Past Penticton Event: VOL 16

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VOL 16

June 06, 2019
@ Cannery Brewing

PechaKucha Penticton Vol 16: Grab Bag

Japanese for “chit-chat,” Pecha Kucha originated in Tokyo in 2003 and has since grown into an international speaker series with events in more than 1,000 cities worldwide. Based on a simple format - 20 images x 20 seconds - presenters each get just 6 minutes and 40 seconds to share their story in an engaging and fast-paced slideshow format.

Held four times a year in Penticton, these regularly sold-out not-for-profit happenings bring together a diverse of range of Okanagan thinkers, doers and storytellers who can inspire us all to get back up again.

With the hustle and bustle of spring upon us, and summer just around the corner, we've rounded up all of that chaotic energy into a grab bag of speakers who'll be presenting on a metric shwack of topics from policing to building to film making and other awe-inspiring endeavors! 10 talks of 20 slides timed for 20 seconds each makes for a plethora of neatly packaged presentations!

Ted De Jager
Paul Mend
Jen Vincent
Dave Mai
Geoff Orr
Hannah Hartman
David Warriner
Tony Davis
Sara Turner
Pat Field

Location: Cannery Brewing, 198 Ellis Street, Penticton, BC

Time: Doors open at 6 pm. First presentation begins at 7 pm. There will be two intermissions.

Come early to mingle and snag a seat. Book your tickets early to avoid disappointment. 


Event presented by Cowork Penticton

Tunes courtesy of DJ Shakes

For more information, please visit:

Why wait? Grab your ticket today!

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Flirting With the Sirens of Literary Translation

@ VOL 16 ON JUN 06, 2019

To many a professional translator, the world of literary translation can seem terribly romantic and alluring. After all, there is something distinctly satisfying about seeing your name in black and white on the shelves of the local bookstore and local library. And who wouldn’t want to spend their time talking about their work at book fairs and literary festivals? 

However, there are certain drawbacks to turning your back on a successful commercial translation career to dive into the sink-or-swim sea of publishing. David found this out the hard way yet is still stubbornly striving to tip the balance of his work towards literary and other published translations, driven by a desire for true work-life balance. This is the story of his journey so far.

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The Race to Alaska Aboard the Giant Corn

@ VOL 16 ON JUN 06, 2019

Jennifer Vincent is passionate about community and shared experiences in work and play. An entrepreneur, mom, dreamer and committed espresso-lover, she doesn't often undertake high stakes adventure unless challenged to. Which is exactly what happened when she somehow agreed to take to the sea and enter the 2018 Race to Alaska aboard the amusingly-named Giant Corn. Meet Team Fashionably Late and experience their journey from Port Townsend to Ketchikan, Alaska, under nothing but wind and human power. Whatever floats your boat...

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Speedy the Evil Jungle Monkey

@ VOL 16 ON JUN 06, 2019

As a journalist for most of Canada’s major newspapers and magazines Tony Davis has been kidnapped, jailed, jumped speeding cars over ramps and through fire and interviewed everyone from the heads of major corporations to the leader of the Hell’s Angels. In his personal life, he’s usually boring as hell. Except when he's halfway across the world trying to tame an evil jungle monkey named Speedy.

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How to Build a House Out of an Old Grocery Store

@ VOL 16 ON JUN 06, 2019

Geoff Orr is a custom home builder who had a crazy idea: to craft his dream home halfway up a mountain using the reclaimed beams from an old Super Value grocery store, in the valley far below. Wood you believe it? Fuego is one house all aspiring home builders have to checkout.

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How to Feed a Climbing Addiction with a Camera

@ VOL 16 ON JUN 06, 2019

A photographer and film maker based in British Columbia's Okanagan Valley, Dave Mai travels the world and focuses his lens on mountain climbing and the stories that surround it. His love for adventure, the outdoors and travel is clearly represented in his productions and lifestyle. For Pecha Kucha Penticton, he shares the tricks of the trade he's learned for the benefit of any photographer or film maker wanting to really get a grip. 

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Overcoming the Bumps Life Puts in Your Way

@ VOL 16 ON JUN 06, 2019

Hannah Hartman grew up in a small town outside Portland, Oregon, where she was run over by the homecoming float at school. Afer a brief stint in a wheelchair, she went on to work three jobs to pay her way through university, teach her way around the world, meet her husband in Romania, move to Nigeria, and adopt a child - an endeavour not without it's complications. Her story is an inspiration to us all.

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Growth Mindset: Updates For Your Brain

@ VOL 16 ON JUN 06, 2019

As we grow, we create patterns in our life and accommodate and assimilate information into our brains. Paul Mend taught high school psychology for 15 years, and he is passinate about neuroplasticity and the growth mindset. Here he talks about how we need to update our brains, just like we update the apps on our smartphones.  

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A Horse Named Honey

@ VOL 16 ON JUN 06, 2019

Sara Turner is a coffee roaster and horse lover. The coffee shop she co-founded   is named after the Mayan princess “Seis Cielo” whose bravery conquered kingdoms and reconnected the spiritual nature of her people back into the Mayan way of life. Sara embodies this spirit in everything she does, from roasting amazing coffee to enjoying every moment with her beloved horse, Honey. This is the inspiring story of how Honey has made her life sweeter, every step of the way.

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Solving Drug-Related Crime with Compassion

@ VOL 16 ON JUN 06, 2019

Local RCMP Superintendent Ted De Jager takes a compassionate approach to solving petty drug-related crime in a small town, focusing on treating the root of the problem, not the symptoms.

Tony Davis
Journalist, Self Employed in Penticton
Jennifer Vincent
Community Catalyst in Penticton
David Warriner
Literary Translator in Penticton
Patrick Field
Stone Sculptor, Self Employed in Penticton
Superintendent Ted De Jager
Detachment Commander, RCMP - Penticton, South Okanagan, Similkameen Regional Detachment in Penticton
Hannah Hartman
School Principal, Unisus School in Penticton
Dave Mai
Photographer and Film Maker in Penticton
Geoff Orr
Builder, Far Out Developments in Penticton
Paul Mend
Teacher, Coach, Supporter of Mental Wellness Projects, Monster and Sea Cancer Fundraiser in Penticton
Sara Turner
Co-founder and Coffee Roaster Extraordinaire, Seis Cielo Coffee in Penticton