PechaKucha Presentation

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Will Gourley

Educator, York Region District School Board in Markham

I didn't teach in the DPRK. It taught me.


Former entrepreneur and radio newsman, now teacher, Will Gourley blogs about Modern Learning and classroom life. His presentation shares his experiences, images and stories from the classroom, DMZ and everywhere in between from his trip to the DPRK.

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Teach for India

@ VOL 9 ON JUN 30, 2012

Archana Rao's presentation, "Teach for India," tells the story of the education of children in India.

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How Riding A Bike Taught Me About Prejudice

@ VOL 1 ON FEB 18, 2014

How does a straight, white male living in North America experience prejudice? He gets on a bike. Andrew Kurjata, a bicyclist by convenience means and not by enthusiast means, just wants to ride his bicycle. However, he quickly learns that riding your bike, in a highly car dominated culture, is an inherently political act. 

"Presentation of the Day" on October 16, 2014.

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What My Camera Taught Me About Life

@ VOL 1 ON NOV 01, 2014

By following his camera, award-winning photographer, Reuben Chin, learns more than how to point and shoot. He talks of seeing beauty in the ordinary; becoming engaged enough to seize life's fleeting moments and developing a healthy curiousity of how others see the world.

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Teach a Girl, Teach a Village

@ VOL 25 ON OCT 30, 2015

From Milawi to New Zealand, Regina Smedley tells of her journey across the world on a leap of faith, and how it is now bringing her back home, to give others the same opportunities she has had, by starting Mphatikizo Charity a sustainable orphanage project.

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Upside Down in Korea

@ VOL 6 ON DEC 01, 2015

Heather Fisher is a mother, wife, and teacher who loves to learn new things, read, and walk.  She lived in South Korea for 4 years with her family where she was an unintentional cross-cultural disaster and an inept language learner who still managed to be an English teacher, university professor, freelance editor and writer, corporate marketing executive, ESL curriculum writer, and homeschooling mother.

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Teacher As...

@ VOL 13 ON APR 20, 2016

David Thompson teaches education studies and popular culture, so naturally his talk is on teachers in film, from Educating Rita to The History Boys to Carry On Teacher! What can teachers learn from these teachers?

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A Trip to North Korea

@ VOL 1 ON SEP 13, 2017

"It was just all starting to become so tangible to me that I was probably somewhere where I should not be." 

In "A Trip to North Korea" from PechaKucha Night Sault Ste. Marie Vol. 1,  Heather Douglas shares her remarkable experience in traveling from Seoul to North Korea and how it changed her overall perspective on North Korean society. 

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My name is Lisa Givan and I AM A DIVERSITY TRAINER

@ VOL 9 ON NOV 03, 2017

At 40, something I realized that a series of brief "diversity immersion experiences" defined not only what I do but who I am. Encounters since childhood that have been centered around self-awareness, difference, bias, value and mindset determine the narrative we create surrounding every aspect of our life. I share my journey and expound on how it led me to my current career. My name is Lisa and I AM A DIVERSITY TRAINER.

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TRUST YOUR GUT: How Supporting the Arts Taught Me that My Career Path Wasn’t So Black and White

@ VOL 1 ON DEC 06, 2018

Laura Conning wears many hats in the Collingwood area.  She owns and operates, a website dedicated to showcasing the local music of the Georgian Bay Area through calendar listings, blog posts, and featured articles.  A musician herself, Laura has been singing and songwriting for over 10 years, and currently performs in a duo called Honeymoon Phase.  She holds a Master of Arts in Popular Music & Culture, a unique cultural and media studies program at The University of Western Ontario.  Laura has recently become the Business Manager for Content Refined, a content marketing company based out of Collingwood.

TRUST YOUR GUT: How Supporting the Arts Taught Me that My Career Path Wasn’t So Black and White

This presentation is about my local music project,, which is an online music hub that shows off the musical happenings in the Georgian Bay area.  I want this presentation to show how Route 26 has helped me grow as a creative and musical individual while helping me plant roots in a new community.

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