I am the creator of a new health speaker series called Ignite Health Ontario. The inaugural event will be hosted upstairs at Covent Market on October 24, 2012 between 7 - 9 pm. Debbie Matthews was asked to be a keynote speaker and sadly she cannot attend due to conflicts. However, I am recieving a letter of support from her office for the concept of this event.
This event was created in my mind after being inspired by my involvement in Ignite London. The 5 minute presentation style truly forces the speaker to focus in on their passion, and their purpose. This in turn triggers passion and interest in the audience and if you have ever attended ignite you might have noticed trouble sleeping after the event due to all the ideas that are running through your head!
I noticed that Ignite Culture and Ignite Charity had been launched this year and it got me thinking about my work with the Jamie Oliver Food Revolution as the Volunteer Ambassador for London. That Food revolution focusses on food and ensuring we consider avoiding processed foods. A very important message but not the only message that is important to your health.
The Ignite Health Ontario Event will have 6 pillars of topics. Food , Exercise, Mental Health, Spiritual Health, Alternate Practitioners, and Inspirational Patient Stories . This event is about balance. Listening to your body for clues if things are working for you. Not blindly trusting a medical system that diagnoses a symptom with a drug and gives no further advice.
The Labbatt Room wiill be setup as the speaker room. They will have tables to display more information about what they offer in the community and a quiet place to speak with attendees who want to know more about their topic.
I have some amazing speakers lined up :
Jim Ross - was the captain of the London Knights in 1995 and now is leading an initiative called the Smile Epidemic which is bring positive messages into schools and sharing smiles. This initiative will be featured on the Oprah Winfrey Network in 2013 and I am thrilled to have Jim as a speaker!
Emory Ediger - will present a poem he has written entitled "From the Heart of a Nursing Home Resident" which relates how lonely it is for many senior citizens in nursing homes and how they may find peace to that sense of lonliness.
Lisa Merriam - A 20 year old who was diagnosed with Mental illness at 14 and dealt with bullying after the diagnosis and treatment. She has self harm scars up and down her arms and has tried suicide to get away from the pain. Now she is writing a blog and helping others with Mental illness stand up and not be hidden!
Narcise Datura will talk about the importance of eating locally grown foods, getting to know your farmers, and the need for labelling of GMO foods.
Katy Standen and Wanda Davis will introduce attendees to Reiki as an alternate practitioner
Kresimer Jug - Will talk about why he chose to be a chiropractor, why he is passionate about it and how it can help.
Andrew Thomas - Will share what a nutritionist does and why he chose to be one. He will also focus on why he is passionate about this area.
Karma Yoga Studio - Will be getting everyone moving with some simple moves and breathing exercises before they share their passion for yoga, How it can fit into your exercise routine!
Keith Harris - will be sharing his natural healthy sweetened beverage made of Maple Sap! Kiki's Maple Sap is growing in the natural product world and he will share how he discovered this and samples of the drink!
Megan Clermont - A 16 year old girl who has been dealing with chronic illness for 5 years will share how she has turned her life around and is now fighting back against the life sentence of chronic illness
I will also be sharing a bit about plans for the Jamie Oliver Food Revolution Day May 17, 2013 and my role as an ambassador.
I have many other speakers but this is a good sample of what attendees can expect to learn for free on October 24th at Covent Market.
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