Janine speaks about coming out of university in 1968 believing she was supposed to make a difference in the world. She taught in rural BC in a two-room school. Then as a CUSO cooperant in rural Jamaica, and she returned to Vancouver to teach for 30 years. Upon retirement she joined the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign in support of African grandmothers caring for children orphaned by AIDS. Janine spoke about the heroic work of African grandmothers and how the funds raised by the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign are used to rebuild communities and restore hope to those devastated by AIDS. Her central theme is each of us can take action and work together to make a difference in the world.
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The Cutting Edge of a Razor Sharp Mind … One Sharp Collector!
BY NANCY KATO
@ VOL 23
ON AUG 10, 2019
In her interesting talk, Nancy Kato gives us an overview of her vintage safety razor collection, which ranges from 1898 to 1960.
The Youth are not our Future they are our Here and Now
BY JEN MARCHBANK
@ VOL 23
ON AUG 10, 2019
For her talk, our presenter Jen Marchbank chose to discuss her passion for youth advocates and activists, particularly highlighting the work of the Youth for a Change organization.
Words for the Wordsmiths - A Poet Laureate's Influences
In his presentation, our speaker Alan Hill gives an overview of the flawed and the flawless - providing to us a journey into the word.
I am an Ally
BY LORRAINE FLETCHER
@ VOL 23
ON AUG 10, 2019
Our speaker, Lorraine Fletcher, talks about the challenges that friends and family in the LGBTQ2+ community continue to face to become the person that they were meant to be. She reminds them that allies, community members and the New West Pride Society are there to support them.
Wheelchairs & Movement
Teaching Veterinary Technology
BY JENNIFER WAKELING
@ VOL 22
ON MAR 02, 2019
In her presentation, Jennifer talks about how Veterinary Technologists are an essential part of any busy Veterinary Hospital but there is poor awareness of the profession amongst the general public, and it is a difficult job – dangerous (risk of injury from the animals), physical work with long hours and poor pay.
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About the City's Organizers
Lucky to both live and work in New Westminster, Deanna moved to the Royal City in 2011. But when work, volunteering, DIY renos of a 100+ yr old house and life in general gets too hectic, Deanna, her husband and two young boys escape and go travelling via house exchange. Having swapped more than 20 times all over the world, it has allowed them to see kangaroos down under, drink mint tea in Morocco, eat bone marrow on toast in Budapest and dance under the midnight sun in Norway. She likes to describe it as online dating for your house, where every time you make a match, you get to go on the best date ever. But as wonderful as it is to travel, it’s always good to come back because there’s no place like home.
Stephen Carl O'Shea is a dedicated and passionate arts advocate. Growing up in Abbotsford, BC, he is the founding member and bass player of international touring New Wave band You Say Party. He was the Artistic Director of Jam in Jubilee Music Festival for 3 years and sat on the Board of Directors of the Devon Clifford Music Foundation before moving to New Westminster in the fall of 2013. He is currently the Executive Director of the Arts Council of New Westminster.
As the Director of Digital for the “world-famous” Carter Hales Design Lab, Martin spends his day corralling designers and keeping numerous clients on cloud 9 as they experience the excitement and motivating power of brand design. When he’s not keeping Carter Hales in order, Martin helps his wife chase after their son. Many a day are spent at the playground, playing board games, and reading stories. On top of that, he acts as the studio manager at The Stage and is the chair of the New West PechaKucha Society.
An actor by training and a communicator by trade, Erin has a thing for language. She is the Communications Manager for Uptown New Westminster BA as well as providing marketing and communications assistance for other fabulous clients like the Vancouver Circus School and Tenth to the Fraser. She first developed her passion for New Westminster and its environs as the Account Manager at Hangar 18 Creative group in charge of the visual identity redesign of River Market. She is the Vice President of the Board of the Arts Council of New Westminster where she uses her 'jazz hands' to get people as excited about the arts as she is. She is involved in the Ecole Qayqayt community school PAC, plays flag football and has her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre, Concentration Acting from the University of British Columbia. She is a New West resident who is proud of her city, passionate about the arts, and a bit too obsessed with cheese.
Raunaq considers himself to be a part of the next gen New West residents who are and would be playing a huge part in shaping our city’s future. On the outside, he might appear to be a normal avocado loving, 21 year old who spends too much time at the local hip cafe. But he strongly believes in taking a proactive stance in bringing positive change in our community whether it is through volunteering or through being involved in local elections. Raunaq is presently in his fourth year of Undergrad at SFU’s Beedie School of Business. From often finding himself to being the youngest one at local committee meetings to getting his name butchered by strangers, Raunaq wants to share his experience about immigrating to Canada at the raw age of 16 and having to navigate his way through his alien surroundings. He hopes to inspire others to step out of their comfort zones and embrace change by stepping up and getting involved in our local communities. If a centennial can do it, so can you!