TEDx Talk Drives Brentwood’s Community

Monday, October 23, 2017 - By: Virginia W, Mackenzie ‘18; Photo by Megan A, Alex '18

Yesterday was the fourth time Brentwood has had the amazing opportunity to host a TEDx event. On a cold, rainy October day Brentwood staff and students warmly gathered in the Killy Theater to listen to speakers from around the world share their stories around the theme of “Drive”.  

TEDx events are individually planned within a community with the guidance from the non-profit organization, TED. This requires two TED talk videos to be shown during the duration of Brentwood’s TEDx event, one of which talked about our school's’ motto, grit. The other showed some really cool stuff on neuroscience. 

Three Brentwood students, Emma O, Glory C & Maya J were among the six women and three men who bravely strode onto the stage to share their knowledge on sharks, talk about how “we are so much more”, and to share a personal story that included a lesson on vulnerability. These three students were chosen in the hope that they would have the ability to spark ideas leading Brentwood students to make a positive impact on the world around us. It’s working!

Other speakers included former Brentwood student, parent and Board Chair, Mr Bruce Carlson; Old Brentonian and Hollywood set designer Hamish Purdy; and Paralympian and BC MLA Michelle Stilwell. 

Thanks to the TEDx Organising Committee and volunteers, the amazing Brentwood Theatre Production team and many volunteers, our school was able to host an amazing event that allowed students and staff to think beyond their daily thoughts. A huge thank you also goes out to Mr Ian McPherson, the main organizer for this event. Hopefully Brentwood will be honoured to have this experience again next year. 

Virginia W, Mackenzie ‘18

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