I was thrilled to have the opportunity to interview some of the TEDx Stanley Park speakers at a private event for bloggers. As each speaker answered our questions, our team of 7 bloggers got a glimpse of the person behind the speeches.
Dr. Gurdeep Parhar, Executive Associate Dean of UBC’s Faculty of Medicine, boldly spoke of racism and its impact on health. I say boldly, as the media alluded that exclusion was the reason for the not long ago resignation of UBC’s former President Arvind Gupta. As a Registered Nurse and Leadership Consultant, who offers diversity training and works with families in the community, I am familiar with the difficulties newcomers to our country face. Accessing and navigating our health care system are a few of these barriers. Finding adequate work, learning a new language, acculturating to new values are some of the challenges new Canadians face. These added stresses from adjustments and adaptations leave them at greater risks for emotional, spiritual, and even physical illnesses. Since we are all immigrants (First Nations aside) to this country, I hope Dr. Parhar continues his efforts to rid racial discrimination, prejudice, and stereotyping that continue to hide in the shadows and plague our beautiful Canada.
Maureen McGrath, a Registered Nurse and sexual health educator began her talk with the startling statement that “most marriages are sexless.” Her definition is married couples having intercourse less than 10 times per year. While I did not openly question Maureen, I wondered where that number came from. McGrath continued her provocative talk with words like “penises and vaginas” that were difficult to listen to in a business meeting of mixed genders. My opinion is that equality in sexual behaviour is impossible, as the risks for pregnancy rests solely with females. As a Registered Nurse, I have seen far too many single female parents. During the years I taught sexual education to grade 5, 6, and 7 students, I learned we live in a culture where sex is over-emphasized and overrated. Movies and TV shows certainly dramatize well in scenarios where boy gets girl, or, in today’s world, girl gets boy. What about love, the neurochemistry of sex or the desire to create long-term respectful, loving, and committed relationships? I guess that is a whole other conversation. Thanks Maureen, for the advice on the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancies.
Iman Aghay, a serial entrepreneur, faced death and public speaking, the two worst fears known to humans. He shared in detail the bleeding in his stomach leading to several days spent in the intensive care unit. Lying on the sterile hospital bed, staring at the white ceilings, Iman pondered on his purpose of life and the changes he would make upon discharge.
To hear the other TEDx Speakers, join me on:
Saturday May 28, 2016 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 649 Hamilton Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Galya Westler, the founder of 2Galvanize Ltd., will talk about loneliness and technology addiction.
Ryan Phillips, a former professional ice hockey player, drug smuggler, and prisoner will speak on his Return to Happiness movement.
Kieron Sweeney’s speech will challenge the school system to revise its curriculum and teach children a financial foundation to guarantee their financial security.
Jules Ku-Lea, a mental health worker and clinical counsellor, will open our eyes to the 27 million people trapped in slavery today.
Karn Manhas the Founder/CEO of Terramera, a global leader in developing high-performance bio/organic replacements for chemical pesticides in public health and agriculture will tell us how to get rid of bedbugs the organic way.
I look forward to seeing you there.
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