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07 NOV

NEXT EVENT VOL 3

Get ready for Vol.3! Our second PechaKucha night here in Collingwood was such an amazing night we are excited to announce the third edition! Come connect with your community whether you're sharing a passion, hobby, dream, experience, the list is endless! Or just enjoying, learning and being inspired by the presentations.

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How Collingwood could become Biketown, Ontario, and what that could mean for our community

BY JUSTIN JONES
@ VOL 2 ON APR 11, 2019

Collingwood is an active community, there is no doubt about it.  With access to skiing, hiking, biking, watersports and more, getting outdoors and being active is in our community's DNA.  Every day you can see people out enjoying the abundance of nature that Georgian Bay Living has to offer. And while cycling for recreation is one of the most popular activities in Collingwood, few people consider a bike as a viable option for transportation in the community, even though every trip that starts and ends in town is easily done in 25 minutes or less on a bike.  Justin will share his experience and expertise on what essential ingredients Collingwood is missing to become a leader in promoting cycling for utilitarian purposes, and will talk about what benefits a community can realize when it prioritizes the mobility of people to reconnect them with their neighbourhoods and their environment. He'll challenge attendees to help to build the kind of community they want to see and show how with a few relatively simple actions, Collingwood could become Ontario's best community to ride a bike and reap all of the rewards that would come along with that title.

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From Writer's Room to Center Stage

BY ROCHELLE REYNOLDS
@ VOL 2 ON APR 11, 2019

Do you know how to bring a story to life? Rochelle Reynolds; Founder and Artistic Director of Quarter Century Theatre does, and she'll be shedding some light on the mysterious world of live theatre. There's no business like show business, and now you'll have the inside scoop on what it takes to make it big!

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Pictures from the Cockpit

BY PERRY BRAUX
@ VOL 2 ON APR 11, 2019

This presentation will be various aerial pictures I have taken from the Cockpit during my flights. I have flown over many places and seen so many different things from my seat and hope to bring that to life in this presentation.

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More Than Meets the Eye

BY SOPHIA LEMON
@ VOL 2 ON APR 11, 2019

I recently had the pleasure of volunteering on a very special project with the Alzheimer Society of Grey-Bruce. The More Than Meets the Eye series features 10 portraits of people living with dementia and highlights notable stories from their lives well lived.

This presentation is all about my experience in photographing the participants, working with them and their care partners, hearing their stories. I’ll share more about how this project changed how I see and speak about people living with dementia, and how the project aims to help others see how there is much more to the participants and people like them.

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The Portraiture Paradox

BY BEN FRISCH
@ VOL 2 ON APR 11, 2019

Ben Frisch has been an artist since the age of 2. He sold his first drawing to a classmate in grade 6 and he was hooked. Art as a career can be a challenging path to take especially as a portrait artist and that pursuit dominated his 20’s. Although Ben had many ups and downs, that dream never came to fruition. His passion for portraiture was put on a shelf and now at 36, he has not made art for a long time. It’s sad to think that dream may have died but in hindsight, Ben now sees the paradox that plagued him. This is the story of Ben's career as a portrait artist and why he was doomed to fail.

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Through Elijahs' Eyes

BY ELIJAH MCCAFFREY
@ VOL 1 ON DEC 06, 2018

Elijah McCaffrey is the owner of HELP First Aid, a premier training facility in the Georgian Triangle. Their training will make a real difference in your Health & Safety Program! They not only teach compliance first aid, but go many steps further. They teach first aid in such a way that you will feel confident if the need arises to test your skills. 

Through Elijahs Eyes

Elijah has been taking photographs since the early 90's in high school.   He photographs things we see every day, in such a way that we may not recognize them.  Elijah brings out the minor details that we tend to overlook during our busy lives.

Waiting in some cases hours, for that perfect opportunity to present itself is a stark contrast to the urgency required responding to emergencies as a firefighter, professional ski patrol and event medical responder.

Elijah prefers to photograph "in situ", without altering the natural environment, or normal process. he also prefers to minimize post-processing to "minor tweaks"

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Ridiculously Happy Love Stories

BY SOPHIA LEMON
@ VOL 1 ON DEC 06, 2018

I wrote on the family piano as a child, I play a lot of baseball, I drink loose leaf tea like its going out of style, and it takes me about 5 minutes to change out of my ‘real clothes’ and into my sweatpants when I get home. This is what makes me ridiculously happy. But once upon a time I thought I wasn’t photogenic, and I find many of my clients think the same thing. Then I realized that no amount of dieting, makeup, or hairspray makes me look better than I do when I’m laughing hysterically. And so I’ve made it my goal to help my clients and the people around me to see themselves the way their family and friends do: a genuinely, ridiculously happy, and loved person.

Ridiculously Happy Love Stories

I never met my mother’s parents. They both passed before I was born. But thanks to many photographs, I can put faces to the stories my mother has told me. That’s what this presentation is about. I’ll be sharing a selection of super simple love stories that will never be told in the movies. These are the, behind-the-scenes moments that stick out to the people I work with. The bits and pieces that outsider might gloss over, but that mean everything to the people living the moment.

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TRUST YOUR GUT: How Supporting the Arts Taught Me that My Career Path Wasn’t So Black and White

BY LAURA CONNING
@ VOL 1 ON DEC 06, 2018

Laura Conning wears many hats in the Collingwood area.  She owns and operates Route26.ca, a website dedicated to showcasing the local music of the Georgian Bay Area through calendar listings, blog posts, and featured articles.  A musician herself, Laura has been singing and songwriting for over 10 years, and currently performs in a duo called Honeymoon Phase.  She holds a Master of Arts in Popular Music & Culture, a unique cultural and media studies program at The University of Western Ontario.  Laura has recently become the Business Manager for Content Refined, a content marketing company based out of Collingwood.

TRUST YOUR GUT: How Supporting the Arts Taught Me that My Career Path Wasn’t So Black and White

This presentation is about my local music project, Route26.ca, which is an online music hub that shows off the musical happenings in the Georgian Bay area.  I want this presentation to show how Route 26 has helped me grow as a creative and musical individual while helping me plant roots in a new community.

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About the City's Organizers

  • Rhea Burns

    I'm originally from Toronto, a large city about 2 hours from where i now live in Collingwood. I wanted to escape the city and so I moved to Collingwood in 2008. I had worked in the Corporate World in the city but there is no such thing in Collingwood. So I became an entrepreneur, and have created three business... I love being an entrepreneur and call myself a serial entrepreneur because i love creating new businesses. I also love helping small businesses which is the reason I opened The Clever Office. My Daughter, Stefanie is also my partner in the business and her youth adds another dimension to the space and she appeals to the younger entrepreneur, she's also very creative which is a great asset, especially when it comes to Pechakucha! I have another daughter, Bridget who also helps a lot with the business in laying floor, putting furniture together and paperwork, she's muti-talented, and she's the mother of my amazing, wonderful and witty granddaughter, Isabelle. I lead a simple, happy and productive life, and although I've had stuff happen (just like everyone) I haven't let it dictate my life. I love reading, riding my bicycle, baseball and hanging out with friends, and a glass of wine.

  • Stefanie McManus

    About me to come....