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.
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.
Corporate Relations Officer
Jeff Van Leuven has a diverse background from corporate retail and cause-marketing sectors including event management, operations, client services, and business development. He volunteered on the board of directors for Academy of Friends for eight years while living in San Francisco and engaged in further philanthropic work in Sponsorship Development for Macy’s, both of which were devoted to HIV/AIDS fundraising. Jeff continues to volunteer his time for other causes and enjoys exploring our beautiful city. Honoured to be representing Out On Screen, and its programs, he has his sights set on the gratifications that come from aligning companies with social issues that matter to them.
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.
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.
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.