Our mission is to create equity-oriented, youth-centred spaces that support creative reflection, critical dialogue, and personal and social transformation.

Our Mandate

AMES uplifts emerging creative change-makers through accessible and inclusive programs that provide unique opportunities for young people to make and share meaningful media.

Our Values

Our programs and policies are rooted in the core values of equity, accessibility, and inclusivity, as well as a belief in the transformative potential of creativity and storytelling.

Who we serve

Our programs primarily engage young people with lived experience of systemic inequities. Connecting with youth means engaging adult allies, mentors and community workers who also work to support them, and amplify their voices.

What we do

Our media-making intensives provide young people with open and supportive spaces to reflect upon issues affecting their lives, develop concrete skills and produce media artworks that spark conversations about creating conditions for change. Most of our outreach activities  are school-based, involve sharing videos, resources and workshops designed to refine our collective equity-lens.

Who we are

We are a registered charity run by a small group of dedicated staff and core collaborators that is guided by a Board of Directors composed of educators, artists, activists, community workers, students, and filmmakers.

Our Team

People-power is AMES’ greatest resource

Deblekha Guin
Executive Director & Founder

Sahand Mohajer
Outreach, Marketing & Content Creator

Karishma Joshi
Digital Communications & Design Coordinator

Image of Emma Drumheller - Game Developer

Red Buffalo ‘Nova’ Weipert
Workshop Facilitator

Neffy Lubin
Workshop Facilitator

Jen Stackhouse
Bookkeeper & Administrative Assistant

Safiya Carroll Labelle

Safiya Carroll Labelle
Salish Harvest Web Steward

Christine Stewart
Board Member

Kim Haxton
Board Member

Isaac/Iz7k K. Oommen
Board Member

Angela Ma Brown
Board Member

Roksan Parfitt
Board Member

Preeti Kaur Dhaliwal
Board Member

Heather Kelley
Board Member

Rupinder Singh Sidhu
Advisor

Our History

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