Community Events Coordinator
Born in Vancouver, Victoria is currently a fourth year sociology major at UBC with previous experience in support work, communications, and research. An Aries sun, Cancer moon, and Taurus rising, Victoria is a believer in storytelling as social justice and is excited to combine her passions of film and social change together to support the Vancouver Queer Film Festival this season. In her spare time, she is usually catching up on celebrity gossip, sharing memes, and enjoying the best meal of all time: brunch.
Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Tenay trekked to UBC to receive her BFA in creative writing and decided Vancouver was her new home. She’s passionate about communications and sharing stories, and is thrilled to be using her skills working with an organization she believes in so wholeheartedly. In her spare time she dances, draws, shares wine and conversation with good company, and does her best to escape into immersive festivals such as Burning Man whenever she can.
Stephanie Goodwin is Out On Screen’s new Executive Director.
Stephanie is a seasoned non-profit leader, bringing more than ten years of leadership from Greenpeace, most recently as the B.C. Director and Senior Leadership Team member. She has lived in the Brazilian Amazon for Greenpeace and is best known as one of the architects of the Great Bear Rainforest Agreements, the largest rainforest protection package in North American history. Also a certified secondary school teacher, Stephanie holds two degrees with a Master’s on the way in Education Studies with a focus on Indigenous-settler relations in Canada.
But most importantly, Stephanie loves to play ice hockey, take photos, travel, and hike all over the place trying to keep up with Maple, her SPCA partner in crime.
Director of Development
After completing his Master’s Degree in Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Sam Snobelen picked up an Advanced Arts & Entertainment Management Certificate from Capilano University and promptly cut his fundraising teeth as the Sponsorship & Events Officer of Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival. Sam has always been passionate about disseminating art and engaging people in creative work. He is excited to be working with one of Vancouver’s premiere queer arts organizations in a capacity which allows him to see high caliber films and to support work with which he personally connects.
Bookkeeper & Festival Manager
Peter Quin-Conroy joined the Out On Screen office team in September, 2013 after having volunteered with us since 2011 and as Theatre Manager for the 2012 and 2013 festivals. Peter is also a board member with Earthsave Canada, a local environmental organization. He brings to Out On Screen a passion for the environment and geeking-out over spreadsheets and streamlining.
Operations & HR Coordinator
Mateo is an experienced project and operations manager, who is passionate about media activism and mentoring youth. They currently live in Vancouver, unceded Coast Salish land. As a Nicaraguan-born filmmaker whose work has appeared on CBC Arts, Much Music, and festivals such as the Reelworld Film Festival, Mateo is committed to telling underrepresented stories from the margins. Their work is informed by their intersecting identities as an AFAB Non-Binary Trans Man, living with Multiple Sclerosis, and as a member of the Afro-Latinx, Indigenous, and Migrant/Refugee communities. In their spare time, they enjoy hiking in the forest, spontaneous road trips, and breaking bread with chosen family. Mateo also has a special place in their heart for children’s picture books.
Festival Programming Coordinator
Originally from a small Metis community in Manitoba, Justin made his way to Vancouver when he was 18 to further pursue his love for cinema & creative writing. With an affection for all aspects of storytelling & film-making, he practices the skills learnt by working in fashion & film, Citing filmmakers Gregg Araki, Gus Van Sant & author Maria Campbell, among others, as his main influences. While his heart lies in film, he is also passionate about poetry, truth and reconciliation and the traditional Metis dance he grew up doing. When he’s not on a film set, Justin spends his free time exploring production design, going for hikes, seeing whatever movie he can & obsessing over Kristen Stewart.
Out in Schools Program Coordinator
Gavin joined the Out in Schools team first as a facilitator in 2014. In supporting organizational growth, Gavin stepped into the Program Assistant role and is now excited to continue working with Out in Schools as the Program Coordinator.
Passionate about the power of storytelling, Gavin is a writer, musician and artist.
Gavin captivates audiences with humour and kindness; compelling others to engage in the act of self-reflection for communal growth with the goal of moving towards social equity.
In their spare time, Gavin can be found hanging out in parks with their dog, Felony, escaping the city, and nourishing new/old relationships.
Individual Giving Coordinator
Since completing the Arts & Entertainment Management program at Capilano University, Flora Ware has worked for Coastal Jazz & Blues Society, the Queer Arts Festival, musica intima, and the Vancouver Folk Festival to name a few. This triple-threat performing artist has been on stage since she was 9 years old, and has tried everything from musicals, dramas, vocal Jazz and Burlesque. On the weekends, Flora and her wife and very active toddler son hike Lynn Valley, roller blade the sea wall, or hit up the Trout Lake Farmer’s Market.
Brandon Yan is passionate about social justice and learning about the diversity of experiences in our queer communities across BC. As an energetic community advocate, he volunteers his time around the city and also serves on the Vancouver City Planning Commission to hold space for critical discussions about Vancouver’s future. If Brandon could marry Star Trek or Battlestar Galactica (the reboot, to be specific), he would. Some of his hobbies include curling in the Pacific Rim Curling League, playing soccer with Out for Kicks, petting puppies, and Netflix.
Anoushka Ratnarajah is a leading writer, performer, and arts organizer whose works explore the intersection of identity, belonging and community. She is an associate artist and facilitator at ShapeShift Arts, and works as a producer, director, playwright and filmmaker. Recent artistic endeavours include the continued co-creation of Toasted Marshmallows, a documentary that explores what it means to be a mixed-race woman in North America today, and partnered projects with Kalik, an interdisciplinary arts company & spaceship, including “Dear Armen”, and an upcoming production of “(Untitled) Boxes” at the 2017 Vancouver Fringe Festival. Anoushka holds a BFA in creative writing and an MA in Arts Politics.
Amber Dawn is an educator, an award-winning writer of poetry, memoir, and fiction, and a facilitator of connections between artists, idea-makers and audiences. She teaches at the University of British Columbia and Douglas College and is a speaker at festivals, conferences, and universities across North America. Current projects include directing the Thursdays Writing Collective, a creative writing group at Carnegie Community Centre for members of the Downtown Eastside, and teaching Tough Language, Tender Wisdoms, an ongoing memoir writing workshop for queer, low-income participants. Amber Dawn holds a BFA and MFA in creative writing.
Rudolph is a Senior Accountant currently working at Rolfe Benson LLP with several years of experience in providing assurance and taxation services to not-for-profit organizations and private companies. He loves cats, interior design, video games, and snowboarding. He is honoured to be a member of the Board of Directors.
Penny Blesch is a certified human resource professional currently working as the Operations and Human Resources Director in a private healthcare clinic. Penny is always looking ahead, trying to gain insight into what opportunities will be coming and what threats are likely to emerge. Penny believes that an organization’s long-term success is directly correlated to the talents, motivation and accomplishments of its people.
Director at Large
Melinda works in communications, marketing and fundraising for not-for-profit organizations, and is currently the communications manager for Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies at UBC. She is an author, and doer of various creative activities, when she’s not roller skating or running. As such, queer art and artists are among her favourite things. She is honoured by the opportunity to serve our communities through the board of Out On Screen.
Lori is an educator, dog lover and media enthusiast. Prior to returning to Vancouver to complete her graduate work in Educational Studies, Lori lived and worked in Chicago and Seattle as a IT procurement manager, IT project manager, and HIV outreach coordinator/ curriculum writer. She credits her current love of teaching to this circuitous career path. Having worked with and developed an abiding love for Out in Schools, Lori looks forward to life as an Out On Screen Board Member.
Ki Wight teaches full time in the Schools of Motion Picture Arts and Communication Studies at Capilano University. Prior to joining CapU, she held positions such as producer, story editor, and development and business affairs executive on feature films, television series, documentaries, and new media ventures. Most recently, Ki produced writer/director Lisa Jackson’s short film SNARE, a performance-based work that has screened internationally including at the Smithsonian’s Museum of the American Indian in NYC. Ki has been a gleeful Vancouver Queer Film Festival attendee for years, and is thrilled to have the chance to contribute to Out On Screen.
James Ong is a proud producer of art and culture in Vancouver having worked alongside the City’s finest and most talented. He’s most proud of his work with Spygirl, Vancouver Queer Film Festival, Out in Schools, TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival, Vancouver Folk Music Festival, Winter Solstice Lantern Festival, Winterruption, 2010 Cultural Olympiad, and Vancouver Summer Live. With contributions ranging from production to performance and strategy to structure, having a good time while doing good work is key. James is currently a piano teacher, Production Manger at Coastal Jazz & Blues Society, and Board Chair at the Vancouver Out On Screen Film & Video Society.
Gerhard has a background in organizational development, programming, fundraising, education, strategic planning, and people management. He has worked in Senior Leadership positions at Learning Through the Arts, Arts Umbrella, and is currently the Executive Director of the KidSafe Project Society with the Vancouver Board of Education. Gerhard holds a Masters in Leadership from Royal Roads University and Bachelors in Fine Arts (Theatre Performance). Gerhard serves as the President of the Professional and Administrative Staff Association at the Vancouver Board of Education and is proud to be part of the team supporting the mission and vision of Out On Screen.
Daniel Heath Justice is a Colorado-born Canadian citizen of the Cherokee Nation/ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎠᏰᎵ. He works in unceded Musqueam territory at the University of British Columbia, where he is Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Literature and Expressive Culture and Professor of First Nations and Indigenous Studies and English. A literary and cultural studies scholar, as well as a fantasy novelist, his critical and creative work engages diverse issues of Indigenous being, belonging, and other-than-human kinship in literature and the expressive arts. For more information, go to www.imagineotherwise.ca.
Catherine J. Wong is a Vancouver based family law and criminal defence lawyer. A large part of her practice focuses on assisting clients from the LGBTQ2S+ communities in British Columbia. Prior to opening her own law practice, she was a Federal Crown prosecutor and completed her articles at the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association. Catherine obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Western Ontario. She holds a LL.B. from the University of British Columbia and completed her Masters in Human Rights from the London School of Economics. Serving on the Board of Out on Screen continues to be one of the most rewarding and inspirational experiences she has ever had.