Ideas will abound at "Thought Exchange"

October 17, 2023

This month, the Lester Centre will launch a series of shows that will explore ideas that are of concern to the people of Prince Rupert. Called “Thought Exchange,” the inaugural show will focus on local food security, and will take place on Thursday, October 26.

“We know there are a lot of intelligent people in Rupert who want to explore the big issues together and come up with creative solutions,” said Chris Armstrong, General Manager of the Lester Centre. “We’re happy to provide a stage for this exchange of ideas, which we hope will lead to residents working together to explore practical solutions to these issues.”

For the first show, there will be four presenters who will tackle the following statement: “Be it resolved that Prince Rupert can be self-sustaining with its local food supply.” Each participant will have an opening 10-minute solo presentation, and after a short intermission, they will all take part in a question-and-answer session with the audience.

The evening will be moderated by Phat Tran, and the participantsfor the first Thought Exchange are:

·        Blair Mirau, CEO of Gitmaxmak’ay Nisg’a Society

·        Dawn Butt, Executive Director of the Prince Rupert Salvation Army

·        Celine Trojand, Chief Impact Officer at Ecotrust Canada

·        Ken Shaw, a local farmer and former teacher of environmental science and permaculture

 The show will begin at 7 p.m. on October 26. Admission is by donation, with all proceeds going to the School District 52 breakfast program.

“We plan to have many installments of the ‘Thought Exchange’ series, and explore more ideas of interest to the people of Prince Rupert,” said Armstrong. “We hope the audience sees the issues from an angle they migh tnot have already thought of, and, perhaps, get inspired to do something.”