Speaker Forum

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2018 Speakers

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2017 Speakers

~Opening by Chris Morwood, Physician, Active Transportation Advocate

Cea Sunrise Person
Bestselling Author

Cea Sunrise Person is the author of two bestselling memoirs, North of Normal and Nearly Normal (HarperCollins), which chronicle her wilderness childhood and dramatic move into a modeling career at age thirteen. She has made many appearances to speak about her unique life, including a TEDx talk.  After living in such cities as New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Munich and Milan, Cea is now happily settled in Vancouver with her husband and three children.
She is currently at work on her first novel. www.ceaperson.com

Emma Levez Larocque
Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Certified Plant-Based Chef

Emma Levez Larocque is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Certified Plant-Based Chef who focuses on teaching people how to enjoy healthy, whole, plant-based foods to improve health, lighten our environmental footprint, and promote compassion. www.plantbasedrhn.com



Kent Lewis

Powell River Kings Head Coach & General Manager

A leader in our community, this coach and motivator is celebrated and honoured to train, educate and produce thriving members of society.  His accolades include: Three time BCHL Coastal Conference Coach of the Year, Seven BCHL Final Appearances/ Seven Coastal Conference Championships, and Head Coach for Team Canada West’s gold medal win at the 2011
World Junior ‘A’ Championships.


Christine Lippa
iWellness Advisor

Christine Lippa has been a successful wellness coach for over 12 years. She’s worked in the fields of Yoga, Meditation and Mindful Conflict Resolution. Today Lippa is incorporating her knowledge into the fast-paced and exciting world of iWellness – wellness in the palm of your hand through your iPhone, Smartphone and Tablet. Itʼs fast, fun and easy.

Wellness Is: In the palm of your hand.
Topic: Wellness: Finally fast, fun and easy!


Counsellor, Healer, Teacher and Co-Director of the Self Realization Meditation Healing Centre in Halfmoon Bay, BC.

Kathseva is a Progressive Counsellor/Coach, Natural Spiritual Healer and Teacher, Transformation Hatha Yoga Teacher/Therapist, and Pure Meditation Teacher trained through the Self Realization Meditation Healing Centre, an International Training College in the UK.  Kathseva works from a holistic perspective to help people, with love and understanding, to help themselves to find balance, greater peace of mind, enhanced health and personal progress.  For over 10 years, she and her partner Andrew have been running the Self Realization Meditation Healing Centre, a not-for-profit Retreat Centre in Halfmoon Bay, which attracts people from across the country.  The Centre’s aim is to provide a peaceful place for people of all walks of life and beliefs to recharge and receive nurturing and care.  www.selfrealizationcentrecanada.com.

In Powell River, Deborah Meier of Inner Light Natural Healing, offers Progressive Counselling/Coaching, Natural Spiritual Healing, Pure Meditation Foundation as well as monthly meditation gatherings:  http://www.innerlightnaturalhealing.com.

Frank Radcliffe

Frank Radcliffe is a long time Powell River educator.  He retired in 2012 and joined the infamous cycling group that rides the streets of Powell River on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings.  However, retirement didn’t take.  He went back to work at the school district part time but he has endeavoured to find a life balance that includes time for the physical, social, emotional and mental aspects of life.  He particularly enjoys cycling with the group and teaching a new program to children at various elementary schools that helps students understand their brains and their emotions.  He is looking forward to relating some of the exploits of his cycling group and what his students have taught him about his brain.

Asees Kaur

17 years old and in the 12th grade at Brooks High School, Asees is involved in a series of activities in our local community and at school.  She is a part of candy striping at the PR general hospital and consistently volunteers with the local rotary club.  She was also previously the club president of the Interact club at Brooks High School which works closely with the local rotary club..  Asees is also a part of two choirs, academy and chamber.

2016 Speakers

Dr. Ron Woznow
Community Volunteer

Ron believes there is a strong link between social and physical wellness. He has served on the boards of many community organizations and has seen first hand how communities are made strong by volunteers. He has spoken on the importance of volunteerism at meetings in Canada, the US, Europe and India.

Tina Pashmuti James
Advanced Certified Jivamukti Teacher

Tina loves that yoga inspires us all to ‘be the change’.  Yoga studio owner, teacher trainer, ski instructor, bear smart advocate and mother of two, Tina is a staunch defender of the oceans and forests, and reminds us that everything is connected. A Spiritual leader, Tina James lives a committed life doing all she can to make her time on Earth one that enhances the lives of others.

Tristen Chernove
2016 World Para-Cycling Champion

BC para-cyclist and paralympic team member Tristen Chernove was diagnosed in 2009 with Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disease, which was affecting his lower legs. CMT, a little-known hereditary disorder that affects the nervous system, produces muscular dystrophy symptoms. Undeterred, Chernove threw himself into cycling as a way to combat the disease:

“I wanted to find out how my body would respond to using the affected part of it as much as possible, as intensely as possible and as hard as possible. ”

Since then, Powell River born Chernove has broken into competitive cycling in a big way. He earned silver and bronze at this year’s Canadian Track Championships–his very first time racing on the track, and most recently took home the Gold Medal at Union Cycliste Internationale’s Para-cycling Track World Championships last week in Montichiari, Italy – See more at: http://www.prpeak.com/community/from-paddle-sport-to-cycling-podium-1.2214748#sthash.V5CQULHU.dpuf  He now is preparing for his spot on Team Canada for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

Chernove’s dedication includes extensive work raising money for research, treatment and eventually a cure for hereditary neuropathies through the Hereditary Neuropathy Foundation.


Julie Angus
Author, Adventurer, Scientist

Julie is the first woman to row across the Atlantic Ocean from mainland to mainland and a recipient of the National Geographic Adventurer of the Year award. A trained biologist, what makes Julie’s story remarkable is that prior to rowing across an ocean, she had no previous experience as an adventurer.  She offers insights we can all use to reach our goals and overcome challenges. Julie is the bestselling author of three books and co-producer of two award winning documentaries.

Brendan Behan
Director Sliammon Health, RN, Consultant

An active husband and father, and Founding Director of the Powell River Cycling Association, Behan has been working in Health Care for almost 20 years and his experiences include working in Trauma Emergency, Private Clinical Research, Chronic Disease Management, and First Nations’ Health.  Brendan’s special interest in change management began by support patients towards smoking cessation and resulted in the highest patient “Quit Rate” amongst all clinics in Canada over a period of 12 months.

Craig Long

Craig is the CEO of City Transfer and Augusta Recyclers.  He believes in family and security and motivating kids to become more active.  His generous spirit benefits children overcoming the greatest of health challenges at BC Children’s Hospital, as well as local youth in the pursuit of karate excellence.  Craig has overcome his own health challenges, and his own path to wellness continues as he trains daily with Frank Clayton at the Canadian Martial Arts Academy.  Congratulations are due to Craig, as he is a member of Team BC going to the WKO World Karate Championships this Fall.


Georgia MacLennan

Georgia MacLennan inspires through action and has words of wellness wisdom to share: Eat well, not too much, mostly vegetables, move your bodies, don’t get too fat, listen to your doctor, enjoy your life, love music and be kind and let small things go.