The Digital Arts Resource Centre (DARC) board of directors consists of 3-12 members, each elected for three-year terms. Elections are held annually at the members’ annual general meeting. Board members may serve consecutive terms but must stand for re-election by the membership.
Sonia Giannina Vani, B.A., B.Ed, M.A., is an artist and communications consultant. Her experience in theatre helped her secure numerous story-editing and on-camera contracts for private production houses (Sound Venture Productions, Pixcom) and public broadcasters like TVO, TFO and Télé Québec. She has a degree in Communications and a Master’s in Media Studies. Sonia is a member of the Ontario College of Teachers and has developed and implemented a variety of arts and sustainability-minded modules for students from JK-Gr.8. Her experience in education, rooted at first in pedagogy, now extends to andragogy. She develops and delivers public and customized workshops for adult learners in both official languages. Sonia leads and plays an active role in organizing local events featuring musical and spoken word artists and helps promote local arts initiatives. Her interest in ocean conservation has also allowed her to spearhead camps that encourage youth to experiment with emerging tech, pop culture and activism.
Sonia is a continuous learner with a growth mindset. She is involved in leadership and mentorship activities. Currently, she manages a marketing team. She has secured funding from Saw’s Jumpstart and from other granting agencies to produce music videos and short documentaries. Her volunteering experience includes serving on the CHUO FM 89.1 BOD and a stint as a juror for the Ontario Arts Council.
Sifiso holds an international diploma in film direction from Center for Research in Art of Film and Television in India. He’s a skilled photographer, director and producer with seven years’ experience. He founded the Mpumalanga International Film Festival (MIFF) in South Africa in 2013 with an aim of providing a platform for the industry to grow and local artists to express themselves. Prior to MIFF, he worked as a film and video manager at the Department of Culture, Sport and Recreation in the Film Office focusing on funding for film, scriptwriting and directing. His film credits include working as location manager for a feature film, Liphutsa Lami, which was screened on Dstv’s Mzansi Magic. Sifiso has been a SAW Video member since 2016.
Manuel Sousa is an administrative professional living in Ottawa. A graduate of the former youth program at SAW Video; 2001, Rural Urban Youth Connection, he keeps his passion for video production alive through ongoing participation in workshops, self-directed learning, following industry trends and volunteering on local productions. In 2015 he was the recipient of an award in recognition of over 100+ volunteer hours contributed towards the production of two local independent series for Bell fibe TV1. Motivated mainly by his desire to be surrounded by successful people, Manuel is currently pursuing the creation of a success focused, life coach consulting business, with the intent of positioning him as a social-minded, creative problem solving, socialpreneur. On his free time he enjoys being in nature, often taking long walks along the Rideau Canal and other trails within the city. Manuel enjoys listening to epic music, traveling, photography and writing. He is currently working on writing his first fantasy science fiction novel.
Amanda has extensive experience in the Canadian film and television industry. She recently joined APTN’s programming team as Programming Coordinator-Acquisitions, working to acquire Canadian and international content from major distributors as well as independent filmmakers. Previously, she worked as a researcher and production coordinator for award-winning producers such as Storyline Entertainment and Back Alley Films. She also maintains her own film practice, and her short documentaries have screened internationally and won several awards. Amanda has a BFA in film from Ryerson University and an MA in Media Studies from Concordia University, where she specialized in documentary film and feminist approaches to filmmaking.
Byron practices law at Ottawa’s entertainment law boutique, Edwards PC, Creative Law (www.edwardslaw.ca) helping creators of animated and live-action television and films, games, digital media, software, music and publications. In between his undergrad in business (Wilfrid Laurier University) and law school (University of Windsor), Byron produced TV and new media productions. During law school, he co-founded Charter Project (www.JoinTheDiscussion.ca), a national education initiative about the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Carole got her start as a media arts practitioner at the Winnipeg Film Group where, and for 20+ years, she was also a member of its board of directors. She is grateful for having the opportunity to make many films, both dramas and experimental projects, all of which have travelled to numerous festivals around the world. To support her filmmaking habit Carole did freelance work: as a reporter for French CBC TV & radio, as a crew member in the film industry and later, as researcher for inner city NGOs. Two years ago, she moved to Ottawa to work in communications for the federal NDP. Carole understands the challenges media artists face in the pursuit of their passion and vision, since she has had to address them all herself. To her, being on the board of SAW is an opportunity to connect with local artists, be of service to them and to an organization she believes in, and hopefully revive her own art practice in the process.
Born in Montreal, Deborah Margo lives in Ottawa. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Concordia University and a Master of Fine Arts from Temple University/Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. She has also studied at the Haystack School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine and the Banff Centre in Banff, Alberta. She is a part-time faculty member in the Department of Visual Arts, at the University of Ottawa, where she has taught courses in studio arts to undergraduate and graduate students. Her writing on the visual arts has been published in various periodicals, monographs and exhibition essays. Finally, during the spring, summer and fall she also works as a gardener designing, planting and maintaining gardens in the Ottawa Valley.
Katherine Khedni Wyatt is a multi-media artist working in Ottawa, Ontario. A soon-to-be-graduate of the University of Ottawa’s Bachelor of Fine Arts program, Katherine specializes in accumulated-object sculpture and painting; expanding her practice to work with video and sound installation more recently. Looking at cultural conventions of disposability, Katherine seeks to promote the revaluation of a learned disposability regarding our individual treatment of people and products.
Kathryn is an art historian, artist, and activist raised in South Keys, Ottawa. After earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Arts, Kathryn earned her doctorate in the history of visual culture and art worlds from Duke University. She comes to SAW Video with a diverse background in curation, public programming, and assessment and evaluation at art institutions across North America. Kathryn is an avid participant in SAW Video’s workshops and programming, which have expanded her digital illustration-based practice into the realms of screenwriting and animation.
Tina received a BA in Media Arts at the AKI Academy of Art & Design in Holland. Her graduation film, Texas-Diners, won second prize at the second International Video Festival Friesland. She co-founded and ran an International Film Festival for four years in Amsterdam and Vancouver. In 1995 she produced a 30-minute stop-motion film-noire with support from the NFB. Tina has worked as a Visual Effects Artist for TV shows and feature films including Stargate, The New Adams Family, The Hidden Fortress, and Inside the International Space Station. Many of her animation shorts have been screened in Canada and Europe. She currently teaches Animation workshops through MASC.
Chris Mullington first joined SAW Video in 1982. During the rest of that decade he was one of the co-op’s most active members and was on the board of directors for several years. Since then he has directed and produced hundreds of items for television and non-broadcast applications. He has won several awards including a Gemini for his comedic analysis of stool on CBC’s The Health Show and Best Picture Editing at Hot Docs.