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Published on September 29th, 2014


In Her Own Words: Sonia Beeksma, MC

We are thrilled to announce the 2nd emcee for TEDxRenfrewCollingwood, taking place on October 25th at Windermere Auditorium!

We’ve already introduced you to Brian Adler, and we’d love for you to meet his co-host, Global TV’s Sonia Beeksma!

Sonia is Global TV’s Weekend News Weather anchor and has recently expanded her role to host “In the Mix” on BC1 and “ETC” – Global BC’s ubiquitous community events program.  Sonia is very active in the community and emcees a variety of charitable events throughout the Lower Mainland as well as actively supporting the Children’s Wish Foundation.

Once again, however, rather than talk about her, we’d love for you hear what she has to say:

TEDxRCW:  Sonia, you’re in an industry where people talk *a lot*.  What do you think makes a great speaker or host?

SB:  A good speaker or host is someone who can pluck you out of your realm of life and take you on a journey of enlightenment, and knowledge.  A good speaker is also someone who is transparent, someone you feel you could have a glass of wine with…. Wow, I just realized why I drink so much wine.

TEDxRCW:  What do you love about the Renfrew-Collingwood neighbourhood?  Do you have a connection?

SB:  Any neighborhood that has seen growth as rapidly as this neighborhood has is to be loved and respected.  It really is quite impressive.

TEDxRCW:  What is your favorite TED talk? How come?

SB:  I have so many favourites but my most recent one is Jarrett J. Krosoczka’s “Why lunch ladies are heroes“.  It highlights the importance of all the sideline people in our lives. Without them, I certainly would not be where I am in my life.

TEDxRCW:  What is something you are involved in that you are most excited about or proud of?

SB:  Children’s Wish Foundation.  Nothing makes my heart happier than seeing a sick kid smile.  This foundation gives families joy and healthy memories they will talk about for the rest of their lives.

TEDxRCW:  And lastly, what is your go-to “Rock, Paper, Scissors” move?

SB:  I don’t have a move. I like surprising myself.


Come see Sonia, as well as all of our great speakers at TEDxRenfrewCollingwood 2014 on October 25th, at Windermere Auditorium in Vancouver.  And yes, we’ll have wine.

You can follow Sonia Beeksma on Twitter at @SoniaBeeksma

You can buy tickets for TEDxRenfrewCollingwood through Eventbrite until October 10th.

You can follow us on Facebook and Tweet to us at @TEDxRCW.


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