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A virtual speaker series profiling talented speakers covering topics in accessibility, diversity, anti-racism and more.

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Add to Calendar 20220914 000000 20221005 235900 America/Vancouver Lunch Time Speaker Series A virtual speaker series profiling talented speakers covering topics in accessibility, diversity, anti-racism and more. Virtual



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Learn Over Lunch

These sessions are perfect for educators and anyone who works in culture or service industries like libraries, nature centers, galleries and more. Registration is free but required. A link to the Microsoft Teams meeting will be sent the morning of the presentation. Save your spot  for sessions at 604-592-6956 or museum@surrey.ca.



Creating a Supportive Environment for 2SLGBTQIA+ People
Wednesday, September 14 | 12-1pm

Alex DeForge will be talking about the ways that gender identity and sexuality orientation appear in public settings, and some of the ways that individuals can help accept and celebrate 2SLGBTQIA+ people. This talk will center queer, trans and Two-Spirit joy and will discuss how the celebration of marginalized identities can positively affect all people's lives. 
Alex DeForge is a non-binary, queer, settler of Filipinx and white ancestry. They live, work and play on the unceded and occupied lands of the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam peoples. Alex did their master’s degree in philosophy at Duke University with a focus on political philosophy. They use data-geekery and political nerdiness to help QMUNITY broaden their reach and connect with organizations across BC. When Alex is not poring over papers, spreadsheets and reports, they can be found reading science fiction and rock climbing. 


Creating Inclusive Spaces
Wednesday, September 28 | 12-1pm

Join Samantha Brown, a certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist with Vision Loss Rehabilitation Canada. She will be speaking on how public spaces can be more inclusive to people with vision loss. This will include discussing proper etiquette when assisting people with vision loss; environmental safety concerns; and how to make the overall experience of your environment more enjoyable and inclusive for everyone.   


Resiliency on the Roller Coaster
Wednesday, October 5 | 12-1pm

This session will prepare you to succeed in supporting breakthroughs and overcoming accessibility roadblocks and barriers. Unstoppable Tracy Schmitt increases awareness of how to create accessible working environments by working collaboratively with people with disabilities.

Through her personal example of courage and determination, Tracy challenges misconceptions about disability and inspires achievement. As a four-way amputee, Tracy has climbed mountains in Nepal without her prosthetic legs, captained 110-foot tall ships in the Eastern Atlantic and won a bronze medal as a Parasport athlete in downhill skiing. She recently campaigned for a spot in the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics as an aspiring Paralympian in sailing.

Tracy brings 25 years of experience as a speaker. She was involved with the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Parapan Games as the Manager of Parapan Planning and Integration, ensuring accessibility at 50+ large city venues. She received accolades from the International Paralympic Committee for Toronto being the ‘best-prepared city ever.’ Tracy has numerous degrees, including a Master's in Business Administration from the Rotman School of Business. She is currently the Performance Consultant with Smart Move Training.


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