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Vancouver Diner EN Blanc 2016
Diner en Blanc has gathered friends and families from cities across the world since 1988. Originating in Paris a group of friends were set to meet one another for a picnic in a park when François Pasquier requested they all wear white to ease the chaos of finding one another. Since then Diner en Blanc has sparked a worldwide phenomenon growing to take place in 70+ cities around the world.
This elegant dinner made its way to Vancouver’s cityscape five years ago as attendance grows substantially each and every year making it the largest dinner party in Canada. We caught up with diner en Blanc attendees including Suzette from big brother Canada! Take a sneak peak into a picnic you can’t afford to miss next year below!
Hanging with Vancouver Femcee, Missy D
If you haven’t had a chance to listen to Missy D yet then you’re missing out! Come join us while Summan Kandola gets up close and personal with Vancouver’s very own Female, bilingual femcee Missy D!
Jazzy B, Talks Folk N Funky 2, Surrey BC Roots and Hard Work
Jazzy B also known as the King of Bhangra is currently cruising around the world making noise about his much anticipated new album Folk N Funky 2. Folk N Funky 2 comes twenty-two years after his original Folk N Funky soundtrack hit the airwaves. Bain’s stepped away from his infectious hip-hop infused club bangers for some old school true to tune Punjabi hits. As Jazzy would like to say, he’s taking it all back to where it started from. Lucky for you, taking it back to where it started from for Jazzy B is Surrey, BC. I caught up with the international superstar and grilled him on all things Folk N Funky 2 to the life of a Jatt boy making it straight out of Surrey.
Discover Picturesque Vinoscenti Vineyards in Surrey BC
Vinoscenti Vineyards is located on 13 acres of pastoral farmland in Surrey, lying alongside the winding banks of the lovely Serpentine River. Visit the winery for wine tastings and the opportunity to take your favourites home. Certified Wine Education is available for the wine professional and non-certified classes for the wine lover are also available.
Sam Roberts Interview
Surrey604’s Summan Kandola chats with 2018 Party for the Planet headliner Sam Roberts before the big show. Summan and Sam discuss the rock star life, visiting Surrey and environmental activism.
The City of Surrey will host its eighth annual Party for the Planet – BC’s largest Earth Day celebration – at Surrey Civic Plaza on Saturday, April 14 from 10am–6pm. The Surrey signature event will feature an intimate matinee headline performance by Canadian rock singer-songwriter and five-time JUNO award winner Sam Roberts at 3:15pm.
Presented by TD, this year’s free festival will also include multiple performances by Vancouver-based children’s musical duo Bobs & Lolo. Additional entertainers include Vancouver’s up and coming pop and R&B group Star Captains, DJ and production group The Freshest, children’s entertainers Rockin’ Robin, the Colin Bullock Duo and the Smile Band.
Festival attractions include the annual tree and plant sale, bike-powered smoothie stop, storytelling, kid’s eco-crafts, road hockey, a zip line, enviro-bungee, rides, an urban farmers market, food trucks and a variety of local and environmental vendors.
Instagram’s @Jay.Sene Surrey604 Interview
Surrey604’s Summan Kandola sits down with local Instagram sensation @Jay.sene
Anumation on Surrey604
Who is the woman behind the captivating illustrations of “Anumation“? Surrey604’s Summan Kandola gets up close and personal with Anu Chouhan as she delves into the intentions behind her art and her hustle.
Interview with Masala Mobb’s Tanya Singh
Get to know the curator behind the Mobb. Tanya Singh sits down with Surrey604’s Summan Kandola and gives us an inside look at the inspiration behind bringing South Asian art to the forefront with Masala Mobb.
BC’s Biggest & Best Tulip Festival in the heart of Chilliwack British Columbia Canada
“A Sunday Sentimental look back at the annual chilliwack Tulip Festival, with surrey604 – Explorer Series”
A Surrey604 Interview with Inderveer Sodhi
An Interview With First Time Director Producer and Actor Inderveer Sodhi about his Debut Film ‘MONSTER’. From all of us at Surrey604 we hope you enjoy the interview, and if you were at the premiere we hope you enjoyed the movie. Our Biggest Congratulations to you Inderveer!
Interview with Surrey604 Producer, Daman Beatty at Vedder River in Chilliwack
Surrey604 Founder and Producer Daman Beatty is interviewed by Surrey604 Explorer host and journalist Desire Amouzou.
The Change Makers
Episode 1 | Jasleen Kaur
Meet Jasleen Kaur, a young filmmaker with a powerful documentary ‘Maple: A Documentary.’ Her film is about the murder of Maple Batalia, a young woman slain at SFU in Surrey in 2011. Jasleen, also an Indo-Canadian woman from Surrey, was drawn to Maple’s story because they were born in the same year and share a birthday.
Her film has become a voice for not only Maples family, but other victims of violence who are seeking change in our community. The final public showing of her film, took place on what would have been her 26th birthday, March 4, at the Westminster Savings Lecture Theater on the Simon Fraser University Surrey campus. There were not enough seats for everyone who came to support Maple’s family and watch the film.
In this episode of The Change Makers, Jasleen shares with us her journey and why she created the film.
Do you want to be a change maker?
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A partnership will allow you to share your message alongside our content and stories earning you greater brand attention, relevance, links, SEO, PR, and social media conversations. This sponsorship package will provide you with details on each partnership level and its benefits.
Creating Better Periods
Meet Taran and Bunny, from Ellebox (soon to be publically known as Blume), want to change the discussion around menstruation, and foster normalcy and dignity for women and girls. How are they doing this?
They have created a monthly subscription service that provides feminine hygiene products for menstruation and self care.
Moreover, they are using their platform to educate girls on menstrual health, create conversation on the topic, and sponsor drives to provide tampons and pads to women in need around the world.
Join Ellebox/Blume in helping to raise money for Days for Girls, to support menstrual equity and education around the world. Ellebox will be matching all donations up to $1,000. http://unbouncepages.com/menstrualhyg…
A Family Visit
Today, Andrew, Mariah, Cherlyne, and Virginia are visiting a family of 11 children. 5-6 of the children have disabilities and their situation is very challenging. It was a very special visit, as they shared from their hearts and let the mother of 11 children know that her family had made a big impact on them, and that there is hope.
Watch their full story and learn more about their journey to Romania to share their stories, educate, and build cross cultural relationships with the the hope of helping improve the lives of persons with disability in Romania
20 Years in the Making
In Canada, persons with disability were once segregated from our culture, society, and families. Now, they are valued and full participants. More than that, they have the opportunity to contribute and give back! This has only occured in the last 20 years because of Change Makers.
Change Makers like Pathways Pacific Development, from Langley BC, who are taking their message of inclusion to Romania to help others on their journey from segregation to inclusion.
Get ready for episode 3 as we follow their team to Hunedoara Romania to provide information, training, and relationship building to help their growing Community Living movement.
Check out the full article to learn more about the disability rights movement in Canada:
Part 1 | Experience Something Different
Meet Virginia Sawatsky, and her team from Pathways Pacific Development. They want to challenge communities locally and globally to see persons with disabilities as though they truly belong.
We loved their message so much that we followed her team to Romania, where they are shared their stories and built relationships in the hope of improving the lives of persons with disabilities in Romania.
Part 2 | Experience Something Different
Meet Virginia Sawatsky, and her team from Pathways Pacific Development. They want to challenge communities locally and globally to see persons with disabilities as though they truly belong.
We loved their message so much that we followed her team to Romania, where they have shared their stories and built relationships in the hope of improving the lives of persons with disabilities in Romania.
In part 2 they arrive at camp “House of Grace” together with the friends they made at the center along with other persons with disability and their family.
The House of Grace was founded as a place of love and respite for people with disabilities and their families. We meet Maria, the camp founder, and here her dream for the future of Romania for people with disabilities.
Meet Perminder Chohan and follow his journey from India to Canada, and from a new immigrant who cannot speak English to a successful entrepreneur and business coach. His dream is that his story will inspire you to be the change in your own life, in your families life, and in your community. Change begins with you.
Bridal Fashion Week
Natasha Raey introduces Bridal Fashion Week Vancouver
Surrey604’s Natasha Raey meets with Parvesh Jai and Bharti Art Jewellers to discuss the upcoming Bridal Fashion Week Vancouver.
“BRIDAL FASHION WEEK VANCOUVER”
takes place in the North America’s most prestigious venue “Vancouver Convention Center” in month of April. BFWV is the largest three days wedding extravaganza, featuring top international bridal designers and exhibitors with catwalk. BFWV kicks off in style with VIP reception, opening gala on 7th April 2017 attended by celebrities and cream-de-la-cream. Renowned national and international designers, jewellers and wedding vendors will exhibit and showcase their collection on runway for next two days, 8th and 9th April, 2017.
Bridal Fashion Week 2017 Preview at Kabir Bedi Reception
Local entertainer, Kamal Sharma hosted a special dinner reception for Bollywood celebrity, Kabir Bedi on March 20 at the Fraserview Banquet Hall. The event followed Sharma’s show, ‘A Ghazal Night to Remember by Bollywood’s Rising Star – Tauseef Akhtar‘ in which Bedi starred. The affair was truly a who’s who of South Asian society in the Lower Mainland. This included Surrey604’s Natasha Raey, who brings you the highlights in our video above featuring the Bridal Fashion Week Vancouver preview.
Bridal Fashion Week Vancouver (April 7-9 at the Vancouver Convention Centre) held a preview fashion show at the event, presenting the main local participating designers: Parvesh and Jai, Armaan DBG, Satya Paul Canada, Adore by Kanika and Sitare by AAsha. Hair and make up was provided by Blue Ruby Artistry (Bollywood Diva Salon).
Bridal Fashion Week 2017 Sponsor: Siddhartha’s Indian Kitchen
Surrey604’s Natasha Raey meets with Bridal Fashion Week Vancouver sponsor Siddharth Choudhary, of Siddhartha’s Indian Kitchen.
Raasleela Trunk Show by Zeshan Bariwala
Raasleela by Parvesh Jai trunk show by leading Pakistani designer Zeshan Bariwala featuring the best of Pakistani haute couture at Pakistani prices. Video production: Nikitha Martins for Surrey604
Amazon India Fashion Week SS18 Full Coverage
Surrey604 in collaboration with Raasleela Trends TV, brings you the best in fashion and updates on the latest international trends.
In this series, we are bringing complete coverage of Asia’s biggest Fashion Week “India Fashion Week” home to Surrey. More than 100 selected fashion designers participating and more than 50 showcasing on the runway. The crew of Amazon India Fashion Week consists of models, technicians, make-up crew, backstage help, security, volunteers, and more, which sums up to at least 150 people.
Amazon India Fashion Week SS18 – Part 1 – RTTV
The Fashion Week opening show is by Rimjhim Dadu. She does lots of experiments with traditional weaving techniques using her innovative and creative ideas. Her label retails from all major designer-wear stores worldwide. The clean lines and tassel work were pure art on the runway.
FDCI and ELLE introduce THE FIRST CUT DESIGNERS FOR 2017, under this category, five designers are selected after reviewing thousands of designers’ applications across India by an expert panel of the “Fashion Design Council of India”. Five selected designers presented their collections collectively in this show.
Amazon India Fashion Week SS18 – Part 2 – RTTV
This brand showcased innovative, beaded clubwear on the ramp. Speciality was the use of Hand embroidery on western Silhouettes. The star attraction for this show was Bollywood celebrity “Nargis Fakri”
NIDA MAHMOOD for DEIVEE:
She is known as the kitsch queen of India Fashion. She presented an innovative active wear in collaboration with “Deivee” (an export house based out of Bangalore, India) She revived activewear by creating it out of 100% recycled plastic bottles.Star attraction in her show included various sports celebrities like Milind Soman.
It wasn’t only models who were seen on the ramp during the show but there were some real life heroes as well who attracted eye balls. Mann Kaur, a 101-year-old runner who is known for holding the record for running 100 metres category did a little jog on the ramp. Also seen was Dolly Singh, a plus size Yoga teacher who walked the ramp gracefully sporting the collection. V Nanammal, a 98 year old yoga teacher, and Anshu Jensempa, a world record holder for climbing the Mt Everest twice within a week also made their fashion week ramp debut. Fashion, age, fitness surely go hand in hand! A big salute to all the heroes!
Indian designer Anupamaa Dayal showcased her latest ’Jalpari’ collection on the opening day of the Amazon India Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2018 on Wednesday. Based on the concept of compositions, Dayal’s collection is dominated by colours of the summer sorbet like lilacs and lavender, melons and sunset hues in light fabrics like gossamer, chiffons and ‘chanderis’.
Each garment can be worn as a separate, put together ‘matched’ as in trend now or eclectically mixed from within the collection. In exhibition area we covered brands like:
ART APPAREL AND ACCESSORIES BY SHELINA & CAMELIA
this brand retails from all major multi-designer boutiques in India and Japan. This brand specialises in beaded clutch bags and beaded footwear, they are reviving the ancient beading and crochet techniques in a modern way by selling these art pieces.
It’s an organic jewellery and accessory brand, creating the very innovative type of jewellery.
MINE OF DESIGN BY AMBAR PARIDI SAHAI:
She is a well known face even in vancouver as she showcased her jewellery at “Bridal fashion Week Vancouver” last year and this season she is coming back to vancouver as well. All her jewellery is very innovative and made out of real stones, crafted with real gold and silver.
SILVENSE BY VRINDAA:
She does costume jewellery made out of brass, which is silver plated, she uses natural and semiprecious stones. Her jewellery is very innovative and she has lots of statement designs. This brand retails from all major multi-designer stores in India and Dubai.
Amazon India Fashion Week SS18 – Part 3 – RTTV
SAMANT CHAUHAN: He is one of the major designers who presented their collection at Bridal Fashion Week Vancouver. This will be the third year he will be returning to our city “Vancouver” at “Bridal Fashion Week Vancouver” 2018.
Samant Chauhan at FDCI presents AIFW SS’18 really stole our hearts with his show! With classy whites as his base, unique contemporary beauty looks and the Parisian music put together a fabulous show that will stay in our memory for a long time. The gorgeous whites romanced with a combination of pastel and bright embroidery. The unibrow beauty look on the models kept the styling understated and pleasant. The gowns not only showcased the highest level of intricate craftsmanship but also featured some inspiring cuts and silhouettes. The hooded numbers were our favourite because we’re obsessed with big hoods! Check out his collection in the pictures to get a taste of how lovely the entire affair was.
Our show at the FDCI Amazon India Fashion Week in association with Nexa is not our Couture or Bridal show (as would probably have been expected), but instead is a celebration marking JJ Valaya’s completion of a quarter of a century in the wonderful world of style and fashion. We thank all our patrons and supporters for being a part of this beautiful journey and indeed, we now look forward to many even more interesting and exciting initiatives in the years to come.
On this momentous occasion and through this show, we introduce, this season, a line of occasion-wear enembles based on three of our all time favorite inspirations; ones that shall now be known as the CLASSICS OF JJ VALAYA.
– JJ VALAYA
- GULISTAN | Our gentle homage to nature… A line of sinuous silhouettes… signature prints and antique embroideries interpret a personal favourite of JJ Valaya… Flowers.
- JAMAVAR | A much celebrated inspiration and a constant fascination of ours, this line works the magic of the Indian paisleys and the intricacies of the jamavar motifs in a modern interpretion.
- PUNJAB | A humble tribute to our roots, this year’s interpretation stands inspired by the court dressing of the Maharajas of Kapurthala.
These 3 Valaya staples will hereafter co-exist as perennials along with our seasonal collections, both as Couture and as Occasion wear, albeit, with a new twist year after year.
IN STALL AREA WE COVERED:
SILVERLINE: They design and produce contemporary Indian Jewellery by mixing old traditional with modern designs. This brand was established in 1978, so they have come a long way and they have the right expertise for jewellery.
VEDANGI AGARWAL: She does mostly Indo-western designs and silhouettes. She retails majorly from India and Middle-east. Her silhouettes are loose and flowy.
SUMAN NATHWANI RESORT: She specialises in resortwear targetting people who are going to attend a destination wedding or going on a resort holiday or planning a resort wedding.
ILK: This brand creates Very global silhouettes, muted colours and flowy designs. ILK is retailing from all major multi-designer stores all over india and middle east.
Amazon India Fashion Week SS18 – Part 4 – RTTV – Prama By Pratima, Samant Chauhan
Prama By Pratima – Graduated from NIFT in new delhi, she is a postgraduate in Fashion Designs. Pratima bases her designs from modern day Indian wear using natural fabrics and colouring methods. She encourages craftsmanship and sustainability
Samant Chauhan – Samant has been a well established designer for quite some time. His signature look includes a white backdrop filled with red embroideries. He has a vast selection of garments from gowns, dresses and capes. He graduated from NIFT and is also one of the youngest members of the Fashion Design Council of India.
Patine – the brand believes in incorporating artisanal crafts with contemporary silhouette. They pride themselves in producing garments of bohemian luxury. Each garment is crafted with research, time, and adaptability.
Vineet Bahl – Vineet studied fashion on England and then launched his label in 2007. His work is fashionable yet very comfy. Its for the women who must understand fashion before she wears his designs. His work is sold all over the world in cities such as LA, Sydney and Berlin!
Hemant + Nandita – The two met while studying fashion degrees and intanly clicked when they realized they both shared a similar love for the art of clothing. They are inspired by art and create it into something more contemporary. Their pieces link sophistication with timeless.
Amazon India Fashion Week SS18 – Part 5 – RTTV – Archan Rao, Shruti Sancheti, Ashish and Soni
Anupama Dayal – These unique designs put their own edge and style on traditional Indian textiles. She takes an international outlook with Indian soul. She enjoys bright color, animals, birds and florals on her garments.
Shruti Sancheti – Shruti started her own fashion label in December 2009. She promotes Indian sensibilities in her designs. The detail associated with her work is second to none.
Benaras by Citrus – Launched their designs in 2007 with the intent to weave traditional techniques into contemporary designs.
Ashish and Soni – Launched his label back in 1991. Within that year, he became the first Indian designer to hold a solo showing in Delhi. They were also the first designer to hold a runway show at Olympus fashion week. His designs include unusual textures that make his work unique. He has a simple sense of aesthetic that is clearly showcased in his designs.
Ekru by Ekta Jaipuria and Ruchira Kandhari – Two young designers that are full of passion. Their specialty is trousseau line which comprises of multiple ethnic wear. They often experiment with the use of both modern and traditional.
Mynah by Reynu Taandon and Nikhita – Established in 1999, the label fills their designs with spirit and energy. Including colors and embellishments increase the intricacy of the designs. Reynu hopes that her garments are graceful and elegant.
Elle First Cut Designers – A young group of talented designers who are handpicked to showcase their designs on behalf of Elle and FDCI
Archan Rao – Indian born, Archan takes inspiration from vintage multicultural traditions. Graduating from NIFT, then getting a degree in New York, her understanding of what she wanted to produced was incredibly clear. The simple designs include natural colors with quickly contrast along with a clean silhouette.
Amazon India Fashion Week SS18 – Part 6 – RTTV
Rajdeep Ranawat – Rajdeep is known for creating fresh new contemporary collections with hints of affluence. Lavish details fills his garments with fine, embroidery, sequins and beads.
Pallavi Jaipur – Pallavi is inspired by her “Pink City” of Jaipur. The rich history, art and craft along with the vibrant culture has remained a constant inspiration for her.
Munkee. See. Munkee. Do. – Launched in 2009, Munkee See Munkee Do is an off-beat high street label with a modern and simple approach.
Three by Pallavi Dhyani – A modern mix of conceptual and wearable clothing. The brand is for women who are comfortable with both her body and who she is as a person. Comfortable, classic, monochrome.
Amazon India Fashion Week SS18 – Part 7 – RTTV
Urvashi Joneja – Graduating from NIFT she launched her brand in 2012. She distorts and mixes familiar shapes in nature to create unfamiliar figures. Surface temperatures, embroideries, dying techniques and prints she applied with a dark and unique undertone.
Rehane – Known for her mélange of modern Indian sensibilities with a strong sense of European haute, couture and ready to wear fashion.
Anomaly – Founded in 2015 the clothing brand specializes in minimal essentials that are refined, elegant and versatile. For men and woman who prefer understated elegance.
Amazon India Fashion Week SS18 – Part 8 – RTTV
Amrich – Contemporary wear filled with simplicity, fine natural fabrics, elegant cuts and precise finish with an essence of traditional techniques.
Born 2 Flaaunt by Abhishek and Shrruti – Originating in 2013 they entered and established their names very quickly. Their sheer love and passion that goes into each piece really sets them apart. Each is crafted by hand with imagination, appreciation and precision.
Verb Pallavi Singhee – Launching her label in 2007, verb believes in “Free Fashion”. A mix between traditional and contemporary with a poetic ease. Her designs contain intricate hand works which really sets her apart.
Pinnacle Shruti Sancheti – Started her label in 2009…
Amazon India Fashion Week SS18 – Part 9 – RTTV
Payal Pratap – Graduating from NIFT in 1994, Payal worked in the industry for 6 years before working with her husband. In 2010, she launched her own label for modern, independent yet traditional women. Timeless elegance and rustic feels enhance her designs. The brand prides itself in texturing, patchwork and using intricate embroidery techniques.
Amazon India Fashion Week SS18 – Part 10 – RTTV
Payal Jain – She works with craftsmen in small villages to produce intricate contemporary garments with influences from heritage. The garments created under the label feature clean and clear silhouettes that are international in nature.
Wendell Rodricks – Studying in the USA and France for fashion gave him a very different and unique outlook on fashion. His unique garments are inspired by Goa and India. He has quickly become an internationally recognized designer.
Abraham and Thakone – Their vision is contemporary which has made them one of India’s most successful and respected brands for fashion. They are constantly exploring and developing modern designs filled with rich traditions and craftsmanship.
Amazon India Fashion Week SS18 – Part 11 – RTTV
Sahil Kochhar – His fresh and contemporary designs are followed with old school charm. He is inspired by the rich cultures of India and the artistry of our craftsmen. He is currently retailing India in cities such as Aza, Fuel and origins
Pramaa by Pratima – Graduating from NIFT the label specializes in a fusion with Indian sensibility. They use natural fabric and natural dying techniques. Encouraging craftsmanship and sustainability.
Amazon India Fashion Week SS18 – Part 12 – RTTV
Charu Parashar – The young talented designer believes in keeping the old art and techniques alive. She’s been spreading awareness of the soon to be extinct technique. Charu also creates garments that are meant to empower woman. Redefining style with vibrant colors and traditional designs.
Amazon India Fashion Week SS18 – Part 13 – RTTV
Abhi Singh – His youth plays a powerful part in his innovative designs. Rich draping, inventive craftsmanship completed with impeccable fit and finish conjugate. Abhi is always exploring and creating.
Bhanuni by Jyoti – Her timeless pieces stay stylish and elegant. The brand was launched in 2008 and is known for her high quality craftsmanship of garment. Her eye for detail is second to none.
Amazon India Fashion Week SS18 – Part 14 – RTTV – Madhu Jain, Kavita Bhartia
Amazon India Fashion Week SS18 – Part 15 – RTTV – Dhruv Kapoor, Shivan & Narresh
Amazon India Fashion Week SS18 – Part 16 – RTTV – Payal Jain, Anju Modi
Amazon India Fashion Week SS18 – Part 17 – RTTV – Charu Parashar, Soltee by Sulakshana
Amazon India Fashion Week SS18 – Part 18 – RTTV – Dhruv Vaish
Amazon India Fashion Week SS18 – Part 19 – RTTV – Nought One, Pawan Sachdeva
Amazon India Fashion Week SS18 – Part 20 – RTTV – Grand Finale: See Now, Buy Now
Amazon India Fashion Week SS18 – Part 21 – RTTV – Grand Finale: Suneet Varma
Self Made: A Journey of Transition – Episode 4: Conversion Therapy
Watch Natasha Raey talk to Andrew Trepanier about their story as a transmasculine male. *Trepanier uses the pronouns “they/them.”
In this episode of “Self Made: A Journey of Transition,” Natasha Raey Talks to Andrew Trepanier about their experience as a transgender individual in conversion therapy. They have been on testosterone transitioning from female to male for six years.
Trepanier underwent social, prayer, electroshock therapy and counselling.
Trepanier underwent conversion therapy for six months at Langley Hospital at age 18.
The conversion therapy was unsuccessful and left them with lasting trauma, “since the ‘therapy’ I know I haven’t been the same, there are parts of me that I’ve forgotten, electrocuted right out of my memories,” said Trepanier in an email statement.
Over those six months Trepanier underwent social, prayer, electroshock therapy and counselling. Social therapy and counselling were aimed to try to ‘teach’ Trepanier to be a “straight woman,” while prayer therapy consisted of praying to God to get everything back to “normal.” Electroshock therapy purposefully induced Trepanier to have seizures in hopes of “re-wiring” the brain.
“Conversion therapy was hell, I was told that there is certain way to be and that’s how I should strive to live my life. On the 11th session [of electroshock therapy] I woke up during the procedure, my mouth guard was gagging me, the straps around my torso had come loose, I was frantic, and yet the nurses and the doctor didn’t seem to be phased,” says Trepanier.
After that 11th session, they left the Langley hospital and never returned. Today Trepanier receives counseling to help them get past their trauma, and is now speaking out about the dangers of conversion therapy.
Surrey604 reached out to the Christian organization, Journey Canada known to run “gay conversion therapy” in the country, but was unsuccessful at an over the phone interview or email statement.
This project was made possible thanks to the generous support of EPAMA who has been at the forefront of GLBT representation in Surrey since 2000.
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