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Volunteer Spotlight


Name: Sue

What is your day job?

With a degree in Social Work, years of living overseas, a background in crisis counseling, and a long work history in film and television production, I am now putting all that experience to work by helping choose relevant, well - produced social justice films from around the world.

How did you get involved with the MLJFF?

I attended the first Marda Loop Justice Film Festival many years ago and came back every year before joining the programming committee in 2017.  I love documentaries - especially those that not only cause people to think about something from a different perspective but also encourage change – in attitude and behavior. 

What is your favourite part of the festival?

I appreciate the fact that this festival goes beyond the viewings by hosting discussions after each film and providing added information in the NGO village.

Why do you volunteer, generally?

 Volunteering is a great way to be involved in the education of others on issues one is passionate about.  I call it ‘putting my money where my mouth is’ and am proud to also be an animal welfare/animal rights activist as well as a committed vegan and environmentalist. 

What is the most important UN Sustainable Development Goal to you and why?

As for the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals and the one I consider most important – well they are all important but if I had to choose I would throw a dart and that dart would land on number 13: Climate Action – a true urgent need that should not be ignored.  The truth is I am surprised and discouraged that none of the goals are focused on the desperate state of animals in this world and how humans treat them.  Some of the goals seem to be about how we ‘use this world’ instead of how we should live in harmony with other species.


Name: Jaime

What is your day job? 

Junior high teacher

How did you get involved with the MLJFF?

After attending a few films, I put my name on the email list and when they asked for volunteers to join the programming committee, I jumped at the chance. 

What is your favorite part of the festival?

The discussions people have on their way out of a film, pledging to make a difference and make the world a better place. 

Why do you volunteer, generally?

Community is so important, and volunteering ensures strong and vibrant communities that support all people. 

What is the most important UN Sustainable Development Goal to you and why?

Education is essential for so many reasons, so SDG 4 is most important to me. 


Name: Herm

How did you get involved with the MLJFF?

I am a long-time volunteer with MLJFF. I began by helping out a bit during the first festival, then joined the programming group previewing films the following year. A year or two later there was a need for new treasurer, so I added that task to my involvement and have been doing both ever since, although I’m now stepping down from the board and treasurer position.

Why do you volunteer generally?

I am volunteering because as a Christian I feel there is much not right in this world, and awareness is a first step in making things right again. As Jenny K. (MLJFF’s founder) pointed out, a good film is a great way to bring the attention of many to a topic as a precursor to a healthy discussion on it. I really appreciate how these films we show lead to good discussions within the Calgary community. I hope these discussions lead at least some participants to actively work to make things right again.

What is the most important UN Sustainable Development Goal to you and why?

One UN Sustainable Development Goal that stands out to me is #12 – “Responsible Consumption and Production. I am a fine woodworker by profession and am appalled by the current trend to import cheaply made furniture that is doomed to end up in the landfill far too soon. I believe in making quality products with quality material that will last for a few generations at least. Much of my work now is in furniture repair – doing what is needed to help well-made pieces stay away from the landfill for another few decades. We could save a lot of trees if we used the wood wisely.


Name: Paige

What is your day job? 

Cannabis cultivator by day, collage creator by night. 

How did you get involved with the MLJFF?

My friend use to volunteer and told me about it. 

What is your favorite part of the festival?

Guest speakers. 

Why do you volunteer, generally?

To accumulate different perspectives from people around the world. 

What is the most important UN Sustainable Development Goal to you and why?

#13 Climate Action
#15 Life on land. 
I have two, they go hand in hand. I believe that if we all put our hands together and work towards each of these goals, the whole world will benefit in many different ways.