Voices Youth Empowerment Symposium

Healthy Minds — Healthy Bodies

A thought provoking day filled with workshops for parents and youth on mind and body health.

Building on previous years’ most popular sessions, this year adds new Workshops, Body Breaks and Games!

Every year, Voices brings new resources for health issues and to de-stigmatize mental illness.

Sunday October 22, 2017
8am-5pm
Wilson Hall, University of Toronto

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A thought provoking day filled with workshops for parents and youth on mind and body health.

Building on previous years’ most popular sessions, this year adds new Workshops, Body Breaks and Games!

Every year, Voices brings new resources for health issues and to de-stigmatize mental illness.

Sunday October 22, 2017
8am-5pm
Wilson Hall, University of Toronto

Our Vision

Empowering Lives Through the Martial Arts

A thought provoking day filled with workshops for parents and youth on mind and body health.

Building on previous years’ most popular sessions, this year adds new Workshops, Body Breaks and Games!

Every year, Voices brings new resources for health issues and to de-stigmatize mental illness.

Voices YES (Youth Empowerment Symposium)

Building up our Youth — Building Our Community

A thought provoking day filled with workshops for parents and youth on mind and body health.

Building on previous years’ most popular sessions, this year adds new Workshops, Body Breaks and Games!

Every year, Voices brings new resources for health issues and to de-stigmatize mental illness.

Sunday October 22, 2017
8am-5pm
Wilson Hall, University of Toronto

 

Body Breaks

buy-tickets-eventbriteWe at DeSantos Premier Martial Arts know that exercise is a great healer.  With that in mind we offer a Body Break in each workshop session for you to blow off steam and have some fun.  Check the schedule for timing.

Recharge

buy-tickets-eventbriteThroughout the day we will offer a few ways to recharge.  Rousing tabletop games, writing nook, colouring, even just listening to music.  Check out the alternative spaces if you need a break.

Who’s Who

We at DeSantos Premier Martial Arts have reached out to health professionals across a wide spectrum of issues.  Scroll through our huge lineup of talented presenters and see what they have to offer for you and your family.

Kelly Dear

Kelly Dear

kelly dear‘ – is an award winning educator, a comedian, a writer, a lover of great danes and a cancer survivor. ‘kelly‘ struggles with anxiety depression and raging insomnia. ‘kell‘ is her inner child desperately seeking her outer adult who if left alone will spend all day painting and forget to eat. ‘kells’ is the one who is growing from these experiences and hopes to someday soon have the other three over for a glass of wine – well not kell – she can have chocolate milk…

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Michelle Ryan

Michelle Ryan

Michelle has spent 14 years working as a behaviour and autism consultant in Newfoundland as well as the Toronto Region. She began working as a Behaviour Management Specialist with a the Community Behavioural Services Program in 2002 where she was also active on the Board of Directors for Community Supportive Employment Corproation before moving to Toronto in 2006.

As a Behaviour Consultant with the Geneva Centre for Autism, Michelle worked with families and professionals, providing behaviour services, teaching workshops and was involved in provincial government’s autism training initiative. In 2008, Michelle began working as a consultant with Kerry’s Place Autism Services, providing services to individuals and families. She was involved in developing numerous workshops for organizations including Autism Ontario, the Royal Ontario Museum and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health’s Asperger Parent Groups. Currently, Michelle is working with the Ontario government where she has spent the last number of years working in various roles with the Ministry of Children and Youth Services.

Michelle lives in the Upper Beach area with her wife and son where she is a Beaver leader with the 4th Toronto Scout Group. She also continues to provide private behaviour consultation upon request.

UNITY Charity

UNITY Charity

UNITY uses the arts to empower youth with the confidence and skills for success. UNITY engages youth 10 to 18 by implementing school and community programs helping youth positively express their stress and develop skills for success. UNITY empowers youth to make better choices as leaders, mentors and positive community role models leading to more productive citizens, safer schools, and healthier communities.

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Lee Godfrey

Lee Godfrey

Lee Godfrey is a 2nd Degree Black Belt at DeSantos Premier Martial Arts, who is currently working toward her 3rd Degree with Team 2018! She also holds a 1st Degree Black Belt in Shotokan Karate, and has a background in Tai Chi Chuan.

Lee is a mindfulness and wellness coach who is currently training for a designation with the International Coaching Federation. She is a graduate of the Being Limitless program offered by the One World Academy in Chennai, India, and has completed workshops and certificate training with The Centre for Midlife Renewal (Toronto), Tony Robbins’ Date with Destiny (Florida), the Zen Habits Sea Change program (online), and the Neuroscience Training Summit (online). Currently, she is a student of the Mindfulness Coaching School, in New Mexico. She offers wellness coaching, mindfulness classes, and meditation training in the areas of:
– healing from trauma
– building self-esteem
– breaking addiction to technology

Her passion is making wellness and mindfulness accessible and easy for people of all backgrounds

Rue Henry

Rue Henry

Rue has been exploring yoga, meditation and mindfulness for a few decades and will share with you some tips for restoring calm and increasing focus.

Antoinette Moulton, DeSantos Premier Martial Arts

Antoinette Moulton, DeSantos Premier Martial Arts

Antoinette Moulton, better known as Ma’am Toni, came to DeSantos Premier Martial Arts in 2002, at a time in her life when things were very difficult.  Not only did she find a place for her children to be active and learn to defend themselves, she found an outlet for herself that turned into a great love for the martial arts.  She began teaching at DeSantos when she was an orange belt. She currently holds a fourth degree black belt, and is the face of DeSantos Premier Martial Arts at our second location at Broadview and Gerrard.  Ma’am Toni also teaches Karate Kids and Sprouts, as well as Anti-Bullying seminars at local schools.

Get REAL Movement

Get REAL Movement

Get REAL is a student-driven non-profit, founded at Western University in 2011. We run inclusivity workshops at the high school and middle school level, with a focus on eliminating LGBTQ discrimination and bullying!

We have spoken to over 25,000 students across Ontario and the East Coast, from grade 6 right up to teachers college. We believe friendliness, humour, and honest stories are the keys to a safe and stimulating environment. Because of this, we get rave reviews no matter where we go: small towns, big cities; public schools, private schools, and catholic schools – friendliness is universal.

More info here

Jill Hewlett

Jill Hewlett

Jill Hewlett is a internationally recognized speaker, trainer, wellness TV personality and author. Her impactful keynotes have engaged professionals ranging from Educators and Clinicians to Sales Leaders and Entrepreneurs. She inspires and educates audiences ranging from 10’s to 1,000’s at Conferences, Special Events and Corporate Training.

Licensed in the field of Educational Kinesiology and a Brain Gym® consultant of almost two decades, Jill has the skillful capacity to draw out the natural leadership in individuals and organizations to support them in reducing stress and achieving greater levels of efficiency, resiliency, productivity and success.

SOY (Sherbourne Health Centre)

SOY (Sherbourne Health Centre)

For the H.E.A.T. speakers bureau, youth are booked by other organizations for talks for a range of audiences. These talks highlight the challenges facing LGBTQ youth and their peers today, addressing what needs to change. Youth speakers gain experience on how to implement and support tangible initiatives to create safe, anti-oppressive and more welcoming environments for all youth. Speakers share their own personal experiences and knowledge of not only homophobia and transphobia but also of intersecting issues such as racism, ableism and other forms of oppression and discrimination.

There are currently around 30 active ‘graduated’ SOY H.E.A.T. youth and some of them have been around since the beginning! Youth speakers have given over 100 presentations to schools, colleges, employers and service-providers. They identify as queer and trans activists, ‘artivists’ and/or advocates, and many also volunteer, study or work in other roles that support the human rights initiatives and anti-oppressive practices within communities.

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Sarah & Briar

Sarah & Briar

Sarah and Briar are a couple of teenagers who regularly dance the night away to Just Dance in Sarah’s basement.  New moves, new songs and lots of laughs help them to forget their cares for a while.

Jonathan Boyko

Jonathan Boyko

Jonathan Boyko is a 3rd Degree Black Belt at DeSantos Premier Martial Arts who has been training since he was 6 years old.  His particular passion for fitness led him to work in several gyms as well as teaching martial arts for DeSantos.  His strong knowledge of technique and engaging personality blend to make him an excellent teacher.

Scurvy’s Crew

Scurvy’s Crew

You’ll find Scurvy Dave and his Pirate Crew — Jean-Luc, Kim and Natalie — to be experienced in all kinds of games, and excellent guides for adventures of all kinds.  They are ready to teach new games, facilitate large group games, match you up with a small quiet challenge, or just talk about gaming with you.

White Ribbon Campaign

White Ribbon Campaign

White Ribbon is the world’s largest movement of men and boys working to end violence against women and girls, promote gender equity, healthy relationships and a new vision of masculinity.

Starting in 1991, we asked men to wear white ribbons as a pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women and girls. Since then the White Ribbon has spread to over 60 countries around the world.

We work to examine the root causes of gender-based violence and create a cultural shift that helps bring us to a future without violence.

Our vision is for a masculinity that embodies the best qualities of being human. We believe that men are part of the solution and part of a future that is safe and equitable for all people.

Through education, awareness-raising, outreach, technical assistance, capacity building, partnerships and creative campaigns, White Ribbon is helping create tools, strategies and models that challenge negative, outdated concepts of manhood and inspire men to understand and embrace the incredible potential they have to be a part of positive change.

Michele Chai, Planned Parenthood Toronto

Michele Chai, Planned Parenthood Toronto

Michele Chai has been a community health promoter with Planned Parenthood Toronto since 2003.  Michele facilitates workshops and trainings in community settings on sexual and reproductive health topics, including: healthy sexualities, building healthier relationships, and masculinities and health.

Shyanne Spilchen – Power4Teens

Shyanne Spilchen – Power4Teens

Shyanne Spilchen is an entrepreneur. She has over 7 years experience working in the fitness industry specifically with youth; she has worked with numerous organizations running fitness and wellness programs for adults and children across the City of Toronto.

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Rachel Weinstock

Rachel Weinstock

Rachel Weinstock, B.F.A & B.E.d., is an elementary school teacher, professional artist, public speaker, workshop facilitator & part real Rainbow Fairy. At a very young age, Rachel dreamed of being a magnetician.  You know, someone who can feel the energy of things and use that power for good.  Wherever she goes, children seem to flock to her.  They inherently trust her, and she in turn empowers them to harness their best self.  Rachel brings a spark to everything she touches and her healing approach to teaching weaves creativity, mentorship and self-esteem into a colourful and safe medicine for the soul.  Rachel has developed an expressive arts program for kids across many cultures that has become the building blocks of her Playfully Creative approach.

She is a member of the Toronto District School Board and has taught thousands of children across the Greater Toronto Area.

Shauna Gray & Maria Christopoulos

Shauna Gray & Maria Christopoulos

Shauna Gray, MA, R-P, R-D/MT is an engaging and approachable Registered Psychotherapist and Expressive Arts Therapist.  She effectively tailors her approach to each individual client by utilizing her many diverse modalities, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Movement, Art and Play Therapy, Mood, Stress and Anxiety Management, Psychoeducation, Psychodynamic and Supportive Counselling, and Chronic Pain and Brain Injury Management.

She takes pride in providing a trusting, warm and supportive environment, where insightful, client-focused, and pragmatic therapy can benefit her child, teen and adult clients.  Some of her specialties include anxious and depressed mood, parenting struggles, divorce, individual challenges, chronic pain, brain injury, and trauma.

http://www.shaunagray.com/

Maria Christopoulos is a former teacher with 10 years experience in both the elementary and senior school settings.  She received her Principal’s Qualifications from the OISE Institute at the University of Toronto.  Maria is currently completing a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology with specialties using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in anxiety, depression, anger, stress, and bullying.  She works with adolescents, young adults and adults in this capacity.  Maria also conducts psycho educational assessments for adolescents and young adults looking to transition back into school or post-secondary studies.  Maria has strived to help parents and children work to a common goal of success in both the academic and personal settings.  Through a thorough understanding of adolescent and adult needs, Maria strives to provide an integrated approach to learning and emotional regulation that ensures successful integration or reintegration into the educational or work setting.

Charlie Page – Power4Teens

Charlie Page – Power4Teens

Charlie Page is founder and co-owner of Power4Teens which runs programs, camps and groups dedicated to teaching techniques on building a healthy mind, body and soul.  She is a Life Coach, an International Toastmaster and is currently completing her requirements to become a Registered Psychotherapist.

Anita Sarda

Anita Sarda

Anita Sarda is a first degree black belt from DeSantos Martial Arts Studio. She is a mother of a 14 year old son and a 11 year old daughter. As a young child, Anita’s  mother would apply Henna on her to help her learn about her Indian culture and roots and in turn teach Anita to nurture and grow her creative artistic abilities.

Why?

The mission of DeSantos Premier Martial Arts is to Empower Lives Through the Martial Arts.  As a martial arts school with a background of giving back to our community, we interact with a wide variety of people on a daily basis.  We are interested in improving the whole health of our student body, specifically the tween/teen aged students, who are experiencing many issues outside of our area of expertise.  Physical health, nutrition, mental health, exercise and mindfulness are all aspects of the whole picture of the health of our youth.  Troubles like depression, anxiety, eating disorders, self-harm, alchohol and drug abuse, stress, negative body image, etc.,  appear to be on the rise in our community. Most times parents are at a loss for how to help their families — they don’t know where to get help, or are afraid to reach out to others because of a stigma attached to what their family is going through.  We want to help these teens and their families to find the help they need for life to get better.

Our goals for the Voices Youth Empowerment Symposium are:

  • to provide a place where families of adolescents in their tween or teen years can come to gather information and resources to help deal with health issues their family may be currently experiencing or for future possible use
  • to provide workshops for both parents and young people aged 10-16 that bring different ideas about how to stay healthy in mind and body
  • to strengthen our connection within our community and help to de-stigmatize mental illness as part of the whole health picture for the parents as well as the youth involved.