CREATIVE STORYTELLING IGNITES COMMUNITIES
Roy started his focus on creating media by getting his Audio Visual Communications degree after developing a strong interest in photography. He has kept up with the technology as it has transformed from film to video to digital production. His specialty is underwater videography which fits well with his interest in marine conservation. His work with philanthropic organizations led him to gain an Associate Certificate in Fundraising Management. With those organizations he has learned to develop alliances and manage volunteers. He is past president of Marine Life Sanctuaries Society of BC, former chair of the TD Canada Trust Friends of the Environment Foundation in Vancouver, past vice-president of the Underwater Council of BC, current president of Canadian Marine Environment Protection Society and a trustee of the World Cetacean Alliance.
Over the last decade he has spent a significant amount of time teaching filmmaking and working with youth. While working with Britannia Aboriginal Outreach Program, he taught camera skills and helped students create their own documentary on identity. At St. George’s Senior School he taught TV production as an elective program. Working at Urban Native Youth Association he taught the fundamentals of still photography. Teaching at Spectrum School he taught video fundamentals that resulted in the students producing a video on choices. Roy likes working with youth and often uses former students as interns in his new projects.
As a founding member of Artists Rendering Tales Collective Inc., Roy produced a regular video blog for the Coquitlam 125 celebration. Another project saw Roy travelling up the coast as part of a crew filming a feature film in remote areas of BC like Bella Bella and Klemtu. He has been fortunate to form good relationships in Indigenous communities and has also worked on some residential school projects with BC and Alberta Elders. He is no stranger to Truth and Reconciliation and is keenly interested in forming collaborative relationships with indigenous Elders and youth. Last year he spent most of the winter in Kiribati producing video and participating in a coral relocation project.