Ursula Lawson, Melissa Kajpust and Lisa Meeches win Women of Distinction award for NSI New Voices

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Above: Ursula Lawson, Lisa Meeches and Melissa Kajpust

The National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) is proud to congratulate Ursula Lawson, Melissa Kajpust and Lisa Meeches as the winners of the Circle of Inspiration award for NSI New Voices at the 2013 YMCA-YWCA Women of Distinction Awards.

The Women of Distinction Awards celebrates Manitoba women who have made a unique and exemplary contribution to the development of others in our community. Eighty-six women were nominated in various categories for the 2013 awards.

The Circle of Inspiration award recognizes a group of two or more women whose collaboration has resulted in significant achievements or valuable contributions to the advancement or well-being of their community, addressing issues of poverty, at-risk groups or populations, or ensuring access to programs and services that will enhance and improve the lives of individuals in their communities.

NSI New Voices is a culturally-sensitive training course that prepares young Aboriginal people aged 18-35 for entry into the film and television industry. The course also provides students with creative and challenging work placements as part of the curriculum.

“The ninth year of NSI New Voices kicked off this past Monday so the honour of winning this award is very timely for us,” said Ursula Lawson, NSI New Voices program manager. “The students in this course are our circle of inspiration and this award encourages us to continue to work hard for them.”

“This award gives these outstanding women who direct NSI New Voices the recognition they deserve,” said John Gill, NSI CEO. “It also emphasizes the importance of NSI New Voices and the tremendous opportunities it provides to Aboriginal youth in the community.”

View the acceptance speech.

NSI New Voices is funded by Presenting Sponsor Manitoba Culture, Heritage and Tourism; Program Partners Telefilm Canada, the Centre for Aboriginal Human Resource Development (CAHRD); NSI Aboriginal Training Programs Partner Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries; Strategic Sponsor Shaw Media; Provincial Sponsor MANITOBA FILM & MUSIC.

About the National Screen Institute

The National Screen Institute is renowned for having given many emerging filmmakers, television writers and producers their first breaks, and for providing training and production support through courses like NSI Totally Television, NSI Drama Prize, NSI New Voices, NSI Features First, NSI Lifestyle & Reality Series Producer, Movie Central Script to Screen and NSI Aboriginal Documentary. NSI also offers national exposure through the NSI Online Short Film Festival and provides vast resources and support to those in the film, television, and digital media industry at nsi-canada.ca.

National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) operates with ongoing funding from Core Funders: Manitoba Culture, Heritage and Tourism, the City of Winnipeg through the Winnipeg Arts Council; Benefactors: Shaw Media and Telefilm Canada; Patrons: CTV and the CTV/CHUM Benefits and Corus Entertainment; Builders: Rogers, The Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation and NBCUniversal;  Friends: ZoomerMedia, Blue Ant Media, Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries and APTN.

All media enquiries

Lauren MacDiarmid, Communications & Programs Coordinator
tel: 204.957.2999 or email: lauren.macdiarmid@nsi-canada.ca

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