Walrus Talks make first appearance in Nanaimo

Event aims to start conversations about leadership at the local and national level

The Walrus is coming to Nanaimo! The Walrus Talks Leadership will take place at Vancouver Island University on Tuesday, March 13. This event marks the first time The Walrus (publisher of The Walrus magazine) has hosted an event in Nanaimo.

The Walrus Talks features a line-up of seven speakers for seven minutes each. Each speaker will talk about the idea of leadership from their own unique perspective, explaining how local and national leadership can shape the future of mental health, Indigenous rights, economic development, academic research, community outreach, and much more.

Attendees will get a chance to hear from people like Judith Sayers, president of the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council, Stephen Kakfwi, former premier of the Northwest Territories and former president of the Dene Nation, and Alicia Raimundo, an advocate for mental health and youth empowerment.

Rounding out the lineup are local leaders including Ruby Barclay, the peer support navigator for the Tuition Waiver Program at Vancouver Island University, George Hanson, the president of Vancouver Island Economic Alliance, Katharina Rout, a translator and honorary research associate at Vancouver Island University, and Scotty Taylor, Guthrie Therapeutic Community alumnus and arborist.

The event will be followed by a lively reception, inviting the audience and speakers to continue the discussion and start new conversations that will continue long after The Walrus Talks evening ends.

“The way we look at it is we want the audience to leave thinking, ‘I never thought of it that way,’” says Shelley Ambrose, executive director of The Walrus. “Our job is to get people thinking and spark the conversation that’s vital to change.”

The Walrus Talks Leadership will take place at the Malaspina Theatre at Vancouver Island University (900 Fifth St., Nanaimo) at 7:00 p.m. on March 13. There will be a reception with food and drink following the event.

Tickets to The Walrus Talks are $15 ($10 for students and seniors), and are available at: eventbrite.ca/e/the-walrus-talks-leadership-nanaimo-2018-tickets-41020480361.

Questions about The Walrus Talks? Visit our FAQ page: thewalrus.ca/the-walrus-talks-faq

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