An experienced, passionate and committed Media Educator for the past 14 years, Jessie Curell has been teaching dynamic, production-based Media and Digital Literacy workshops for maximum impact across Canada, the US and Asia with the National Film Board of Canada and a wide variety of schools, museums, non-profit organizations and film festivals. She has met thousands of teachers and students, and has first-hand knowledge of specific needs and interests, which have helped shape the way she works with each group.
A Selection of Institutions, School Boards and Organizations she has worked with:
- High Commission of Canada, Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, India.
- Canadian Consulate, Seoul, South Korea.
- Canadian Consulate, Tokyo, Japan.
- National Film Board of Canada (NFB), Canada-wide.
- Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), Yukon & Quebec.
- Canadian Heritage, Ottawa, ON.
- Parks Canada, Ottawa, ON.
- Institute for Canadian Citizenship, Toronto, ON.
- Museum of Nature, Ottawa, ON.
- Museum of History, Ottawa, ON.
- McCord Museum, Montreal, QC.
- National Art Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, ON.
- Toronto District School Board, Toronto, ON.
- English Montreal School Board, Montreal, QC.
- Vancouver School Board, Vancouver, BC
- Halifax Regional School Board.
- Northwest Territories Teachers' Association.
- Media Smarts, Ottawa, ON.
- Story Center (formerly known as "The Center for Digital Storytelling"), Berkley, CA.
- Association for Media Literacy, Toronto, ON.
- kidsCODEjeunesse, Montreal, QC.
- Nunavut Sinvanuksivut Training Program, Ottawa, ON.
- Spectrum Productions, Montreal, QC.
- Qikitani Inuit Association, Iqaluit, NU.
- Western Arctic Moving Pictures, Yellowknife, NWT.
- Fogo Island Arts Corporation, Fogo, NL.
- Faucet Media Centre, Sackville, NB.
- Leave Out ViolencE, Toronto, ON.
- Regent Park Focus Media Centre, Toronto, ON.
- Klondike Institute of Art & Culture, Dawson City, YT.
- Yukon College, Mayo, YT.
- Young Audiences of Louisiana, New Orleans, USA.
- KidsmART NOLA, New Orleans, USA.
Teaching animation, documentary and digital storytelling workshops are a sincere passion for Jessie, as she has seen the real impact of hands-on media production opportunities. As technologies have grown and evolved in exciting new directions, she has used her technological agility and experience to navigate new tools and apps for maximum educational benefit. Her specialties lie in curriculum-specific media workshop development, facilitation in the classroom, and pedagogical resource design.
Jessie is a graduate of McGill University where she specialized in Cultural Studies, Communications and World Cinema. She attends many Game and Media related events and workshops around Montreal and has a strong interest in Photography, Graphic Design, Collaborative Creation and Community Outreach.
In Fall 2017, Jessie will be beginning a Graduate Diploma in Communications at Concordia University where she will continue to develop her knowledge of outreach, creation and media literacy.
Antonio Sonnessa Workshop Facilitator & Graphic Designer
Antonio Sonnessa is a Graphic Design graduate from Dawson College, he is currently studying Film Animation at Concordia University. He spends a lot of his time working with sounds and visuals. In addition, Antonio pays close attention to his surroundings on a regular basis for new ideas.
His strengths include; graphic design, animation, finding inspiration, working with children, and creating abstract designs. He also enjoys long distance running for extended periods of time like some kind of gazelle human.
From 2008 to 2016, he worked as a student educator at the YWCA’s “CPE de mon coeur”. During 2016 and 2017, he was employed at a mobile startup company as a graphic designer and at a film production studio as a sound editor & mixer. Also,every year since 2009, he has participated as a rower in the Missing Children’s Network Dragon Boat Racing fundraiser.