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10 AUG


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, entertainment and community building. Ten presenters from a range of fields share their interesting projects, inspirations and passions. The catch is, presenters get 20 images, 20 seconds each, making for a 6 minute and 40 second shot of ideas and inspiration. No longer. No shorter.

For this special evening we've partnered up with New West Pride (https://newwestpride.ca/) to help kick off Pride Week 2019, so the majority of the proceeds from this event will go towards this organization and the amazing work they do. 

Join us for drinks starting at 7:00 pm in the lobby of the Massey Theatre and enjoy local craft beer and wine while you mingle with your fellow attendees and neighbours, check out the art in the Plaskett Gallery and listen to DJ Softieshan (https://www.facebook.com/softieshan/). 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.

Featured Presentation

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Janine Reid

Retired Teacher in New Westminster

Making a Difference


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.  


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

  • Deanna Tan Francoeur

    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 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.

  • Raunaq Singh

    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!