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Shane Koyzan, Tamara Taggart­, Dan Habib among those speaking at Inclusion BC 2015 Conference

Inclusion BC is gearing up to welcome over 700 delegates to Vancouver, bringing an impressive lineup of 50 workshops and 11 keynote plenaries, including poet Shane Koyzan, CTV host and parent Tamara Taggart and documentary filmmaker Dan Habib.

May 20, 2015

WHAT: Inclusion BC is gearing up to welcome over 700 delegates to Vancouver, bringing an impressive lineup of 50 workshops and 11 keynote plenaries, including poet Shane Koyzan, CTV host and parent Tamara Taggart and documentary filmmaker Dan Habib.

The organization is celebrating its 60th anniversary of advocating for the rights and opportunities of people with developmental disabilities and their families. Inclusion BC Executive Director Faith Bodnar says, "The theme of our conference is “Keep Moving, Don’t Stop,” representing the strength, force and energy of our movement. We expect this year's conference to be our biggest and best yet."

"Vancity is honoured to be the presenting sponsor of the conference," says Ellen Pekeles, senior vice president of operations at Vancity. "We believe employers have an important role to play in breaking down barriers and opening up opportunities for increased diversity in the workplace and beyond."

WHEN: May 28-30, 2015

WHERE: Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel, 1088 Burrard Street. 

WHO: Impressive roster of local and international speakers who are challenging the status quo, breaking down barriers and making the world a better place. 

  • Shane Koyczan - The world took notice when Shane’s influential, anti-bullying, To This Day Project video went viral in early 2013 with over 14 million views and counting. This year, Shane is opening our conference with selected works which he will perform."
    WHEN: Thursday, May 28, 2015; 9:20am
    WHERE: Grand Ballroom (lower level)
  • Tamara Taggart – Award-winning CTV News anchor, mother, blog writer and volunteer, Tamara Taggart’s commitment to community is inspiring. She brings public awareness to important disability issues as she writes and speaks about raising her son Beckett, who has Down syndrome.
    WHEN: Saturday, May 30 at 9:20am
    WHERE: Grand Ballroom (lower level)
  • Sean Forbes - American Hip Hop artist Sean Forbes is gaining world-wide attention for his fresh beats and mad rhymes. Forbes has been deaf since he was a baby but that hasn't stopped him from making music.
    WHEN: Friday May 29, 2015; 9:30am
    WHERE: Grand Ballroom (lower level)
  • Creative Growth Art Center - Gallery director Lee Plested (The Apartment, Vancouver), talks with arts director Tom Di Maria (Creative Growth, California), about the success of Creative Growth Art Centre and its impressive record of launching careers of artists with developmental disabilities. Featuring also internationally renowned Vancouver-based artist Gareth Moore who has had a chance to visit Creative Growth.
    WHEN: Thursday, May 28, 2015; 4:30-5:30
    WHERE: Pavilion Ballroom (lower level)
  • Barbara Collier - The always-engaging Barbara Collier will share findings from a Canada-wide project showing the communication barriers people experience, what communication access means for people with disabilities and what businesses and organizations need to do in order increase access to their goods and services.
    WHEN: Thursday, May 28, 2015; 3:30pm
    WHERE: Grand Ballroom (lower level) 
  • Dan Habib - Internationally renowned, award-winning filmmaker and parent of a son with special needs, Dan Habib was recently appointed by President Barack Obama to the President's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities. His film, Including Samuel, was nominated for an Emmy in 2010 and has been translated into 17 languages, used as a teaching tool worldwide.
    WHEN: Friday, May 29, 2015; 8:30am
    WHERE: Grand Ballroom (lower level)
  • Mary Ellen Turpel Lafond – A staunch and unwavering advocate for children in B.C., Mary Ellen Turpel Lafond is B.C.’s first Representative for Children and Youth, working to ensure that every child and youth in British Columbia has the right to be healthy, safe, educated, and to be heard. Mary Ellen will speak to the urgent issues facing children with special needs in this province.
    WHEN: Friday, May 29, 2015; 9:10am
    WHERE: Grand Ballroom (lower level)
  • Ellen Pekeles – As Senior VP of Vancity Operations, Ellen will discuss Vancity’s goals to achieve impact, inspire confidence and demonstrate integrity as an organization. Ellen will be delivering her keynote address on Saturday, May 30.
    WHEN: Saturday, May 30, 2015; 9:00am
    WHERE: Grand Ballroom (lower level)

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