Humour is all part of CIR:CLE—free community presentation from Kwantlen on humour in workplace

Wed, Dec 8, 2010

For immediate release

December 9, 2010

Humour is all part of CIR:CLE—free community presentation from KPU on humour in workplace

(METRO VANCOUVER, B.C.) KPU’s CIR:CLE, Centre for Interdisciplinary Research: Community, Learning & Engagement, presents its second speaker series event, a Holiday and Humour Celebration. Featuring guest speaker Dr. Elaine Decker who will discuss humour in the workplace, the presentation will take place at 7 p.m., Tuesday, December 14 at KPU Surrey Campus Conference Centre (Cedar Building, 12666 72nd Ave, Surrey).

Drawing from her research on humour, Decker will emphasize how the sense of humour, along with its cousin creativity, can maintain office morale even in tough times. Her light-hearted approach will demonstrate how flexibility, courage and imagination are essential tools for positive change within the work environment. Following the presentation, there will be festive group activities, in which audience members will have the opportunity to sharpen their own funny bone. This event is open to the public and admission is free for everyone.

As a part of KPU’s ongoing CIR:CLE speaker series designed to explore social issues relevant to the community, this combined talk and interactive session will look at the use of humour as an agent of change in community-based organizations. Furthermore, the goal of this workshop is to bring together service providers from the non-profit sector in KPU’s catchment area and KPU faculty, staff and students to explore the many ways in which humour can and does support community development and service delivery.

“This event is very much aligned with the goals and values of CIR:CLE. Our mandate is to link community stakeholders with KPU faculty, staff and students to discuss and research important issues of the day,” says Steve Dooley, KPU sociology and criminology instructor, and CIR:CLE director. “What better way to create linkages between KPU and the community than to engage in a seasonal event of interactive activities and celebration with a focus on finding humour in the important work we do.”

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The goal of CIR:CLE is to create productive interdisciplinary partnerships between KPU faculty, students, staff and members of local organizations and other community groups. We are focused on community development as a research process in the context of needs assessments, program development and agency program evaluations. 

The organization’s aim is to create meaningful opportunities for dialogue through research, speaker series, and other community events, to establish strong, mutually beneficial relationships with community partners, and to maintain a positive impact for members of a community through long-term engagement.

Upcoming events:

“Forbidden Phoenix”
Presented by Marty Chan, playwright/author

For more information about the speaker series events, contact:

Kevin Black
Administrative Assistant, Social Sciences
Tel: 604.599.3463


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