Board of Directors
OMRE is  a non­profit organization with 6 board members.

As we grow there are plans for expansion.  At this time the groundwork for charitable status is in the works.
Tomy Bewick

Tomy Bewick is the founder of Open Minds Respect Events (omre), host and artistic director of the Burlington Slam Project (BSP), and lead organizer and founder of Straight to the Streets (S2S). He is a fulltime ICI construction Project Manager with a specialty in environmentally sustainable construction (LEED AP, BD+C), as well as community organizer and artist.
Tomy has published two collections of poems, released three full length spoken word CD’s and featured across Canada, with multiple appearances in the US.

His most recent script writing projects have been for such clients as the  City of Hamilton, the City of Burlington, and most recently the United Way Hamilton-Burlington 2015. For booking enquiries please email
OMRE Founder
Kelsey Harford
Kelsey is the co-founder of HYWire (Halton Youth Writing) workshops. She also acts as the Burlington Slam Project team manager, and the OMRE social media wiz! Kelsey graduated from the University of Guelph with an Honours BA in Psychology and Sociology. She has 9 years experience working with youth and doing community work.
Currently, Kelsey works full-time as a Youth Specialist with Peel Youth Village (transitional housing for homeless youth). Trained as a mental health crisis worker, Kelsey also works casually at the Canadian Mental Health Association on the crisis line. She uses her crisis intervention skills to volunteer with Guelph Spoken Word at their monthly poetry slam, in the role of active listener.
Kelsey has had public speaking appearances at numerous conferences, including: What Makes a Man (Toronto, 2014), Women’s Health Alliance Forum (Guelph, 2014), and the National Initiative for Eating Disorders Symposium (Burlington, 2013).
HYWire Co-Founder
Ryan Clark
Ryan "RC420" Clark is a multimedia DJ and producer of chest crushing bass and mind-bending 3D music videos (#House #Breaks #Electro #Dubstep #Hardstyle #Trance). 

Ryan graduated from #MohawkCollege in 2003. He works as a Sound Engineer and Instructor at #Musicboxx, Oakville's electronic dance music boutique, where he mentors youth in the ways of #AbletonLive. Ryan has been sponsored by #Kikwear, the original underground streetwear company and has performed with some of the best international and local djs, vjs, mcs, b-boys, slam poets and producers at events like the #OmReunionProject, #NoVacancyArt and #SkydiveBurnaby. As event coordinator and board member of #OpenMindsRespectEvents, he assists with the distribution of compassion kits to the homeless through #Straight2theStreets: an annual not for profit charity event.

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Event Coordinator
Dan Murray
Dan Murray is a musician and nationally-ranked performance poet from Burlington, Ontario. He is a co-organizer of The Burlington Slam Project, Burlington's only monthly poetry slam. He also facilitates writing workshops, most often for youth, across regions such as Hamilton, Halton, and Niagara. He believes that writing is a beautifully powerful tool for finding our honest selves, for transforming as human beings, and for establishing and cementing bonds and a sense of connection between members of a community.
Burlington Slam Project  and HYWire
James Collura 

James Collura is an aspiring artist and writer with a passion for creativity, self-expression, and and constant learning. As a public relations graduate from Mohawk college, with a background in Economics from McMaster University, he aims to dedicate his education and energy to having a positive impact on society, culture, and the growth of open-minded communities.

Inspired by the Burlington Slam Project, and the platform it gives to passionate artists and activists, James is excited to help expand the O.M.R.E community.
Ancilla Ho-Young
Ancilla Ho-Young is a newly retired Registered Nurse who has been the Charge Nurse for the Medical Base Program for Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Care Centre of Halton for approximately 10 years and has been an active advocate in the violence against women sector Ancilla is very active in the Community and has vast experience participating on Boards. She is very passionate about “Equity and Inclusion” and is always working to ensure everyone’s voice is heard. She is currently the President of the Burlington Caribbean Connection(BCC) a well know cultural organization that is now 20 years old.

Ancilla has been the recipient of several awards and recognition
• Ontario Medal for good Citizenship
• Diamond Jubilee Award
• Burlington Citizen of the year
• John C. Holland Award

Ancilla is very supportive of the Arts and is presently involved in helping to set up the “Arts and Culture Council of Burlington” in the capacity of a Board member. She has years of experience in fundraising at a local level Ancilla is looking forward to being a member on the Board of OMRE and contributing in the advancement of its Mission and Vision
 Joanne Arcand
Joanne is a teacher with the Halton District School Board. Her current placement is grade seven literacy, but over seventeen years teaching, she has taught all ages from grade 3 to 13. She has been volunteering with Straight to the Streets for many years along with her husband, Chris, and twin boys, William and Geoffrey. Her motivations include supporting local Indigenous Nations through activities such as supporting the annual harvest and building a connection to land and waters as part of all of our treaty responsibilities. A strong advocate for human rights, she works to address privilege through free form and poetic writing, design and technology and coding as a way to empower students and connect to student-created action projects.