Past New Westminster Event: VOL 1

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January 24, 2013
@ River Market
OUR EVENT IS SOLD OUT! We love your support and interest! If you've missed our first event, make sure to find out about the next one by....
a) Follow us on twitter @PechaKuchaNW
b) Like us on Facebook "Pecha Kucha New West"
c) Email with a subject heading "Mailing List"
d) Do all 3 and make us feel loved
Join us from 6:30 pm in the food hall for local craft beer and relaxed sounds. At 7:30 the fun starts with our 10 Pecha Kucha talks. Each Presenter will have 20 images, shown for 20 seconds each (6 minute and 40 second presenation), speaking on what inspires them. Each presenter has some sort of connection to New Westminster.
After the event, continue the conversation with us at Wild Rice - our favourite spot in town for good food and well-crafted drinks. Drink specials provided by Andrew and the fine team at Wild Rice. 
Tickets MUST be purchased in advance, as none will be available at the door. Ticket price is only $5 (plus service charge). Help us make our first event a successful one!
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City Branding

@ VOL 1 ON JAN 24, 2013

Blair Fryer talks about the ways in which various cities around the world, and particularly Canada, have branded themselves. He looks at the more and less successful slogans he has seen, and spends some time talking about the slogan and identity of New Westminster.

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Geeks for Good

@ VOL 1 ON JAN 24, 2013

Chad Leaman tells us how modern conveniences, unconventional user interfaces, and unique innovations have been used in the past and present to help people with disabilities carry on with their lives. He looks to the future of these applications, and urges people to help in whatever way they can.

 "Presentation of the Day" on May 30, 2013.
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The Beauty of the Derelict

@ VOL 1 ON JAN 24, 2013

Eric Pattison examines the beauty that can be found in derelict and abandoned buildings, from well-preserved wallpapers and decorations from decades past, to degraded metals and woods, and the environment they can create. He talks about the restoration process, and some of the discoveries he has made along the way.

"Presentation of the Day" on September 17, 2013. 
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Rediscovering Simplicity

@ VOL 1 ON JAN 24, 2013

Jen Arbo talks about her various DIY and home grown projects, and how she came to fall in love with life outside the city.  She shows how she has, along with her husband, moved from building a chicken coop, to making everything from a new dresser, to homebrew beers, and the benefits that come from creating so much in her own house.

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Social Media in Brick & Mortar

@ VOL 1 ON JAN 24, 2013

Jen Pistone and Julia Dewhurst explain the role social media plays in making small local shops profitable, and how to best use the various media outlets to bring in new customers, create an online presence, and build a community around their store. They utilize a variety of means from the seemingly simple photos of a day in the shop, to collaborations with other artists and engineering posts based on statistics and feedback.

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A Christmas Menu Story

@ VOL 1 ON JAN 24, 2013

Melissa Balfour displays her holiday cooking habits, and how she celebrates Christmas. She explains the history and inspiration behind her mostly vegan Christmas menu.


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Gluten Free Happiness

@ VOL 1 ON JAN 24, 2013

Ray Porcellato takes behind the scenes of his gluten free bakery, and the recent rise in popularity of the gluten free baking market. He explains why he chose New Westminster as the city for his bakery, and the role he plays in the lives of his clients.

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Identity of Self and City

@ VOL 1 ON JAN 24, 2013

Robert Fung talks about several urban reconstruction and remodeling projects he has worked on in the past, located in various areas of New Westminster. He looks at the identity of the city, and emphasizes the process of highlighting strengths when rejuvenating forgotten or abandoned districts.

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Quitting and Other Bad Stock Photos

@ VOL 1 ON JAN 24, 2013

Wes Koopmans shares the story of how he devised a plan to quit his corporate office job and found a design studio. He talks about the differences between good and bad bosses and co-workers, and when quitting to work on something new is worth the financial risk. 

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Falling in Love with New Westminster

@ VOL 1 ON JAN 24, 2013

Tej Kainth shares all of the reasons she has fallen in love with New Westminster, from the people in the community, to the arts and culture of the city, to the architecture of the city itself. She points out several recent projects which have taken place in the city, and urges others to undertake new ones as well.

Blair Fryer
Communications Manager, City of New Westminster in New Westminster
Melissa Balfour
Event Planner, Community Engagement Strategist in New Westminster
Wes Koopmans
HARGOW in New Westminster
Ray Porcellato
Owner, Cloud 9 Specialty Bakery in New Westminster
Jen Arbo
in New Westminster
Chad Leaman
Director of Development, Neil Squire Society in Burnaby
Jen & Julia Pistone & Dewhurst
Self Employed, Brick & Mortar Living in New Westminster
Eric Pattison
Architect, Pattison Architecture in New Westminster
Tej Kainth
executive director , Tourism New Westminster in New Westminster