Winnipeg Arts Council


Resilience is a short documentary about the team at REES (Reaching E-Quality Employment Services) talking about the struggles of job hunting faced by people with physical disabilities and health conditions. This is a tough topic. These are the right people to help us understand the issues involved and the right attitude and strategies needed to succeed. The documentary includes members of the REES staff, board, community partners and program participants offering advice and support through this unique organization.

Resilience was created by Kevin Nikkel with REES. The short film was commissioned by the Winnipeg Arts Council through the WITH ART program for the City of Winnipeg Public Art Collection.

The film premiered on September 21, 2022 and was celebrated with a community drop-in event at REES. Watch it now! 

In the media:

Kevin Nikkel with Reaching E-Quality Employment Services (REES)

Kevin Nikkel is a writer / producer / director based in Winnipeg, Canada. He completed a Bachelor of Education at University of Manitoba and a Master of Adult Education from St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia. His dramatic, animated and documentary films have reached audiences internationally at festivals, on television and on the web. His latest feature documentary, On the Trail of the Far Fur Country, depicts the journey of rediscovery of a lost Canadian classic silent film. He is active in the film community of Winnipeg, contributing to Playing in Traffic, Catacomb Microcinema, the Winnipeg Cinematheque, and the Winnipeg Film Group. He juggles his time between filmmaking, parenting, and teaching.

Reaching E-Quality Employment Services (REES) has helped people with physical disabilities and/or health conditions connect with quality employment since 1989. REES offers a wide range of employment counselling and consultation services, connecting Winnipeg job-seekers with employers.

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