Desk Bee Exchange Program

A barter program where you trade your time in exchange for membership to our social impact community!

Naturally, at the HiVE we’re big believers in sharing and finding creative ways to provide greater access to our community and support for change-makers.

Since 2014, we’ve been running our Desk Bee Exchange Program; a barter program that gives an opportunity to trade membership to our social impact community (a HiVE Unlimited Hot Desk membership) in exchange for approximately 30 hours of HiVE front desk reception time per month.

Our desk bees are dedicated, collaborative-minded, organization wizards who share a common vision with us. All of them come out of the program (or continue in it!) with a deep sense of connection and community, and accelerated social impact.

We ask all our desk bees to commit to one weekly and one biweekly half-day shift for a minimum of three months. Duties include answering emails and in person inquiries, giving tours of the space, assisting with Salad Club and other events, and some tidying and light cleaning.

Please apply for our desk bee exchange program here: Desk Bee Application!

Meet our current Desk Bees!

Our desk bees are engaged in areas that range from advocacy to youth empowerment, mental health solutions and photography. They’re working to create zero waste movements, communities of support, media and eco products – all in order to build a better world.

Ekaterina Aristova

Ekaterina Aristova

Desk Bee

Ekaterina is a graduate from Environmental Studies program at University of Waterloo, specializing in ecological restoration and parks management. She is currently one of the top-rated photography instructors at Vancouver Photowalks, and also works as a freelance illustrator and a graphic designer. She has an arts background, and studied architecture in Toronto.
Her professional aspiration is to enter a career which would let her promote sustainability and reduce human impact on our planet. She is passionate about animal welfare, and in her spare time she utilizes her academic and professional background by volunteering at various environmental and social organization

Bryce Evans

Bryce Evans

Desk Bee

Bryce is an award-winning photographer, artist and marketing consultant discovering the art of life. He has built a community over 50,000, worked with top international brands and exhibited his artwork internationally — all to help inspire and share valuable insights. Founder of The One Project, he is teaching people affected by depression and anxiety the healing power of photography using therapeutic photography techniques.

Jessica Faulds

Jessica Faulds

Desk Bee

Jessica Faulds is writer and editor currently living in Vancouver, BC. She has published articles, criticism, and fiction in places like Broken Pencil Magazine, Roam New Roads, and the award-winning music site Weird Canada. She is a freelance editor and has proofread and copy edited several published books. She holds a certificate in Magazine and Book Publishing from Centennial College, and she had the pleasure of learning the publishing ropes at ECW Press in Toronto.

Jessica has also studied music performance at Grant MacEwan University and has been playing in bands no one has ever heard of since 2003. Most recently, she played drums on the album "This is What Happens" by The Boyfriends (theboyfriends.bandcamp.com/album/this-is-what-happens-2).

Jessica has a wide scope of interest and is always looking to get involved in new creative projects.

Deanna Cheng

Deanna Cheng

Desk Bee

Deanna is a savvy one-woman team who researches, writes and copyedits articles. With her journalism background, she is also able to advise individuals on what they want, why and how to get the media attention.

She is a freelance journalist who believes in the power of the media to inform the public so they can make their own informed decisions and to further encourage their free will in their choices. And with it, as Spiderman’s uncle said, comes with great responsibility.

Jade Morales

Jade Morales

Desk Bee

Jade graduated from Emily Carr University and attended business administration classes at Simon Fraser University. Her main professional experience is on business development for fine chemical products in Canada doing international business with countries such as China, India, Malaysia, USA, Mexico, and the EU. She focuses on maintaining a global vision doing business for the last five years in the Pharmaceutical, Nutraceutical, and Natural Health Industries, developing new niche markets, and studying and analyzing overseas markets to look for new potential business opportunities. Currently she is the Business Development Manager at Gylsa International Trading, Ltd., a member of the board of Axis Vancouver, and Founder and Managing Director of Jade Morales Photography, Ltd., based out in Vancouver, Canada, since 2010.

Anna Barford

Anna Barford

Desk Bee

Anna Barford is a freelance multi-disciplinary environmental problem solver. She loves taking on the hard challenges and solving the world’s wicked problems. She recently returned home to Vancouver from her academic adventures in Sweden, and is looking to delve into sustainability initiatives.

She believes in the power of community and is excited to be part of the HiVE.

Carl Leducq-Williams

Carl Leducq-Williams

Desk Bee

Carl Leducq-Williams is a 22 year-old transplant from Auckland, NZ. He is fluent in English and French and plans on building some innovative and unique businesses while here in Vancouver. Specifically, he plans to combine his knowledge of Mobile Gaming with a passion for Technology to build a new Social Network.

He is an avid sports enthusiast and will never turn down a good challenge. Carl is always up for coffee and meeting new people. He admits to being a morning person, which always impresses us!

Would you like to be a Desk Bee?

Please apply here: Desk Bee Application.