Storytelling is more important than ever as we all face the unique challenges this year has brought us.
Stories entertain, inspire and transform. They remind us of where we come from and where we can go. We need more stories to free our imaginations and open our hearts to create a path of understanding and healing.
To mark the season of giving during December, we’re sharing impact stories from our alumni and board members to show the power of story in action.
Current NSI students are blessed by the commitment of NSI’s Board of Directors – 100% of whom have donated to NSI’s annual fund. Please join them in supporting our students by donating today and making the power of story even more powerful.
Today’s impact story comes from the vice-chair of the NSI Board of Directors, Brad Pelman.
Brad is a senior content distribution specialist with over 23 years experience in Canada. He has been a board member since 2009 and currently serves as vice-chair.
Brad marvels at the work and success of NSI alumni, and notes the important work NSI has done in collaboration with Indigenous storytellers.
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If you could describe your experience with NSI in three words what would they be, and why?
Collaborate, underrated, inspired.
NSI’s output is impressive given their lack of resources. It’s only a matter of time before NSI really hits its stride and is recognized worldwide for its processes and achievements.
Why did you decide to serve on the board of directors?
Many other boards serving creative industries had support from government and corporations that dwarfed NSI. The decision to serve this board was to provide the most impact for my time and effort.
Why is it worthwhile to support NSI?
This is an organization of peers. The faculty and programming is driven by industry need and versatile to provide programming that meets the needs of changing industry conditions.
How do you think NSI has helped shape the Canadian film and television communities?
When you look at the alumni you marvel at their work; the impact is everywhere.
NSI contributes to the collaborative creative experience that Canadian stories tell. NSI has successfully identified creators from all communities and has made huge impacts on Indigenous storytellers and providing access to mentorship and markets.
What memory of NSI and our community has inspired you?
All social events where alumni and new participants get to mingle provide great conversation and inspiration.
What project / initiative are you currently working on?
To be announced at a later date, but exciting!
What is your favourite Canadian film / TV show / web series?
I’m currently watching Enslaved and War of the Worlds, both on CBC Gem.
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