Join us for a Jane's Walk towards TIFF Bell Lightbox, followed by a screening of Citizen Jane: Battle for the City and post-film discussion with Amanda Lewis, Hibaq Gelle, and a speaker from Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust (PNLT).
The opening-night screening of Citizen Jane: Battle for the City will be followed by a panel discussion with special guests Amanda Lewis (Charlie’s FreeWheels), Hibaq Gelle (Premier’s Council on Youth Opportunities), a speaker from Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust (PNLT), and moderator Zahra Ebrahim (Co-Leader of Doblin Canada).
Prior to the screening and talk, experience a Jane’s Walk led by Ken Greenberg, urban designer, teacher, author, and former Director of Urban Design and Architecture for the City of Toronto, and former Toronto Mayor Barbara Hall. At 5:30pm, meet at Jane’s chairs in Victoria Memorial Square (10 Niagara St.) and hear about the history of the area while walking towards TIFF Bell Lightbox.
Amanda Lewis is an independent editor, project manager, and consultant, and sits on the Board of Charlie’s FreeWheels, an organization that offers a free Build-A-Bike program for youth to build their own bike by refurbishing a used one. After working for eight years as an editor at Penguin Random House Canada, she is now Project & Development Manager with Page Two Strategies, a Vancouver-based publishing agency. A former volunteer with Cycle Toronto and Toronto350.org, Lewis is also co-founder and Programming Director of The Reading Line, an annual reading festival on two wheels. She first learned about Charlie's FreeWheels four years ago when a mechanic from the organization taught her Otesha group basic bike maintenance before they set off on a tour of southern Ontario farms.
Hibaq Gelle is a community rock star who is committed to social justice, advocacy and creating vibrant communities. She recently completed the Studio Y fellowship at the MaRS Discovery District in Toronto. She is very passionate about working with young people and has a deep desire for addressing systemic issues. Gelle currently serves as an appointee on the Premier's Council on Youth Opportunities and advises the Government of Ontario. She has worked in many priority neighborhoods in Toronto, assisting numerous youth-led initiatives in various capacities. She has played a key role in developing leadership and life skills among youth through programming, mentoring, facilitating workshops, and advocacy. Gelle was awarded the Canadian Urban Leadership Award for Youth by the Canadian Urban Institute in 2012 and is a graduate of the Creative Institute for Toronto’s Young Leaders, a leadership program that is co-certified by the University of Toronto and the United Way.
Zahra Ebrahim is a change-driven creative, deeply invested in design process to explore community engagement, institutional innovation, and participatory city building. Her practice brings together unlike people, institutions, and industries to create more meaningful participation. Ebrahim spent the last decade as the principal of the design think tank archiTEXT, leading innovation projects with some of Canada’s largest charities and governing bodies. She is now Co-Leader of Doblin Canada, the country’s largest design-based innovation firm. She has taught at OCAD University, the Museum of Modern Art, and currently teaches Civic Innovation at the University of Toronto. Ebrahim spent two years serving as Innovator in Residence at Canada’s National Design Museum, and is currently Chair Emeritus of the board of Jane’s Walk and Vice-Chair of the board of St. Stephen’s House.