NSI bids farewell to Melissa Kajpust

Melissa enjoying some downtime during the Toronto Screenwriting Conference in April.

Melissa Kajpust, NSI’s director of programming, is saying goodbye after more than a decade working with NSI. She’s moving on to Super Channel as head of creative development and we’re simultaneously thrilled for her exciting new venture and sad to say goodbye to such a talented member of our team.

“Melissa’s been a big part of NSI’s success over the last 10 years, particularly as director of programming. She has made an indelible mark on the organization’s current course offerings,” said John Gill, NSI CEO. “Melissa’s all about story and serving an audience. Many of our alumni have benefited and continue to benefit from her wisdom and experience.”

Melissa started at NSI in 2004 as co-developer of NSI New Voices – at the time known as the NSI Aboriginal Youth Pilot Project (AYPP) – and has been co-program manager and trainer over the years of the program. In 2011 she worked as the NSI Drama Prize program manager and became director of programming several months later.

A recent highlight of her work with NSI was being recognized for her commitment to NSI New Voices, along with Lisa Meeches and Ursula Lawson, with the Circle of Inspiration award at the 2013 YMCA-YWCA Women of Distinction Awards.

An award-winning writer, Melissa also helped create the NSI-delivered Movie Central Script to Screen initiative and managed it for its first two years of existence. Her passionate involvement in guiding students towards fully realizing their stories had a big effect – they’ve told us how much they value her feedback and industry knowledge.

“Leaving NSI is bittersweet. I’m a huge fan of this organization and I am proud to have been part of a passionate team of individuals who sincerely care about everything NSI offers to our students and the community,” Melissa said. “Watching our students grow and sharing in their excitement when they succeed has been incredibly inspirational.”

Cheers, Melissa! Everyone at NSI thanks you for 10 great years and we wish you the very best on your next adventure.

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