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ART OF RESILIENCE presents a diverse group of speakers, sharing their unique perspectives on the theme of resilience. Why resilience? Because the individuals, families, advocates and organizations who continue to strive, day after day, year after year, to create good lives and inclusive communities for all people, are nothing if not resilient!

We will also webcast this special event live so that families and communities across the province can share, enjoy and explore the Art of Resilience right alongside those attending the live event in Toronto. Near or far, however you choose to participate, we are thrilled to know you will be joining us for what is sure to be a very inspiring evening!




WHERE:  Crow's Theatre 

345 Carlaw Avenue, Toronto, ON, M4M 2T1



TIME: 7pm to 8:30 pm, followed by on-site reception with live music complimentary snacks, non-alcoholic beverages & cash bar


COST:  $20.00


PRESENTERS: See below!




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Ted is a psychotherapist, critically acclaimed author, community activist, and father of a son with disabilities. Much of the wisdom Ted shares in his counselling, workshops, and consultations didn't come from his formal training, but arose from parenting his son Joshua, who taught Ted how to take full advantage of the gifts and opportunities life offers. Learn more about Ted and his journey toward finding peace and developing his resiliency here:

Peace Begins with Me.






Janice Bartley is a woman whose life has been driven by the word "No". When told she can't do something, she does it anyway. When presented with an opportunity, she will never say no. Janice Bartley lives resilience every minute of every day. Janice is a graduate of the The MothSHOP Community Education Program and A speaker for the Self-Advocacy Association of New York State.







Valerie Tih has over 20 years experience as a speaker, presenter and facilitator of spiritual retreats and educational workshops. She conducts parenting courses on Positive Discipline and the Enneagram. She teaches Junior Kindergarten at a private school in Toronto and, as a Parent Coach, assists families seeking to create peaceful homes. Valerie is an active advocate in the Down syndrome community and is passionate about building connections, spreading kindness and choosing joy.







Helen Ries and her brother Paul Knoll live in Ottawa. When their parents passed, Helen and Paul found themselves in the role of supporting each other. Paul is recently retired from the Government of Canada; Helen is a consultant, co-leader of a national siblings movement, and is a strong advocate for and has successfully impacted policy change in Ontario.





Paul Robitaille



Paul Robitaille lives in Northern Ontario and is a member of the Métis Nation of Ontario. Paul has a profound belief in the power of community building - a belief fueled by his experiences working with Métis, Inuit and First Nation Youth from across Canada. Each day, Paul witnesses the transformative effects of (re)connecting with family, friends, culture and the land. The pattern is clear: healthy, resilient

individuals build healthy, resilient communities; healthy, resilient

                                        communities raise healthy, resilient individuals. Each of us has an

                                        important role to play in creating this 'snowball of resilience'. Each of

                                        us has the power to create transformative change in our own lives

                                        and in the lives of others.







Jerome Bouvier lives in Langley, B.C. He is currently the executive director of an award-winning not-for- profit ACCESS Youth Outreach Services, author, activist, public speaker, facilitator, race horse trainer and husband. The insights he shares through his presentations, trainings, program development and public speaking come from his lived experiences and overcoming a tragic, life altering accident that left him a paraplegic. Jerome viewed this accident as a "gift" that guided him to a "purpose" that has served him for over 28 years, and assisted him with inviting people to embrace the power of the human spirit. Learn more about Jerome's unbreakable spirit, and what it means to be resilient here: 









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If you can't watch a webcast on a certain date, register in advance anyhow and we'll send you the recording for viewing up to two weeks later.





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