Ron Lenyk Inspiring Youth Arts Award
Ron Lenyk 2020 Winners
Born and raised in Mississauga, 15-year-old Hannah Prins began dancing at age 3 and her passion for dance has grown ever since then. Hannah trains extensively in classical ballet, lyrical, contemporary, jazz, and tap, and she has danced competitively for 8 years. Her artistic and technical skills have been developed at Sean Boutilier Academy of Dance and The Tap Dance Centre, where she has performed numerous solo and group routines for competitions and community performances.
Jacquline Shi (age 20) works mainly in the themes of identity, belonging and coming of age, as shown through narrative film. As an introverted and anxious individual, taking photos and creating short videos is her way of connecting with other people and finding a sense of belonging through community building.
After completing the International Baccalaureate film program in high-school, Shi decided to pursue a dual degree in film studies and business at Western University as a way of furthering her passion for cinematography, photo-manipulation, and narrative storytelling.
Most recently, premiering the short experimental film, “Little Red”, at the TIFF Bell Lightbox for the 23rd Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival, Shi has shown regularly in numerous film screenings and competitions.
Ultimately, Shi states, her “passion for film and photography stems from (a) desire to find my place as a creative within the community. Through my work, I hope to show my peers and my community that the arts can be a powerful medium for change.”
Participating in the Unsung Film Production Workshop (which was facilitated through TIFF), and meeting like-minded Asian creatives and filmmakers, has sparked an interest in exploring the Chinese-Canadian identity among millennials. This experience has inspired Shi’s next project, her first screenplay which is about a young Chinese-Canadian girl and her challenges in choosing to pursue the arts as opposed to a traditional STEM-related career path.
Shi hopes to use the Ron Lenky Inspiring Youth Award to fund this current project, and contribute to an increase Asian representation in film, hopefully, inspire Chinese-Canadian youths to pursue their passion for the arts, and also fund another anthology launch for Ink Movement, a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering youth in the GTA.