[BCMA] Inclusion Speakers Series for September and October at Museum of Surrey

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Tue Aug 30 17:14:31 PDT 2022

Hi folks,
I just wanted to send this link out as I believe these (free) Speakers
Series from Museum of Surrey are a great way to learn how we can have
inclusive, welcoming and enjoyable spaces in our museums and galleries.You
can register by calling our Front Desk at 604-592-6956.

Take care,

Lunch Time Speaker Series | City of Surrey

Creating a Supportive Environment for 2SLGBTQIA+ People
Wednesday, September 14 | 12-1pm

Alex DeForge will be talking about the ways that gender identity and
sexuality orientation appear in public settings, and some of the ways that
individuals can help accept and celebrate 2SLGBTQIA+ people. This talk will
center queer, trans and Two-Spirit joy and will discuss how the celebration
of marginalized identities can positively affect all people's lives.

Alex DeForge is a non-binary, queer, settler of Filipinx and white
ancestry. They live, work and play on the unceded and occupied lands of the
Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam peoples. Alex did their master’s
degree in philosophy at Duke University with a focus on political
philosophy. They use data-geekery and political nerdiness to help QMUNITY
broaden their reach and connect with organizations across BC. When Alex is
not poring over papers, spreadsheets and reports, they can be found reading
science fiction and rock climbing.

Creating Inclusive Spaces
Wednesday, September 28 | 12-1pm

Join Samantha Brown, a certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist with
Vision Loss Rehabilitation Canada. She will be speaking on how public
spaces can be more inclusive to people with vision loss. This will include
discussing proper etiquette when assisting people with vision loss;
environmental safety concerns; and how to make the overall experience of
your environment more enjoyable and inclusive for everyone.

Resiliency on the Roller Coaster
Wednesday, October 5 | 12-1pm

This session will prepare you to succeed in supporting breakthroughs and
overcoming accessibility roadblocks and barriers. Unstoppable Tracy Schmitt
increases awareness of how to create accessible working environments by
working collaboratively with people with disabilities.

Through her personal example of courage and determination, Tracy challenges
misconceptions about disability and inspires achievement. As a four-way
amputee, Tracy has climbed mountains in Nepal without her prosthetic legs,
captained 110-foot tall ships in the Eastern Atlantic and won a bronze
medal as a Parasport athlete in downhill skiing. She recently campaigned
for a spot in the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics as an aspiring Paralympian in

Tracy brings 25 years of experience as a speaker. She was involved with the
Toronto 2015 Pan Am Parapan Games as the Manager of Parapan Planning and
Integration, ensuring accessibility at 50+ large city venues. She received
accolades from the International Paralympic Committee for Toronto being the
‘best-prepared city ever.’ Tracy has numerous degrees, including a Master's
in Business Administration from the Rotman School of Business. She is
currently the Performance Consultant with Smart Move Training.

*Lynn Adam Saffery*
lsaffery at gmail.com
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