The 2017 YMCA Youth Pinecrest Conference was an initiative facilitated by members of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) Teen Council and involved the participation of youth leaders from various YMCA facilities in the GTA. The event took place from May 12th-14th, 2017 as an interactive conference with sessions, workshops and speakers to help participants broaden their view on this year’s theme of Gender Perception: Stepping Out of Societal Constraints.
Youth from all Youth Leadership Development and Newcomer Youth Leadership Development groups participated in this three day conference. There were 3 great presentations from guest speakers: Kole Peplinskie, Brianna Templeton and Gwynne Philips, and Karen B. K. Chan. The council members presented about the effects that Media’s Influences and Nature Vs Nurture have on our perception of gender followed by an indoor/outdoor game to keep the youth engaged.
During the conference, there were three speakers who presented on the topic of gender perception. The first speaker was Kole Peplinskie who identifies using the gender pronoun “they”. They are currently working towards a degree in Sociology and Gender Studies at the University of Ottawa. Since moving to Ottawa, they have been active in the queer community through volunteering with various organizations and presenting workshops on subjects such as decolonizing gender and two-spirit roles, bullying, healthy relationships, coming out and answering any questions about being a part of the LGBTQ+ community .
The second set of speakers were the Templeton Philharmonic duo. The Templeton Philharmonic are an award-winning, multidisciplinary comedy duo from Toronto comprised of Gwynne Phillips and Briana Templeton. Together, they write and perform sketches that are known for their surreal flavour and biting social commentary.
The last speaker was Karen BK Chan who is a sex and emotional literacy educator in Toronto with 18+ years of clinical and training experience. She is dedicated to education that is plainly spoken, emotionally honest and grounded in justice. Known for her accessible style and easy sense of humour, she speaks internationally to students, parents, and professionals. She also integrates curriculum content into stories and theory into practice.
True Depiction Project Winners
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Third Place: Scarborough NYLD
Second Place: Oshawa YLD
First Place: Scarborough Milner YLD