LIVED EXPERIENCE LEADING CONVERSATIONS
Megaphone’s Speakers Bureau is a public awareness program connecting audiences with speakers who have lived experience of drug use and overdose prevention.
Through customized, interactive workshops our team of speakers and facilitators can help your organization, team, or community:
- improve their understanding of the experiences and needs of people who use drugs;
- respond to addiction and overdose with skill and compassion; and
- develop a strategy for continued learning.
Customized workshops for groups or teams
Customized workshops are offered in groups of two or more, on a fee-for-service basis. Cost varies based on audience size, number of presentations, and location. Scholarships are available for community groups and non-profits who would not otherwise be able to afford the sessions.
To book a workshop or request a quote, please email us at [email protected] with as much of the following information as is relevant:
- your name, phone number and role;
- a brief description of the speaking engagement or workshop setting;
- topics or key issues you would like to address;
- date and time of your event if scheduled OR month/week if not yet scheduled;
- location of event;
- audience size;
- number of presentations if more than one; and
- any additional information you think is relevant.
Workshops for individuals
If you are an individual in the community looking to learn more about supporting people who use drugs, or if you are from an organization without capacity to host a customized workshop, sign up for a drop-in workshop offered at Megaphone's head office.
What people are saying:
"Our community engaged in profound learning which increased our openness, empathy, and compassion and helped us to let go of some very damaging assumptions." Fiona, workshop participant
"In cities like Vancouver the social divide is only growing - making it easier to feel disconnected from one another. I came away, after speaking with Kris, feeling challenged to rethink my own humanity and to commit to taking on a more positive role in our shared story." Yusuf, professor
"To confront your own biases, to gently open your eyes to how other's perceive a community, this workshop provides an opportunity breakdown barriers first-hand that separate "us" and "them."" Chiara Ferrari, student
"This workshop opened my eyes to how we may not even realize the opinions, choices, outcomes we project on individuals we may cross paths with whose circumstances are unknown to us. I would recommend attending an upcoming Speakers Bureau to learn from our community how we can all work together and ensure we no longer have invisible individuals within it." - Jen, a Vancouver-ite, educating herself on her community