Stephanie Goodwin 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Calling herself ‘a performer on pause,’ Naheed is passionate about the art of storytelling, and youth engagement, and is excited to share her knowledge and experience in intersectional community building and fundraising for non-profits. She is eager to continue striving for justice for queer communities, here on Coast Salish Territory and beyond!
Naheed is grateful to be working with an organization that uses a diversity of tactics to push for positive systemic and community level change. In her free time, you can find Naheed eating potatoes by lakes, rivers and oceans, or singing songs from her favourite musicals.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fund Development Liaison
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.
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.
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.
Director at Large
Coming from a background that includes a Bachelor of Vocal Performance from the University of Toronto, Chad is a hospitality industry professional who is most recognized for his role as Director of Operation for the Hawksworth Restaurant Group. Chad loves Vancouver and has many years of service on boards with the Vancouver Recital Society, Vancouver Opera, and the CANFAR Legacy Foundation. His goal is to continually enhance Vancouver culture and community by serving as an ambassador for the arts and valuable social organizations such as Out in Schools. He is husband to the man of his dreams, Matt Corker, and is passionate about family and community. In his spare time, you will find Chad running, biking or swimming his way across an Ironman or marathon finish line somewhere in the world.
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.
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.
Melanie Matining is a queer pin@y activist and community organizer on the traditional and unceded Coast Salish territories. Her work focuses on the importance of social spaces in movement building and the necessary intersections of community-determined access, placemaking, and solidarity building. She convenes communities to create platforms for celebration, healing, and just dancing it all out. She organizes queer events such as Denim Vest and Open Relationship, which do exactly such. In the recent past, she also worked as the Community Development Manager at Heartwood, a social space that was centred on community and movement building. On the day to day, Melanie walks everyday in love and liberation alongside communities working towards queer rights, Indigenous solidarity, and migrant justice.