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557 and Beyond!

BY VAELEI WALKDEN-BROWN
@ VOL 5 ON SEP 08, 2016

From Edmonton to Australia and back again Vaelei Walkden-Brown speaks about starting the 557 gallery and her impetus for founding Pecha Kucha Penticton. In part catalyzed by her study in interior architecture, Vaelei explores the interconnection between community building and visual and physical spaces, featuring her past projects and current artistic endeavors, as well as some of the key community players that have helped her along the way.

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Serendipity Brings Us Home

BY PATT DYCK
@ VOL 5 ON SEP 08, 2016

Owner and founder, Patt Dyck narrates the genesis of Cannery Brewing and her time in the Okanagan. From a family business to their new larger space. Patt's passion about not only bringing amazing craft beer to the valley, also underpins the power of their new tap room to be a community hub. Their larger plans involve collaborating with neighbouring businesses to revitalize Ellis street and continue hosting events - like Pecha Kucha! Thanks Patt! 

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With Whimsy and Grace

BY DANNY WALTON
@ VOL 5 ON SEP 08, 2016

With whimsy and grace, Danny Walton weaves us through his artist philosophy as mystically as the art it produces. Featuring local and personal photography, Danny invites us to enjoy the wonder and inspiration creativity can bring to conventional photography, as well as the potential of what straying from the conventional can produce.

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Overcoming Anorexia

BY RYLEE MCKINLAY
@ VOL 5 ON SEP 08, 2016

Rylee McKinlay boldly steps out of the shadows to take the audience on a vivid and raw journey through her ongoing battle with mental health. Initially struggling to access support in the Kootenays, Rylee and her family relocated to find the help they needed for anorexia in the Okanagan. Since recovering Rylee shares her ongoing work to battle anorexia, as well as dismantle stigma and empower others to do the same.

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Life Tangents

BY NICHOLAS VINCENT
@ VOL 5 ON SEP 08, 2016

For Nick Vincent building community begins and ends with family. Through his personal story of growing his own family and personal life, Nick knits together the ways that he's brought the same values to a wider group from Australia, via the UK to Penticton. From elaborate theme parties, artists spaces to a Coworking space, Nick's passion for community shines through everything that he does. 

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Keeping Kids Dirty

BY LYNDIE SEDDON
@ VOL 5 ON SEP 08, 2016

Born and raised in the Okanagan, Lynn speaks about her travels that took her home, her big gamble to establish her business here, and the diverse ways it's grown. From keeping kids dirty, to teaching kayak rolls in the community pool, Lynn is inspiring the youth to look up to the hills and into the lake for the reasons and lessons that keep us here, and keep us coming back. Lynn ends her presentation by explaining her decision to found the climbing gym, as well as her organization devoted to getting kids outside and inspired by wilderness and themselves. 

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Naramata...Naramata...Here we come!

BY JENNIFER VINCENT
@ VOL 5 ON SEP 08, 2016

Jennifer Vincent intimately invites us on her journey of growing up in the Okanagan, by serendaing the crowd in and out of her presentation with the song her family used to sing on their drive out. The warm of summer and passion that has driven Jennifer and her family's work to make the Okanagan their home dribbles out of the presentation like biting into a fresh peach. Through this passion, one is able to understand how the work of founding their business has truly been worth it.