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Beyond the conversation: Re-imagining Social Connectedness

Saturday, January 12, 2019, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Interested in combating social isolation and loneliness? Join speakers from Beyond the Conversation in an engaging and interactive session to gain a better understanding of this issue and to pick up new skills on building stronger, better and more resilient community.

About the Speakers:
Neil Parker works in digital publishing at PressReader. In this role he travels and speaks internationally, and translates customer needs into technical specifications. As a lifelong bicycle commuter, Neil enjoys being active and volunteering in the community. He is honoured to serve as chair of Beyond the Conversation. Neil’s youth was split between his Vancouver Island birthplace, and mainland Vancouver, where he studied linguistics, computer languages, and philosophy. His desire to fight social isolation and the stigma of mental illness grew from his own experiences and the struggles of close friends and family members.

Amie Peacock brought her great gifts for working with people from the Philippines to Vancouver, where she has been a weaver of community for over twenty years. Ms.Peacock is the founder and executive director of Beyond the Conversation and has devoted her passion to help others. Along with her team, she is changing the story of loneliness and social connectedness in the Greater Vancouver area and beyond and re-imagining a community without the stigma of social isolation, loneliness and mental Health.

Eddy Elmer holds bachelor’s degree in psychology and general studies, and a master’s degree in gerontology from Simon Fraser University. He is interested in mental health and aging, with a focus on social isolation and loneliness. He is working towards his PhD in social gerontology from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, studying minority stress and loneliness among older LGBTQ adults. Eddy was appointed to the Vancouver Seniors’ Advisory Committee in 2012 to 2018. His mandate was to advise the Mayor and Council on issues affecting older adults in Vancouver.

Free of charge. Everyone welcome. Registration required.

Questions? Contact Shideh Taleban at

This program is in partnership with the Beyond the Conversation.

Location 120 West 14th St., North Vancouver
3rd Floor, Program Room
Event Type Community event