Listen ~ Learn ~ Get Inspired
~"To walk in faith and not by sight"~
Natalie Watson, a 37 year old mother of four children and dedicated wife who works in law enforcement, was born and raised in the beautiful island of St. Vincent.
Natalie endured the tragic loss of her teenage son in May of 2018. During this grieving process, she has decided to channel her suffering into a resourceful cause and live her life each day with a mission and a purpose. Natalie has found her own healing and comfort through words, writing and her journal entries. Her writings are now being turned into her first book. She has been using social media as an outlet to share her story and to keep her son’s story alive. She is fully allowing herself to be vulnerable and transparent so she can help others while helping her during her time of pain. Her message is simply to motivate and to inspire others.
~Be Brave, be bold, and always be grateful.~
Live life to the fullest - Love unconditionally - Practice Mindfulness and grace
Build a Tribe.”
Michelle's career path has spanned 30 yrs as an Entrepreneur, business owner and consultant of Flowers design. Her passions are inspired through Designing Special Events, Public speaking, and design symposiums. Her creativity has been featured in Style at Home Magazine, Greenhouse Grower Magazine, Wedding Essentials and Wedluxe. She has made guest appearances on Breakfast Television, CHCH TV, and Home staging design programs.
Michelle considers herself a Flower child and a professed lover of Nature and all things that grow. Taking lead through nature's healing heart, a true believer of dreams, and ongoing recovery. Michelle lived a true love story, and following the loss of her husband two years ago, she has decided to practice optimist, promote wellness, mindfulness and positivity. She chooses to live with hope by sharing her story with others, and encouraging them to share theirs. Michelle continues to courageously navigate through the process of healing, knowing she can love and live life again.
Michelle is a firm believer in giving back to the community. She has participated with fundraising and Gala's including The Alzheimer's Society, The One Foundation, Crohn's & Colitis, Make a Wish Foundation and Big Brothers and Big Sisters.
Michelle's desire is to appreciate each and every day and encourage to love unconditionally.
~ Mother Advocate Crusader ~
If you can't fly, then run.
If you can't run, then walk.
If you can't walk, then crawl
...but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.
Lori is a single mother of four children. Before stepping away from her professional life, she worked in real estate and land investment/acquisitions in Latin America.
Lori's youngest son was diagnosed with autism at the age of 17 months. This diagnosis was the beginning of her journey down an unfamiliar and very difficult path.
She has embraced the role of advocate and crusader for her son, as well as others.
Lori has dedicated her life to researching and educating herself in an effort to understand and find answers to what autism is and to help her son find his way out of his silence. Never one to follow the beaten path, she has forged her own, pushing past the excepted theories of autism ...and at the age of 18 ...her son found his voice.
Lori has struggled deeply to stay connected to her self. The balance of the caregiver and self is always a difficult one and when it is your child, it seems that self-care is rarely an option.
Over the years, Lori has been a contributor in several “think tanks” on the topic of autism and related issues. She has held a seat on various boards, participated as a contributor at speaking engagements and has also shared her experience and knowledge with different media outlets.
Lori‘s goal is to change the way the diagnosis of autism is approached. Her mission is to share her and her sons story with the message to ...”always presume competence”. AND her participation in this event is her first public opportunity to tell her own story, not just her sons.
~ Mother, wife, advocate ~
Fallon lives her life passionately to the mantra that ‘Everything happens for a reason’. A business owner, jewelry designer, mother of three, wife, indigenous advocate and essential oil educator. Fallon lives her life with strong and passionate belief that she is here for a reason and is aligned with exactly what she is meant to do.
Fallon lost her parents tragically at the age of nine. It was then she established her roots in the Niagara Region. Living her young life between two provinces kept her connected to her roots. After meeting her husband, she decided to settle down and raise her family in St.Catharines.
At the age of 21 Fallon endured yet another loss. This time she lost her older brother to suicide. The mental health battle that far too many people are going through has led Fallon to educate people about the natural tools that they can use to support themselves emotionally.
Fallon is a speaker and advocate for The National Inquiry for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. She is also a board member for the Family Advisory Circle for the National Inquiry. She hopes to be able to continue her role in making national changes for Indigenous people across the country.
Fallon simply wants to share her story with the hope of inspiring others to surrender to what life has to offer you, everything happens for a reason, you just have to find purpose in it.
Alana Rachello Stefanidis is a grateful 52 - year old single mother of
Her love for children inspired Alana to become a preschool teacher
where she now owns and operates Kinder Academy Education Centre in
Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.
Alana is an avid traveller, wine lover, foodie and adores spending time
with her family and friends.
She feels blessed to be surrounded by strong, supportive women who are
A survivor of loss, betrayal and depression; Alana is a so called "open
book" and wants to share her message of hope that life is a choice.
Persevere, you will be surprised on how strong you really are once you
have connected with your soul. It’s simple, “Choose to Love Yourself
Survivor ~ Entrepreneur
Antoinette considers herself a “Survivor!” She has struggled and
overcome many unforeseen challenges
throughout life such as; Depression, Anxiety, an Eating Disorder, the
loss of her husband
to Cancer, and friend to Suicide.
The façade of life is bound by many faces and for me to evolve and take
a transparent approach has changed my life forever extending to me a
platform to share with the world, “You are never too old to reinvent
She believes that it is important to “Never let the opinions of others
become the measure of your worth!” Her goal is to assist and empower
others who are struggling with the same challenges she faces by sharing
her own personal journey.
Antoinette divides her time between being a Secondary Educator for the
Halton Catholic District School Board, a Business Entrepreneur, and
volunteering her time to many community and charitable programs within
the Niagara Region such as the Boys and Girls Club, Big Brothers, Big
Sisters, Arif Merani Foundation (servicing food kitchens), the Canadian
Cancer Society, the Canadian Mental Health and the Good Shepard.
~Dreamer, Athlete, Motivator, And Father~
Dan Giancola beat the odds through his dedication, perseverance and just simply a never give up attitude. A former CFL kicker and Professional Football Player. Dan won the 2004 Grey Cup Championship with the Toronto Argonauts, all of this came from his inspiration and drive to “Be That One.”
Dan is currently the owner and CEO of BTO ( Be That One) performance group and personal training. Dan has put his lifetime passion into practice by giving back to his community.
Dan’s “Give The Boot To Mental Illness " fundraised over $80,000 in 3 years. Other fundraising events include Cystinosis and Parkinson's.
As a motivational speaker Dan tells his story of what perseverance and “Be that One” really looks like from the beginning, never giving up, lots of hard work, and maybe a bit of luck! His story will inspire you and leave you energized!