Attend an Event

Megaphone routinely hosts public events to build awareness and compassion in communities confronted by the overdose epidemic.

The public events are designed to help change our understanding of the overdose crisis, including why people are dying and how individuals can help stop these deaths at the policy, community, and individual level.

These events are free to attend, thanks to the support of our partners and funders.




No current Speakers Bureau events are scheduled



Learning from Lived Experience: Getting relief to the streets

“It’s becoming harder for [sex workers] to keep [themselves] safe. I don’t mean safe from COVID-19, I mean safe from rape, safe from theft, safe from being kidnapped, that kind of safety.”

- WISH Drop-In Centre Society’s Executive Director, Mebrat Beyene.

Megaphone’s cover story: Getting relief to the streets explains how Covid-19 has impacted sex work. 

Join a virtual & interactive conversation led by people with lived experience of poverty and sex work.

Together, we will discuss the cover story and reflect on how available supports for sex workers could be different post-COVID-19.

What you can expect:

* In interactive breakout groups, we will discuss what we learned from the cover story and what questions it brought up 

* Interactive Q & A with Suzanne Kilroy, Megaphone vendor and peer support worker with WISH’s Transitions project & Louise Boilevin, Megaphone vendor & speaker 

* Interactive group reflection on how sex work support could look different post-Covid-19


Megaphone offers people experiencing poverty and homelessness products, platforms and training programs to help them earn a living while advocating for themselves and their communities. Through this new virtual dialogue program, Megaphone is working to build an understanding and empathetic response to two public health crises: Covid-19, and the ongoing overdose crisis. 


Why do we have stigma? Wednesday, Feb 6th, UBC Robson Square, room C300

The Speakers Bureau team of current and former drug users will join renowned drug policy expert Donald MacPherson of Canadian Drug Policy Coalition for a conversation linking the personal with the political. Through personal stories and expert policy analysis, we'll learn origins and impacts of stigma, and with the help of a reflection team, will discuss how we can move forward together.

 Crime vs. Health Tuesday, March 12, Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House

With leading experts including Pivot lawyer Caitlin Shane, explore the impact of criminalization and how it impacts people who use drugs when accessing services. 

Who is telling my story? Tuesday, April 9th, The Post at 750

With professional storytellers, explore how the narrative of drug use across different platforms impacts how we think about drugs and the people who use them. Sarah Common, founder of Hives for Humanity will discuss Community Ethics in Cultural Production

Please advised that registration does not guarantee a seat at this event. Please arrive 15 minutes early to avoid disappointment.

From isolation to solidarity Tuesday, May 14th, 312 Main

In partnership with HCMA Architecture + Design, the Speakers Bureau will explore the significance of community during the overdose crisis and how to build a community better able to support drug users. - click here to register

Please advised that registration does not guarantee a seat at this event. Please arrive 15 minutes early to avoid disappointment.


If you are unable to attend this event, but your team or community is grappling with questions about addiction, overdose, or simply existing in the context of these issues, join us at an upcoming small group workshop, or have us build a session especially for your team. Click here for more information on attending a workshop.

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  • Nicolas Leech-Crier
    commented 2019-05-08 11:52:53 -0700
    This series has meant the most to me in my personal fight against stigma, as well as the fight i represent as a part fo the DTES community, who have taken such great care of me. I hope you’ll join me at our upcoming final public event and hear why we called it From Isolation to Solidarity.
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