BUILDING BRIDGES OF COMPASSION
BETWEEN PEOPLE AND ANIMALS
THROUGH EXCITING AND
VISUALLY-RICH STORY TELLING.

TAKE ACTION. SPREAD THE WORD.

              

ABOUT JO-ANNE

Photo by Nick Ugliuzza
My journey towards a more compassionate world began when I was just little. The neighbour had a backyard dog who didn't live a very exciting life so I would take him for walks, despite his enormous size and my small stature. In my teen years I began volunteering at the local animal shelter, doing what I could to improve the lives of those less fortunate.

It wasn't until I became a photographer in my twenties that I realized I could combine my skills and my empathy for animals to help make this world a better place for both humans and non-humans alike.

I founded the We Animals project (www.weanimals.org) which is an exhaustive archive of photographs about the often complex and difficult human-animal relationships of contemporary society. The We Animals project has been featured in campaigns and publications worldwide and is a centerpiece to the acclaimed Canadian documentary The Ghosts In Our Machine (www.theghostsinourmachine.com).

The first We Animals book was published in January 2014 by Lantern Books (www.lanternbooks.com). For more information about the book, visit www.weanimals.org/book

I've been travelling the world as an animal rights photographer for over a decade now and the journey so far has been exciting, difficult and inspiring. I've learned that we can all make a difference in the lives of others by using our own amazing skills to help make this a happier planet for all.

Over the years I have collected many incredible stories about animals around the world and the people who help them. From gorilla rescues in West Africa to defending whales in the frigid southern oceans, I'm now bringing these beautiful stories of hope to communities and schools who want to get inspired, motivated and involved.

My passion for sharing these stories about animals and living a fulfilling life as a photographer and activist is tangible and contagious. I hope you will join me on this exciting journey towards widening our circle of compassion. Together, we can get inspired, think critically and create change.

For the animals,
Jo-Anne
ACHIEVEMENTS
  • Nominated by CBC as one of Canada's Top 50 Champions of Change
  • Received a Canadian Empathy Award (art category)
  • Farm Animal Friend of the Year award by Farm Sanctuary
  • Named by Huffington Post Women as One of the Top Ten Women Trying to Save the Planet.
  • Contributed to over 100 campaigns worldwide, in their quest to improve the lives of animals.


Jo-Anne has been speaking at universities, schools, colleges and clubs since 2008.