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02 MAR

NEXT EVENT VOL 22

Registration opening February 2, 2019.

Predictably GOOD FUN.

Started in Tokyo in 2003 by Klein Dytham Architecture firm, PechaKucha Night began as a fun and unique night of local culture and entertainment. Ten presenters from a range of fields share their interesting projects, inspirations and passions. There's only one catch - presenters get 20 images, 20 seconds each, making for a 6 minute and 40 second shot of ideas and inspiration.

Join us for drinks at starting at 7:00 pm in the lobby of the Anvil Theatre and enjoy local craft beer and wine while you mingle with your fellow attendees and neighbours. At 8:00 the fun starts in the theatre with our ten PechaKucha talks and a short intermission mid-way.

Prepare to be engaged, entertained and inspired.

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Featured Presentation

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Jana Buhlmann

Senior Archivist, Library & Archives Canada in New Westminster

Stories Trump Fear

PRESENTED ON NOV 17, 2018
IN NEW WESTMINSTER @ VOL 21

In her presentation, Jana Buhlmann talks about how her husband was the first person in New Westminster to receive Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID).  They knew each other less than three years, but in that time they lived, loved, married, grieved, and shared the passage of his spirit.  His story is an important one because he did not find the peace that many do, in choosing an assisted death. He died angry and afraid, but also overtly chose his death because it was suffering he feared.  Jana gives us the story of her husband squashed into 20 second bits, as an opportunity to consider the idea that death is an integral part of life, to be considered, discussed, and even - perhaps - celebrated, if one can open their heart that wide.

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Street Dogs: So Much Love

BY MARIE HALFNIGHTS
@ VOL 21 ON NOV 17, 2018

In her presentation, Marie Halfnights describes how adopting a street dog changed her life for the better.

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BY RAUNAQ SINGH
@ VOL 21 ON NOV 17, 2018

In his talk, Raunaq Singh describes why community building is important from his perspective as a young resident of New West. He explains why he got involved in his community back in high school and why he continues to actively seek for ways to engage. He hopes to inspire others around him to step up and make their communities an even better place!

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A Global Family: What the working for the Olympics Meant to Me

BY CARLY FRYER
@ VOL 21 ON NOV 17, 2018

For our speaker, Carly Fryer, it all started with the 1993 Disney movie Cool Runnings. She goes on to give us a behind-the-scenes look at what working for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2010 and 2012 was like, including special guests and royalty.

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Learning through Loss

BY SUKHDEEP JASSAR
@ VOL 21 ON NOV 17, 2018

In her presentation, Sukhdeep Jassar explains that as we go through new experiences, our stories often change to reflect a deeper knowing. This particular story is about the intersections of race, gender, mental health and how the experience of grief created a new path of love, compassion, and forgiveness.
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Engaging with Story

BY LAURA DRUMMOND
@ VOL 21 ON NOV 17, 2018

In her presentation, Laura Drummond details her passion for the joy and power of story in its wide variety of forms including as a framework for planning.
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Why Community Building is Necessary for the Advancement of Humanity

BY ANITA ANSARI & BRENNAN ANSTEY ___
@ VOL 21 ON NOV 17, 2018

Brennan Anstey and Anita Ansari talk about their different paths towards community building in New Westminster, and how a strong community is necessary to address environmental, social, political and personal challenges in our amazing City. 
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How EMDR helped relieve my PTSD

BY JEN MCPHERSON
@ VOL 21 ON NOV 17, 2018

In 2014, Jen McPherson was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after having to endure a severe workplace bullying incident, as well as witnessing a suicide - and all in the same year. Her journey in finding a way to relieve her anxiety, fears, phobias, and insecurities led her to a PTSD therapist who specializes in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). This is her story. 
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Generations in Careers: Steve and Will's Story

BY STEVE CLEMENTS AND WILL COURNOYER-CLEMENTS
@ VOL 20 ON AUG 04, 2018

The presentation focused on the shared career paths in Music Education of Steve Clements and his son, Will. A particular focus was what the two learned from each other about music and life and their optimistic vision of this career path in the future.
 

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Four more sleeps!

In just four more sleeps we'll be back with Volume 7 at our favourite hub for food, culture & entertainment River Market. Be sure to join us this Friday December 5th from 6:30 pm onwards with presentations getting started at 8:00 pm. 
We've got one of our most diverse lineups yet and are excited to have some new faces from Vancouver added to the mix alongside some fantastic locals from the the neighbourhood. 
If you haven't picked up your ticket be sure not to delay. There are still tickets available, but that could change quick. Check out our ticketing site to get your hands on a ticket. 
Hope to see you Friday!

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About the City's Organizers

  • Neal & Melinda Michael

    PechaKucha New West was started by Melinda & Neal Michael, but is now organized by a committee of passionate and engaged residents including; Melinda & Neal Michael, Jen Arbo, Martin Lowe, Erin Jeffery, Deanna Tan, Heather H & Stephen O'Shea.

  • Jen Arbo

    Jen works for the City of New Westminster as the Innovation Week Coordinator, and operates a small business called Jen Arbo Consulting, where she is basically a professional nag. She considers herself a community connector and loves to volunteer. Fun fact: she has a rank of 2nd Kyu in Meibukan Goju-Ryu Karate-do.

  • Deanna Tan Francoeur

    Lucky to both live and work in New Westminster, Deanna is a relatively recent transplant to the Royal City. A dietitian by training, she now works in health promotion, trying to make New Westminster a healthier community. 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 15 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 nice as it is to visit other places, it is more important that your own hometown is the best city in the world. Using what she sees on her travels as inspiration, and working in areas and ways that health traditionally has not done before, she tries to make New Westminster a healthier, and therefore better, place to be.

  • Stephen O'Shea

    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.

  • Martin Lowe

    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.

  • Erin Jeffery

    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.

  • Heather H

    Heather is a married mother of two and an allied health professional living in the greater Vancouver area. She has a thing for loud music, talk radio, BC wine, Canadian literature, avocados, lip gloss, the obituaries, running, and rain storms. She regularly bursts into tears at the twisted sadness that permeates life or, alternatively, the humbling beauty that can be located around every corner. Heather is incapable of not getting mushy about community spirit, will often share her love for you to the point of making you uncomfortable, and is known to say outlandish and disinhibited things when you least expect it. She relies heavily on her man to keep her grounded and she is super charged to keep fighting the good fight by her boys, and their wonderous spirits that shine bright. When Heather grows up she might become a boutique gallery owner, a children’s author, or both.