FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Local content creator Ovvian Castrillo Hill has received $10,000 from TELUS STORYHIVE for her upcoming project on the history of the Filipino community in the Peace region.

Telus announced the 91 creators receiving funding, training and support through the inaugural STORYHIVE Voices on Tuesday.

Castrillo Hill’s project, EX-SITU: Thriving In Our New Bayan, will  “reveal the narrated history of the Filipino diaspora into the Peace region, and the varied experiences of this demographic through profiles,” according to a release.

“[She] is using this opportunity to create a conversation around the Filipino community, which makes up the largest group of immigrants in the Peace Region.”

The project will detail the Filipino community’s challenges, personal stories, and contributions to the region and country.

“The variety of stories will include the many manners of immigration experienced by the individuals and highlight what being Canadian means to them.”

Castrillo Hill curates the annual EX SITU art exhibit at the North Peace Cultural Centre, and designed one of the four fire obelisks outside the Festival Plaza in Centennial Park.

She also is designing an award for the City of Fort St. John’s 15th annual Community Awards on May 26th, 2022.

Castrillo Hill describes herself as an artist, director, writer, producer, host, production designer, and voice-over actor.

She is also the author of GODDESS IN THE MIRROR: A Book of Self-Discovery for the Filipino Woman the World Over.

STORYHIVE Voices is a new program for emerging content creators who want to grow their skills, impact and audience through training and a community of support.