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Conversations with Heart: dialogue for healthier communities

The Burnaby Public Library and Bridge for Health are presenting this workshop. Dialogue is about more than just talking. It is an approach to conversations that is centred on listening, understanding, collaborating and reflecting. In this fun and interactive workshop, we will explore what dialogue is and how you can use it to create richer conversations. Learn the difference between dialogue and debate, when to use dialogue, and how to practice active listening.

From big conversations to daily interactions with family and coworkers, using a dialogue approach can not only improve your communication, but also support healthy relationships. Healthy conversations help build deeper connections to others and to our communities, which are both important parts of our overall health and wellbeing.

Patrick Lee is the founder of Promote the Vote, a non-partisan project devoted to increasing citizen engagement through dialogue. He believes that dialogue’s focus on listening, understanding and respect has the potential to transform the way we think about politics in Canada. When he is not encouraging voter participation, Patrick works for the Provincial Health Services Authority where he advises on language services for patients with limited English proficiency.  Patrick holds a BBA from the Beedie School of Business, and is an alumnus of SFU’s Semester in Dialogue and RADIUS Fellows programs.

Sarah Beley was born and raised in Edmonton, making beautiful Vancouver her home of the last 10 years. Since her discovery of Dialogue she has been addicted. Sarah is a graduate of Simon Fraser University with a minor in Dialogue Communications, a Semester in Dialogue alumnae, a Radius fellow, and a current member of Fossil Free Faith working on divestment from fossil fuels through interfaith and intercultural dialogue.  Her areas of experience range from renewable energy to civic engagement. Sarah sees the use of dialogue as a way to understand others and oneself, and a way to improve listening skills.

The workshop is free, but registration is required.  Please register by phoning the Metrotown branch at 604-436-5400 orregister online.