An evening in support of the Project Change Foundation

Living with purpose: Ideas for pursuing a life of meaning

Every day, people hunger for meaning and a deeper sense of purpose in their lives. But why? Where does this need come from, and what exactly does it mean to live a worthy life? Is it possible to find your own unique purpose? Do you need to stay true to it over a lifetime? Is chasing a life of meaning worth it?

Join us for an engaging panel discussion with four world-class thought leaders in human well-being and fulfillment as they explore these questions and more. Blending book smarts with street smarts, the panelists will engage in an insightful and entertaining one-hour conversation on how they understand, seek and find meaning in life — and how you might do the same.

After the discussion, join the panelists, members of Project Change Foundation, past and present PCF grant recipients, and other guests in the Wong-Trainor Welcome Centre for a reception, with hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, live music featuring the gypsy jazz ensemble Van Django, and a silent auction with amazing items!

Event Details

Tuesday, November 21, 2017
6:30-9:30 pm
Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre
6163 University Boulevard, UBC’s Point Grey campus

Tickets: $25 per person / $20 per student. Buy tickets here.

All money raised from this event will go to the Project Change Foundation to help support emerging change-makers who are working to make our community a better place. This year’s PCF grant recipient is Binners’ Project. Previous recipients: The Lipstick Project and Community First Foundation.

Panelist Biographies

Azim Jamal is the founder of Corporate Sufi Worldwide, a company dedicated to inspiring and empowering leaders to achieve material success, blended with a deep sense of purpose, passion and fulfillment. Azim is the author of several highly-acclaimed books including Seven Steps to Lasting Happiness & Business, Balance & Beyond. His co-authored book The Power of Giving won the Nautilus Gold Award for books that change lives. Through his books and media messages his inspiring message has reached over 5 million people.

Rev. Beth Hayward is Lead Minister at Canadian Memorial United Church and Centre for Peace, an inclusive, progressive and vibrant spiritual community in Vancouver. She works with a diverse community of people who seek to replace fear with hope, and being overwhelmed with a sense of grounding. Her life’s work is nurturing meaningful community where people can find reason to actualize hopes and dreams bigger than themselves.

Dr. John Helliwell is a Canadian economist and one of the leading minds investigating what makes us happy. From 2006 to 2017 he was a Senior Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research and directed its program on Social Interactions, Identity and Well-Being. Dr. Helliwell is based out of the Vancouver School of Economics at UBC. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and Officer of the Order of Canada.

Eyoälha Baker is an entrepreneur who sold her business eight years ago to travel the world with a camera, which gave rise to the “Jump for Joy” photo project, capturing “jumpers” who are creative, passionate, and working to make the world a better place. Her photography and articles about the importance of joy have been published internationally, and she has presented her work and experience of engaging communities through art and joy in talks such as TEDx, Interesting Vancouver, and PeaceLove.

Panel Discussion Moderator

Margaret Gallagher is the host of CBC Radio One’s Hot Air, CBC’s longest running radio program, and has been a regular part of The Early Edition since 2001. Margaret has won multiple awards, including three prestigious National RTDNA Dave Rogers Awards for Best Radio Feature, and a Jack Webster Award for Best Feature for “The Wayfaring Stranger: Lost and Found in Vancouver” (2015). Prior to joining the CBC, Margaret was active on the arts scene and worked as an editor, a freelance writer, and technical communicator. Actively involved in community outreach, Margaret has tirelessly donated her time and efforts to many Vancouver events.