Who’s Presenting At Ignite Sault 5

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The Ignite Sault 5 Speaker Lineup

The Ignite Sault team had the difficult task of choosing from several compelling talk submissions.  Ignite Saut 5 is only 12 days away! (Nov 9)  Don’t miss this inspiring community event, get your tickets now

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Here is a list of the presentations that made the cut…

Miracle-Gro For The Brain
Presenter Tyler Belanger
Biography Tyler Belanger is Director of Education for the Catalyst Fitness Ignite! division. He’s a researcher for brain function, a physical coach and personal trainer. He’s also a very charismatic speaker and motivator.
Description A division of Catalyst Fitness, we’ve been developing a program to enhance cognitive function/ memory / cognition using specific exercises before learning. This field is just coming alive, but most researchers haven’t yet gone far enough, focusing on neurochemistry and not actual plasticity (yet.) We’d like to show you what’s possible for folks with ADHD, autism, and brain injury, as well as kids with gaps in their motor learning.
A Tale of Gratitude
Presenter Neil Mclean
Biography Soo resident for over 20 years, raised in Toronto, born in France.
Grandparent, active volunteer, active outdoors, well travelled, tri-lingual
IT professional, registered professional forester
On a great journey!
Description A Recent trip across the country and back brought to the fore so much for which I am grateful.
This will be a description of that trip within the context of gratitude.
The talk will also be somewhat of a tribute to my son who traveled with me – but that won’t be evident until the last slide, which is phenomenal.
How I Learned to Love My Body
Presenter Katie Campbell
I moved to the Sault for love, 8 years ago. Now I stay for the love of my community and the stunning landscapes we are surrounded by. During the day I work for a natural resources economist, by night I teach Middle Eastern dance, and on the weekends I perform in a burlesque troupe.
I would like to talk about body image and self-esteem through a personal narrative.
Family Histories and Lifestyle Choices
Presenter Denise Rodda
Author of Legacy for Donna A Palliative Death Full of Blessings A Plea for Preventive Health Geneologies. This book is a tool to teach my message, the value of Proactive Preventive Health Geneologies. It also is intended to give comfort in the palliative death process. $2.00/book is donated to the Sault Area Hospital Foundation Cancer Care Fund.( for the life of the book!) I am an R.P.N with the GHC(25 years experience) I am positive for the genetic BRCA2, which increases my risk of Breast and Ovarian Cancer. 2 of my sister’s have had breast cancer. My sister Donna lost her battle with cancer sept 17,2008. Thus my grief has evolved to this book, and this need to “give back”. I am cancer free, and wish others to benefit from our family tragedy, so it “won’t happen to them!”
i wish to talk about the proactive choices we could all make should we be aware of our Health Genealogies! As we assume our children will have traits/resemblances to their parents/families… we should also realize that medical histories can also be much similar. The Baby-Boomer generation is the first generation to have names for past illness’s… We can do this! I wish to play that part of a social activist to encourage society to make medical family genealogies and to share with family members in young adulthood. This knowledge would be a tool with which to make proactive health lifestyle choices AND to see individualized medical recommendations/care/treatment. The end result would be a healthier society!!
The World at Your Door: Adventures in Couch Surfing
Presenter Gerry Kirk
I am the architect that designs spaces for people to create astonishing results. Co-founded Ignite Sault, ChangeCamp Sault and other local events. Guiding organizations to accelerate performance delivered by a highly motivated, empowered workforce. Pushing the limits is where I like to be.
Ever wanted to see the world? Start by bringing the world to your doorstep. Our family has hosted people the past 2 years from all over, all by simply offering a bed for travellers. From a film writer documenting sustainable farming to a Texan once chased out of Russia, our lives have been enriched. We’ve even tasted life on the couch surfing road as a family. And, hey it’s free accommodation! Fun, free, connecting the world one couch at a time. Discover how this simple act of hospitality will strengthen your faith in humanity.
Inclusion in Our Community
Presenter Quinn Pleau-MacWilliam
I am 19 years old
What inclusion in school and the community means for people with disabilities
Disconnected Interconnections in Education
Presenter John Clement
Innovative and passionate Natural Environment and Outdoor Studies professor / forester with an eclectic philosophic spirituality rooted in nature whose last Ignite presentation (Ignite the Sault 3) examined “Where fire goes when it goes out?” A life long learner with 24 years post secondary teaching experience at 4 intitutions across Canada, who keeps current by taking teacher training course on a regular basis, and attending various community events such as Agenda Camp, Pod Camp and Change Camp. Numerous awards for excellence in education and for empathetic connections with students. Sault Ste Marie Innovation Center “Innovative Educator of the Year” for 2011.
This talk came about one day while I was sitting under a giant white pine on St Joe Island… When you attempt to compare the interconnectedness of the native medicine wheel philosophy to the hierarchical approach of mainstream educational theory, (specifically Blooms Taxonomy), a funny thing happens… A new interconnected educational paradigm emerges. This talk will take the audience on a journey of discovery as we examine the inner and outer connections of this new way of looking at education.
How I Started Running
Presenter Jennifer Woods
Biography Self employed bootcamp owner in Sault Ste Marie. Graduate from Sault College Fitness and Health Promotion Proram and Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology Certified Personal Trainer Certification.I like to make a difference in people’s lives by encouraging them to believe in themselves and that their goals are achievable and realistic. I enjoy empowering people to make changes in their lives to live a healthier and more active lifestyle. I take pride in watching participants achieve their goals and overcome their obstacles.
I used to hate running, but now I run. This talk will detail how life has changed the way that I feel about running, and how we can challenge & stretch ourselves to turn tragedy into triumph.
The Island Fairy Godmother: My argument for the official recognition of Florence Whaley Orrell as a 20th century Fairy Godmother
Presenter Cindy Ellen Crawford
Biography Cindy Ellen Crawford is a local writer whose work has appeared in many publications worldwide. She also likes to talk. Ignite 5 presents her with the challenge of being able to talk about a subject she’s passionate about but in a really tiny time frame.
Florence Whaley Orrell was an American who first arrived in the North Shore area as a cottager back in early 1900s. As the daughter of one of Flint, Michigan’s founding families, she grew up with a silver spoon in her mouth but also with a benevolent heart. Florence used her power and money for good, not evil, on St. Joseph Island and this talk is about why she should be ‘officially’ recognized as a modern-day Fairy Godmother.
Roommate: Ad infinitum
Presenter Tiffy Thompson
You know, just trying to achieve full personhood.
I am going to talk about what its like to live with Jill Pateman. And how I’ve always had and probably always will have roommates throughout my protracted adolescence (life).
Using The “A” Word in Mixed Company
Presenter Dave Chartrand
I was born and raised in the Sault and with the exception of a few years for schooling and living away, have lived here all of my life. I have 3 beautiful children, 2 boys and a girl who are the centre of my world. Between the demands of family committments and working as an ICU nurse at Sault Area Hospital, I lead a busy and fulfilling life. Some of my hobbies include a variety of outdoor activities (fishing, camping, hiking), Tae Kwon Do, cooking, playing guitar and an avid interest in classic movies.
Description A talk about my personal journey from believer to atheist and how it lead me to consider the taboos we feel, as a society, about discussing matters of a religious nature. I have always felt that any subject will always benefit from more discussion but we are often reluctant to discuss matters of religious belief, in a way that we are with no other subject. Why? I hope to convey through my own experiences, warmth and (hopefully) a bit of humour that this should not be the case – that we should feel comfortable in a civilized society to discuss belief as we would any other subject. I also hope, along the way, to impart my own respect for the importance of critical thought in our lives and share how secularism has enriched my sense of wonder with and appreciation for life.

UPDATE:  Thomas Brandstetter has reluctantly withdrawn from the event.