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Not yet scheduled!

We haven’t scheduled our next PechaKucha Night yet, but in the meantime you can watch some presentations, look at our map to see if there are any scheduled PKNs in nearby cities, or have a look at the long list of upcoming events, to see if there’s one you can attend!


Featured Presentation

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Neal & Melinda Michael

in New Westminster

Melinda and Neal Michael take a whimsical look back on 20 things they learned about their community and themselves as co-founders of PK New West. 

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Generations in Careers: Steve and Will's Story

@ VOL 20 ON AUG 04, 2018

The presentation focused on the shared career paths in Music Education of Steve Clements and his son, Will. A particular focus was what the two learned from each other about music and life and their optimistic vision of this career path in the future.
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10 Ways the Universe Tested our Partnership before Telling Us to Start a Business

@ VOL 20 ON AUG 04, 2018

Over the span of their decade-plus partnership Matt and Katherine Webb have encountered many challenging situations, many of them self-imposed. In their presentation they talk about how these challenges ultimately taught them how to become better partners, which is good, because their current challenge is spending 24 hours a day sharing a home, design studio, and raising two kids.
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Survival Tips for the Modern Dad

@ VOL 20 ON AUG 04, 2018

Being a father has changed over the years, and what worked for our dads might not work for fathers these days. In their presentation, presenters Peter Foreman and Martin Lowe list out some lessons they've learned over the years about being a good "modern" father. Or trying to.

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Plants, Dyes and Other Teachings

@ VOL 19 ON JUN 01, 2018

Born the same year her family business Maiwa was started, a solid foundation built on the creative arts, travel, design and community helped shape Sophena Kwon into the person she is today. In her talk, she shares how her world shifted with loss, grief and trauma and she offers an intimate view into her experiences, with the hopes that her insight can be helpful to others in times of hopelessness. 

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Raising Awareness of Colour Blindness

@ VOL 19 ON JUN 01, 2018

Did you know that approximately 1 in 12 males and 1 in 200 females are colour vision deficient, or more commonly referred to as 'colour blind'. In her talk, Jen Kuba expands on how from cooking and enjoying food, to watching sports, to board games, colour plays a significant role in our lives. How it's important to consider those who see colours differently when designing business processes, charts and maps and educational projects.


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Creativity Builds Community

@ VOL 19 ON JUN 01, 2018

Local musician Eddie Lam shares highlights of his involvement in playing outside-the-box gigs and musical projects building communities and appreciation for independent artists. 

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The Elevator Pitch

@ VOL 19 ON JUN 01, 2018

With references to her own journey through the arts, community development and university entrepreneurship, Janice illustrates how the "elevator pitch" can be an effective tool for a variety of uses - no matter what one’s role – for all activities including community-building.

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It Isn’t What You Do With It, Ink That Slides What Counts

@ VOL 19 ON JUN 01, 2018

Not many people give a lot of thought to their pens, even though most of us use them every day.  But a really great pen can bring true joy. The weight, the balance, the smoothness. It may be hard to believe, but Julian Legere is on a mission to make everyone a believer in the power of good pens. 



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

    Jen works for the City of New Westminster as the Innovation Week Coordinator, and operates a small business called Jen Arbo Consulting, where she is basically a professional nag. She considers herself a community connector and loves to volunteer. Fun fact: she has a rank of 2nd Kyu in Meibukan Goju-Ryu Karate-do.

  • 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.