Day of the Girl Child Panel Events

The Vancouver Branch of the UN Association in Canada is pleased to invite members of the general public to two special panel events to mark the United Nations’ International Day of the Girl Child. The events are organized in partnership with the Burnaby School District and AJC Media Group.

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There are TWO events offered, one for parents and interested adults on Tuesday, October 4th and one for students on Wednesday, October 12th. Please read all of the following information below prior to registering or fielding questions at burnaby.events@gmail.com.

FIRST PANEL EVENT

cfdphotoOn Tuesday, October 4th, the panel event for parents called, “Helping Our Kids Stay True to Themselves in a Hyper World” will take place from 7pm to 8:30pm in the Centre for Dialogue at Byrne Creek Community School. Panelists consist of some of the most prominent experts from the Metro Vancouver region.

Parents will be encouraged to explore society’s gender stereotypes (hyper-masculinity and hyper-sexualization), the experiences of their children and the negative impact associated with these. The session will examine strategies that parents can use to draw on the skills, talents, determination and strength of their children to assist them in coping with extreme messages about gender found in media and in society. The session promises to be thought-provoking and helpful for parents in order to understand what is going on in terms of their sons’ and daughters’ development and how and when to step-in to assist.

Panelists available on October 4th:

  • Peggy Chen, Youth Engagement Coordinator of the Strong Girls, Strong World program within YWCA
  • Susan Murakami, Social/Emotional Learning Teacher in Surrey School District
  • Dr. Randy Paterson, Registered Psychologist and Founder of Changeways Clinic

To attend the event, please register at burnaby.events@gmail.com. Indicate your name, number in your group, and that you will attend the parent (October 4th) event.

SECOND PANEL EVENT

On Wednesday, October 12th, the panel event for young people grades 8-12 called, “Staying True to You in a Hyper World” will take place from 4pm to 5:30pm in the Centre for Dialogue at Byrne Creek Community School.

Students will be encouraged to explore their understanding of gender stereotypes (hyper-masculinity and hyper-sexualization), the negative impact of these, and their personal experiences. The session will also highlight strategies that young people can use to draw on their skills, talents, determination and strength in order to cope with extreme messages about gender found in media and in society. The session promises to be thought-provoking and helpful to young people in order to remain true to themselves, when often cultural norms and their peers are influencing them in directions counter to their desired paths.

Dawn Black, active grandmother with the Stephen Lewis Foundation and former Assistant deputy Speaker of BC legislation, MLA for New Westminster, Director of Habitat for Humanity and Justice Institute of BC will be moderating the student event.

Panelists available on October 12th:

  • Serene Mitchell, grade 12 student and youth member of the Strong Girls, Strong World committee, YWCA
  • Susan Murakami, Social/Emotional Learning Teacher in Surrey School District
  • Barry Macdonald, educator, counsellor, author, and director of MentoringBoys.com
  • Jordan Pickell, Sexual Assault Counsellor of WAVAW Rape Crisis Centre

To attend the event, please register at burnaby.events@gmail.com. Indicate your name, number in your group, and that you will attend the student (October 12th) event.


General Agenda for October 4th and October 12th Panel Events:

  1. Opening Greetings: Welcome, Context and Goals of the Event
  2. Introductions to Panelists
  3. Viewing 20 minutes: “The Mask You Live In” and “Miss Representation” (available on Netflix)
  4. Small group interaction: share impressions, experiences and thoughts
  5. Panel Member Statements: 3-4 minute statement to frame views on the topic
  6. Audience Questions and Comments to the Panel: Moderated Session
  7. Thank you and Conclusions

Both panel events are inspired by the two documentary films called, “Miss Representation” and “The Mask You Live in”, both available on Netflix. Segments of the documentaries will be shared at each of the two events. Participants are encouraged to watch these prior to attending, but previewing the films is not necessary.

The panel events will be linked with the work of the UN in human rights and the new Sustainable Development Goals that include a focus on gender equality.


Byrne Creek Community School is located at 7777 18th Street, Burnaby, BC. It is an 8-minute walk from the Edmonds skytrain station, traveling south towards the white pedestrian overpass.

For more information, please email burnaby.events@gmail.com.

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