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CONFESSION SESSIONS: SESSION II

"Empowering-Life Changing-Unforgettable"

Confession Sessions II will be an intimate evening hosted by Canadian Author Modesta Tonan, who is the visionary behind the movement, providing a platform for strong, resilient men and women to share their motivational stories and promote positivity and love.

Returning to speak by popular demand are, Alana Rachello Stefanidis and Antoinette Salvatori, along with new speakers Fallon Farinacci, Natalie Watson, Michelle Brennan-Allen, Lori Fair, and Dan Giancola. The stage will be set for them to share personal details of events that changed their lives forever. From stories of the stigmas of Mental Health, Addiction, Loss, and Infidelity being conquered by empowerment to stay strong and not letting emotional barrier in the way of realizing their dreams. It will be an unforgettable experience of laughter, smiles and tears that will leave you feeling inspired to live your life and continue to be true to your Inner-Self.

A percentage of event proceeds will be allocated to “No One Goes Hungry”, founded by full time Mortgage Agent, and Mom of Four-Carey Benvenutui. This year the “No One Goes Hungry” model will feed over 27,000 people throughout the Niagara Region including supporting a large portion of the Salvation Army Mobile Outreach’s truck need as well as local high school lunch programs.

Home Hospice Association HHA will also benefit from a percentage of our proceeds. HHA is a national, not-for-profit, registered charitable organization whose mission is to fill in the gaps of hospice palliative care that exist in every community in Canada. Eighty-four percent of people living in Canada have no access to hospice care to anyone, at any time, under any roof. Their services are available from diagnosis through bereavement. Donations to HHA not only help them care for people diagnosed with life-limiting illnesses but also help them deliver certified training in the following areas: Death Doula, Infancy and Pregnancy Loss Doula, Compassionate Caregiving, and Palliative Support Worker.

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Empowering ~ Life Changing ~ Unforgettable

Confession Sessions - "The Essence Of Raw Conversation"

An Evening with Awesome Speakers

Friday March 22nd, 2019

6:00 - 6:20 PM

Confession Sessions, Doors Open

6:20 - 6:50 PM

Entertainment, Valerie Borghese

6:55 - 7:00 PM

Affirmation by Sue Moreale

7:00 - 7:05 PM

Modesta Tonan Introduction

7:06 - 7:20 PM

Speaker

Natalie Watson

7:20 - 7:35 PM

Speaker

Alana Rachello Stefanidis

7:35 - 7:50 PM

Speaker

Lori Fair

7:50 - 8:05 PM

Speaker

Michelle Brennan Allen

8:05 - 8:20 PM

*** Intermission ***

8:20 - 08:35 PM

Speaker

Fallon Farinacci

8:35 - 08:50 PM

Speaker

Antoinette Salvatori

8:50 - 09:15 PM

Speaker

Dan Giancola

9:15 - 9:30 PM

Question and answer

9:30 - 10:00 PM

Show Ends

Meet and greet with guest speakers

Friday, 18th August

09:30 - 11:15AM

Three Star Product Experiences

Rebecca Henriksson

Anna has collated all their findings for this talk on the different kinds that are out there, how they're built.

11:15 - 13:15PM

Sketching with confidence, clarity and imagination

Olle Gustavsson

We’re always looking at new ways to become more efficient web designers, new tools and generators appear nearly every day..

13:30 - 14:30PM

Lunch

Five star buffet for everybody.

14:35 - 16:00PM

Designing MVP Experiments That Work

Romeo Gunnarsson

We’re always looking at new ways to become more efficient web designers, new tools and generators appear nearly every day..

Saturday, 19th August

09:30 - 11:15AM

Key Note: Packaging Modern Web Applications

Fredric Martinsson

Anna has collated all their findings for this talk on the different kinds that are out there, how they're built.

11:15 - 13:15PM

WordPress REST API Authentication

Charles Petersson

We’re always looking at new ways to become more efficient web designers, new tools and generators appear nearly every day..

13:30 - 14:30PM

Lunch

Five star buffet for everybody.

14:35 - 16:00PM

Information Architecture for Everybody

Rebecca Henriksson

We’re always looking at new ways to become more efficient web designers, new tools and generators appear nearly every day..

16:30 - Late

After Party

Stick around and enjoy a dazzling after work.




Sponsorship Inquiries
To Learn More about Confession Sessions – “The Raw Essence of Conversation” Sponsorship Opportunities and how your support will benefit our charitable partners, Pathstone Mental Health and Wellspring Niagara (Cancer Support), please contact our Director of Sponsorship for more information. Thank you in advance for your kindness.

How to Purchase an Empowering Seat
Seating is limited for this empowering event – please visit the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre Box Office on how to purchase your tickets now.

Disclaimer
"The Raw Essence of Conversation" is not deemed suitable for patrons under the age of 19 due to some of the speaking platforms of abuse, addictions and infidelity. Tickets will be available for purchase at The FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada for patrons 19 years of age and older. Parental guidance is strongly recommended.

Confession Sessions II Host & Moderator




Modesta is the visionary of Confession Sessions and a Canadian Author who is set to release her second novel "I Love You Still."

With the support of her loving family, Modesta has embarked on a journey to pursue her passion of storytelling and has provided a platform for those to deliver their own.

A mother first and an author second, Modesta values her family above all else and with her family grown she is excited to start writing the next chapter of her life with all of you. Through stories of pain and loss, she is a constant reminder of how love prevails.

Modesta Tonan, Author
modestatonanauthor@gmail.com | www.modestatonan.com

Awesome Speakers

Listen ~ Learn ~ Get Inspired

~"To walk in faith and not by sight"~

Natalie Watson
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.~

Michelle Brennan-Allen
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 ~

Lori Fair
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 Farinacci
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.


True Wanderlust
Educator ~ Resilient

Alana Rachello Stefanidis
Alana Rachello Stefanidis is a grateful 52 - year old single mother of two teenagers.

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 her "tribe".

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 More!

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Survivor ~ Entrepreneur
Educator ~ Motivator

Antoinette Salvatori
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 Yourself!”

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
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!






Entertainment


Valerie Borghesi is a Singer Songwriter from Niagara Falls, Ontario. Valerie got her start in classical singing and musical Theatre. She pursued musical theatre at Randolph Academy Triple threat program for the performing arts. After exploring Musical Theatre and film work post graduation, Valerie decided it was time to focus solely on pursuing her music Career.

Valerie would consider her style Diva vocals, with a Jazz and Rock influenced-Pop. Due to her musical theatre background, her performance style has been compared to that of a theatrical experience as she heavily values storytelling as well as skilful and expressive singing.

Valerie’s first release “Boo Baby” produced by Damian Birdsey, is a Halloween Anthem that was stuck in listeners ears all Fall. Valerie premiered her song at the Niagara Music Awards where she was nominated for 4 categories. She also released her music video directed by Reece Fisher that same day.

Valerie Borghesi also released a Christmas themed song “Femme Fatale Jingle Bell”. This song is a catchy female empowerment character song about Mrs. Claus taking over Christmas.

Valerie Borghesi will be releasing her full EP this year as well as performing shows alongside her band “Next Door Noise”.

No One Goes Hungry, founded by full time mortgage agent, mom of four - Carey Benvenutui. She began the No One Goes Hungry program as an opportunity to give members of our community an outlet to help those struggling to put a meal on the table. By working together as a collective Carey and her team are able to achieve far greater results than working alone. This year the No One Goes Hungry model will feed over 27,000 people throughout the Niagara Region. Click here for more information.

Carey Benvenutui, Founder



Home Hospice Association (HHA) is excited to be working with Confession Sessions and honoured to be one of the charities of choice. HHA, is a national, not-for-profit, registered charitable organization whose mission is to fill in the gaps of hospice palliative care that exist in every community in Canada. Eighty-four percent of people living in Canada have no access to hospice palliative care. HHA’s answer to filling that gap is to deliver free, around-the-clock hospice care to anyone, at any time, under any roof. Our services are available from diagnosis through bereavement. Donations to HHA not only help us care for people diagnosed with life-limiting illnesses but also help us to deliver certified training in the following areas: Death Doula, Infancy and Pregnancy Loss Doula, Compassionate Caregiving, and Palliative Support Worker.

Please visit us at www.homehospiceassociation.com
To donate, https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/home-hospice-association/




Nancy Croce, Producer


Nancy Croce has been sharing her creative energy with others for more than thirty years. From producing her own fashion/art cable television show straight out of Fashion Arts school, to creating national corporate events today, her mission is designing unforgettable experiences for people. And she brings her zany inventiveness and unfettered boldness to each experience she produces through her company Croce Creative.

“Every event is a product of my heart and soul.” Nancy takes the adversity in her life and channels it into an artistic vision so she can help others thrive through her creative force. In the face of any obstacle — either personal or at an event she’s organizing — her strength is ingenuity and a will to make anything possible.

She’s also energized by her tribe, a kindred band that she rallies to create beautiful adventures for others. Nancy shares her life-force energy with her family and friends in the incredible Niagara Region.

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VIP After Party Sponsored
by Aya Kitchens Design Studio

Charities We Support

Empower through the Gift of Donation.




The goal of Pathstone Mental Health is to support children, youth and families across Niagara who are struggling with mental health issues. Over the past 12 months, we served more than 6,200 clients. This year we are on track so see close to 7,000. Our objective at Pathstone is to ensure no child waits more than 30 days for mental health treatment. Donate Now.

Kim Rossi, Director of Philanthropy
905-688-6850, ext. 167
krossi@pathstone.ca




Wellspring is a network of community-based support centres offering programs and services that meet the emotional, social, practical and restorative needs of people living with cancer and those who care for them. Wellspring programs are offered free of charge. Donate Now.

Ann Mantini-Celima, Executive Director
ann@wellspringniagara.ca




"The Art of Happiness Lies in the Power of Love"
ETERNITY ~ PURITY ~ REBIRTH

Confession Sessions Box Office Tickets

Empower through the Gift of Conversation

Ticket Price

$45.00
Plus HST

  • V.I.P. Admission
  • Percentage of all Ticket Proceeds go to Charity
  • Meet & Greet with Speakers
  • V.I.P. SWAG Bag
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Fee Breakdown
$40.00 + $2.50 CCIF (Cultural Capital Investment Fund) + $2.50 Handling Fee

Venue Information

Beautiful location in the heart of St. Catharines, Ontario

Location

Confession Sessions will be held at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre at 250 St Paul St.,
St. Catharines, ON L2R 3M2
(905) 688-0722

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CONFESSION SESSIONS TEAM



JOSEPHINE DEVELLIS
Director of Communications
  Life is better when I, "Love Myself Unconditionally, World Travel, Cigars, Scotch, Italian Heritage and my children, Angela and Davide." With the loss of my true love, Joseph Devellis, to cancer, I was faced with a life changing moment of not just being the CEO of my family but now the CEO of a construction company an industry dominated by men. My philosophy to overcome adversity is to dominate life through self-exploration.
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ADELE FILICE - Editorial Director
  My name is Adele Filice, and I live in Niagara, where I was raised with a culture filled, traditional outlook on life, that has been my foundation to the person I have become. I am a proud mom first, a loving wife, a dedicated Vice Principal, and a loyal friend.
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Sue Moreale
Administrative - Spiritual Advisor

“Her beauty radiated with strength, grace and commitment. Commitment to living the best possible life she can and helping others along the way” - Sue

As a business owner ,registered nurse, wellness activist, cancer survivor thriver and strong woman I continue to empower and inspire women to live the best possible life they can. I’m grateful I get to run our business Her Sanctuary with my beautiful daughter Ciara to share our philosophy!

Tania Joy Antonio
Artistic Director

‘Motherhood sparked a whole new level of vibration in her soul’

Tania truly understands and embraces the power of positive affirmations, author of The Affirmation Station. As one of Canada’s inspiring authors, she wants to see a change in the way we as a society discuss, heal and think about mental, emotional and spiritual well-being of our children.

Her passion stems from her personal experiences with trauma as a child and young adult. She wants every child to know they do not need to look outside themselves, that they have the power within to rise above.

Tania's Web site

Awesome Speakers from our First Session

Listen ~ Learn ~ Get Inspired

Author ~ Motivational Speaker
Producer ~ Screenwriter

Modesta Tonan
Modesta Tonan is one of Canada’s most engaging author’s as her first novel, “I Belong to You”, takes readers on a spiritual journey through the emotional depths of denial, love, humor and a longing to reconnect with that inner voice – “Your Intuition.”

Tonan’s timeless writing style is assured to capture the hearts and imaginations of readers around the world with what began as a girlfriend’s getaway to Italy soon transitioned into a life altering Epiphany that will have you question the very existence of your own life’s purpose. It’s candid, transparent and definitely a read that will captivate your senses for this True Wanderlust of Life soon becomes a victim of times already traveled and moments that are yet to be.

Modesta’s journey continues to flourish with the debut of her second book, “I Love You Still,” to be released soon online and in select Chapters – Indigo Bookstores in Canada. "I Belong to You" is in the process of being turned into a film.

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Designer ~ Entrepreneur
Educator ~ Registered Nurse

Sue Morreale
Sue Morreale is a business owner, registered nurse, wellness activist, cancer thriver and a strong woman. She believes a woman should always appreciate herself and honor her soul in everything she does. That philosophy has helped her create a business with products that inspire women to recognize their individuality, personal style and strength.

As a wellness warrior and advocate against the fight of breast cancer, Sue continues to empower and inspire women to live their best possible life while honoring and appreciating their soul along the way. The mission of her and daughter, Ciara, is to provide a space in which beauty, experience, and wellness are supported by products that guide one’s journey to well-being, celebrate women and their stories, while inspiring and empowering others to live a happy, healthy, and grateful life; a space where women can gather and feel comfortable in their own skin.

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Sabotage Slayer
Life Strategist
Holistic Nutritionist

Krisha Young
Krisha Young is the Delicious Life Coach and Sabotage Slayer for kick-ass women to power up their possible and lead a Delicious Life.

Slicing through synapses to shed self-sabotage, and having spent 20+ years working alongside C-Suite executives, and overcoming her own lifestyle challenges, she is the catalyst for stressed-out changemakers to go from jaded to juiced.

Creator of the Delicious Life Movement, Krisha is a transformative partner in power for leading-edge women. Featured in the Huffington Post, Joyous Health, and iHeart Radio, Krisha hosts the Cabernet and Kale podcast and is a sought-after speaker on how to get out of your own way and live your most Delicious Life. What is a Delicious LIfe? It's a life free from self-sabotage and a self-doubting mindset; a life feeling empowered, confident, nourished, sexy, happy and successful on YOUR terms.

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Mihai Raducanu
Open your Mind ~ Work Hard ~ Pursue Excellence ~ Grow

Currently, Mihai oversees the business operations for a world-class basketball training company, Ganon Baker Basketball, teaches two graduate level classes as a university adjunct professor at Canisius College and is the President & CEO of his own basketball training business, No Limit Performance, which rocketed from a Canadian driveway into a Global success.

Not only is Mihai a Global Entrepreneur, Inspirational and Educational Speaker, Professor and an International Basketball Trainer, he continues to evolve and organically grow his mind, heart and brand by continuing to absorb information and give back through mentoring others.

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Mother ~ Wife ~ Dreamer
Author ~ Creator

Tania Joy Antonio
"Motherhood sparked a whole new level of vibration in her soul!"

In a world that seeks purity, Tania Joy Antonio is passionate about inspiring positive change and advocates for an unequivocal universal platform of “Optimism”. Tania is becoming one of Canada’s most inspiring young author’s who has dedicated through writing a platform to change the way we as a society discuss, heal and think about the mental, emotional and spiritual well-being of our children.

She truly understands and embraces the power of positive affirmations because the deeply rooted message within a word, many words became the hidden voice behind saving her life. The synergy of the world is intertwined through the kinetic power of being human and Tania feels strongly that a unique story is folded between the layers of our soul awaiting a platform to unwrap its delicate message.

Tania deems herself a Wounded Warrior, a broken soul, and her gift to herself is to savour the unfolding on this journey called life embracing the abs and flows. She believes deeply in the healing power of conversation. One by one we will collectively begin to heal from within, allowing our soul to be visible again and to speak our truth with no fear as fear is not one’s demise but FEAR – Follow Eternal Authentic Resilience is a façade for strength as we gather perspective about ourselves.

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True Wanderlust
Educator ~ Resilient

Alana Rachello Stefanidis
Alana Rachello Stefanidis is a grateful 52 - year old single mother of two teenagers.

Her love for children inspired Alana to become a preschool teacher where she now co-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 her "tribe".

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 More!

More About Speaker


Survivor ~ Entrepreneur
Educator ~ Motivator

Antoinette Salvatori
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 Yourself!”

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.




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