TEDx Abbotsford returns as an in-person event on Nov. 17 at University of the Fraser Valley.

TEDx Abbotsford returns as an in-person event on Nov. 17 at University of the Fraser Valley.

TEDx Abbotsford returns to in-person event for 2021

Theme for event on Nov. 17 is ‘Resilience’ in wake of pandemic and social injustices

TEDx Abbotsford is back as an in-person event this year after going virtual in 2020.

The event takes place Wednesday, Nov. 17 at Evered Hall at University of the Fraser Valley (33844 King Rd.), starting at 7 p.m.

This year’s theme is “Resilience,” touching on how, from the global pandemic to social injustices, many people have gone through drastic changes in their everyday lives and have had to keep moving forward.

This year’s speakers include:

• Awneet Sivia, associate professor at UFV;

• Marisa Cristina Grootes, CEO and principal designer at STIL;

• Keith Carlson, Canada research chair in Indigenous and community-engaged history and director of the UFV Peace and Reconciliation Centre;

• Matt Dirks, program director at Communitas Supportive Care Society;

• Karin Jager, associate professor of visual communication at UFV;

• Dave Sidhu, general manager of the Punjabi Patrika newspaper;

• Michal Aibin, research faculty at the B.C. Institute of Technology; and

• Gwendolyn Point, knowledge keeper for the BC Assembly of First Nation Chiefs.

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Craig Toews, vice-president external at UFV, said TEDx is a “venue for creative dialogue that will inspire your imagination and awaken new possibilities.”

“UFV is honoured to partner with TEDx Abbotsford as it provides a dynamic community gathering with brilliant speakers and thought-provoking presentations, enabling UFV to live out its mission of engaging learners, transforming lives and building community,” he said.

Dr. Johann Roduit, co-founder of TEDx Abbotsford, said: “During this time of crisis, we believe it is more important than ever to continue fostering constructive discussions around ‘ideas worth spreading.’ Our community needs a place where we can listen to each other, build bridges, and share great ideas as a first step towards transforming.”

Tickets are available at tedxabbotsford.com.