Adam Smoluk, Managing Director, Film Training Manitoba
Adam Smoluk was recruited to volunteer with the Westland Foundation through Board Member Kathe Meseman in 2013. Adam personally connected with Westland's advocacy for young Winnipeggers' education. Encouraged by Westland's volunteer board’s dedication and commitment, Adam decided to volunteer his skills for the Westland Foundation’s fundraising events.
Adam currently serves as managing director for Film Training Manitoba. As a professional filmmaker, his recent screenplay, Chance to Survive, was selected to the eQuinoxe Europe International Screenwriters' Master Class which took place in Lindau, Germany in October 2016. Adam was the only filmmaker from the Americas to be selected to the program this year. Adam's notable works also include: his debut film HORSE THIEVES, which was awarded the Audience Choice Award for Best Feature Film at the Winnipeg International Film Festival and his second feature film, FOODLAND was broadcast on Super Channel and was included in the Gem Selections for critically acclaimed films. FOODLAND was acquired by Shaw and premiered on the Independent Film Channel (IFC). He contributed profiles on the Right Honourable Edward Schreyer and Manitoba Film and Music’s CEO Carole Vivier for The Heart of Winnipeg, a book that profiles community leaders.
Adam studied on scholarship at the British American Drama Academy at Oxford University. He attended the National Screen Institute of Canada’s Features First Program for Writers and Directors and was the youngest person ever selected to the program. Adam completed Red River College’s Human Resource
Management and Management Development programs with honours. As well, he holds a Career and Employment Coaching Certificate from The University of Winnipeg.
Adam has received numerous post-secondary scholarships and awards throughout his career. He was the first screenwriter ever to be shortlisted for the John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writer. Adam was awarded the Future Leaders of Manitoba Award, Investors Group scholarship for leadership studies at the Banff Centre, Manitoba Federation of Labour's Al Cerilli Scholarship, a scholarship for The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Winnipeg Program, and an RBC Foundation Scholarship for governance training with Institute of Corporate Directors.
Adam advises students who are working on earning their educational credentials to apply for scholarships available in our community, such as Westland's. He highlights Westland’s practical and responsive mandate of providing educational opportunities to young Winnipeggers who need them the most.
“Being selected as a scholar is a major accomplishment that you can carry with you for the rest of your life,” he added.
Adam gives back to the community by volunteering with other charities in Manitoba aside from the Westland Foundation. He demonstrates his passion for youth empowerment by his volunteer involvement with the United Way of Winnipeg’s GenNext Council as Chair, Youth Employment Services Manitoba as Vice Chair, Advisory Board of Directors for Essential Skills Manitoba as Vice Chair, and Canada Games as a committee member.
“Manitoba takes the lead on community service and volunteerism. Let us be involved in our community and be part of the positive change,” he says.
“The Westland Foundation is an excellent organization to volunteer with. I encourage young professionals to lend your talents, skills, and resources to supporting the growth of this outstanding organization,” Adam ends.