Henry WinklerWhile Winkler’s personal commitment to helping others is reward enough, his efforts have been recognized by a variety of prestigious organizations including B’nai B’rith, Peace Prize by the United Nations and Women in Film’s Norma Zarky Humanitarian Award presented to both Henry and his wife, Stacey, for their tireless efforts and devotion to the “improvement of the human condition.” Henry also received the Chevallier de l’Ordre des Artes et Lettres, the French Government’s highest honor. Last year, her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II awarded Henry with an Honorary Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) in recognition of his services to children with special education needs. Henry was honored in July 2010 by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers for his work with the British government on the “My Way!” Campaign – an educational initiative focused on raising awareness for children with learning challenges throughout the United Kingdom.
Sue MitchellMiss Sue’s Lessons from The Blind Side.
Miss Sue continues to remain active in her sorority, Kappa Delta, as an alumni advisor, and was also the advisor to the National Champion Bartlett Cheerleaders. “I always knew Michael Oher would succeed,” Mitchell says, “but that doesn’t make me any less proud. Michael saw his opportunity and took advantage of it. Once he gained the necessary confidence, there was no stopping him in the classroom or on the football field.”Currently, Mitchell can be seen in Family Addition with Leigh Anne Tuohy on UP, the network dedicated to uplifting entertainment. The new television show features families as they go through the practical, physical, and emotional process of adding a new family member and also facilitates a makeover of part of their homes to accommodate the new addition. At the podium, Miss Sue takes audiences behind-the-scenes of The Blind Side, telling the story from her perspective as an educator and learning specialist.
Eva OlssonSince 1996 Eva has been speaking about her life in over 3000 schools, churches, meeting halls, conferences, colleges and universities, and over one-and-a-half million individuals throughout Canada. Eva received an Honorary Doctorate from Nipissing University, North Bay Ontario in June 2005 and is a recipient of the Order of Ontario. In September 2008, Eva was made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. In 2013 Eva received a Doctor of Humane Letters for the University of Lakehead. Her national bestselling book titled, Unlocking the Doors: A Woman’s Struggle Against Intolerance, was released in 2001. Her second book, Remembering Forever: A Journey of Darkness and Light and a documentary film, Stronger Than Fire: The Eva Olsson Story, were released in the fall of 2008. Her third book, which she co-authored with her son Jan, is titled Every Step of the Way. It is also a national best seller.
Peter MansbridgePETER MANSBRIDGE is one of Canada’s most respected and recognizable figures—a true icon. For five decades, including 29 years as anchor of CBC’s The National, he has guided us through the political, economic, and cultural events that have shaped the country. Unsurprisingly, he’s also a great public speaker. In keynotes, he highlights the very real contribution of Canada, and its citizens, in building a better world.
Eddy RobinsonBorn and raised in Toronto the largest city in Canada, Eddy Robinson Anishinaabe/Muskegowuk Cree did not enjoy a childhood of privilege. This narrative is not unique and is shared in similar ways by many other Indigenous people throughout North America. It was not until his adult years that he really begun to understand the legacy of his father’s experience at the Chapleau Indian Residential School and Shingwauk Indian Residential School.
Mr. Robinson has worked and advocated for many Indigenous communities locally, provincially and nationally for the past 25 years. The Dewegun (Dee-Way-Gun which means Drum) first set Robinson on a good path in life leading to many other important sources that contributed to the rediscovery of his identity; Anishinaabe ceremonies, Indigenous literature & film, leaders, Traditional Teachers and Elders.
Tomson HighwayTomson Highway is the proud son of legendary caribou hunter and world championship dogsled racer, Joe Highway, and artist-in-her-own-right (as bead-worker and quilt-maker extraordinaire), Pelagie Highway. A full-blood Cree, he is a registered member of the Barren Lands First Nation, the village for which is called Brochet (pronounced “Bro-shay”) and which village is located in northern Manitoba where it meets Saskatchewan and what is now called Nunavut. Today, he writes novels, plays, and music for a living. Having studied music and English literature at the Universities of Manitoba (Winnipeg) and Western Ontario (London), as well as in England, he earned both his Bachelor of Music Honours (Piano Performance major, 1975) and the equivalent of a Bachelor of Arts (English major, 1976), both from “Western.”
Jessica HolmesA favourite on Royal Canadian Air Farce, Jessica Holmes has brought the house down opening for giants such as Ellen DeGeneres, Russell Peters, Jerry Seinfeld, and Oprah Winfrey. Her bilingual, customized emcee and entertainment presentations — which include motivation and wellness — are always guaranteed to be a hit with all audiences.As a performer, Jessica’s productions have garnered her a “Platinum Award” at The Worldfest International Film Festival; nominations for Gemini Awards; and the prestigious Tim Sims Scholarship. Jessica also devotes much time to helping others live well. In her wellness keynotes, she mixes humour with her message about the importance of de-stressing and laughing at life’s shortcomings, and speaks with intelligence and insight on her own experiences of dealing with post-partum depression, finding work-life balance, and re-igniting passion. She recently received certification as a wellness coach from San Diego’s Life Purpose Institute.
Gabe ManciniDr. Gabe Mancini is psychologist but primarily a teacher for 45 years. He has published in the area of meta-cognition and has presented worldwide. He holds a B.A. in psychology and literature, a B.Ed, a M.A., M.Ed, and a PhD.