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Six Incredible Family, Parenting, and Youth Speakers

Looking to bring in a speaker to your educational event? Whether it’s for a school, parenting community, or family-focused evening, we have the speakers for you!

Read on to meet Cameron Hughes, Professional Sports Fan – or Jeff Adams, a Five-Time Paralympian and World Champion – their ability to engage and inspire children, youth, and adults alike is perfect for a youth-focused event.

Liz Pearson will help you tackle the many challenges of eating well as a busy family!

And of course, our parenting experts Kathy Buckworth, Ann Douglas, and Alyson Schafer are full of input and tools that will help bring a little sanity to your day-to-day lives.

 

 

Cameron Hughes

Cameron Hughes got up out of his seat at an Ottawa Senators game in 1994, and spontaneously pumped up the fans into an inspired frenzy. What started out as a gag soon turned into a full-time career as a “Sports Entertainer,” speaker and television host. Cameron has entertained nearly 10 million fans across North America in stadiums and arenas of all sizes, and was the official crowd animator for 25 hockey events at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics. He was a huge hit at the 2011 US Tennis Open in New York City, and his antics inspired Novak Djokovic to dance at centre court, followed by a post-game dance-off that hit over 100 million impressions worldwide.

Cameron was the voice of the award-winning Labatt Blue “Out of the Blue” radio advertising campaign that lasted from 1998-2001 and hosted 2 seasons of “Game Face”, a sports comedy series on The Comedy Network in Canada. He also hosted the CFL’s Grey Cup live on TSN in Canada, and performed to a sold out crowd of 68,000 boisterous fans.

Cameron lost his mother to breast cancer in 1988 at the peak of his high school career, indirectly inspiring him to become school president, athlete and community leader. After a very “interesting ” university career as an active student leader, entrepreneur and Mr. Spirit, Cameron has spoken to over 300 000 students across North America, and has been asked to be the keynote speaker for Bishop University’s Orientation Day for the last 10 years.

 

Jeff AdamsJeff Adams is no stranger to overcoming challenges. He survived childhood cancer, but the radiation treatment that ultimately saved his life permanently damaged his spinal cord. He started using a wheelchair at a young age, and his love of competitive sport helped him turn his wheelchair into the vehicle for a journey of success. Adams is a five-time Paralympian and six-time World Champion. He has acted in television commercials, has been a global spokesperson for multinational corporations, and regularly works as a journalist and colour commentator, recently hosting the CBC radio show The Current. He’s served as Chair of the Accessibility Committee for the Toronto 2008 Olympic Bid Committee and as the Chair for the Ontarians with Disability Advisory Council.

In 2002, Adams climbed the 1776 stairs of the CN Tower in a specially designed wheelchair for an awareness event called “Step Up to Change”. By climbing the stairs in a wheelchair, Adams demonstrated in a tangible way, that when faced with what seems like an impossible task or an insurmountable barrier, having a plan, sticking to it, and taking it “one step at a time” is the best way to guarantee success. Using compelling video footage of both the best and worst days of his athletic career, the themes that echo throughout his presentation are encouraging, motivating, and inspiring for young and old alike.

 

Liz Pearson approaches healthy eating in a way that is sane and sensible. Her mission is to translate the often-confusing and ever-changing science of healthy eating into practical, commonsense advice that people can follow in their busy lives. Liz’s second book, The Ultimate Healthy Eating Plan, that still leaves room for chocolate! was a national bestseller and won a North American award for best book in the health/nutrition category. Liz’s newest book, Ultimate Foods for Ultimate Health, and don’t forget the chocolate, sold out as soon as it hit bookstore shelves. This national bestseller also won the prestigious gold award from Cuisine Canada for excellence in nutrition writing and recipes.

Liz is well known and respected by the media. She was a regular nutrition correspondent for CBC News World and has appeared on shows such as Canada AM, Breakfast Television, City TV, CBC Radio and 680 News. Liz was the nutrition columnist for Chatelaine magazine – Canada’s leading magazine for women – for seven years. A sought-after consultant for the food industry, Liz has worked with companies such as Unilever, Nestlé, Campbell’s, Loblaws and Dare Foods. She represented the 5-to-10-a-day fruit and vegetable campaign, sponsored by The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada and the Canadian Cancer Society, for many years.

 

Kathy BuckworthKathy Buckworth is an award-winning writer, public speaker, and television personality. She is the author of six books, including I Am So The Boss of You: An 8 Step Guide to Giving Your Family The Business and Shut Up and Eat: Tales of Chicken, Children & Chardonnay. She writes for Sympatico.ca, Metro News Canada, the Huffington Post (Canada), Parents Canada, and many other magazines. She is a regular guest expert on CityLine, and parenting correspondent for CTVNewsChannel. Kathy is a two- time winner of the Professional Writers Association of Canada Award for Excellence in Humour, and is the 2010 recipient of the Mississauga Arts Award for Established Literary Arts. She has over 18 years of corporate marketing experience with CIBC, Royal Bank, Telus and Coca Cola Foods.

Kathy helps Moms everywhere laugh and realize that balance is just something you need to do while putting on your peep-toe heels. And you are so the boss of them.

 

Alyson SchaferAlyson Schafer is a psychotherapist and one of Canada’s leading parenting experts. She is the Ask An Expert columnist for Today’s Parent Magazine and sits on the Health Advisory Board for Chatelaine Magazine. Alyson is a re-occurring guest expert on The Marilyn Denis show and CTV News Channel. She is the best-selling author of three parenting books; Breaking The Good Mom Myth; Honey, I Wrecked the Kids; and her latest, Ain’t Misbehavin’ , is receiving rave reviews and endorsements from parenting experts across North America. Alyson is consulting and participating in the Bank of Montreal SmartSteps for Parents program, an online portal dedicated to helping parents teach financial literacy to their children. The media recognizes Alyson as their go-to person for parenting. She has appeared on CTV news, CBC radio, Canada AM, Montel Williams, Steven and Chris, Breakfast Television, Save Us From Our House, Planet Parent and more. In print you can find Alyson quoted in Canadian Family, Oh Baby, Reader’s Digest, Cosmopolitan, The Globe and Mail, The Star and others.

 

Ann DouglasAnn Douglas has been Canada’s go-to guide to all things parenting since the publication of her now-classic The Mother of All Pregnancy Books over a decade ago. A mother of four and creator of an internationally successful book brand (The Mother of All®), Ann speaks frankly and with authority about parenting, communication, and tapping into the power of community. You may have read her column in The Toronto Star or noticed her being quoted by top media outlets as The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, USA Today, The Globe and Mail, The National Post, Parenting, Parents, Good Housekeeping, Reader’s Digest, Today’s Parent, Canadian Family, Chatelaine, or Canadian Living. Ann is trusted by the media to provide insightful analysis of the parenting issues of the day.

An experienced speaker, Ann has delivered keynote addresses and customized workshops to audiences ranging in size from 20 to 1500, delighting audiences of parents, healthcare professionals, social service workers, professional communicators, women, and business groups. If you’ve already met Ann via her books, you know what you can expect from one of her presentations: to be inspired, entertained, and informed.

For a full list of our family and parenting speakers, click here.

Or, as always, call us for more information! 416-420-4525 or be in touch via our site.

 

Back-to-School Speakers

It’s that time of year again… back to school! Our speakers can get the year started off just right. With keynote speeches and workshops by our many experts on parenting and family relationships, parents and teachers alike will learn how to best work with children.

Alyson Schafer headshot - update July 2013Alyson Schafer is a psychotherapist and one of Canada’s leading parenting experts. A mother of two teenage girls, Alyson is the best-selling author of three parenting books; Breaking The Good Mom Myth, Honey, I Wrecked the Kids, and her latest, Ain’t Misbehavin‘. The media recognizes Alyson as their go-to person for parenting. She has appeared on CTV news, CBC radio, Canada AM, Montel Williams, Steven and Chris, Breakfast Television, Save US From Our House, Planet Parent and more. In print you can find Alyson quoted in Canadian Family, Oh Baby, Reader’s Digest, Cosmopolitan, The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star and many others.

In her talks, Alyson addresses why parenting is so difficult today. She offers a new way to think about our roles as parents, highlighting the fundamental “do’s and don’ts of parenting” and offering some sound advice on issues that parents can apply immediately. Alyson also discusses the special relationship that siblings share and the underlying dynamics that can fuel the fights between them. She teaches ways to diminish rather than intensify competition and rivalry and move towards more harmonious and loving relationships within the family. You will learn ways to move from a win-lose conflict situation to one of cooperation and problem solving to end those power struggles!

View More: http://clbuchanan.pass.us/proofsKathy Buckworth is an award  winning writer, public speaker, and television personality.  She is the  author of six books, including I Am So the Boss of You: An 8 Step Guide to Giving Your Family the Business, recently released in March 2013. She is a feature writer for  Sympatico.ca in their parenting, travel and auto sections, and is also a  columnist for the Huffington Post (Canada), and many other publications. She is a parenting  correspondent for CTVNewsChannel, and appears on shows such as CityLine and The Marilyn Denis Show. Kathy is the only two time winner  of the Professional Writers Association of Canada Award for Excellence in Humour, and is the 2010 recipient of the Mississauga Arts Award for Established  Literary Arts.

A mother of four, she encourages moms everywhere to ”laugh about their lives.”

In her programs, Kathy discusses the challenges of reinventing yourself (both in your career and lifestyle) post-parenthood. She explains that our goal should be to find blend, rather than balance, in juggling our hectic lives. Kathy also explains how we can truly do what we love and love what we do because she believes that “it’s only work if you’d rather be somewhere else!

Maureen DennisMaureen Dennis founded “Wee Welcome,” a business devoted to giving new parents the tools to “have a baby and a life.” Over the last several years, Maureen has worked hard to make her business the national mom-powered  organization it is, and she is especially proud of the incredible team of  Canadian moms and the community of over 40 000 members they have built  together.

Maureen has also become an  important mom influencer through social and broadcast media. She appears  frequently on shows such as CBC’s National News, CTV News Channel, Canada A.M.,  CHCH Morning, CityLine, Global National News, Breakfast Television, A Channel Ottawa,  and Rogers Daytime. Maureen is also the exclusive Parenting Expert for CTV’s The Marilyn Denis Show and has acted as a corporate spokesperson for a number of high profile brands.

A mother of four, active entrepreneur and leader, Maureen guides her community of over 40,000 expectant and new parents through the wild and often overwhelming world of parenting.

To book Alyson, Kathy or Maureen for your next event, give us a call at 416-420-4525 or be in touch via our site.

 

Parenting & Happy Families

Frustrated and exhausted from trying to alleviate temper tantrums? Not sure how to stop siblings from fighting in the car? At a loss as to why your adolescent daughter refuses to eat dinner with the family? The list is endless.

Fear not. Prospeakers.com is here to help! With our many experts on parenting and family relationships, the temper tantrums disappear; siblings stop fighting and family dinners return to ‘normal’ once again.

Alyson SchaferAlyson Schafer is a psychotherapist and one of Canada’s leading parenting experts. A mother of two teenage girls, Alyson is the best-selling author of three parenting books; Breaking The Good Mom Myth, Honey, I Wrecked the Kids, and her latest, Ain’t Misbehavin‘. The media recognizes Alyson as their go-to person for parenting. She has appeared on CTV news, CBC radio, Canada AM, Montel Williams, Steven and Chris, Breakfast Television, Save US From Our House, Planet Parent and more. In print you can find Alyson quoted in Canadian Family, Oh Baby, Reader’s Digest, Cosmopolitan, The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star and many others.

In her talks, Alyson addresses why parenting is so difficult today. She offers a new way to think about our roles as parents, highlighting the fundamental “do’s and don’ts of parenting” and offering some sound advice on issues that parents can apply immediately. Alyson also discusses the special relationship that siblings share and the underlying dynamics that can fuel the fights between them. She teaches ways to diminish rather than intensify competition and rivalry and move towards more harmonious and loving relationships within the family. You will learn ways to move from a win-lose conflict situation to one of cooperation and problem solving to end those power struggles!

Kathy-BuckworthKathy Buckworth is an award  winning writer, public speaker, and television personality.  She is the  author of six books, including I Am So the Boss of You: An 8 Step Guide to Giving Your Family the Business, recently released in March 2013. She is a feature writer for  Sympatico.ca in their parenting, travel and auto sections, and is also a  columnist for the Huffington Post (Canada), and many other publications. She is a parenting  correspondent for CTVNewsChannel, and appears on shows such as CityLine and The Marilyn Denis Show. Kathy is the only two time winner  of the Professional Writers Association of Canada Award for Excellence in Humour, and is the 2010 recipient of the Mississauga Arts Award for Established  Literary Arts.

A mother of four, she encourages moms everywhere to “laugh about their lives.”

In her programs, Kathy discusses the challenges of reinventing yourself (both in your career and lifestyle) post-parenthood. She explains that our goal should be to find blend, rather than balance, in juggling our hectic lives. Kathy also explains how we can truly do what we love and love what we do because she believes that “it’s only work if you’d rather be somewhere else!

Maureen DennisMaureen Dennis founded “Wee Welcome,” a business devoted to giving new parents the tools to “have a baby and a life.” Over the last several years, Maureen has worked hard to make her business the national mom-powered  organization it is, and she is especially proud of the incredible team of  Canadian moms and the community of over 40 000 members they have built  together.

Maureen has also become an  important mom influencer through social and broadcast media. She appears  frequently on shows such as CBC’s National News, CTV News Channel, Canada A.M.,  CHCH Morning, CityLine, Global National News, Breakfast Television, A Channel Ottawa,  and Rogers Daytime. Maureen is also the exclusive Parenting Expert for CTV’s The Marilyn Denis Show and has acted as a corporate spokesperson for a number of high profile brands.

A mother of four, active entrepreneur and leader, Maureen guides her community of over 40,000 expectant and new parents through the wild and often overwhelming world of parenting.

Dr. David GreenbergDr. David Greenberg is currently on staff at St. Joseph’s Health Centre where he plays a leadership role in the areas of Family Medicine, Obstetrics, and Continuing Medical Education.

In 2005, “Dr. Dave” became a regular on The Mom Show, a national program designed for moms (and dads) to provide insight into medical, parenting and relationship issues for modern families. The show has been syndicated around the world, and remains one of the most popular shows of its kind in Canada.

The popularity of his segments on The Mom Show led “Dr. Dave” to host his own show, Dr. in the House, which premiered in January 2008, and continues to provide his audience with practical information on a variety of medical and related topics. Those shows continue to be shown regularly, and, in addition, “Dr. Dave” is now a regular contributor to Cityline.

To book Alyson, Kathy, Maureen or Dr. Dave for your next event give us a call at 416-420-4525 or be in touch via our site.

For a full list of our family and parenting speakers please click here.

Thank you, Mom!

In honor of Mother’s Day this Sunday, prospeakers.com is sending a heartfelt “thank you” to all the remarkable moms: thank you for providing unconditional love and support; for always extending your arms when we need to be held; and for even chasing away the monsters in the closet. Sometimes we wonder: “How do they do it all?”

This weekend is the perfect time to show your mom that you are truly thankful. With a card, a bouquet of roses, a box of chocolates or even a hug to tell your mom (or someone else’s mom!): thank you.

Cyndi Desjardins is a hero and remarkable mother.

Cyndi DesjardinsShe did not think she would ever be able to hold her children in her arms again, hold their hands or wipe their tears. We could never imagine having these simple things taken away. But for Cyndi it was a reality.

In February of 2011 Cyndi was diagnosed with necrotizing fasciitis, more commonly known as flesh eating disease. After five weeks of battling this ferocious disease, Cyndi woke to find her hands  and feet amputated in an effort to save her life. In May Cyndi was transferred to a rehabilitation facility, there she re-learned how to walk with artificial legs and perform basic every day functions. Things we all take for granted.

Cyndi is an amazing woman who has an extraordinary will to live, fight and to overcome this inconceivable challenge, she courageously recaptured the ability to care for her children, be a mother, a wife, and live life as best and as independently as possible. Cindy has accomplished so much in two years since becoming ill. She has reclaimed her title as a hands-on mom!

To book Cyndi for your upcoming event, give us a call at 416-420-4525 or be in touch via our site.

 

Filed under: Family and Parenting,Leadership,Motivation,Womens Issues — Tags: — prospeakers.com @ 3:03 pm
Gail Vaz-Oxlade: “Money Moron” & 5 Tips to Prevent Meltdowns

Gail Vaz-Oxlade
Gail Vaz-Oxlade’s new television series Money Moron premieres this Friday evening at 9pm on Slice. In Money Moron, the financial guru helps over-spenders and their victims: from spouses, to parents and children Gail helps a “tattler” confront a “money moron” in order to resolve their failing relationship.

She assigns the “money moron” various tasks, like keeping a spending journal and cash flow budget. If they succeed, they can be awarded up to $10,000.

In an interview with the Canadian Press Gail explains,

“People at home will watch this and all to learn how to tell the truth, how to lovingly tell the person that they’re genuinely interested in helping, ‘This is not working, we have to do something.'”

Gail is passionate about getting people to take control of their money and  their lives. She is best known for her frank-talking ways as host of Til  Debt Do Us Part and Princess, two other Slice TV shows that focus on helping individuals and couples rethink and rewire  their spending habits.

Here are Gail’s five tips on how to prevent money meltdowns in relationships:

1. Confess your financial issues, whether they concern your own money or your partner’s.
2. Don’t deceive each other in anything related to finances.
3. Have constructive, rather than confrontational, cash chats; communicate your longer-term financial goals to find a common ground.
4. Choose when you talk about finances carefully: timing is everything!
5. Don’t let one person take all control over the money, it should be a joint effort.

To book Gail for your upcoming event, give us a call at 416-420-4525 or be in touch via our site.

 

Filed under: Family and Parenting,Spokespeople,Top Tips — Tags: — prospeakers.com @ 11:29 am
Kathy Buckworth: I Am So the Boss of You

 

Kathy-BuckworthKathy Buckworth’s latest book takes office boardroom techniques into the home. In, I Am So the Boss of You, she predicts a society where corporate policies and practices regulate the family.
Her eight step guide aims to give your family a successful business-like structure.

Kathy, a mother of four kids, award-winning writer, television personality and public speaker, helps moms everywhere laugh, relax and realize that balance is something you achieve while putting on your peep-toe heels… and holding a glass of your favorite wine.

On top of all this, I Am So the Boss of You has been optioned as a television sitcom by WB.
But you do not need to wait until then. Pick up the book at Loblaws and Superstores across the country or online.

Catch Kathy on Vancouver’s Breakfast Television here.

To book Kathy for your upcoming event, give us a call at 416-420-4525 or be in touch via our site.

Alyson Schafer – Teaching Kids Social Skills Through Summer Camp

Alyson Schafer, psychotherapist, author, and parenting expert, wrote for Mabel’s Labels on sending your kid to summer camp, and the things they can learn there (if you let them).

 

“Camp itself allows kids to build their psychological muscle,” she says… and helps them face “social” challenges without looking to Mom or Dad to intervene.

“For example, they’ll be served food they don’t like without the ability to whine for mom to make them their preferred meal.  You don’t always get your way at camp.  That is the “iron clad logic of social living” as personality theorist, Alfred Adler would say.”

How your children respond to uncertainty & unfamiliarity reveals their internal attitudes and expectations that may not be helpful in the long run… Do they call you on the cell phone you had them smuggle in? Do they shut-down and avoid interacting with their peers? Or do they look for ways to bring comfort and fun to their new environment?

Help your child learn this important lesson from Dr. Adler: “In life, you can’t always change your situation, but you can always change your attitude about your situation.” Share this quote with your kids. Talk about it…

“And do you know what camp miracle happens then?   Your child will discover that they CAN change their attitude and look for ways to make the situation better, and that it works!”

 

Are you sending your kids to camp this summer? Have you thought about how to equip them with the social tools they need to thrive? For parenting advice and insight into how children think, check out Alyson Schafer’s books and seminars today!

 

 

Filed under: Family and Parenting — Tags: — prospeakers.com @ 9:49 am
From Our Speakers: Lessons Learned, Skating Season, Staying Healthy

Our speaker roster ranges from athletes to authors, business specialists to sportscasters… Which means their advice and insights cover just as many topics! Here are a few thoughts and ideas our speakers have shared recently.

 

Patrick Chan Patrick Chan claimed gold in Russia last weekend:

Chan laughingly said his superb show in Moscow was thanks in part to his chagrin at placing second before a home-country crowd at Skate Canada.

“It kind of sparked something in me … it sucks to lose,” he said. The Toronto skater’s disappointment spurred him to practice intensively and “I didn’t leave any chance for mistakes.”

Chan was the only one of the men to land two quads, both of them strong enough to look almost relaxed.

What’s next for Chan? How do you think his season will play out?

 

 

Kathy Buckworth Kathy Buckworth gives tips on surviving the waiting room:

Try to get the first appointment of the day, or the first one after the office’s lunch break, which is the most effective way to minimize wait time before the back log begins. Vaccinations can also be administered by nurses and other health care workers, not requiring a long wait for your family doctor.

Not sure what vaccinations your child needs? Just hearing about the pneumococcal vaccine? Undecided as to whether the flu shot is right for your family? Guidelines can change so if you have questions, speak with your doctor for the most up to date information. Remember to keep your immunization records up to date.

What’s your plan for keeping the family healthy this winter?

 

 

Elliotte Friedman Elliotte Friedman shares profound life lessons from his grandparents and great aunt:

It was Sept. 27, 1989, my 19th birthday. Crisp fall day, three weeks after arriving at the University of Western Ontario….I decided things were going to be different. Three people are responsible for that. This is my thank you.


Moishe Yaakov Kujawski, Mania Bodner and Eva Bross met in Bergen-Belsen, the Nazi concentration camp liberated by the British in April 1945. They were all Polish and had been through the worst kind of hell.

Who are your heroes? Do you have a moment where everything changed?

 

 

 

To book any of these speakers, contact us or give us a call: 416-420-4525

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Summer Reading From Our Speakers

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Looking for something to do during these long hazy evenings, or are heading up to the cottage sometime soon? Consider picking up one of these books from some of our favourite speakers:

 

Wingfield’s World – by Dan Needles. A comedic take on rural Canadiana, Needles’ popular plays are linked together in this lighthearted novel set in Persephone Township.
Shut Up and Eat – by  Kathy Buckworth. Buckworth’s collection of stories on motherhood, mealtimes, and the messiness of life will entertain and encourage you – and she’s thrown in some of her favourite recipes!
The Day I (Almost) Killed Two Gretzkys – by  James Duthie. A veteran sports reporter, Duthie shares a selection of his sports columns and several unpublished stories of life in the sports world, fatherhood, and his crush on Anna Kournikova.
Superbodies - by Greg Wells. Based on his award-winning segments during the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, Wells uses familiar stories and faces to unpack the science behind how our bodies work and give tips on increasing personal performance on and off the track.
The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari – by Robin Sharma. This fable brings together eastern wisdom with  western success principles to outline a new way toward fulfilling your dreams.
Moolala – by Bruce Sellery. A straightforward guide to managing your money, Sellery is a business journalist, analyst, and finance expert on Million Dollar Neighbourhood whose insights are sure to help simplify your spending chaos.
 Canada: Landscape of Dreams – by Roberta Bondar. Not only is she Canada’s first female astronaut, Bondar is also an accomplished nature photographer. This coffee table book highlights the beauty of our vast country.

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