Life Stories Speakers
Emotional Age and communication expert and women's advocate Crystal Andrus Morissette is a worldwide leader in the field of self-discovery and personal transformation. She is the founder of S.W.A.T. Institute (Simply Woman Accredited Trainer), and empowerment coach certification exclusively for women that she created with fellow female visionaries Louise Hay, Marianne Williamson, Dr. Christiane Northrup, Colette Baron-Reid, and Sandra Anne Taylor among others. Crystal is the author of four best-selling books, including her latest release entitled, "The Emotional Edge: Discover Your Inner Age, Ignite Your Hidden Strengths and Reroute Misdirected Fear to Live Your Fullest." She is also certified in nutrition and sports medicine. Crystal overcame seemingly insurmountable odds - her parents' turbulent divorce, rape, abuse, homelessness, cervical cancer, a traumatic head injury - to create a life of joy and purpose. Now, she is helping women all over the world to do the same. Crystal has appeared on Oprah.com, the New York Post, Fox TV, the Daily Mail, CBS Radio, CTV, CityTV, Global TV, Slice TV, the Globe and Mail, and the Toronto Star.
To learn more visit Crystal's website.
Wa chee ya - 'Being OK with not being OK is one of the greatest gifts we can give to ourselves.'
Joanne is proudly Cree, her ancestry is Omushkego from Attawapiskat and Mattice, Ontario and Hull, Quebec, calling Toronto home.
Joanne has dedicated her career to counselling, advising and educating on Aboriginal concerns, empowering and capacity building and advocating for change in terms of broader societal relationships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people.
Her over 30 year social service career has contributed to transforming the lives of individuals and the culture of agencies, the recognition and respect for Aboriginal people and the concerns and contributions within main stream society.
Joanne's approach to working with individuals as well as small and large groups are not only comprehensive but creative, effective and unique. Her work has transformed lives and improved relations between the Aboriginal community and the non-Aboriginal community. She openly shares her own life's journey through all forms of abuse, inter generational trauma from Residential School and finding her profound sense of self.
To learn more visit HealingWorks website
A special farm in Caledon, home for the past 50 years, has helped inspire four incredible sisters' way of thinking. A place where the board game Trivial Pursuit, Oak Ridges Moraine legislation and most recently Mount Wolfe Forest Farm, a Community Supported Agriculture Initiative, originated.
Sheilagh Crandall- Sheilagh returned to Caledon in 1988 after working most of the 80's in Kenya and South America. When not gardening, Sheilagh has done and continues to do a great deal of volunteer work... Humber Valley Heritage Trail, Oak Ridges Trail Association, Headwaters Hospital Silent Auction Committee, and an original member of the Landscape Committee for Bethell Hospice in Inglewood.
Sarah Haney- Sarah is supportive of and involved with three NGO's. The Canadian Whale Institute - co-founded with sister Debbe in 1997 which works to save the most endangered of all whale species, the North Atlantic right whale. She sits on the Board of Save The Chimps in Fort Pierce, Florida - the world's largest chimpanzee sanctuary. Sarah is a strong supporter of Alexandra Morton who is working to save the wild Pacific Salmon.
Marce Showell- Marce worked as a Media Supervisor for 15 years with three National Advertising Agencies working on behalf of large corporate companies planning and strategizing their future growth and public awareness. Marce left advertising to devote the next chapter of her life to raising two children.
Debbe Crandall- Debbe has been involved with Save the Oak Ridge Moraine Coalition as Executive Director from 1999-2012 and is currently acting Director, Policy to the Oak Ridges Moraine Partnership for 2015. Debbe represented STORM on advisory panels that resulted in ORM legislation, regional growth management plans, and held a number of positions, including chair of the ORM Foundation. Debbe has been a member of the Greenbelt Council since 2009.
To learn more visit Mount Wolfe Farms
Catherine Faint founded Catherine Faint Entertainment (CFE Inc.) in 1994. Her wealth of experience totals over 40 years in the Canadian music industry working as an agent, talent buyer, producer, immigration consultant and provider of labour and production services.
From booking artists coast to coast, bringing big names to Casino Rama, setting up stages and producing shows to mentoring new artists, Cathie has created CFE. Her company services multiple clients, employs over a hundred individuals and has worked with thousands of touring artists.
Catherine is the recipient of five consecutive CCMA (Canadian Country Music Association) Booking Agent of the Year awards and is currently 1st Vice-President of the CMAO (Country Music Association of Ontario). She is also a member of the CCMA Awards and Balloting Committee.
Cathie is a true entrepreneur; a big picture thinker who is willing to take risks and learn new things. With her intuitive spirit, she radiates calmness and real strength that truly inspires all those who know her.
To learn more visit Catherine Faint Entertainment
Heather Ballentine- Host
Heather is a spokesperson, entertainment media star, and in the top percentage of super luxe car salespeople in North America. Her innate tendency towards music has led her to making media history and is the president of Cool Cat Records Inc. and Ballentine Entertainment.
This success is the result of an inherently determined mind and a growing entrepreneurial spirit. Whatever comes her way, Heather Ballentine is driven to succeed.
To learn more visit Heather's website