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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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Leading with Your Strengths, Passions, and Values to Live Life to the Fullest

BY KATY BOYCHUK
@ VOL 7 ON SEP 20, 2018

Bouncing from contract to contract was not Katy Boychuk’s idea of a long-term career plan. Last year, she took a purposeful pause to be intentional with her next steps.  She hired a Life Coach to guide her journey, (re)branded herself, and leveraged her resources to explore a new career path. What started as a career development journey, became so much more as she discovered how to lead by her strengths, passions and values, in every aspect of her life.

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Holy Smokes...I'm fat!

BY PAUL GRECH
@ VOL 6 ON MAR 29, 2018

Helicopter pilot, Paul Grech, woke up one morning and realized he was fat. This talk takes us through his six month journey back to peak physical fitness through the science and art of bodybuilding. From 225 lbs to 175 lbs...27% body fat to 3%. The journey of a former Special Forces soldier and professional hockey player from Fat to Fit!

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Becoming an Advocate

BY ILA MADA
@ VOL 6 ON MAR 29, 2018

Ila Mada will speak a little about her experiences as a new lawyer, and what she's learned regarding different styles of communication and how they are perceived by other people.

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