Board of Directors
Nelson Dunk loves movies. He is a filmmaker and owner of Skylight Productions working with companies and individuals to convey their message in a creative and cinematic way. Nelson started creating videos in the Non-profit sector and quickly discovered that HOW you communicate is just as important as WHAT you communicate. Nelson is always looking for opportunities to create impacting and creative films, whether in the creative or corporate arenas. Capturing and conveying stories is what he finds most exciting.
Ken Hoyle is owner of HOYLE & ASSOCIATES, an urban design, site planning and landscape architecture firm in Cambridge, Ontario. He is a member of the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects, past president and a Fellow of the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects and past president and member of the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals.
Ken has lived in Galt since 1996 and has served the community as co-chair of the Cambridge Municipal Heritage Advisory Committee and a member of the Waterloo Region Heritage Foundation.
Ken and his life partner, Karen helped as volunteers at its first showings of the GRFF at the School of Architecture in 2007 and 2008. He looks forward to being of further service to help build on the foundation of those who have so ably advanced the Festival over the past 5 years.
Chair of Marketing and Communications
Terry is a public accountant having practiced in Waterloo Region/Cambridge for over 30 years. Terry has lived in Cambridge since 1989 and is a past president and current treasurer of Cambridge Chamber of Commerce, board member Cambridge Library and Galleries, past co-chair of the city implementation task force for “Our Common Future” , past treasurer Cambridge and North Dumfries Community Foundation and past Cambridge United Way leadership giving chair.
I am currently Co-Founder and Social Media Director of IM@Events creating social media coverage for events. I also lead an initiative of industry professionals discussing accountability and social responsibility in social media.
I began testing Social Media ideas and methods through Fresh Endeavours in 2010. Fresh continues to be a great outlet for my altruism (I try to connect people with eco, health, food, and social justice initiatives), and a valuable testing ground. I’ve also had the privilege of working with small businesses, manufacturers, corporate clients, and nonprofits, but overseeing Event Coverage is where I really thrive. I’ve covered the Downtown Kitchener Ribfest & Craft Beer Show, Mighty Machines, The Great Canadian Food Fight, Kitchener Blues Festival, Manulife Financial LPGA Classic, Savour Stratford, and many other fantastic, fun events in Ontario. Look for our upcoming coverage of the Kitchener-Waterloo Comedy Festival!
I’ve studied Peace and Conflict Studies, Sociology, Social Problems, Psychology, and Women’s Studies at University of Waterloo, with an Honours in English Literature. My writing has appeared on Speak Up For Change, YummyMummyClub.ca,Fides Social, and I’m a regular blogger for Charity Republic, Impact Events Group Inc., and Fresh Endeavours.
I value grace and composure under pressure, and am hopeless geek.
Chair of Festival Programming
Katie Parkes is a recent graduate with a passion for film. With the ink still drying on her degree from Wilfrid Laurier University (studying English and Film), she has just wrapped a year as the co-director of marketing and communications at Film North, Muskoka’s International Film Festival. Currently the content co-ordinater at Waterloo’s own Creative Enterprise Initiative, Katie manages a few projects: grandsocial.ca, a growing arts and culture social marketing empire, and a highly temperamental cat. She is also the co-creator of GRFF’s newest educational outreach program, Cinemerge, which links curious students like she once was to leaders in the region’s filmmaking industry. Katie is ready to drive connections, get creative, and make the Grand River Film Festival as awesome as the region it calls home. Follow her on twitter @kjparkes, but don’t follow her in real life. She’s watched too much Hitchcock.
Chair of Advertising
Chair of Fundraising
Jodi Stone drank inky water from paintbrush glasses as a child growing up in the theatre city of Stratford, Ontario: she was, thusly, baptized in culture and has spent her life so far ensuring she is surrounded by good people and great art. GRFF is a natural fit in this ideal pursuit and is a delayed progression from her English and Film studies at the University of Waterloo, having made detours working at Edinburgh Castle with her then involvement in Edinburgh’s Film Festival, and returning home to further her writing with literary awards and publications, most notably in a Random House anthology with Margaret Atwood. During her time as Editor in Chief of GRIMM Magazine, journal of the literary and visual arts, she was awarded a literary scholarship to Russia and read her short fiction in the National Library in St. Petersburg. She now co-owns and operates DNA, a fine art screen-printing shop in Downtown Kitchener where her dog, DeNiro, makes many cameo appearances.
Maeve Strathy was born and raised in Toronto with four sisters, two loving parents, and a love of arts & culture. She had her sights set on a number of different career paths during her life, but fell into fundraising and the rest is history! She now works as a Development Officer in the Development & Alumni Relations department at her alma mater, Wilfrid Laurier University. Maeve has held a variety of volunteer positions on organizations including the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Toronto Chapter, the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education, Laurier’s student literary magazine Blueprint, and the Wilfrid Laurier University Alumni Association Board of Directors, where she chaired the Communications Committee. In her spare time Maeve likes to cook vegetarian food, work out, spend time with friends and family, and keep up her fundraising and philanthropy-focused blog www.whatgivesphilanthropy.com.
Chair of Volunteer Program
Bill Schwarz is an active partner in the Cambridge law firm of PSH Lawyers and a professional artist [watercolour, acrylic and pen and ink]. He has been a Cambridge resident for 42 years. Bill has a long commitment to service as a Past Distinguished Lieutenant Governor of Division 5E of the Eastern Canada and Caribbean District of Kiwanis International, a Mel Osbourne Fellow of the Kiwanis Foundation of Canada and a Member, Director or Officer, past or present of the Law Society of Upper Canada, Waterloo Law Association, Shades Mill Law Association, Cambridge Memorial Hospital Foundation, Kiwanis Club of Cambridge, Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, Big Brother Association of Cambridge, Lutherwood, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, St. Ambrose Roman Catholic Church, South Waterloo and Wellington District Boy Scouts of Canada, Waterloo Regional Arts Council, Prosperity Council of Waterloo Region, Homer Watson House and Gallery, and the Grand River Film Festival. Bill has and continues to spend much of his time, energy and enthusiasm in raising money for worthwhile events and institutions in the community.