Past Markham Event: VOL 13

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VOL 13

November 25, 2016
@ Varley Art Gallery

Connect with Markham’s creative communities at PechaKucha Markham! We know what you’re asking: What is a PechaKucha? PechaKucha (the Japanese word for chit-chat) is not your typical slide show: presenters share their ideas in 20 slides x 20 seconds each, no exceptions.

The Markham Public Library and the Varley Art Gallery have partnered to host Markham’s PechaKucha nights, featuring 8 artists, thinkers and innovators from Markham and beyond.


Admission is Pay What You Want so please give generously. $1 from each attendee's donation is contributed towards the Global PechaKucha Night fund to support the over 900 cities holding these events around the world. 

Grab a glass of beer or wine (cash bar), and enjoy complimentary appetizers and music. Stick around for the Post-PK party for more meeting and mingling!

Refreshments provided by:

Smash Kitchen and Bar

Mr. Black Coffee, Your Coffee Butler

Supporting Sponsors:

Bansal & Giga - Chartered Professional Accountants


Community Partners: 

Design by mad Studios

Photography by Louis Li Photography

Communications support by Business & Office Centro

Live music and DJ presented by Creativity through Arts youth council.

Speaker Boxing presented by Speakerbox 

For more information and to see past presentations, visit 


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Why I Wander

@ VOL 13 ON NOV 25, 2016

Cheryl Rego loves to see the world, from Bancroft to Bangkok and everything in between. She talks about how and why her wanderlust emerged.

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From Self-Care to Community Care: Unconventional Support Structures

@ VOL 13 ON NOV 25, 2016

Belinda Kwan is an emerging art historian & writer who is completing her graduate studies. Her research focuses on politically-engaged art, especially in terms of their contribution to anti-oppression movements. Using personal anecdotes, she explores forms of interdependency and care that exist outside of organizational/institutional frameworks.

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20 things I've learnt in 50 years

@ VOL 13 ON NOV 25, 2016

Will Gourley is a lifelong learner from life's two best teachers fondly known as failure and success. His talk is a quasi humourous reflection, and a look forward on life at mile marker 50

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How to Have More Interesting Conversations

@ VOL 13 ON NOV 25, 2016

Lana Chircop is an artist, designer, musician, game developer and self-made thousandaire. She works as a designer at TD Bank by day and fights crime by night. She is updating the world to a new version with better graphics, more automation and less bugs. She shares some tips on how to elevate small talk to big talk.

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Finding Fulfillment

@ VOL 13 ON NOV 25, 2016

Rahin Virani is a storyteller at heart, a self-improvement fanatic and a sucker for great conversation. He describes his journey to finding fulfillment and shares a few things that helped him along the way.

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The Art of Cycling

@ VOL 13 ON NOV 25, 2016

"I had to do it for myself to grow within..."

In The Art of Cycling at PechaKucha Night Markham Vol. 13, Veronica Abrenica shares her journey of cycling across the United States and how it has influenced her life for the better, one mile at a time. 

Veronica is a cycling enthusiast who believes in the power of cycling to bring clarity, balance and empowerment into one's life. She has cycled across the US with "Bike and Build" and all around Ireland with "Cycle Against Suicide". Her talk is a call to action to pursue something meaningful and challenging, to break routine and wake up your senses.

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Rethinking Ending Hunger

@ VOL 13 ON NOV 25, 2016

"Dream a bit bigger because being realistic is overrated."

In Rethinking Ending Hunger  at PechaKucha Night Markham Vol. 13, World Vision Youth Ambassador Kristen Price shares her discovery of revolutionary intiatives to combat hunger whilst volunteering in Kenya. She invites you to think outside the box and rethink your approach of ending world hunger.

Cheryl Rego
Arts Administrator/Wanderer, Varley Art Gallery in Markham
Will Gourley
Educator, York Region District School Board in Markham
Belinda Kwan
Art History Master's Candidate, York University in Toronto
Rahin Virani
Storyteller in Markham
Kristen Price
Student, World Vision Canada Youth, Creativity Through Arts Youth Council in Markham
Lana Chircop
User Experience Designer in Markham
Veronica Abrenica
Art Facilitator, I.AM (Intergenerational Arts Movement) in Markham