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Making a Difference

@ VOL 22 ON MAR 02, 2019

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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Wheelchairs & Movement

@ VOL 22 ON MAR 02, 2019

In this presentation, Lara discusses how to use a movement analysis framework to improve how people move during specific skills. She begins this talk with sharing her experiences working with the Canadian National Wheelchair curling team and then transitions into how she teaches the movement analysis framework to 3rd and 4th year students in the Douglas College Bachelor of Physical Education program. Highlights from this talk include experiential learning, technologies for data collection/analysis, and knowledge translation of movement outcomes. 
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Teaching Veterinary Technology

@ 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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Living and Grieving in the Age of Climate Change

@ VOL 22 ON MAR 02, 2019

George talked about his personal experiences of grief as a child, and how what he learned during that early, formative experience has shaped how he thinks about climate change. Weaving together threads of systemic and personal change, challenge, loss, and opportunity, he encouraged the audience to make space to grieve over the things that climate change is taking away from us, and in doing so create emotional and mental space to continue the fight to make the world a better place. 
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A Masterful Adventure

@ VOL 22 ON MAR 02, 2019

When Karon embarked upon a Masters degree in London, England, a long held dream, little did she know just where she’d go in those 16 months.  By always following her heart she encountered so much joy, friendship and adventure and ended up the most unexpected place -with the greatest love of her life. 

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A Daily Dose of Fun

@ VOL 22 ON MAR 02, 2019

To infuse a little dose of fun into traditional physical rehabilitation, Karine explains how Douglas College has  created a series of videogames that respond to body movement. For exmaple, if you are trying to rehabilitate the ankle you can move the paddle in a brick breaker game by moving your toes up and down. These games are affordable because the controllers are created from off-the shelf sensors to create accessibility to people who may have financial or physical barriers to receiving their daily dose of fun.

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Life, Salons + Donuts

@ VOL 22 ON MAR 02, 2019

Jon's presentations is about a local that saw a chance to create a business that wasn’t there.  And, without experience, took the effort to make it happen.  Along the way it became clear that there was more than a missing food group, but rather a potential culture of new business pop-ups that is waiting to happen while creating community gatherings out of undesirable spaces, and parking lots.  

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The City of New Westminster’s Urban Solar Garden

@ VOL 22 ON MAR 02, 2019

Our presenters Ryan and Norm give us a "Chakacha" presentation from the City of New Westminster on a community-owned, roof top solar photovoltaic array that provides local residents, businesses and non-profit organizations access to locally generated renewable energy.

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Failures and F*ck Ups

@ VOL 22 ON MAR 02, 2019

Follow along with our presenter Nicole, on a life journey of failures and f*ck ups to find out how some of life's greatest blunders can turn into life's greatest lessons! Those failures turn out to be more important to life than all the success.  
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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.

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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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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.