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Rotary Club of Richmond
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5911 Minoru Blvd
Richmond, BC  V6X 4C7


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About the Film "The Beast" by Charmaine Hammond

The Beast (to be released fall 2019) is an animated disaster documentary turned story of inspiration that will make you laugh and has the power to heal. The story is an animated reimagining of the largest wildfire evacuation in Alberta's history and most costly disaster in Canadian history. Inspired by the 2016 Fort McMurray wildfire disaster, the lessons in the film apply to any natural disaster around the world. Supported by educational resources and programs, The Beast will help communities around the globe as they recover, rebuild and regain resilience.

The Beast takes real interviews of real survivors of the Fort McMurray wildfire and injects them into the world of animals in the Boreal Forest. Through a series of animal interviews, we hear the first-hand accounts of those who first escaped the fire, were then forced out of their homes for more than a month, and finally had to adjust and re-acclimate to life when returning to a very different looking home.  Screenwriter/Director: Michael Mankowski.

About Charmaine Hammond

Charmaine Hammond is an expert in communication, resilience and collaboration.  As a professional speaker, she has presented to more than 300,000 people around the globe and to more than 25 Rotary Clubs across North America.   She has owned her businesses for more than 21 years, and is on the team for The Beast film project. Charmaine has worked with several communities post disaster to help them rebuild their organizations and teams and to rebuild community resilience.