Organized by BrokerTeam Insurance, Project SPOTLIGHT is a corporate-responsibility initiative that brings to light many overlooked social needs of our community. By creating awareness, Project SPOTLIGHT aims to enable community support and build mutual trust to make our society inclusive and accessible for everyone.
Project SPOTLIGHT is back in person for 2022! This year we supported Cycling Without Age Hamilton-Burlington Chapter, a volunteer-led organization that brings older adults back into the community through free trishaw rides. We donated $20,000 to support their ability to get a 2nd trishaw up in running and invited a team of filmmakers to create promotional videos to help CWA onboard new senior facilities. We also held a free exibitition of their services in historic Unionville to show the York Region what CWA is all about. The CWA Hamilton-Burlingtom team brought their trishaws to us, trained our volunteer pilots and oversaw dozens of rides taking local seniors out down Main Street and the nearby trails.
This year, in lieu of a physical screening and event, we are doing something new. With the support of our partners, including CAA Insurance, Aviva, Borlak Law Office, Baker Tilly, BrokerBooks and SGI, Project SPOTLIGHT will invite a team of young filmmakers to produce a mini documentary series on 3 small local community organizations to spotlight the humble but important roles they play in our community.
In 2019, Project SPOTLIGHT joined forces with an additional partner, Across U-hub, to provide an inclusive screening experience to our audiences. We presented two inclusive screenings of Oscar winner, Ruby Yang’s documentary, My Voice, My Life. Inspired by the film, we took this opportunity to introduce the work of Across U-hub, a local community organization focused on the well-being of young people. With the co-presentation by both JBVC and Across U-hub, this movie screening and awareness campaign drew our community’s attention to the struggles commonly shared by East Asian-Canadian families and individuals with physical disabilities. This event not only gave our friends from JBVC and Across U-hub a platform to present their insights on the similarities between the documentary and our own local communities, but also creates the chance for these two charitable partners to interact and serve each other.
In 2018, Project SPOTLIGHT held the first inclusive screening of a Chinese movie with audio description in Cantonese and Mandarin in Canada. It was the first of its kind event in the Chinese-Canadian community where both visually healthy and impaired individuals can enjoy the same movie together in a cinema setting. Joining efforts with Joy Beyond Vision Community (JBVC), the event screened two Hong Kong produced movies with deep connections to Toronto, Dot 2 Dot and Napping Kid and allowed us to start the dialogue with our visually impaired neighbours.