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Our Team

"Aspirins can heal certain aches and pains, but friendships are the best remedy for my loneliness and isolation. Their kindness has inspired me to serve."

Amie Peacock

Composer and Human Weaver

"Community is a place where I can be myself, where I can learn more about others and myself in the process. For me community is a safe place to grow with others."

Alan Fernandes


"You are not here merely to make a living. You are here to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision and a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world. You impoverish yourself if you forget this errand."

-Woodrow Wilson

Queenie Cheung


“Let us all be the leaders we wish we had.”

-Simon Sinek

Timothy (Tim) Yau

Board of Directors, Co-Chair

“But there are other words for privacy and independence. They are isolation and loneliness.”

-Megan Whalen Turner, The King of Attolia

Neil Parker


"The secret of happiness is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less."


Filip Jazwinski

Web Development and Graphic Design

“To have a friend, be a friend.”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Matthew Leung

New and Existing Projects

“Loneliness and isolation affects more people than you know and, while invisible on the outside, is an incredible burden to those affected.”

Geoff Costeloe, J.D.

Legal Adviser

"Open communication which promote sharing, listening, encouraging, nurturing, accepting, a sense of security and belonging is a real essence of healthy community."

Manjit Thandi

Multicultural and Community Liaison

“One of the marvelous things about community is that it enables us to welcome and help people in a way we couldn't as individuals.”

-Jean Vanier

Adeelah Saad

Mentor and Marketing Adviser

“At the end of the day people won't remember what you said or did, they will remember how you made them feel."

-Maya Angelou

Lynnea Thorkelson

Communication & Marketing

“The purpose of our lives is to be happy.”

-Dalai Lama

Tony Tong

High School Project Lead & Web Editor

"Ships that pass in the night, and speak each other in passing, Only a signal shown and a distant voice in the darkness; So on the ocean of life we pass and speak one another, Only a look and a voice, then darkness again and a silence."

Paul Sue

Friendship Ambassador and Open Talk Cafe Host

“Sometimes, reaching out and taking someone's hand is the beginning of a journey. At other times, it is allowing another to take yours.”

-Vera Nazarian

Trevor Inso

Friendship Ambassador and Open Talk Cafe Host (International)

“Loneliness and isolation only impact those that stand alone. Let’s try to make sure no one has to."

Aarya Tamrakar

Friendship Ambassador and Open Talk Cafe Host (UBC)

"One day at a time, you got this!"

Apekchha Sapkota

Friendship Ambassador and Open Talk Cafe Host (UBC)

“We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.”

-Mother Teresa

Kunali Desai

Friendship Ambassador and Open Talk Cafe Host (International)

"Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”

-Alice in Wonderland

Hayley Carolan

Friendship Ambassador and Open Talk Cafe Host

“Alone, we can do so little; together, we can do so much.”

-Helen Keller

Tara McConnell

Friendship Ambassador and Open Talk Cafe Host

“My goal is to have a better community. Promote kindness and spread love. Share stories and listen to each other’s dreams. To inspire and be inspired. Tell someone you are not alone."

Lea Navarro

Friendship Ambassador and Open Talk Cafe Host (Building Better Community)

"Community means a sense of togetherness and belonging. A home away from home."

Cara Wang

Open Talk Cafe Host (Yoga)

“When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.”

-Malala Yousafzai

Andrea Camacho Garron

Friendship Ambassador and Open Talk Cafe Host

“It is not very often we get an opportunity to meet people with incredible passion, commitment and ownership to the causes that make our hearts sing like the ones above I have the pleasure of working with. They are the heart and soul of BEYOND The Conversation and I am very proud and honoured to call them my friends and my extended family. Thank you for your unselfish act of kindness and generosity. Together, let’s make a memorable legacy!”

Amie Peacock, the founder of Beyond The Conversation

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