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Life Stories

2022-10-25 18:30:00 2022-10-25 20:00:00 America/Los_Angeles Life Stories Branch - City Centre - City Centre Combined 136 & 137

Tuesday, October 25
6:30pm - 8:00pm

Add to Calendar 2022-10-25 18:30:00 2022-10-25 20:00:00 America/Los_Angeles Life Stories Join Coquitlam Public Library in this speaker series with people from diverse backgrounds sharing their stories. Branch - City Centre - City Centre Combined 136 & 137

Branch - City Centre

City Centre Combined 136 & 137

Join Coquitlam Public Library in this speaker series with people from diverse backgrounds sharing their stories.

This series brings awareness of people who are from marginalized groups and how everyone's story is different. The speakers have experienced prejudice, social exclusion or stigma, and participants can ask them questions so as to learn about their story.

We want to share the realities of living as a marginalized member of the community, whether they be positive or negative. We expect participants to be awed at the resilience of the speakers and more empathetic of their experiences.

The best way for Canadians to build a better future for all is to understand and appreciate everyone’s past and present.

Registration is required for each session.

The series will focus on the following groups:

  • Oct 25 - People living with disabilities
    • James Miller and David Webster from posAbilities Employment Service
    • Learn how PosAbilities Employment Service (PES) has provided supportive and customized employment opportunities for the last 13 years in Vancouver and the TriCities areas. Showcasing PES’ person‑centered  and celebratory employment model, James Miller and David Webster will walk you through what the employment process looks like, what support means to PES, and why it’s important for youth to start thinking and planning for their future careers now.
  • Nov 1 - LGBTQ+ community
    • Christopher “ The Unstoppable Conni Smudge” Bolton and Gary “Fluffer” Woods,  from North Shore Pride Alliance
    • Join Christopher Bolton, aka - Drag Icon “The Unstoppable Conni Smudge” and Gary “Fluffer” Woods as they recount their personal tales of generating safe and empowering environments while overcoming challenges, adversity, and breaking down barriers to have a sense of community belonging within the North Shore.
  • Nov 8 - The justice system, homelessness, & addiction
    • Shawn Bayes and Kristie Gordon, from Elizabeth Fry Society
    • Elizabeth Fry Society (EFry) was founded in 1939 by a small group of volunteers dedicated to transforming conditions for women and girls in custody. Flash-forward more than 80 years, and their mission remains the same. Join Shawn Bayes, Executive Director, and Kristie Gordon, as they showcase how their organization continues to identify the needs of marginalized groups, through identifying gaps in the Canadian criminal justice system and creating solutions to fill those voids.
  • Nov 15 - Indigenous Peoples
    • Caren Lafontaine, Ministry of Children and Family, and Elder Maria Reed - Waabigekek Ikwe
    • Explore stories of Indigenous family and community with two special guests: Caren Lafontaine, a Community Roots Practioner from The Ministry of Children and Family, and Elder Maria Reed. Taking cues from the audience, this speaker event will look at how cultural connections, relationships, and permanency factor into the Indigenous experience in Canada.
  • Nov 22 - Newcomers and refugees
    • Tri-Cities Local Partnership’s Immigrant Advisory and Judith Kambia Obatusa, Host and Author
    • Members of the Tri-Cities Local Partnership’s Immigrant Advisory Table will be talking about their journey to Canada and sharing who they are, why they decided to embark on this journey, and how this journey affected their perception of themselves. Judith Kambia Obatusa, host of the podcast, Messy Can't Stop Her, shares her stories of personal struggle, and seeks to educate and de-stigmatize immigrant acculturation challenges while empower other migrants in their promised land.

The series will be held in person at the City Centre Library and recorded by Tri-Cities Community Television.

Light refreshments will be served.

If you have any questions, please contact Ann at ajohannes@coqlibrary.ca 

AGE GROUP: | Youth (12-18) | Adults (18+) |

EVENT TYPE: | Teen Program | Adult Program |

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Branch - City Centre

Phone: 604-554-7323

Hours
Mon, Nov 21 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Tue, Nov 22 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Wed, Nov 23 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Thu, Nov 24 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Fri, Nov 25 9:00AM to 5:00PM
Sat, Nov 26 10:00AM to 5:00PM
Sun, Nov 27 10:00AM to 5:00PM

About the library

The City Centre branch opened in 2012. It is across the street from the Lincoln Skytrain station and offers:

  • Free wi-fi access, no password required
  • Meeting and study rooms
  • Public use computers
  • 3D printing and Virtual Reality in the Innovation Hub
  • Printing, scanning, faxing and photocopying 
  • A fireplace reading area

Upcoming events

Mon, Nov 28, 10:00am - 11:30am
City Centre Combined 136 & 137

Mon, Nov 28, 1:30pm - 3:00pm
City Centre Combined 136 & 137

Tue, Nov 29, 10:30am - 11:00am
City Centre Combined 136 & 137

Wed, Nov 30, 10:30am - 11:00am
City Centre Combined 136 & 137

Thu, Dec 01, 10:30am - 11:00am
City Centre Combined 136 & 137

Thu, Dec 01, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
City Centre Combined 136 & 137

Fri, Dec 02, 10:00am - 11:30am
City Centre Combined 136 & 137

Fri, Dec 02, 3:45pm - 4:30pm
City Centre Combined 136 & 137

Sat, Dec 03, 10:30am - 11:00am
City Centre Combined 136 & 137

Sat, Dec 03, 12:00pm - 4:30pm
City Centre Combined 136 & 137,City Centre Room 127
This event is full

Mon, Dec 05, 10:00am - 11:30am
City Centre Combined 136 & 137

Mon, Dec 05, 1:30pm - 3:00pm
City Centre Combined 136 & 137

Tue, Dec 06, 10:30am - 11:00am
City Centre Combined 136 & 137

Wed, Dec 07, 10:30am - 11:00am
City Centre Combined 136 & 137

Thu, Dec 08, 10:30am - 11:00am
City Centre Combined 136 & 137

Fri, Dec 09, 3:45pm - 4:30pm
City Centre Combined 136 & 137

Sat, Dec 10, 10:30am - 11:00am
City Centre Combined 136 & 137

Mon, Dec 12, 1:30pm - 3:00pm
City Centre Combined 136 & 137

Tue, Dec 13, 10:30am - 11:00am
City Centre Combined 136 & 137

Wed, Dec 14, 10:30am - 11:00am
City Centre Combined 136 & 137

Thu, Dec 15, 10:30am - 11:00am
City Centre Combined 136 & 137

Fri, Dec 16, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Innovation Hub

Sat, Dec 17, 10:30am - 11:00am
City Centre Combined 136 & 137

Mon, Dec 19, 1:30pm - 3:00pm
City Centre Combined 136 & 137