Project Leader: Liz Olson

Project Description

Voices of the Valley is a narrative multimedia project that provides people from our own Rogue Valley communities, especially the most vulnerable populations, an opportunity to share stories of how extreme weather and climate change is affecting their physical and mental health, their work, and their home life. A series of mini-documentary interviews will be featured on SOCAN’s website as well as at public screenings, and narrative photo displays will tour our public libraries and region.


The goals of this project are two-fold: first, to give an opportunity for people of the Rogue Valley in Oregon the chance to voice their concerns about climate change; secondly, to have their stories raise awareness and make an impact on their fellow citizens in a way that is direct, real and applicable to their own lives.

Connection to SOCAN Mission

This project serves SOCAN’s Mission of promoting awareness and understanding about the causes and consequences of climate change, as well as motivating concerned citizens to take individual and collective action.


 Featured Interviews with:

  • Dr. James Shames, Medical Director Jackson County Health Dept
  • Dan Bish, Plant Oregon
  • Nicoletta Dinelli, youth environmental activist
  • Juan and Juan Jr. Escareño and Maricela Ruelas, farm workers
  • Oregon Shakespeare Festival (Claudia Alick, Alison Carey)
  • Jennifer Craugh (Teacher) & Amelia O’Skea (student), Ashland Middle School
  • Sarah Spansail, mother
  • Dr. Lanita Witt and Suzanne Willow, Willow-Witt Ranch
  • Dan Wahpepah, Red Earth Descendents

Lanita Witt and Suzanne Wilow being interviewed by Steve Dieffenbacher, video by Shannon Cornish with assistant Teddie Hight

From Left to Right: Translator Kathy Keesee with Maricela Ruelas, Juan (with Juan Jr. Escareño) – local Rogue Valley farm workers – interviewed by Steve Dieffenbacher

Ashland Middle School student Amelia O’Skea and teacher Jen Craugh are interviewed by SOCAN’s Kathy Conway with videography by Shannon Cornish

How to Join

Please contact Liz (