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My Living Kidney Donor Experience

BY JANIC GORAYEB
@ VOL 9 ON JUN 12, 2019

After Janic Gorayeb's mother was hit with a rare virus that attacked her kidneys over 20 years ago, and two years of dialysis, this is the story of Janic's experience. 

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#FunFactsWithFatimah

BY FATIMAH ABBASS
@ VOL 9 ON JUN 12, 2019

A fun fact about Fatimah Abbass (albeit one of many!) #funfacts - is that her first 5 birthdays were in different countries (4 different continents!)

Prior to coming to London for University, she spent the latter of her life in Toronto, and then Lahore, Pakistan. Upon graduating in 2016, she chose to stay on and embrace this city -- one that she is exceptionally enthusiastic about.

An avid volunteer, she volunteers with over 8 organizations across social causes with an interest in fundraising.

Fatimah values doing her part within the humanitarian sector, while recognizing the importance of celebrating creativity, and the vibrancy of spaces we live in.

She loves to support local, help bridge gaps and get people excited about getting involved and attending events in #ldnont.

A part time photographer, she also enjoys making people laugh, building capacity (challenging fears!), pondering the complexities of the human condition, dancing and creating opportunities for joy.

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Voyage for Mad Men and Women! Sailing Round the World Solo Nonstop!

BY GAURAV SHINDE
@ VOL 9 ON JUN 12, 2019

Gaurav Shinde is an offshore sailor and now is going to be the only participant in the Golden Globe Race 2022- a solo non-stop unassisted round the world voyage without using modern technology.

Gaurav started sailing at the age of 12 and has almost 20,000 Nautical Miles under sail. He is going to talk more about his journey as he endeavors to become the first Canadian to sail round the world solo nonstop.

Gaurav’s PK presentation is entitled: Voyage for Mad Men and Women! Sailing Round the World Solo Nonstop!

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Six Silver Summit Sisters

BY MARCI KOSAC
@ VOL 8 ON MAR 06, 2019

Marci  Kosac signs up for adventure then learns about the activity. Her first kayak trip was with her 15-year-old son paddling 100 kms in the Florida Keys. Her first hiking trip, she trekked 12,000 m around Mt. Blanc en France. Her first cycling trip was from Prague to Vienna! The torturous West Coast trail was her first backpack trip. Tenting in February only seemed logical. 

Rhonda McMahon is an outdoorswoman - avid hiker, cyclist, and paddler. Rhonda is a certified Reiki practitioner, yoga instructor and Hike Ontario leader. She understands the importance of a positive attitude with personal transformation. A cancer survivor, she did not let osteoarthritis stop her finishing the 900 km Bruce trail in 2017.

After a slow start-struggling with severe asthma until my 20s, Becky  Matthews now enjoys mountain biking, triathlons, adventure races and most recently cold tent winter camping!

Six women answer a blog to summit Silver Peak in Killarney in February 2018. The resulting trip had moments of hilarity, strength and darn cold times!

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PechaKucha nights in Lilongwe Malawi

BY JESSICA D
@ VOL 8 ON MAR 06, 2019

Jessica D attended her first PechaKucha night in Winnipeg and she loved it enough to organize three nights when she lived in East Africa. She loves the global social network of PechaKucha and is excited to share a bit about a night like this in a new city where you’re not guaranteed electricity. Jessica shares her experiences organizing PechaKucha nights in Lilongwe, Malawi.

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Humans and Elephants

BY ALEXANDER LEONARD
@ VOL 8 ON MAR 06, 2019

Alex Leonard travelled to Sri Lanka in August of 2018 to help mitigate the conflict between elephants and humans. He worked with the Sri Lanka Wildlife Conservation Society and has since been focusing on creating a documentary to highlight the grass root solutions taking place in the Wasgamuwa National Park. Alex intends to submit the documentary to film festivals in North America and sees PechaKucha as a launching pad to help raise awareness.

Alex’s presentation Humans and Elephants will showcase creative ways that the Sri Lanka Wildlife Conservation Society is dealing with managing conflict.

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The Pollinator Pathways Project

BY BRITTANY COOKE
@ VOL 8 ON MAR 06, 2019

“What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make” - Jane Goodall. 

Since a young age Environmental Science student, Brittany Cooke, has shown attentiveness towards nature and animals, with specific focus on species impacted by humans. Taking this compassion with her, she has been involved in many conservation efforts through research, field work, and animal care facilities. Her current projects while completing her undergraduate degree have pertained to native birds and pollinator species.

Brittany’s pesentation is entitled Urban Pollinators: The Pollinator Pathways Project | A local initiative, providing education on species conservation and creating pollinator gardens within the community. 

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Elevate the Golden Rule

BY KAREN MINTY
@ VOL 8 ON MAR 06, 2019

Karen Minty has always been fascinated by people's stories and behaviour and the psychology behind them. She is the host of a weekly TV talk show, freelance writer, speaker and a corporate trainer certified in the DISC Model of Human Behaviour. With her witty sense of humour, alternative perspectives and thought-provoking insights into daily life, the best compliment you can give her is, "I never thought about it like that before! 

Turn the Golden Rule to Platinum is the title of Karen’s PK Presentation | Elevate the golden rule to the platinum rule. Implement. Observe. Enjoy the transformation of all your relationships.

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Standing 4 Choice in Southwestern Ontario

BY ROBYN SCHWARZ
@ VOL 7 ON SEP 20, 2018

Abortion has been legal in Canada for thirty years. Despite what many Canadians may think, people in our communities work tirelessly to access this normal part of reproductive health care. In Robyn Schwarz's presentation, we will examine the barriers that still exist for Londoners looking to get an abortion.

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Empathy on Fire

BY MEGAN O'NEIL
@ VOL 7 ON SEP 20, 2018

In Empathy on Fire, Megan O'Neil talks about understanding empathy as a volunteer in the 2017 BC wildfires.

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I’d Rather Be Coaching Hockey

BY HARRY COSGROVE
@ VOL 7 ON SEP 20, 2018

Hockey is a passion in Harry Cosgrove’s life and he has inspired players to enjoy a sport that is as Canadian as maple syrup and back bacon.

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Business is Broken: Change the Score

BY DAVID BILLSON
@ VOL 7 ON SEP 20, 2018

David Billson talks about an entrepreneur who faces a stark choice in building her business - build the impactful business you want or change the score?

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