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
Karen Jo Mullins
KJ Mullins believes that everyone has a voice.
Combining her passion of journalism and social issues she  has worked to bring the issues of homelessness, mental health and crime to the front burner while covering the city of Toronto for, an online news source she founded in May 2010.
Since 2009 KJ has been part of Straight to the Streets in roles varying from volunteer to board member. Along with Tomy Bewick KJ helped to add winter survvial kits to the annual clothing drive in 2012.
Straight to the Streets
Saraina Raspa
Saraina is always willing to offer a helping hand. While wearing her heart on her sleeve she followed her passion to help individuals and children. She has studied developmental service work at Humber College, which has led her to a position as a developmental service worker, at a respite and palliative home, for children with special needs. She is also working as a personal support worker with elderly individuals who require some support in their homes, whether it be a companion to talk to, a helping hand or personal care.
Saraina is proud to be on the OMRE Board of Directors, as it is helping her to continue to give back to her community, and the individuals who need the support and compassion she is able to provide. She feels blessed to be sharing in this life long journey beside her brother, Tomy, as they move through the stages of making the dream become a reality, and is excited for the future of OMRE!
Straight to the Streets
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.
Ivy Jean Giles
Ivy has spent her career focusing on preventative health care, rehabilitation and augmentation from a mind, body and spirit perspective. She attained certificates in Home Support Worker and Health Care Aid at Georgian College in Parry Sound, Ontario. After working in the health care field for ten years she decided to go back to school to attain her Diploma as a Massage Therapist from the Canadian Therapeutic College in Burlington. Throughout her career Ivy has always strived to give back to the community. On a Volunteer basis Ivy assisted in and eventually ran the P.A.R.T.Y. (Prevent Alcohol Risk-Related Trauma in Youth) programs co-ordinated by Sunny Brooke Hospital for high risk areas for teenage accidental death or disability due to the use of drugs or alcohol. As a member of the Foley Community, south of Parry Sound, she took on the responsibility of becoming a Volunteer Fire Fighter. Ivy has also been a mentor to youth in her community who are struggling with day to day life.

Ivy believes that no one should be denied alternative health care no matter what their circumstances so she has dedicated her career to making sure she provided treatment to all clients weather they could afford it or not.

In all of her volunteer roles Ivy has assisted in fund raising to facilitate each program. Ivy now wants to focus on being an activist for the homeless and looks forward to offering her expertise and background to Straight to the Streets.
Korey McDermott
"Korey with a K" is his stage name. Some call him "The Wizard". And by some, we mean he calls himself "The Wizard". Korey is an aspiring stage poet and stand up comedian, actor, writer and professional Improviser. He is the founder of BEE Improv, an after school youth drop-in program that teaches improv as a life skill. He also is a former student of the SSW program at Sheridan College, where he served as co-chair for the student advisory council. As a public speaker, Korey has shared his story of recovery from mental health issues and addiction to many community forums and events. Korey is also a committee member for the New Mentality, a youth driven movement focused on reducing the stigma surrounding mental illness. In his off-time, Korey serves as a semi-professional hype man, pumping up his peers and providing a space where folks around him can feel empowered to be their next best self.

As a public servant, Korey strives to utilize humor, spoken word and advocacy to improve the conditions of his community and raise awareness of important issues affecting Halton.
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