Sooke Talks debut Feb 21 in the EMCS Theatre: A night of stories, insights and experiences from Sooke region residents
Ask around, eavesdrop in a coffee shop or dig a little deeper in conversation with a new acquaintance, and you’ll soon discover that the Sooke region is home to legions of everyday folk with remarkably rich backgrounds, diverse expertise and colourful stories worth sharing.
Sooke Talks will showcase a fraction of the fascinating people living in our midst. Some are familiar faces locally, others less so. All are donating their time and stepping up to help raise funds for lighting and sound upgrades to the EMCS Community Theatre.
This special evening is set for Wed. Feb. 21 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Edward Milne Community School. Tickets at $15 each are available online through CanadaHelps.org.
Master of Ceremonies Tania Ehman from the Sooke Harbour Toastmasters Club will introduce the following speakers and “audience energizers” (in alphabetical order):
- Marjorie Baskerville: Discover the playful art of finding your own voice and giving it creative license to make a relaxed, improvised, joyous noise. Her message: “Don’t be afraid to sing, the world needs your voice!”
- Christine Bossi: Frontline experiences with Red Cross International in battle-scarred Africa while helping prisoners of war, families and child soldiers find their way home;
- Don Brown (Bahá’í Community of Sooke) and Rick Eby (Sooke Baptist Church): Making the essential personal shift from “me first” to “we first” with the Charter For Compassion;
- Phoebe Dunbar: Anecdotes from a local legend who, over nearly 50 years, has built community in Sooke with creativity, inspiration, hard work and much laughter. Everyone has a gift to give their community. What’s yours?
- Emma Hornsby: A Grade 12 EMCS student courageously transforms her anxiety into a learning experience. Emma will share the coping tools she’s learned with the goal of assisting others who suffer from this common, often debilitating condition.
- Parvez Kumar: Up, up and away with the (believe it or not) future of flying cars. Recognized as one of Canada’s space-age pioneers, Parvez trained the first wave of Canadian astronauts, including Col. Chris Hadfield and Canada’s new Governor General, Julie Payette.
- Finn and Chloe Unger: A pair of young people from Sooke’s InishOge Farm reveal how their discovery of wolves on the farm’s back-40 sparked a passionate inquiry into the fate of this vital but misunderstood keystone species.
- Tracy Waters: A master of the symphonic gong, sound healer and a teacher at Sooke Yoga will ring the night’s changes while also leading a literal seventh-inning stretch.
MC Tania Ehman is a gifted speaker and coach herself. She finished in the top-20 among more than 30,000 competitors at the World Championship of Public Speaking in Washington, DC. two summers ago.
Sooke Talks is co-hosted by the EMCS Society and the Sooke Harbour Toastmasters Club. Print-your-own tickets at $15 per person are available through Canada Helps. Tix are also available the Stick in the Mud Cafe, Shoppers Drug Mart and at the EMCS Society office at the school. Online buyers are also welcome to donate to the theatre improvement campaign. Tax receipts will be issued for both individual tickets and donations.
The Sooke Harbour Toastmasters Club is part of a world-wide network of local and international groups that provide a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to develop communication and leadership skills through public speaking. That results in greater self-confidence and personal growth. All are welcome to drop-in to weekly Wednesday night meetings from 7 to 8:30 pm at the Sooke Hospice, 6669 Goodmere Road.
The EMCS Society is the link between EMCS and a wide range of individuals and organizations in the region utilizing Sooke’s community school. Society staff manage the Community Theatre, host the annual Play & Learn Summer Camp, offer life-long learning programs, and oversee the Sooke Region Literacy Project and the soon-to-open Makerspace at EMCS.
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