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Cecilia Pellet Many

Accent-reduction and Corporate Language Trainer , Hackcent in Geneva

Founder of Hackcent, Cécilia Pellet Many is an accent-reduction and corporate language trainer based in Geneva, who has taught 32 nationalities over 3 continents. A social chameleon and passionate linguist who who will play with the « where are you from? » killer question.

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Identity of Self and City

@ VOL 1 ON JAN 24, 2013

Robert Fung talks about several urban reconstruction and remodeling projects he has worked on in the past, located in various areas of New Westminster. He looks at the identity of the city, and emphasizes the process of highlighting strengths when rejuvenating forgotten or abandoned districts.

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Pondering Identity

@ VOL 104 ON JUN 26, 2013

Neena Mancuso discusses identity, and shows how our character seems to change according to circumstance. Using personal examples, she focuses on how people and language affects how we act and how we are perceived. She realizes that it isn't necessary to concretely define who we are -- it's more important to just be who we are.

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American Sign Language

@ VOL 3 ON SEP 20, 2013

Holly Bean, after deciding that languages such as Spanish and French were too difficult, decided to study American Sign Language in college. This became a major turning point in her life. After learning sign language, becoming an interpreter, and experiencing the euphoria of helping deaf people communicate, she wanted to do more. She now runs outreach programs for the American Sign Language Organization.

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Cultivating City Identity

@ VOL 3 ON JUL 27, 2013

"This place is not Vancouver!"

In "Cultivating City Identity" from PechaKucha night New Westminster Vol. 3, Nicolas D Robitaille speaks on an architectural project he developed while in school as a means to reinvigorate the New Westminster downtown parkade and cultivate a strong identity for the city. He discusses the challenges currently plaguing the area and shows off his impressive proposition that features the incorporation of new parks, gathering spots, and dining. 

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The Language of New Orleans

@ VOL 11 ON FEB 06, 2014

Mom, writer, and blogger Eve Peyton shares the joys and struggles of living in post-Katrina New Orleans, including the unique problems and delights of raising a child in such a diverse and challenging city.

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Virtual Words for Language Learners

@ VOL 20 ON APR 18, 2014

Mike McKay shares some insider tips on the why and how of seting up and conducting online language lessons in Second Life. He uses virtual worlds to encourage his students to practice speaking English.

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A New Way to Learn a Foreign Language

@ VOL 24 ON DEC 09, 2014

Adrienn Kelemen believes that foreign language lessons should be more interesting and more efficient for schoolchildren. She has devised a new method to teach foreign languages in schools, which can be useful not only in Western Europe, but most likely in less developed areas. She wants to make learning languages an easy, fun and interesting exercise for the youth.

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Creating a Dialogue and Building a Story

@ VOL 28 ON JUN 01, 2017

"It's a placement of onesself outside the norm and the mainstream. It's an identity that's perfect for society critique. 'Queer' is not a bad word. It's an owned word—a negative word that's been given a positive connotation by our community."

Raj Bali has spent the last year working to build a space for marginalized people to share their experience, create a dialogue and learn from one another. His experience informed this talk on queer representation and why it's essential to give more of the spotlight to marginalized voices.

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From Hastings With Love, Portraiture as a process of self-discovery, creating identities and telling our stories

@ VOL 13 ON JUN 18, 2019

Rossana Leal is the Director of the Hastings and Rother Refugee Buddying Project and WOMA Women of The Year 2019. She explores the role of portraiture and photography in creating our own stories, remembering the people we encountered and the places that saw us grow and evolve.