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 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.
- Nunavut Sivuniksavut, Ottawa, ON.
- Toronto District School Board, Toronto, ON.
- English Montreal School Board, Montreal, QC.
- Commission Scolaire de Montreal, Montreal, QC.
- Vancouver School Board, Vancouver, BC.
- Halifax Regional School Board.
- Northwest Territories Teachers' Association.
- Media Smarts, Ottawa, ON.
- Story Center, 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.
Katherine has graduate degrees in both Law and English Literature, and has worked for the last decade at the intersections of environmental justice, climate change, and human rights. She is particularly passionate about the power of storytelling to bring people together and create social change.
Katherine is originally from Vancouver Island, British Columbia, and has lived and worked in Europe and Asia.
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.