Past New Westminster Event: VOL 21

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VOL 21

November 17, 2018
@ Queensborough Community Centre


In our quest to visit every neighbourhood of New West, we're super excited to bring PechaKucha Night to Queensborough for the first time.  The event will be held on November 17, 2018 at the Queensborough Community Centre. 

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. Presenters get 20 images x 20 seconds each, making for a 6 minute and 40 second shot of ideas and inspiration.

Join us for drinks starting at 7:00 pm - beer from Steel and Oak will be on hand. At 8:00 the fun starts with our ten PechaKucha talks and a short intermission mid-way.

Prepare to be engaged, entertained and inspired.  As always, it's predictably GOOD FUN.

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How EMDR helped relieve my PTSD

@ 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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Why Community Building is Necessary for the Advancement of Humanity

@ 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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Stories Trump Fear

@ VOL 21 ON NOV 17, 2018

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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Engaging with Story

@ 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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Learning through Loss

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

@ 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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@ 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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Street Dogs: So Much Love

@ VOL 21 ON NOV 17, 2018

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

Sukhdeep Jassar
Community Health Specialist, Fraser Health in Vancouver
Carly Fryer
Manager, Customer Service North America, STEMCELL Technologies in New Westminster
Laura Drummond
Performer and creator in New Westminster
Anita Ansari & Brennan Anstey ___
Too much to list! in New Westminster
Jana Buhlmann
Senior Archivist, Library & Archives Canada in New Westminster
Jen McPherson
People Geek in New Westminster
Raunaq Singh
Student | Organiser | Volunteer | Batman Enthusiast, Simon Fraser University in New Westminster
Allison Clavelle
Transportation Engineer, Urban Systems in New Westminster
Marie Halfnights
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