observations, experiences and on the wider world around me here in the Downtown Eastside. Bon Appetit!  Elsewhere she says, “There was a crossover point in my life as I matured. At some stage I became an ‘old lady’. Older people like me have a privilege – as long as we tell the Truth and do not whine about what ails us, we can and do speak up. In my particular case this can hardly be avoided because I wheel around the ‘hood in a power chair, a scooter for the disabled. I am noticed.”

CONTACT:  [email protected]

TJ Dawe – Columnist 
TJ is a Vancouver based writer, performer and director. He mostly creates autobiographical monologues, and helps others do the same. He teaches a course on creating a solo show at Langara, as part of their Continuing Studies program, which is open to anyone. He spends a good chunk of year on the road, touring theatres and festivals. He and his partner Lindsay facilitate workshops on the Enneagram (pronounced “any-a-gram”) – a personality type system, and on creativity.|

He performed his show Medicine for two runs at the Firehall Arts Centre in the DTES, in which he tells the story of his experience on a retreat with Dr. Gabor Mate where the participants ingest the Amazonian shamanic plant medicine ayahuasca. Dr. Mate joined him for Q & As after many performances. You can the show and some of Q & As on YouTube.

CONTACT:  [email protected]

DAVID BEATTIE – On Hiatus in Vietnam
Arriving in Canada and Vancouver in 1988, he was born and raised in South Africa. He has lived in the DTES on and off for six years. Beattie worked as a journalist on as many as a dozen newspapers in South Africa, Canada and London, UK, before he left to seek adventure in the Far East from 2001 to 2009. He worked as an ESL instructor in South Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam.

Beattie’s interests include theatre – he volunteers at the Firehall Arts Centre, rock and roll music, politics, drinking beer and smoking weed. He suffers on and off from bipolar, mostly Clinical Depression.

CONTACT: [email protected]

Chris Neale-Clark – Webmaster/Tech Support

Chris is our webmaster, and technical support department along with providing hosting for our site.  After spending a decade plus in the world of academia as a “professional” student Chris is come back to earth and the working world.  As a local resident, he believes deeply in the DTES and believes that the business sector of the DTES needs to be recognized and supported as an vital part of our community as well.  He has created the DTES Vancouver Business Directory to promote local shopping.   Besides being the publishers of the directory he also designs and host websites.

Almost at retirement age, with some mobility issues, he is being proactive in seeking a way to make his directory, webdesign and hosting business help carry him through the upcoming leaner years.

Contact: For technical related issues with the site, such as viewing, or using any of its features get hold of Chris: [email protected]   He will do his best to assist you.