By: Bob Christie
Hello members and supporters of Reel Causes Society,
Following the 2017 Annual General Meeting on February 26th, the newly elected board of Reel Causes Society met for the first time; and the executive committee was nominated and elected. After sitting on the board for three years, I had the honour of being elected president, a role that I was definitely not expecting to take on for many more years; though I am completely thrilled that I’ve been put at the head of this organization that so perfectly matches my two passions of film and social justice. My hat goes off to outgoing president and founding director Dana DeKoven who worked particularly hard over the last few years, continuing to grow the organization and our impact and presence in the community. All her efforts and thoughtfulness will definitely be missed.
I’d also like to express a huge amount of gratitude to the returning board members: Jessica Somers (treasurer), Julia Brunzell (secretary) and Jen Foden (vice president), for rallying behind me and giving me the confidence to keep moving the organization forward. If you’ve ever been to a Reel Causes event, you know that they are really something special, heartwarming and productive; so it didn’t really take much convincing to pick up the reins. We’ve already met many great people! We have had inspiring conversations with our newly elected board members (meet them here) and our community partners about what we can do to create even greater change with the power of film in 2017.
We’re thrilled to start the year with a returning community cause, Ecojustice, on April 27th. We are still screening films to pair with this amazing organization that continuously tackles our country’s toughest environmental challenges, representing community groups, non-profits, First Nations and individual Canadians.
Programming the rest of the year has lead to some exciting discussions and has us asking what Canada’s 150th means for Reel Causes, an arts organization with a mandate for social change. We’ve not arrived at a theme or come to hard conclusions yet, but it has deepened our commitment to include Indigenous stories, and do our best to create a meaningful space for dialogue and reconciliation.
Mark your calendars for our events: April 27th , June 8th, September 14th and November 23rd. We have many ideas percolating and great organizations already on board to make this season our biggest and best to date. I hope you will join us for another great year of films, friends and action.
President, Reel Causes Society
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Google… it’s a noun, it’s a verb and now, it’s a fan of Reel Causes.
Google – one of the most recognized names in the world – offers non-profit organizations a helping hand to promote their efforts on the Internet.
Google asked Reel Causes to imagine what we could do with $10,000.00 (USD) of in-kind advertising every month? We thought we could recruit more volunteers…. Attract more donations…. Boost attendance at our events and share our story with a much wider audience.
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