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    28
    Sep
    Tag Watson

    Tag Watson

    Tag Watson APR is an author and corporate communications consultant, principally providing counsel in environmental issues. He is a past national president of the Canadian Public Relations Society and has been associated with the non-profit Southern Ontario Chamber Music Institute for the past decade.

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    23
    Sep

    Louise Paterson Sherwood

    Louise Paterson Sherwood is a resourceful and inspiring communicator, publisher, a positive influencer, a catalyst for creating positive change. To get on this path Louise has like all people had to overcome personal and professional challenges. Louise shares her abundant gifts in communications to give help and inspire hope to people, to overcome adversity, who may not otherwise have the connection to the same resources Louise has been blessed with. 

    In the summer before completing her final year of high school Louise was raped and beaten in two separate incidents. Louise transformed her life after leaving the community where both the abusers resided. Louise focused her energy on building her career and independence as an interior designer while attending Ryerson. For more than 15 years Louise enjoyed creating interiors for high profile clients throughout southern Ontario including then Premier David Peterson. 

    Blessed by marriage and two beautiful children, both under two years old, Louise had to deal with the challenge of continuing her career, which included a lot of travel, while wanting to be home being the primary caregiver for her toddlers- a significant challenge many women experience. Louise made the choice to change her career to work in her community, close by her family, and to do work for a cause she cares deeply about. Louise became the director of education for the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals by designing and implementing innovative education programs that has influenced the way people relate to and care for animals. Louise later founded Discover YOU! that has helped inspire hundreds of people though education programs and events to create the life and career they love. While hosting one of these events Louise was introduced to SNAP when it was just one paper in Newmarket, Ontario. The grassroots “good news” concept that SNAP is founded upon resonates so well with Louise that she helped solidify the first franchise of SNAP in Oakville, Ontario. Currently SNAP newspapers operate in more than 75 communities throughout the world- one of which Louise owned and operated in Burlington Ontario. Louise continues to fine tuning her life and career path to integrate her love for providing help and hope for people and pets in need. Louise recently created and launched the “Cats won’t wear Condoms- Fix Your Cat! campaign and is currently doing the layouts for a new community newspaper for people, focused on promoting love and care for pets called -Great Pet News TM

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    22
    Sep

    Judy Thompson

    Judy Thompson, B.A., TESL Certification, professor, author and speaker is an expert in spoken English. A student herself of French and German, Judy knows firsthand the frustrations of learning to speak a new language. Judy lived and taught in South Korea and it was there that she had the first of many revelations about spoken English and how it should be taught.

    Newcomers are embarrassed about their accents and grammar mistakes and native speakers are unaware that the way they speak makes it extremely difficult for non-native speakers to understand them.

    Judy leads language classes for both native and non-native speakers to foster understanding and effective communication in our diverse community.

    A long time resident of Caledon, Ontario, Judy has four children and lives with her husband Richard on a beautiful ten-acre hobby farm. She is an environmental activist who enjoys hiking and skiing. In her spare time, she raises champion hunter show ponies.

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    22
    Sep
    Daniel Yacoub

    Daniel Yacoub

    Daniel started piano at the age of 5 in Merriam School of Music. He started off in group lessons but quickly accelerated and moved to private lessons at the age of 7. At the age of 9 he was selected to join the special Enriched Program at Merriam School. He participated in many festivals and exams, achieved gold standing in all his keyfest exams. He won many first place awards in the Rotary, Peel, Kiwanis, and the Chinese Music Festival. He also received many scholarships and awards of excellence in performance. Daniel loves playing Beethoven for his innovation and energy and Liszt for his virtuosity and musicality. He also enjoys playing jazz, ensemble, duet, and accompaniment.

    He is 14 years old now and is planning to receive his ARCT diploma level this coming June.

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    22
    Sep
    Jo Fallon

    Jo Fallon

    Jo Fallon envisioned and co-founded The Lighthouse Program for Grieving Children in Oakville, Ontario 11 years ago.    With a tirelessly committed Board of Directors and fabulous volunteers she has helped to nurture and guide The Lighthouse Program to what it has become today, a vibrant organization serving over a hundred families a year in
    the Halton region.

    Before moving from the UK to Canada fourteen years ago with her family, she worked in the Editorial Dept of Harpers & Queen Magazine in London  Jo became a Canadian citizen four years ago and has travelled extensively across Canada, a country she adores. Her proudest achievement are her two sons Oliver and Alex who blend their strong intellect with grace, insight and immense heart.

    Jo lives in Oakville with her two sons

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