Meet the Mentors: Angie Hutchinson, Lana Adeleye-Olusae, Stephanie Strugar, Terence Fuller
The conversation around safer spaces in the arts has been increasingly in the spotlight. How do we, as a community, make our music spaces safer for audiences, artists, and workers? Join community members for a free panel discussion, on November 17 in Arts Fundamentals: Safer Spaces Policies, on the concepts behind, and importance of, safer spaces, and the challenges in creating and maintaining them, with a focus on gender, sexual orientation, and the experiences of Black people, Indigenous people, people of colour, and the people who exist at those intersections. In partnership with Creative Manitoba and Film Training Manitoba.
Angie Hutchinson is a First Nation woman from the Misipawistik Cree Nation. Currently living in Winnipeg, Angie’s work has focused gender equality, addressing exploitation and violence against women, relationship building, and improving the economic, legal, social and health status of Indigenous women and their families. Working as a helper in many different roles, Angie approaches her work with a culturally appropriate and trauma informed understanding, creating space for both Indigenous and Western knowledge. Working from the heart, Angie creates a space of inclusion and trust to foster natural connections.
Dr. Lana Adeleye-Olusae, CMC, CPHR, MBA, SHRM-SCP, is a seasoned human resource professional, researcher and coach skilled in offering employee and organizational development strategy solutions in support of business goals’ achievement. He brings a wealth of experience in developing and implementing strategic directions for business units, start-ups and projects in various industry sectors to bear on his assignments. He is currently Director of Human Resources, The Manitoba Museum and also offers management consulting services under Surefooting Consulting, Training and Coaching Inc. to small and medium-sized organizations in various sectors.
Stephanie Strugar is Manitoba’s Trainer for Cultural Human Resources Council, Maintaining Respectful Arts Workplaces. As a Trainer, she educated arts and cultural organizations on how to create safer spaces for artists and arts administrators across all disciplines. She is the founder and President of Difie Inc. Manitoba’s 1st cross-cultural dance and wellness not for profit organization, a not for profit focused on removing barriers to performing and education services for performers with disabilities. She has served as a governance Board of Director with Arts Accessibility Network of Manitoba, and is the owner of Difinity Dance Studio & Productions, and ArtWithSas Consulting. She has completed several business programs including Make A Change Canada’s Business Abilities program for entrepreneurs with a disability and has a rich career in management in retail and hospitality. As a visual and performing artist-entrepreneur with a disability her goal is to empower those working in the arts trade with practical tools for creating “safer spaces”.
Terence Fuller has worked in the Manitoba Film Industry since 2004 and for the last two years has served as the Steward for the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) Local 856 which is based in Winnipeg. In his current position, Terence has undertaken numerous training programs including receiving a Conflict Management Certificate though Mediation Services Winnipeg, Harassment Investigation (Level 1 & 2) Certificate through Hill Advisory Services, and Safety Training through both SAFE Work Manitoba and the Construction Safety Association of Manitoba. As a veteran of the film industry, Terence has instructed multiple training courses for Film Training Manitoba (FTM) for close to a decade. In addition, he has aided in the organization’s curriculum development and instruction of the Set Orientation, Safety Awareness and Respect in the Workplace in-class course. In 2018, Terence was appointed as a Co-Chair of FTM.
Uzoma Asagwara, the moderator for this panel, is a Canadian politician, public speaker, registered psychiatric nurse and addictions specialist. They are a former member of the Premiers Advisory Council on Education, Poverty and Citizenship and former member of the Canadian Women’s National Basketball team. Uzoma is the founder of QPOC Winnipeg; an initiative that creates safer spaces, positive and self determined representation and visibility of Queer and Trans, Black/Indigenous and People of Colour. Since 2014, QPOC has created events and spaces that range from dance parties to artist talks, open mics, workshops, conferences, potlucks, community consultations, high school GSA presentations and fundraisers.