The Hats We Wear: A special gift for you on Giving Tuesday

The Hats We Wear - Giving Tuesday

Joy Loewen


Today is Giving Tuesday, and we have a special gift to share with you this year.

Our new, intimate podcast series The Hats We Wear, featuring personal stories from our alumni, is now on our website, Spotify, Apple or wherever you listen to podcasts.

As you listen and learn why our alumni are inspired to reveal their souls through the art of storytelling, we hope you will be inspired to support them with a donation to the National Screen Institute.

You’ll hear from artists like Karen Lam who strives to use her authentic voice as an Asian writer; filmmaker Ian Bawa who is keeping his parents’ memory alive through film; and musician Cheyenne Bruneau who hopes to heal and empower women through her songwriting.

We care deeply about our students and alumni and are excited for you to get to know a different side of them. Today is also the perfect opportunity for you to invest in people just like Karen, Ian and Cheyenne because your gift will go even further this Giving Tuesday.

TODAY ONLY, if you donate $20 or more, CanadaHelps will contribute an additional $2 towards empowering storytellers!

To be a storyteller and share personal and impactful stories is an act of bravery. Inspired by the courage and vulnerability of our alumni, I too am sharing a piece of my own story with you in the latest podcast episode.

I invite you to listen to my story, and cry and laugh with me.

Thank you for giving generously in support of those who are developing their professional skills to produce stories that entertain, inform and deepen our connection to one another.

With gratitude for your continued support,


P.S. To help storytellers all year-round, please consider setting up a monthly donation on our CanadaHelps website. We appreciate all your support.

Leader, advocate, mother and friend are just a few of the many hats worn by National Screen Institute CEO Joy Loewen.

In this episode, Joy discusses the path that led her to her current role as CEO. From growing up in Steinbach, Manitoba, to building her career in the media industry, to becoming a mother – Joy explains not only what she does but, more importantly, why she does it.

Joy has worked with the National Screen Institute for 10 years, serving in many different roles until her appointment as CEO in January 2020. Since then, Joy has launched multiple new programs to address the needs of storytellers, created a strategic plan for the organization and navigated the challenges of working through a global pandemic.

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