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Featured Presentation


Brooke Takhar

Writer and Social Media Manager in Vancouver

My So-Called Ordinary Life


In her presentation, Brooke Takhar expresses how if you look hard enough, a life that might have seemed predictable and safe can actually be pretty death-defying.


Why I Walk

@ VOL 18 ON MAR 03, 2018

At one point in her life, our presenter Eryne Donahue commuted to and from work 3 hours each day by walking. In her presentation she explains how she now maintains a regular long walk practice with her two young children and she goes on to express how these are the reasons why it is a worthwhile practice.


The way we do things around here

@ VOL 18 ON MAR 03, 2018

In his presentation, Bob Crockett pays tribute to the role recreational music plays in making us happy and how it has the power to bring us together.


Finding the Perfect Body

@ VOL 18 ON MAR 03, 2018

Our presenter Nina Dosdall explains how she struggles with her body image and after 10 years working in the fitness industry discovered the perfect body: it's not what she thought.  



Nature’s Beauty, guiding us to Creativity and Fun for Life!

@ VOL 16 ON AUG 12, 2017

In his presentation, Claude LeDoux attempts to open minds and hearts to explore ones creativity through the use of plants. He says we should allow nature to guide humans into fun-filled creative lives and never forget that we must feed the Bees, the Plants and the human soul.


Evolution of Mister India

@ VOL 16 ON AUG 12, 2017

In his presentation, Rish Koya describes his journey to becoming the wrestling Champion, Mister India. He talks about the connections he made along the way, as well as the sacrifices.


Travelling 10,000 miles from 3 and half feet up

@ VOL 16 ON AUG 12, 2017

In her presentation, Jolene Foreman starts by explaining how she's had the travel bug since a little child. In the summer of 2016, her family embarked on a grand European adventure, where the parents let the kids document the travels on the family cameras. This created a unique perspective of the trip that adults would never have noticed otherwise. Jolene wants to challenge the audience outside their comfort zone and to travel with kids if they can make the opportunity. Borrow someone else's if you don’t have your own! 


The Sounds of the City

@ VOL 16 ON AUG 12, 2017

"We have a lot to learn from listening to the everyday sounds that surround us."

In "The Sounds of the City" from PechaKucha Night New Westminster Vol. 16, Vincent Andrisani explains the important role that sounds play in our everyday lives. In his talk, Vincent argues that if we listen to the city with enough patience and curiosity, we can hear ideas for a more equitable approach to urban design and planning.


Silence and Secrets Make Us Sick

@ VOL 16 ON AUG 12, 2017

Presenter Judy Darcy tells the story of her father who lost family members in the Holocaust and afterwards kept his Jewishness a secret - even from his children - until a few years before he died in order to keep them safe. She brought the circle back to acts of hatred and bigotry that are on the rise and the importance of the New West community coming together to say yes to diversity and love and hope.



Four more sleeps!

In just four more sleeps we'll be back with Volume 7 at our favourite hub for food, culture & entertainment River Market. Be sure to join us this Friday December 5th from 6:30 pm onwards with presentations getting started at 8:00 pm. 
We've got one of our most diverse lineups yet and are excited to have some new faces from Vancouver added to the mix alongside some fantastic locals from the the neighbourhood. 
If you haven't picked up your ticket be sure not to delay. There are still tickets available, but that could change quick. Check out our ticketing site to get your hands on a ticket. 
Hope to see you Friday!

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About the City's Organizers

  • Neal & Melinda Michael

    PechaKucha New West was started by Melinda & Neal Michael, but is now organized by a committee of passionate and engaged residents including; Melinda & Neal Michael, Jen Arbo, Martin Lowe, Erin Jeffery, Deanna Tan, Heather H & Stephen O'Shea.

  • Jen Arbo

    I like socks that fit snugly and strong tea. I like proposal writing and project managing. My chickens are awesome.

  • Deanna Tan Francoeur

    Lucky to both live and work in New Westminster, Deanna is a relatively recent transplant to the Royal City. A dietitian by training, she now works in health promotion, trying to make New Westminster a healthier community. But when work, volunteering, DIY renos of a 100 yr old house and life in general gets too hectic, Deanna, her husband and two young boys escape and go travelling via house exchange. Having swapped more than 15 times all over the world, it has allowed them to see kangaroos down under, drink mint tea in Morocco, eat bone marrow on toast in Budapest and dance under the midnight sun in Norway. She likes to describe it as online dating for your house, where every time you make a match, you get to go on the best date ever. But as nice as it is to visit other places, it is more important that your own hometown is the best city in the world. Using what she sees on her travels as inspiration, and working in areas and ways that health traditionally has not done before, she tries to make New Westminster a healthier, and therefore better, place to be.

  • Stephen O'Shea

    Stephen Carl O'Shea is a dedicated and passionate arts advocate. Growing up in Abbotsford, BC, he is the founding member and bass player of international touring New Wave band You Say Party. He was the Artistic Director of Jam in Jubilee Music Festival for 3 years and sat on the Board of Directors of the Devon Clifford Music Foundation before moving to New Westminster in the fall of 2013. He is currently the Executive Director of the Arts Council of New Westminster.

  • Martin Lowe

    As the Director of Digital for the “world-famous” Carter Hales Design Lab, Martin spends his day corralling designers and keeping numerous clients on cloud 9 as they experience the excitement and motivating power of brand design. When he’s not keeping Carter Hales in order, Martin helps his wife chase after their son. Many a day are spent at the playground, playing board games, and reading stories. On top of that, he acts as the studio manager at The Stage and is the chair of the New West PechaKucha Society.

  • Erin Jeffery

    An actor by training and a communicator by trade, Erin has a thing for language. She is the Communications Manager for Uptown New Westminster BA as well as providing marketing and communications assistance for other fabulous clients like the Vancouver Circus School and Tenth to the Fraser. She first developed her passion for New Westminster and its environs as the Account Manager at Hangar 18 Creative group in charge of the visual identity redesign of River Market. She is the Vice President of the Board of the Arts Council of New Westminster where she uses her 'jazz hands' to get people as excited about the arts as she is. She is involved in the Ecole Qayqayt community school PAC, plays flag football and has her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre, Concentration Acting from the University of British Columbia. She is a New West resident who is proud of her city, passionate about the arts, and a bit too obsessed with cheese.

  • Heather H

    Heather is a married mother of two and an allied health professional living in the greater Vancouver area. She has a thing for loud music, talk radio, BC wine, Canadian literature, avocados, lip gloss, the obituaries, running, and rain storms. She regularly bursts into tears at the twisted sadness that permeates life or, alternatively, the humbling beauty that can be located around every corner. Heather is incapable of not getting mushy about community spirit, will often share her love for you to the point of making you uncomfortable, and is known to say outlandish and disinhibited things when you least expect it. She relies heavily on her man to keep her grounded and she is super charged to keep fighting the good fight by her boys, and their wonderous spirits that shine bright. When Heather grows up she might become a boutique gallery owner, a children’s author, or both.