PechaKucha Presentation

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Ian Bawa

Filmmaker in Winnipeg

What is Greatness?


Ian Bawa's origin story on how he became a filmmaker is threaded by personal loss and his subsequent quest for greatness. In this moving PechaKucha Night Winnipeg talk, Ian recounts the events from before his days as an award-winning filmmaker that inspired him to use his creativity and passion to fit his own definition of greatness, and passes on some indispensable words of wisdom to help us on our own personal quests.

Ian's talk was recorded live at PechaKucha Night Winnipeg Vol. 36, on November 22 2018, at the Park Theatre. 

For more information on PKN Winnipeg, follow us on Twitter (@pkn_winnipeg), Instagram (@pkn_winnipeg), or Facebook ( PKN Winnipeg is presented by the Manitoba Chapter of the Graphic Designers of Canada.

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Cake for Greatness

@ VOL 22 ON FEB 11, 2015

Rushani Bowman shows kindness to her friends and community by baking them cakes. She is making  the world a better place one cake at a time. 

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The Story Behind the Orochen Forest Family

@ VOL 27 ON MAY 25, 2016

Hayley Ho shares the story behind her handcrafted wooden toy puzzle which was designed to raise awareness of the Orochen ethnic group in China, and to encourage children to play creatively in the setting of nature.

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Expression of Gratitude: the untold story of a family unknown

@ VOL 2 ON APR 25, 2017

"My journey of finding my birth mother lead me to the gratitude I have for my parents."
In honor of International Family Day, we highlight a PechaKucha Presentation that truly embodies what family is, while simultaneous breaks its mold, and in turn, captures our hearts.
In "Expression of Gratitude: the untold story of a family unknown" from PechaKucha Night London, Ontario, Katy Boychuk shares the story of her adoption at birth and the personal journey she embarked on when almost most 30 years later, she read her private adoption file for the first time and decided to find her birth mother. This is when her search began.
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From Siberia to Texas: Uncovering My Family’s Immigration Story One Recipe at a Time

@ VOL 33 ON MAY 22, 2017

Mary Kaltenberg best introduces her story herself:

"It started during a blizzard storm the first week I arrived back in the United States early 2016. As an activity for my mom and I during this cold snowy day, we gathered recipes and started compiling them into a cohesive cookbook. I asked questions about the origination of the recipe and through each recipe lived a different story. Translating and transcribing developed into a documentation of our family history, rich of funny, suspenseful and adventurous stories. One recipe at a time I uncovered the story of my Jewish, Russian, Polish family - how they became a family, survived in Siberia, were deported and stripped of citizenship and the humor of eventually adapting to American culture."

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Why mediocrity is the killer of greatness

@ VOL 32 ON SEP 26, 2017

Samantha Jones is the founder and CEO of ethical fashion brand Little Yellow Bird. Now a leading supplier for ethically made corporate workwear Little Yellow Bird is on a mission to prove that you can do good while doing good business. A supply chain specialist with a background in military logistics, Samantha is passionate about improving supply chain efficiency and ensuring people, particularly garment workers, are treated and paid fairly for the work that they do.

Samantha is a fellow in the inaugural cohort of the Edmund Hillary Fellowship and is a PechaKucha returnee.

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There is Greatness in You

@ VOL 10 ON OCT 26, 2017

Anderson Sainci uses his journey throughout life to inspire others and to remind individuals that there is greatness inside of them.

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Surviving change: the story of an India family in Germany

@ VOL 34 ON JAN 30, 2018

Arun Sharma was born and raised in India, Chandigarh. He moved to Aachen, Germany, in 2012. Arun shares his experiences of being away from his home country and the challenges of bringing up two young Indian kids in a new country. 

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Be a Story Seeker

@ VOL 10 ON MAR 27, 2017

Sheila Veatch talks to us about listening to people's stories instead of reducing those people to just one story. Each of us has a past and a future and we should strive to learn more about each other. 

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A Global Family: What the working for the Olympics Meant to Me

@ VOL 21 ON NOV 17, 2018

For our speaker, Carly Fryer, it all started with the 1993 Disney movie Cool Runnings. She goes on to give us a behind-the-scenes look at what working for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2010 and 2012 was like, including special guests and royalty.