I am neither for nor against anything until I fully engage with my heart then my ears and mouth get involved. – rij-
Beyond Lip Service is a talk series designed to look at the history of immigration in the Central Okanagan, what role newcomers currently play in the growth of our region and what inclusion looks like in our community. Beyond Lip Service consists of three talks on the following topics:
- Constructing a New Frontier – before we can create a new future, we must understand our past
- Building Community – Living well locally impacts the global village
- Newcomers and Our Economy – How do we move forward in shaping our region so that benefits all of its residents?
January’s Talk: Constructing a New FrontierBefore we can create a new future, we must understand our past
Date: Wednesday January 25, 2017, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Doors Open: 6:30 pm
Location: Kelowna Forum, 1317 Ethel Street, Kelowna
Hosted by: Jessica Samuels
In these times of uncertainty both locally and globally, it is most important that we have open dialogue about topics that affect all our lives. We do not all have to agree but it’s through empathetic listening that we can build bridges and develop connections that will deepen our communities and enable the prosperity we all desire.
About our host:Jessica Samuels is a communicator at heart, who believes everyone has a compelling story to tell. She has spent more than 12 years in Broadcast Journalism working in almost every aspect of the industry. Most recently, Jessica has put her communication skills to use in the non-profit sector, specifically as the Okanagan Kootenay Area Manager for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Whether it is personally, in her career, or with her wide-ranging volunteer community involvement, Jessica works to bring awareness to the causes she supports.
About our Speakers:Bob Hayes, local historian
Bob Hayes is very involved in local history, as a Director of the Kelowna Branch of the Okanagan Historical Society, researcher and author, and as a member of various local history-based organizations and projects. He has written more than 230 articles about local history that has been published in local journals, magazines and books. In 2010, Bob retired from teaching, having worked for more than thirty years as an elementary school teacher. He volunteers regularly in a local elementary school and looks forward to the arrival of spring, so that he can again offer his museum-sponsored tours of the Kelowna Pioneer Cemetery. Bob was honoured, as a Life Member of the Okanagan Historical Society (2007), is the Central Okanagan Heritage Society awarded a Charter Member of the Kelowna & District Genealogical Society, recipient of the Queen’s Jubilee Medal (2002), and in 2016 the Distinguished Community Citizenship plaque.
Tracey Kim Bonneau, TV Producer & Journalist
Tracey Kim Bonneau is Syilx woman from the Okanagan Nation. She is a teacher, writer and broadcast journalist. She devotes the majority of her time to local grassroots community development initiatives. Her passion is to fuse innovative oral storytelling techniques with technology and new media. Her most recent successful achievement was the creation of her national television series Quest OutWest – Wild Food that currently airs on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network and has garnered four Leo nominations for in May of 2016. Tracey’s national work in Arts policy development is driven by her dedication to advocate for equity and justice for underrepresented Indigenous artists in Canada Her hobbies include singing, gathering & preparing her traditional food of the land. Her lifelong goal is to become a fluent speaker of the Sylix language.
Mohini Singh, Councillor City of Kelowna
Bio to follow
Shannon Jorgenson, Lake Country Museum
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Beyond Lip Service, brought to you by Immigration, Refugee & Citizenship Canada, Ministry of International Trade, Kelowna Community Resources and the Council members of the Central Okanagan Local Immigration Partnership (COLIP).