Tickets for what’s believed to be Surrey’s first-ever TEDx event go on sale next Tuesday (Jan. 15). TEDxBearCreekPark is set for April 6 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Centre Stage, inside Surrey City Hall.
“We had 97 people apply to be a speakers for TEDxBearCreekPark,” said organizer and retired principal Alan Warburton.
Of that group, 13 people were selected to speak, with one more as an alternate.
“The speakers are truly an outstanding group with diverse topics including medicine, law, science, human experience, spirituality, the environment, etc.,” said Warburton, an Ocean Park resident.
Tickets, once available on Jan. 15, can be purchased from tedxbearcreekpark.ca, for $87 each.
And they’re expected to go fast.
“Based on the high level of interest, we anticipate that we will be sold out within a week of the first day of general sale,” Warburton told the Now-Leader, explaining they are “restricted by TED to sell no more than 100 tickets in our first year of operation.”
Speakers include “world-renowned” family addiction therapist Candace Platter who says she is “dedicated to bringing ‘A Shift in Thinking’ about what helping an addict really looks like.”
Also speaking will be third-year UBC student Hebah Hussaina, founder of Youth for CARE that raises funds and awareness for Surrey Memorial Hospital, who was a recipient of the Now-Leader’s 2018 Community Leader Award in the Youth Volunteer of the Year category.
Another speaker at the April event will be “survival expert” and author Nikki van Schyndel. She once paid someone to abandon her “in the rugged wilderness of British Columbia” for nearly two years. She says this helped her master the “skills of primitive survival,” which she shares in her book, Becoming Wild.
Roy Campbell is a youth worker in the Delta school district, who currently runs an after-school youth-at-risk program and has worked with at-risk youth for nearly 30 years.
Sally Claire will deliver a talk about suicide. Her talk, titled “After the ‘S’ word; Why grace and casseroles are important,’ will focus on food, beliefs, language and actions after a death by suicide.
TEDxBearCreekPark has received a license to hold its talk through TED, a non-profit foundation devoted to “spreading ideas,” in the form of “short, powerful talks” usually 18 minutes or less.
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