National Screen Institute CEO, Joy Loewen, receives Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee Medal

Joy Loewen, Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee Medal

Rachel Young

Outreach and Engagement Lead

L-R: Joy Loewen, The Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba, The Honourable Janice C. Filmon and Manitoba Premier Heather Stefanson. Photo credit Douglas Little Photography.

National Screen Institute CEO Joy Loewen was honoured with a Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee Medal last week.

Joy received the medal in recognition of her dedicated service as a committee member on the Order of Manitoba Advisory Council, as well as her service to her peers, community, Manitoba and Canada.

The Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba, The Honourable Janice C. Filmon C.M., O.M., with whom Joy serves as civilian aide, presented her and several others with their medals at a ceremony at Government House in Winnipeg on September 26.

“Volunteering is what I do – it’s a hobby and passion that fills my cup with joy every day. To be recognized in this way has moved me to my core, I have no words to express my gratitude,” says Joy.

“Receiving this medal from The Honourable Janice C. Filmon, who I consider a mentor and role model, was the honour of my life.”

Joy’s volunteer work and commitment to uplifting those in her community spans across the country. She is a committee member for Manitoba’s Queen Council Advisory and is a board member for non-profits and councils including The Winnipeg Foundation, Gimli Film Festival, National Ballet School of Canada and Canada Independent Screen Fund for BPOC creators.

Joy was appointed CEO of the National Screen Institute in early 2020. By providing a clear vision for the organization, Joy’s work has resulted in unprecedented growth and furthered the organization’s mission to create a culturally equitable world through storytelling.

One thousand Manitobans will receive the Platinum Jubilee Medal this year. Recipients were selected for their community mindedness, service and reconciliation.

Read more about Joy’s passion for storytelling and inclusivity within the film industry in her essay for The Winnipeg Foundation.

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Propelled by a visionary network of donors, private and public organizations, board members and staff, the National Screen Institute supports creators from across Canada to tell unforgettable stories. Through industry-informed training and mentoring in film, television and digital media, students and alumni find their voice and place on the global stage, inspiring us to shape a better world.

We are committed to training participants from a diverse community of voices including Black, Indigenous, People of Colour, women, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning and two-spirit (LGBTQ2S+), people with disabilities, those outside large urban centres, those from regional and remote areas and various religious groups.

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The National Screen Institute is supported by: Core Funders: Manitoba Sport, Culture and Heritage, the City of Winnipeg through the Winnipeg Arts Council; Benefactors: TELUS, Telefilm Canada, Canada Media Fund (CMF), Department for Women and Gender Equality (WAGE); Patrons: CBC, Creative Saskatchewan; Builders: APTN, TikTok Canada, Indigenous Screen Office (ISO), The Winnipeg Foundation; Indigenous Training Programs Partner: Directors Guild of Canada; Strategic Sponsors: Manitoba Film & Music, Bell Media, RBC Emerging Artists, documentary Channel, CBC Gem, Centre for Aboriginal Human Resource Development (CAHRD), Alberta Film Commission, Manitoba Arts Council; Industry Partner: National Film Board of Canada; Friends: Ontario Creates, Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC), Bell Fund, Stantec, William F. White International, Company 3.