Past New Westminster Event: VOL 23

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VOL 23

August 10, 2019
@ Massey Theatre


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 ( 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 ( 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.

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I’m a Quitter

@ VOL 23 ON AUG 10, 2019

Lily Nichol explains the two biggest things she’s done to take control of her life. Get a dog and quit everything.

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DJing & Creating Safer Space

@ VOL 23 ON AUG 10, 2019

Shanique Kelly, DJ Softieshan, talks about what got her into the art of DJing and the importance of representation.

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I am an Ally

@ VOL 23 ON AUG 10, 2019

Our speaker, Lorraine Fletcher, talks about the challenges that friends and family in the LGBTQ2+ community continue to face to become the person that they were meant to be.  She reminds them that allies, community members and the New West Pride Society are there to support them. 


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Words for the Wordsmiths - A Poet Laureate's Influences

@ VOL 23 ON AUG 10, 2019

In his presentation, our speaker Alan Hill gives an overview of the flawed and the flawless - providing to us a journey into the word. 


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My Brain on ASMR

@ VOL 23 ON AUG 10, 2019

In her talk, Rosa Rezansoff describes her experience managing her anxiety and depression with ASMR and why ASMR works so well for some. 

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The Youth are not our Future they are our Here and Now

@ VOL 23 ON AUG 10, 2019

For her talk, our presenter Jen Marchbank chose to discuss her passion for youth advocates and activists, particularly highlighting the work of the Youth for a Change organization.

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Changing the Norm

@ VOL 23 ON AUG 10, 2019

Giuseppi Ganci, in his presentation, explains how he wants to change how people perceive the words "addiction" and "rehab". When those words come up (including: "asking for help") people often think doom and gloom; Giuseppi questions why it has to be that way and what can be done to change it.


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The Cutting Edge of a Razor Sharp Mind … One Sharp Collector!

@ VOL 23 ON AUG 10, 2019

In her interesting talk, Nancy Kato gives us an overview of her vintage safety razor collection, which ranges from 1898 to 1960.   

Alan Shapiro
Scientific Communications Manager, STEMCELL Technologies in New Westminster
Giuseppi Ganci
Director of Community Development, Last Door Recovery in New Westminster
Nancy Kato
Marriage Commissioner , New Westminster in New Westminster
Alan Hill
Poet Laureate, New Westminster in New Westminster
Jen Marchbank
Professor, Dept of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies, Simon Fraser University in New Westminster
New West Pride
The Board, New West Pride Society in New Westminster
Rosa Rezansoff
Bon Vivant in New Westminster
Lily Nichol
Market Manager, New West Farmers Market in New Westminster
Shanique Kelly
DJ Softieshan in New Westminster
Lorraine Fletcher
Treasurer, New West Pride Society in New Westminster