As manager, programs and development, Joy runs the NSI Totally Television course. Joy is a passionate supporter of the production, promotion and exhibition of Canadian art and artists. Having previously worked as a broadcast and festival programmer at WTN (Women’s Television Network), CBC and the Gimli Film Festival; program manager at NSI and On Screen Manitoba; and executive director at Freeze Frame Media Arts Centre for Young People, Joy’s specialty lies in mentoring, showcasing and promoting a diverse range of media projects and the artists who create them. Joy is also an active volunteer with leadership roles in several Winnipeg non-profit organizations. Her passion and commitment to supporting artists and emerging talent extends into her volunteer work as a member of the Yorkton Film Festival, Rainbow Stage board of directors as well as the Winnipeg Foundation’s strategic initiatives committee. She has served as chair of the Balmoral Hall School Board of Governors and co-chair of the Yes, She Can! Dinner honouring The Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean. She is currently a civilian aide to The Honourable Janice C. Filmon, Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba.
On the brink of puberty in 1962 suburban Winnipeg, Sarah Matthews is increasingly challenged and confused by her mother's instability and sexual power. While her father refuses to acknowledge that the family is fracturing under the stress of his wife's mental illness, Sarah uses her creativity, inner strength, and a new friend to discover her own identity. With courage, Sarah bears witness and demands truth from the adults around her, demonstrating love's capacity to endure.