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Deep Roots Initiative

Deep Roots Iniative - Staff & Steering Committee

Meet the team!

Left to Right: Carla, Kate, David, Howie, Greg, Max, Rob, Sheryl, Odette
Missing: Sean, Jacqueline, Shannon, Kathryn


The Deep Roots Initiative will build upon a strong foundation of CKTZ’s successful Legends series over the past year, and our long running Coast Salish language program. 

Cortes has a remarkable reservoir of cultural knowledge, environmental science and practical expertise, all with deep roots in volunteerism, and local responsibility.  The Initiative will provide the vehicle for putting those resources to work in the community, through the radio.

The Project

The Deep Roots Initiative will develop local and regionally based community radio programming on topics such as local First Nations culture, island history, and environmental issues. Most environmental issues are global in nature, but have local faces with unique perspectives, strategies and actions. These can be effectively intertwined with our present day needs and challenges, transformed by traditional knowledge.

Deep Roots – March Update

Deep Roots Stories To Be Aired The shows will start being aired at 9:00am on Thursdays, with the first one on March 16th. They will be repeated on Saturdays at 2:00pm. Each week a new program will be featured. In addition to the Deep Roots staff introduced in these...

Deep Roots Initiative – News

ntroducing the Deep Roots Initiative Logo!

This rectangular Coast Salish design depicts two Coast Salish guardian spirit dancers singing the song of their power. The subtle circle between them is a drum with Salish sound waves emanating from it. In contemporary Canadian visual culture, crescents are utilized to symbolize sound waves. This is a cultural commonality that Coast Salish and Canadian cultures have in common. In Coast Salish art, crescents are used to create a real rhythmic rippling, a real fluid flowing feeling.

The Deep Roots Initiative – Update

Cortes Radio, in collaboration with Klahoose First Nation and Friends of Cortes Island, is proud to announce progress on our 2016-17 Deep Roots spoken word initiative.

Welcome Deep Roots Staff!

Welcome to the Deep Roots Staff! As of mid May, the Deep Roots Initiative is under way! We have hired a great team and look forward to working with them all in making this project a success. The new project staff : Senior Producer - Greg Osoba Communications &...

Community Radio Fund of Canada

Tides Canada

Victoria Foundation

Klahoose First Nation

Friends of Cortes Island

Greg Osoba

Greg Osoba

Senior Producer

CKTZ listeners will know Greg Osoba by his on-air persona “Nat King Cono”, who has been bringing his Friday Lunchtime Locomotion music program to the airwaves for nearly 10 years.

Born and raised in Vancouver, he trained as a broadcast professional in Ontario before working as a radio news reporter for eight years in Toronto, Edmonton and Vancouver covering crime, the courts, politics, the arts, lifestyle and sports.

He also worked for 26 years on Cortes at Hollyhock, primarily in the role of Marketing Manager as well as in several other departments. He brings to the Deep Roots Initiative his passion for working with others, enthusiastic collaborative content creation, and professional quality programming.

Carla Voyageur

Carla Voyageur

Communications & Marketing

Carla Voyageur is of the Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw from Kingcome Inlet, BC.  She was raised immersed in the richness of the Kwakwaka’wakw language, culture, values and traditions. In contrast, keeping up with modern technology was instilled in her as a young child by her late grandfather who always ensured she had a computer. Carla has an extensive history of program administration, and project management in the non-profit, education and Aboriginal organization sectors as well as event coordination. She is a recent graduate of the IBDE Web Technologies and Design program online certificate program - a collaborative project through Selkirk College and Make a Change Canada. 

Rob Selmanovic

Rob Selmanovic


It was the tinny tones of talk radio reverberating in the childhood kitchen that first captured Rob’s imagination and wonder. Listening and learning.

Fast forward to young teen when Rob’s electric guitar became a new tool to explore sound and music. That fascination with electronics, wires and gadgets inspired a deeper curiosity about recording and broadcast.

Eventually, the confluence of music, technology, and stories flowed naturally into a career in radio with the CBC where Rob contributed as a technician, engineer and producer for over 20 years.

Along the way, Rob developed a passion for teaching that led him to become a trainer and course designer for CBC Radio and The Canadian Media Guild.

Now living on Cortes Island, Rob is teaching yoga and health practices and happy to be part of the Deep Roots team at CKTZ.

Howie Roman

Howie Roman


Howie is a long term Cortes Islander who has been with Cortes Radio from almost the beginning 11 years ago. He and a friend, Paul the K, have one of the longest running shows on CKTZ, Anything Goes. Over the years Howie has taken many roles at Cortes Radio, from carpenter, janitor to programmer training to much more. Howie’s role in Deep Roots is to help tie the pieces together to further CKTZ.  He will be working with everyone in the project to fit their piece into the overall jig saw puzzle that makes Cortes Radio unique.

Sean Cowell

Sean Cowell

Technical Manager

Sean is a founder of Cortes Radio, a well known DJ and has kept us on the air from the beginning.

Odette Auger

Odette Auger

Fundraising & Volunteer Coordinator

My mom, of the Sagamok Anishnabek nation, used to take me for walks and casually point out herbs her grandmothers used- we would talk about our dreams remembering the past. Now I work with non profit children/youth programming afterschool… no surprise, our favourite moments are when we enter the forest and explore… child-led conversation organically turns to how we could live connected to the universe, the land, and each other. All children benefit from this respectful sharing. Deep Roots Initiative attracts me for the same reasons, and I’m pleased to participate in this essential project!