Momondays - Monday September 19, 2016
At each monthly event you will see an electric mix of speakers sharing 10 minute personal stories and life lessons. Fun filled night!
At seventeen years old Victoria made a last minute decision. She enrolled herself into Marvel School of Beauty leaving the idea of university on the back burner. This one decision propelled Victoria into living her life's purpose in service, inpsiring and empowering women from behind the stylist chair. It also haunted her as she struggled with her own self worth throughout most of her adult life because she didn't pursue a higher education. Victoria's story briefly spans her 30 years as hairstylist, military wife, mother and entrepreneur.
April was 16 when she met David. She thought that he was the LOVE of her life, that she had found her forever. The first couple years was fun, doing things teenagers do. Then after prom he proposed...It was downhill from there... For the next 11 years April was beaten down emotionally. Totally stripped of the person she once was, of the person she wanted to be. From turning down university acceptances to believing that she was a "fat" 125lbs cow that no one else could ever want, her life started to spin out of control. The thing was, that on the outside no one would have ever guessed... April developed a shopping addiction, that she struggled with until just a few years ago, binge drinking and drug use. Finally she found the courage to leave when she was almost 28 years old... She was excited to really find out who she was, that year was a tail spin of more unhealthy relationships and a scary slide into a world of drugs, alcohol and self hate. Until she really did met her forever, and decided that it was her time to be happy, her time to shine and really show who April is and what she has to offer this world.
For almost a decade Mark hobbled through life with a left knee that was bone on bone. His health was deteriorating, his humour was gone, his business was hampered and he was grumpy at home. Finally enough was enough, he gave up and went and asked the doctor for help. A left knee arthroplasty was prescribed. Decision time, what if it doesn't work out, what if I loose my leg?, what if something happens? What if it works? Mark tells us his story of the surgery and what happened as his left knee left him.
In 2010, Jen was terrified when her mother's rapid decent into dementia did not match their family history: something was accelerating her disease.
Since then, Alzheimer's experts, such as Dr. Rudy Tanzi, have added emotional trauma to a list of chief risk factors that include: family history, Alzheimer's marker genes, head injury, gender, age, and stroke.
Which is why stories like Jen's need to be shared: accelerating, step-by-step abuse occurs within sight of and in spite of authorities who were tasked with preventing such tragedies.
Jen's personal story is a jaw-dropping journey with each hard-won revelation building upon Jen's worst fears: that she had inherited a rare form of early-onset Alzheimer's disease from her mother. Eventually, Jen empowered herself by becoming a research subject for the global Dominantly Inherited Alzheimer's Network's Observational Study, in a race to find the cure.
It was December 3rd, 1993 when her husband of then 22 years collapsed and suffered a brain aneurysm. In a coma for 5 months, hospital for another 5 months and came home in a wheelchair, unable to speak or walk. Told he would never recover Janet went into fight mode and this story takes you through the emotions, the fight and determination it took to get him back.
After 22 years in corporate Canada motivating others, seeing struggles many were having promoting their respective businesses, Janet knew she needed to connect entrepreneurs and coach them to be the best they can be. Since 2011 The Canadian Networker has grown into a business that hosts networking events. Janet lives in Kitchener with her husband of 44 years, 2 sons and 3 teenage grandchildren.
Michel is the founder of momondays. He has spoken at conferences in more than eight countries worldwide, and has helped thousands of individuals craft and perform more effective, ‘purposeful’ stories to become better leaders, salespeople, coaches, trainers, and speakers. He also uses Purposeful Storytelling to help his corporate clients differentiate and brand themselves in crowded markets