Sobey Wing is the President of Kathara Indigenous Arts Society. He has previously served as Secretary since the inception of the board. His involvement in Kathara began during the first visit by Kathara Philippines in ___ where he trained and performed together and has taken part in several performances with Kathara in its earlier years. Sobey currently trains in Filipino Martial Arts (FMA)with Kathara performing member Michael Gutierrez.
Over the years Sobey has been a facilitator with youth during Kathara’s Awakening the Identity Program for new immigrant youth and has done facilitation work with various groups and organizations including Eco Education BC and Momentum Project. Sobey has served on several boards including Pivot Legal Society, Burn BC & EcoCafe Society and is an active board member additionally with Youth Passageways. He also chairs the Cross-Cultural Protocol think tank of Youth Passageways which has informed their organizing of their gathering in traditional Chumach andGabrieleño/Tongva people and their gathering in 2018 at Pine Ridge Reservation at The All Nations Gathering.
As a Board member with Kathara Sobey has assisted in organizing the annual Lapu Lapu Day commemoration, Kapwa gatherings, the 3rd International Babaylan Conference in 2016 and he represented Kathara at the Pamati gathering on Luzon in 2017. Sobey’s passions include Visayan culture and he moderates an online group on the subject. Sobey ‘s goals include reconstructing pre-colonial culturally rooted rites of passage for youth with settler accountability to the Coast Salish people’s whose lands he resides and benefits from as a Pacific Islander settler.