2018 DOCTalks Festival & Symposium

Wednesday June 13  @ 2:15pm  Room 53 Amphitheatre UNB MacLaggan Hall – Presentation
Open Your Eyes Initiative 
The Open Your Eyes initiative seeks to raise community awareness about a social issue, by providing a charity with access to cash and in-kind promotional support to produce a short documentary film (approx. 5 minutes) to tell their story, and an online cross-sector promotional campaign to share their story with others in the community. The first Open Your Eyes Fredericton (OYEF) recipient was the Community Action Group on Homelessness. A presentation associated with this OYEF short film and promotional campaign will be discussed to explain how it works.watch CAGH's short film

 Tim Fox : President, DOCTalks (Moderator & Participant)
Kate Rogers: Executive Director, Fredericton Community Foundation
Faith McFarland: Co-ordinator, Community Action Group on Homelessness
Gary Weekes: Film Director, Weekes Photography
Geneveive Coates: Online Communications, Generate Creative Consulting
Sandra Robb: Advocate for the Homeless, Featured in CAGH Short Film

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Tim Fox
Tim Fox is a community leader with a long history of public service with charities, non-profits and various levels of government in Canada. He has worked in senior positions in municipal film liaison and economic development, as well as being the executive director for the Kidney Foundation of Canada Atlantic Branch and the Fredericton Community Foundation.  Tim is passionate about shifting public perception toward charities and increasing the value that the public places on the role of charities in the world.


Kate Rogers
Kate Rogers is a strategic thinker, relationship-builder and networker who contributes her skills and talents to enhance our community and bring about positive change. She is the Deputy Mayor of Fredericton and City Councillor for Ward 11. Kate has over ten years experience as a senior administrator in the non-profit and post-secondary sectors and extensive background in creating initiatives that develop programming through sectoral and community partnerships, thereby leveraging the assets of many. She has spent her working life in the community and appreciates the importance of connecting with others to address challenges, uncover solutions and respond to community interests. A long-standing and active member of the Fredericton arts community, both professionally and as a volunteer, Kate has worked for various arts organizations and served on many Boards of Directors. Kate has a Masters degree in Political Science from the University of New Brunswick. She is a founding co-chair of the Fredericton Arts Alliance and is a member on the advisory board of the NB Social Policy Research Network, an organization she helped build with the late Honourable Andy Scott.

Faith McFarland
Faith McFarland is the Coordinator with the Community Action Group on Homelessness (CAGH), Faith works collaboratively with a wide variety of stakeholders to radically change the way our community responds to homelessness.  CAGH is a joint-initiative of over 30 non-profit organizations, government liaisons, and community leaders working to create a systems approach to homelessness in Fredericton that will see an end to chronic and episodic homelessness  over the coming 3 years. Faith has worked in the field of community development over the past 15 years.  She has has long been active in the homeless community and is deeply grateful to be working to support Housing First solutions.   Through her work, she promotes that housing is not a crisis that needs to be solved; rather, it is the solution to many of the most complex challenges faced by our society.  Housing is the solution, not the problem.

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Gary Weekes
Gary Weekes has been a Professional Freelance Photographer for over 25 years working with clients big and small while shooting; portraits, corporate, pets, architecture and fine art.  His credo when working with such a diverse set of clientele to “Love what you do and Love whatever’s in front of your camera”. Film Making has now been added to the list of services he provides; with short documentaries, short films and infomercials sitting wonderfully alongside his photographic work. Working with “moving images” has always been a logical progression and with it I bringing the attention to detail, the joy and the beauty inherent in my stills work to this audio-visual medium.

Genevieve Coates
Genevieve Coates graduated with a double major bachelor degree in English and Theatre from Dalhousie University, After graduating she started working in Customer Service focused roles across various industries. Now over nine years later, she has worked in small businesses, start-up culture and for one of the largest global corporate enterprises, Salesforce. Her experience ranges from roles in Customer Service, Onboarding, Support Operations and Community Management. Regardless of position, Genevieve is known as an individual that gets work done by thinking outside of the box and using a variety of approaches to achieve the necessary goals. She continues this approach in her work running Generate Creative Consulting, a New Brunswick based marketing and technology consulting business that focuses on helping small business, startups and non-profits. 

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Sandra "Sandy" Robb
Sandra "Sandy" Robb is originally from Doaktown, NB and  moved to Fredericton at the age of 16. Sandy earned her GED, attended trade school in Saint John to become a cook/chef, lived in Campbellton for 16 years, and returned to Fredericton in 2001, Through a series of personal health issues, Sandy became homeless and had to navigate a series of obstacles to eventual find a "home" to live in. She is a advocate of the HOUSING FIRST! concept and is always there to lend respect, dignity, a listening ear, and a helping hand to Fredericton’s precariously housed, homeless, and street people.  Sandy is featured in CAGH's short film.