DJ “O Show”

Orene Askew was pretty content with her life. She had a job, was very active, but always had some business ideas looming in her head. She decided she wanted to start her own DJ-ing business. The idea had been in her head for over 3 years, but she wasn’t sure how to pursue it head on. And then she heard about the 2011 Aboriginal BEST Program and decided to register for the classes. Orene now hosts a weekly show on Vancouver’s Co-op Radio, based in the downtown Eastside. The show, Sne’waylh, literally means “teachings” and the first 15 minutes of every program is a lesson in Squamish language. And her business, DJ O Show, keeps the dance floors hopping all over the Lower Mainland. orene_a@hotmail.com

Black Kitty Productions (Film and TV)

Rachelle Bencze was a participant in the 2009 Aboriginal BEST program in downtown Vancouver.

Rachelle of Black Kitty ProductionsHer business, Black Kitty Productions Inc. www.blackkittyproductions.com “is a Canadian based film, television and multi-platform production company that develops and produces unforgettable and original stories from concept to final product.”

Rachelle founded Black Kitty Productions in 2006 when she wrote, directed and produced the short films, “He Loves Me” and “Pepe”. “He Loves Me” was selected to premier at the 2006 Imaginenative Film Festival in Toronto, Ontario.

Rachelle signed on as Production Assistant for Shaftesbury Films “Murdoch Mysteries” season one and returned for season two as Production Associate. In 2009Rachelle incorporated Black Kitty Productions and is actively developing original content for multiple platforms, including film, television and www.blackkittyproductions.com