As a veteran broadcaster, a third generation Vancouverite and busy working mother, Tamara comes to the anchor chair with a lot of experience, passion and a deep understanding of what matters to Metro Vancouver residents. In the field, Tamara reports on a range of important issues, from women with HIV to rare diseases affecting children. She’s proud to be the Chair of the BC Women’s Hospital’s “Hope Starts Here” campaign, as well as a board member of The Kettle Friendship Society, the Pacific Parkland Foundation and The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada. Tamara is also a founding board member of the Rare Disease Foundation, and a big supporter of the Developmental Disabilities Association and the BC Centre for Ability. In her spare time, Tamara enjoys gardening, interior design, hosting parties and playing outside with her family. Tamara's growing family has provided lots of great content for her blog, Modern Mommy.
Brent Seal is founder of Seal Wellness, a social enterprise helping students and young professionals overcome challenges and live great lives through consulting, coaching and speaking and his Signature training program ‘High Performance Wellness’. Brent was diagnosed with schizophrenia. In 2007 and since then has graduated from his 2010 SFU Business class as Valedictorian, shared his Story across Canada and gotten heavy into adventures, having run a number of ultramarathons and taken part in mountaineering objective around North America.
In 1998, Maggie’s sister Sarah disappeared from the corner of Princess and Hastings in Vancouver’s downtown eastside. Sarah’s disappearance forced Maggie to come to terms with the life Sarah lived. Maggie spoke out during the investigation into the missing women. She took part in the public inquiry. She wrote two books rooted in Sarah’s life: a memoir, Missing Sarah, and a novel, Rabbit Ears. She served on the board of PACE Society (Prostitution, Advocacy, Counseling and Education) and ran a book club for downtown eastside women. Now, she is once again listening to sex workers, gathering insights and stories to add dimension to what she learned from her sister, hoping to diminish the stigma that pushes sex workers onto society’s margins.
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxSFU, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxSFU event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.