The Westdale and SACHA have collaborated to initiate the This Is Me project, which links media artists Emmy Pantin and Jennifer LaFontaine with survivors of gender-based violence in a collaborative experience, creating digital storytelling videos. This program is done through online workshops utilizing the ‘Zoom’ platform and media arts software; a premiere of the final films will take place at The Westdale on the “Big Screen” and will be followed with a community talk discussing gender-based violence. Inspired by the principles of collaboration, interconnectedness, community inclusion and engagement, self-expression, and social commentary. This Is Me will empower and engage participants and encourage them to share their voice, taking an active role in their community.

This program is currently running and registration is full.  

Project Partner: SACHA

Artists: Jennifer LaFontaine and Emmy Pantin

Project Coordinator: Becca Dowden

Timeline For Participants: Mondays from 11 am to 2 pm (with breaks)

  • November 23: 11 am to 2 pm
  • November 30: 11 am to 2 pm
  • December 7: 11 am to 2 pm
  • December 14: 11 am to 2 pm
  • December 21: workshop programming break: 1 pm, 30-minute check-in with Project Coordinator, and SACHA is available 24/7 through their support line: 905.525.4162.
  • December 28: workshop programming break: 1 pm 30-minute check-in with Project Coordinator and SACHA is available 24/7 through their support line: 905.525.4162.
  • January 4: back to workshops, 11 am to 2 pm
  • January 11: 11 am to 2 pm
  • January 18: 11 am to 2 pm
  • January 25: 11 am to 2 pm
  • February 1: 11 am to 2 pm
  • February 8: Private screening: online or at The Westdale (to be determined based on the closure guidelines)
  • Public Screening TBD

Funders: Hamilton Community Foundation, Ontario Arts Council

Sexual Assault Centre Support Line: 905.525.4162

COAST (Crisis Outreach and Support Team): 905.972.8338

Victim Services—Hamilton Police: 905.546.4904