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.
NEXT EVENT VOL 19
We're super excited to host Pecha Kucha New West Volume 19, Friday June 1, 2018, at the beautifully restored Columbia Theatre in downtown New Westminster. The speakers themselves always create a unique experience everytime. But in this new venue, with its cabaret-style showroom with individual tables, be prepared to experience the Pecha Kucha we know and love in a new way.
Started in Tokyo in 2003 by Klein Dytham Architecture firm, PechaKucha Night began as a fun and unique night of local culture and entertainment. Ten presenters from a range of fields share their interesting projects, inspirations and passions. Presenters get 20 images x 20 seconds each, making for a 6 minute and 40 second shot of ideas and inspiration.
Join us for drinks starting at 7:00 pm - beer from Steel and Oak will be on hand. At 8:00 the fun starts with our ten PechaKucha talks and a short intermission mid-way.
Prepare to be engaged, entertained and inspired. As always, it's predictably GOOD FUN.
Why I Walk
BY ERYNE DONAHUE
@ 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.
Nature’s Beauty, guiding us to Creativity and Fun for Life!
BY CLAUDE LEDOUX
@ 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.
Travelling 10,000 miles from 3 and half feet up
BY JOLENE FOREMAN
@ 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
BY VINCENT ANDRISANI
@ 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
BY JUDY DARCY
@ 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.
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About the City's Organizers
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.
I like socks that fit snugly and strong tea. I like proposal writing and project managing. My chickens are awesome.
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 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.
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.
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 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.