REEL CANADA and World Wildlife Fund to Bring Canadian Film to 450 ESL Students in Edmonton

Students from a variety of schools will watch THE WHALE and participate in a Q&A with Species Expert Peter Ewins

TORONTO, March 7 /CNW/ - More than 450 ESL students from a variety of schools in Edmonton will attend their very own half-day Canadian film festival on Wednesday, March 16, through REEL CANADA's Welcome to Canada program. In partnership with World Wildlife Fund – Canada (WWF), students will watch THE WHALE (directed by Michael Parfit and Suzanne Chisholm) and have an opportunity to engage in discussion with Peter Ewins, Lead Specialist, Species Conservation, at WWF.

Media are invited to attend to cover the Q&A discussion and participate in 1:1 interviews with Pete Ewins, WWF.

WHO: REEL CANADA and WWF's Welcome to Canada event
WHAT: Q&A and 1:1 interview opportunity with Peter Ewins, Lead Specialist, Species Conservation, WWF-Canada 
WHEN: Wednesday, March 16, 11:15 am
WHERE: Cineplex Odeon South Edmonton Cinemas, 1525 99 St NW, Edmonton, AB

"What this new partnership with WWF means is that together we are using great Canadian films not only to help newcomers improve their English and understand their adopted home, but also to help them directly to get more involved in improving their communities," said Jack Blum, Executive Director, REEL CANADA.

"It's very exciting to come together to improve both the environmental and the cultural health of the country with one collaborative program," added Artistic Director, Sharon Corder.

"Through this partnership with REEL CANADA, we want newcomers to be inspired by the stories, deepen their connection to nature, and join us in our mission to build a future where nature and people thrive together," said David Miller, president and CEO, WWF-Canada.

ABOUT: REEL CANADA is a travelling film festival that exposes students across Canada to the incredible achievements of Canadian filmmakers past and present, enhancing their appreciation of our national culture. Now, in its 11th season, REEL CANADA has presented over 1,100 screenings of Canadian features, documentaries and animated films to over 400,000 students across the country.

ABOUT : WWF-Canada builds solutions to the environmental challenges that matter most for Canadians. We work in places that are unique and ecologically important, so that together, wildlife, nature and people thrive. Because we are all wildlife.


For further information: please contact: Cara McCutcheon at | 416-557-2139; Rowena Calpito at | 416-489-4567 ext 7267


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