TEDx Comox Valley this Wednesday

Head to the Stan Hagen Theatre at North Island College this Wednesday March 18th for an engaging and stimulating evening of local presenters, TED Talk videos and live music all in the spirit of Ideas Worth Spreading.
TEDx is a program of local, independently-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. These events are officially endorsed by TED and are designed to inspire discussion and connection at the community level. Locally organized by Imagine Comox Valley, with support from North Island College and World Community, TEDx Comox Valley is a fantastic night that will stimulate the mind and spark the imagination!
Entry is by donation with a suggested minimum donation of $10 to cover event costs. The event starts at 7 sharp and doors open at 6:45. SEating is limited and advance tickets are available online to reserve a seat. Limited tickets will be also available at the door on a first come first serve basis. Ticket links, presenter info and more info are available at www.imaginecomoxvalley.ca or visit TEDx Comox Valley on Facebook. 
About TED
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.
The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Vancouver, British Columbia, along with the TEDActive simulcast event in nearby Whistler. The annual TEDGlobal conference will be held this October in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self- organized TED-style events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.Follow TED on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TEDTalks, or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TED.

Amanda Ridgway -TEDx Comox Valley 2015


Meet Amanda Ridgeway!

A consultant and entrepreneur, Amanda Ridgway facilitates redesign and the necessary holistic systems to support healthy communities. She brings international experience strategizing community development to the local challenges of affordable housing and homelessness.

She is currently engaging the Port Alberni community working with non-profits, municipalities and health services in completing an evidence-based homelessness prevention plan. Previously she worked in the Comox Valley to devise a model for more effective service provision. With a unique blend of psychology, performance coaching and mindfulness of the spirit, Amanda reframes real community challenges in a way that invigorates citizens to reconnect with their best selves and discover creative solutions.

This Ted Talk translates our society’s increasingly global conscience to understanding the challenges of homelessness and realizing the innovative community problem solving making a difference in communities across the nation. Amanda sees our acceptance of homelessness as a pathology of our disconnection with ourselves, each other and our planet. Amanda presents a vision of community where everyone is at home and invites our participation in tangible actions we all can take to end homelessness.

Dawn Tisdale – Tedx Comox Valley 2015

We told you there would be one more right? Meet Dawn Tisdale!



Dawn Tisdale is a third year student obtaining her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at North Island College. Dawn grew up in Montreal, moved to the island in 2000, and became a community support worker for adults with disabilities. Wanting to further explore her career in health care, she decided to go back to school to become an RN. Since entering the BSN program, Dawn has become extremely passionate about nursing - aboriginal health, in particular. What fuels her fire is social justice and advocacy for health promotion.


Dawn was recently elected president of the Canadian Nursing Student Association, representing 28,000 nursing students across Canada.

Annie Becker – TEDx Comox Valley 2015


Have you met Annie Becker?

It’s hard to believe Annie Becker is from the West Coast of Canada and not from the basement of a late 30s Jazz Club. After being awarded Vancouver Island Vocalist of the year Becker released her second album, ‘Back to the City,’ where she takes us out of the city and back to that Vaudeville Cabaret, on the beach.

‘When she sings, you listen.’  CBC Radio International

Nick Ward – TEDx Comox Valley 2015


Introducing Nick Ward!

Nick Ward grew up in England, studied Engineering at Cambridge and followed a predictable career path for a while. In 2007, he left the UK and sailed the Atlantic and the Caribbean with his family before washing up on the shores of Vancouver Island. Now settled in Cumberland, Nick is a Director of local web and marketing firm The Update Company, and a Director of London based Map Insight Ltd.

Family Balance - What goes in goes…where? Diligently taking out the recycling every week, Nick and his family got to wondering just how much stuff flows though their household. Placing a set of scales at the front door, they measured groceries in and garbage out for a while, and developed some interesting perspectives about how we do, and don’t, think about what we use each day. Every little helps…or does it?