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Street Dogs: So Much Love

BY MARIE HALFNIGHTS
@ VOL 21 ON NOV 17, 2018

In her presentation, Marie Halfnights describes how adopting a street dog changed her life for the better.

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BY RAUNAQ SINGH
@ VOL 21 ON NOV 17, 2018

In his talk, Raunaq Singh describes why community building is important from his perspective as a young resident of New West. He explains why he got involved in his community back in high school and why he continues to actively seek for ways to engage. He hopes to inspire others around him to step up and make their communities an even better place!

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

BY CARLY FRYER
@ 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.

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Learning through Loss

BY SUKHDEEP JASSAR
@ VOL 21 ON NOV 17, 2018

In her presentation, Sukhdeep Jassar explains that as we go through new experiences, our stories often change to reflect a deeper knowing. This particular story is about the intersections of race, gender, mental health and how the experience of grief created a new path of love, compassion, and forgiveness.
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Engaging with Story

BY LAURA DRUMMOND
@ VOL 21 ON NOV 17, 2018

In her presentation, Laura Drummond details her passion for the joy and power of story in its wide variety of forms including as a framework for planning.
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Stories Trump Fear

BY JANA BUHLMANN
@ VOL 21 ON NOV 17, 2018

In her presentation, Jana Buhlmann talks about how her husband was the first person in New Westminster to receive Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID).  They knew each other less than three years, but in that time they lived, loved, married, grieved, and shared the passage of his spirit.  His story is an important one because he did not find the peace that many do, in choosing an assisted death. He died angry and afraid, but also overtly chose his death because it was suffering he feared.  Jana gives us the story of her husband squashed into 20 second bits, as an opportunity to consider the idea that death is an integral part of life, to be considered, discussed, and even - perhaps - celebrated, if one can open their heart that wide.

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Why Community Building is Necessary for the Advancement of Humanity

BY ANITA ANSARI & BRENNAN ANSTEY ___
@ VOL 21 ON NOV 17, 2018

Brennan Anstey and Anita Ansari talk about their different paths towards community building in New Westminster, and how a strong community is necessary to address environmental, social, political and personal challenges in our amazing City. 
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How EMDR helped relieve my PTSD

BY JEN MCPHERSON
@ VOL 21 ON NOV 17, 2018

In 2014, Jen McPherson was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after having to endure a severe workplace bullying incident, as well as witnessing a suicide - and all in the same year. Her journey in finding a way to relieve her anxiety, fears, phobias, and insecurities led her to a PTSD therapist who specializes in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). This is her story. 
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Generations in Careers: Steve and Will's Story

BY STEVE CLEMENTS AND WILL COURNOYER-CLEMENTS
@ 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

BY KATHERINE AND MATT WEBB
@ 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

BY PETER FOREMAN AND MARTIN LOWE
@ 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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Building a community brick by brick

BY NEAL & MELINDA MICHAEL
@ VOL 19 ON JUN 01, 2018

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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