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About Us

AMES is a small but powerful organization in the Salish Sea. AMES programs take a community-based approach to cultural production and outreach. They result in concrete skills development, and the creation of works that prompt critical dialogue, expand horizons, and foster imaginative visions for change.

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Our Mission

AMES engages marginalized youth in personally and socially transformative storytelling through digital media, artistic collaboration, and peer facilitation.

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

All of our programs and policies are rooted in the core values of: accessibility, diversity, inclusivity, and creativity.

Who we serve

AMES programs primarily engage young people with lived experiences of various forms of oppression. Connecting with youth also means engaging the adult allies– artists, educators, activists, mentors and community workers– who support them.

What we do

Guided by community-based artists and mentors, our programs provide young people with open and supportive spaces to reflect on issues affecting their lives, develop concrete skills, and produce media artworks that spark conversations, and create conditions for change.

Who we are

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

Our History

Learn more about the history of Access To Media Education Society.

Our Team

People-power is AMES greatest resource. Meet some of our staff, mentors, board members, and facilitators.

Staff + Core Collaborators
Deblekha Guin

Deblekha Guin

Executive Director & Founder
Kim Villagante

Kim Villagante

Facilitator, Consultant, Communication
Sepideh Yadegar

Sepideh Yadegar

Video Mentor + Producer
Angela Ma Brown

Angela Ma Brown

Curriculum + Project Consultation
Rupinder 'Rup' Singh Sidhu

Rupinder 'Rup' Singh Sidhu

Lead Facilitator, Facilitation Mentor + Vision Consultant
Sara Kendall

Sara Kendall

Lead Facilitator, Facilitation Mentor + Vision Consultant
Jenna Shapka

Jenna Shapka

Project Evaluation + Assessment Support
Lama Al Olabi

Lama Al Olabi

Outreach Coordinator / Communications
Board of Directors
Arvin Dwarka

Arvin Dwarka

Product Manager, Financial Tech Services, Hoote Suite
Kim Haxton

Kim Haxton

Healer + Co-founder of IndigenEYEZ
Danielle Levine

Danielle Levine

CEO, Aboriginal Social Enterprise
Nathaniel Lyman

Nathaniel Lyman

Entertainment Lawyer / Former Filmmaker
Stuart Poyntz

Stuart Poyntz

Associate Dean of Grad Studies, Faculty of Communication, Art + Technology, SFU
Amanda Rose Schellenberg

Amanda Rose Schellenberg

Program Coordinator, Frames Film Program
Jennifer Shanse

Jennifer Shanse

Video Producer, Upperstory Films
Christine Stewart

Christine Stewart

Faculty, Film, Video and Integrated Media, Faculty of Culture and Community
Facilitators
Aslam Bulbulia

Aslam Bulbulia

Ayan Ismail

Ayan Ismail

Cicely-Belle Blain

Cicely-Belle Blain

Danica Denome

Danica Denome

JB The First Lady

JB The First Lady

Kim Villagante

Kim Villagante

Monica Alas

Monica Alas

Selina Jules

Selina Jules

Tanvi Bhatia

Tanvi Bhatia

Valeen Jules

Valeen Jules

Vidaluz Ortuño Nacho

Vidaluz Ortuño Nacho

Our Supporters

Heart-felt appreciation for all of the energy and resources provided by our partners, and funders.

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Powered by the past / Looking to the future

Past

Created for AMES 20th anniversary, this video hints at the scope of work covered since AMES began, and honours some of the amazing folks who’ve provided guiding vision.

Teach

Check out our TEACH page where we’re sharing resources we’ve been developing over 20 years of using youth-created videos to spark courageous conversations about critical issues.