KNOX UNITED CHURCH SPRING LECTURE SERIES
" WHO IS MY NEIGHBOUR? - BREAKING DOWN BARRIERS"
Who is my neighbour? Is he just the person next door or down the street, or could she be someone living in a neighbouring country? So is everyone my neighbour?... even the fellow begging on the corner?... or the kid skateboarding down the road?... or the man just released from prison?
Our Knox Spring Lecture Series will address some of these questions. We have speakers who come from very different walks of life and cultures and they will give us much to think about.
Knox United Church – 345 Pym Street, Parksville.
Each Tuesday from February 24 to March 24 inclusive.
Cost: $10 each or $40/series – lunch included
Lunch served from 11.30 a.m.
Lecture: 12 noon to 1:00 p.m.
Everyone welcome. (NOTE: These are planned so that people can attend on their lunch breaks.)
For more information call: 250-248-3927 or view our website: www.kucparksville.ca
1) Feb. 24 -'Islam and the Declaration of Human Rights'- Speaker Dr. Ghazi Farooq, originally from Pakistan, worked for 27 years for the United Nations. He retired to Vancouver Island and for a time was President of the Islamic Centre in Nanaimo. He speaks with humour and passion.
2) March 3: 'Valuing Our Youth' - Speaker Jacob Gair, recently elected to our local School Board, will speak about youth. Jacob graduated from Kwalicum Secondary in 2012. He is presently a third-year student at Vancouver Island University, taking a double major in History and Political Science.
3) March 10: 'My Neighbour on the Street' - Speaker Julianne Kasmer is the Chaplain at Our Place in Victoria. She will share with us the life and longings of the homeless. What takes them to the streets? Could it be mental illness... family problems?
4) March 17: 'Reducing Stigma Around Mental Health' - Forward House, in Parksville, provides support for adults with serious and persistent mental health and addiction recovery concerns.
4a) Speaker Sharon Welch, MA, CHRP, GCDF is the Executive Director of Forward House
Community Society. Sharon has provided leadership in the public, private, and non-profit sectors
to promote life-long learning and mental wellness.
4b) Speaker Nicole Dudek BA (Psych) is a Client Support Worker at Forward House Community
Society. Nicole is responsible for coordination of Education and Outreach programs. She also
provides support for clients with situational and chronic mental health issues.
5) March 24: 'Towards Understanding: Putting Our Hands Together' - Speaker Kim Recalma-Clutesi is a former Chief of the Qualicum First Nations. As well as producing and directing films she has served on dozens of local, provincial and national Aboriginal NGOs, advisory committees and societies.
These community-oriented talks will be very enlightening and thought-provoking. You won't want to miss them!