Ignite Vancouver: Finding Light

It was an honour to hear Kristi Blakeway share her story about Beyond Hello at the Vancouver Ignite event last Wednesday evening. Her presentation was so inspiring, I wanted to share it here for more people to read. Thank you Kristi, you are a true champion! ~Karen

Beyond H.E.L.L.O. Changing the Perception of Homelessness One Story at a Time.

Last Wednesday night I attended a great Pro-D event.  Dean Shareski from Discovery Education hosted an Ignite Vancouver evening where educators had 5 minutes each to share 20 slides (advancing every 15 seconds) capturing their passion.  It was an amazing night with educators from most local districts networking and sharing their passion.  Check out #yvrignite to follow the conversation and see some of the presentations.  

Here are my slides and script from the evening….


Good evening! I bet that growing up, your parents told you not to talk to strangers. As adults, we continue this social norm and usually offer nothing more than hello or an empty how are you.


My family was different. I was raised by a single mom who encouraged me to talk to strangers. In fact, when I was ten she instructed me to jump from our car to help an old man on the street…

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