Our special guest speaker for this luncheon will be Dr. Jennifer Shapka, Ph.D.,noted Associate Professor at UBC's Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology and Special Education.
Jennifer is an extensively published expert in the area of developmental psychology. Her groundbreaking research in the area of cyberbullying has received widespread attention including in national media and on the Senate of Canada's Standing Committee on Human Rights' 2012 in-depth examination of cyberbullying.
Jennifer will speak to us about how cyberbullying differs from the conventional ways we think of bullying and, in particular, the ways in which cyberbullying impacts LGBTQ, LGBTQ-questioning, and straight students in BC schools.
This event is generously presented by:
This event will once again be hosted by none other than our very own resident Friends & Company emcee, the ever-charming and always entertaining Robert Kaiser. In addtion to his role at TELUS as Director of LGBTQ Strategic Pojects, Robert is perhaps best known as the talent behind Vancouver's most recognizable drag queen, the world class, Joan-E. Robert is also a long time and highly respected fixture in Vancouver's LGBTQ philanthropy, and entertainment communities. He is a two-time recipient of medals from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, having been awarded the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002 for his work in community service and again in 2012 when he received the Queen's Diamond Jubilee medal.
Your ticket includes a 3-course gourmet lunch, prepared by David Hawksworth's award-winning culinary team (vegan and gluten-free options will be available),complimentary award-winning wine from Le Vieux Pin, BC's leading boutique winery, a chance at winning lots of fabulous door prizes (including the latest smartphone from our friends at TELUS), a chance to participate in a 50/50 draw benefiting Out in Schools, and of course, lots of opportunities to connect with old friends and meet new ones!
Tickets are an incredible value at $40 each (plus tax and a small ticket processing fee that is charged by our ticket service provider). The luncheon will take place in Hawksworth's famous York Room private dining room, which overlooks the grounds of the Vancouver Art Gallery. Coffee, tea, soft drinks, and wine from our generous friends at Le Vieux Pin Winery, will be complimentary. Other drinks will be available on a cash basis. Registration starts at 12:00 and lunch starts at 12:30 sharp. The event wraps up around 2:30. Due to physical space limitations, there will only be 63 spaces available (fewer than at many of our past luncheons), so please don't delay getting your ticket if you wish to attend!
We would like to thank our generous sponsors, without whom our events would not be possible. Please take a moment to check them out! And please be sure to stay tuned for more upcoming events!
On behalf of Out in Schools, we would like to thank you for your support. Thank you to everyone who attended any of our sold out events to date! Together, we raised tens of thousands of dollars for Out in Schools, money that directly enables Out in Schools facilitators to reach students all over BC. On top of this, our corporate sponsors and community partners have given many tens of thousands more to Out in Schools at Friends & Company events throughout the year. All of this is undeniable proof that together, we can make a difference for young LGBTQ people in our communities. Thank you.
On a serious note: Friends & Company, Out in Schools and our sponsors remind you to please drink responsibly and plan a safe ride home. Please don't drink and drive. Thank you.