Drew comes to Out On Screen with an extensive background in social profit management. After studying business at the University of Western Ontario, Drew went on a date and fell in love with queer film. Sometimes life’s like that. Drew is particularly energized about film’s power as a tool for social justice. Drew is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and currently serves on the LGBTQ Advisory Committee to Vancouver City Council. Drew identifies as trans and skates the gender binary preferring neither pronoun.
Ross Johnstone holds a degree in Arts and Cultural Studies from Simon Fraser University and he has been dedicated to Vancouver's non-profit arts sector for over ten years. In 2004, he developed the Out in Schools program. Ross is an active member of a variety of local organizations that support youth and provides diversity training to high school aged youth, post secondary students and organizations seeking to improve the diversity of their work culture. He is an experienced speaker and is a regular panellist for social justice-themed events. In 2011, Ross was selected by both OUTtv and GayVancouver.Net, as one of the top ten individuals "making a difference in our community."
When Shana Myara was 19 years old, she founded Nanaimo’s Barefoot in the Park Festival after convincing her father to build an outdoor stage. More recently, Shana has revitalized arts presentations at The Roundhouse (co-curating The Memory Festival and SUSTENANCE: Feasting on Food and Culture, and more) and inspired thousands to try Bike to Work Week. She’s also an award-winning writer whose first film “Newcomers Swim Every Friday” was directed in 2012 by Meghna Haldar. Shana holds a Master of Fine Arts from UBC and is delighted to delve into queer stories every day— and to lead the programming of an exceptional festival that will bring us together, and into action.
Richard comes to Out On Screen with a degree from the University of British Columbia in Forestry along with an in-depth familiarity with non-profit, consulting, and private sector organizations. While working in fundraising and sponsorship, Richard discovered his passion for creating lasting and meaningful relationships with those devoted to developing our communities. One of the many that made the move from Ontario, Richard has found his place in Vancouver and can be found on the seawall, ski hills or enjoying the nightlife of the city.
A self proclaimed cinophile, when not helping philanthropic people put their money to good use, Stephanie can be found immersed in the arts watching films, visiting art galleries, or listening to music. Stephanie is also a long time volunteer with a number of worthy causes including the BC SPCA, VOKRA, the Richmond Art Gallery, Volunteer Richmond's Senior Shopping Program and the Association of Fundraising Professionals. After attending UBC, Stephanie knew that making a positive impact in people’s lives was more than just a hobby. Prior to joining Out on Screen, Stephanie worked for a variety of not for profit organizations including the Alzheimer Society of BC, Junior Achievement of BC and Vancouver Foundation.
Jen Sung is a lifelong queer-rights advocate and public speaker. She holds a degree in Women and Gender Studies from UBC, specializing in feminist pedagogy, queer theory and media literacy. Jen has been featured on the cover of the Georgia Straight and performed on PechaKucha Night at the Vogue Theatre. She has a penchant for all things colourful and believes everyone has the capacity to change the world through their own creative lenses. In her free time she can be found perusing the aisles of your local grocery store and buying avocados in bulk.
Peter joined the Out On Screen office team in September, 2013 after having volunteered with us since 2011 and been Theatre Manager for the 2012 and 2013 festivals.
Prior to joining Out On Screen, Peter worked for Davis LLP in an accounts/systems admin role.
Peter is also a board member with Earthsave Canada, a local environmental organization.
Jo brings a range of international festival and LGBTQ equality experience to Out on Screen. From not-for-profit arts to corporate organisations, Jo has facilitated innovative and creative projects in her Marketing and Communications specialty.
Looking for ways to combine her love of the arts, community and travel she has worked with the likes of Sydney Film Festival, Reykjavik Fashion Festival, Push Festival and UBS Pride Americas. Jo has a Bachelor of Digital Media from the University of New South Wales (Sydney, Australia), as well as completing her International Business Internship in New York City.
Jo fervently believes Degrassi High has been Canada's greatest cultural export and can be found zipping through Vancouver on her white 1984 Malvern Star BMX, named Marilyn.
Theo Jakob is consultant and community programmer who works in health-care, spirituality-based, academic and radical queer, Trans* and ally communities. Theo’s work often centres around policy, organizational development, sustainability, anti-oppression and accessibility, while working with diverse individuals and communities, including individuals with addictions and substance use histories, individuals of multiple and varying abilities, backgrounds, spiritualities and experiences. Theo is a male-passing/genderqueer trans boy who loves diving into communities and projects.
Once upon a time there was a queer little kid named Quinn who grew up in the South-East corner of Vancouver. At the age of 4, Quinn was already known for his quasi-choreographed routine to “Dress You Up in My Love”, which he performed spotlessly with pots, pans and pickling jars at his Aunt’s house in the small town of Liberty, Saskatchewan—a feat of which he would be reminded at a cousin’s wedding years later. Quinn comes to you with a degree in geography from UBC, drag queening as his alter-ego Junita Werk, and a plethora of queer East Van parties that make your booty go BOOM. See you on the dance floor.
Mindy is an accountant and controller for a range of arts groups and other small businesses in the Vancouver area. She graduated from the UBC with a BA in English and later earned a professional accounting designation from Certified General Accountants Association of BC. She is a member of Geist’s editorial board and Room’s editorial collective. She was Treasurer of the Board of the Vancouver Society of Storytelling in 2005-07 and now serves as Treasurer of Balcone Art Society and board member of the Performing Arts Lodge Vancouver.