Reel Causes Welcomes New (and Old) Board

Reel Causes is happy to announce its 2016 Board of Directors. Back are the familiar faces of Dana DeKoven as President, Ian Merkel and Bob Christie as Co-Vice Presidents.

Dana brings her passion for connecting people and communities to create positive change to the board again this year. She helps bring together community members, independent filmmakers, and local charities that address issues that affect us locally, regionally and globally. For her, Reel Causes is also about using the power of film to influence social change, engaging and empowering us all to take action, and expanding our horizons during an evening of film and fun!

Bob is a Vancouver filmmaker who explores the interesting spaces where documentary film meets popular entertainment and social justice. He produced and directed the 2009 feature Beyond Gay: The Politics of Pride that won ten “Best Documentary” awards and many other honours, including being featured as the opening film of the Boston LGBT Film Festival, and the Canadian Gala at the Victoria International Film Festival.

An avid and passionate filmgoer, Ian remains active in a number of charitable and not for profit organizations in BC during the past 25 years. He helped many organizations with financial, database and membership /donor systems, marketing and fundraising both through the private and public sectors.

New members of the Board include Peter Glassman, Lisa Rasmussen, Jessica Somers, Peter T. Britton, Julia Brunzell, Samantha Montgomery, Sasha Mills and Melissa James.

In the coming weeks, we will highlight the new members of the Board so you can get to know them better, and we start with Peter Britton. Peter brings more than 40 years of communications experience to the Reel Causes’ table. He worked for 10 years as a radio & TV news Reporter, and then in the marketing world as a writer and campaign manager.

Be sure to say hello to Peter and the other board members when you attend the next Reel Causes event! (March 17 at 6:30 pm at SFU Woodward’s Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema, 149 West Hastings St.)

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