Keynote Speakers

Keith Anderson LL.B., LL.M.

I am an alumnus of Dalhousie University and University College London. I am a lawyer who had depression. My first time going public with my depression was 10 years ago with an article in the National Post newspaper, called How I Returned to a Life Worth Living. Since then, I have spoken at national mental health conferences, legal conferences, universities, and the Cape Breton Police Service for their mental health training. I have also served on several Boards of Directors for mental health groups.

I bring my knowledge and experience as a lawyer and my knowledge and experience of having had depression to my presentations. Professional and well experienced in speaking to audiences, I connect to inspire you to have a life worth living.

For a full list of my presentations over the last 10 years, click http://worthliving.co/presentations/

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Justine McNeil

Justine is a passionate motivational speaker, sharing her personal stories and journey living with various mental illnesses to advocate for mental health, educate, inspire and help break down the stigma while also touching on her volunteer travel abroad to Ecuador, Kenya and India. Her speaking engagements have included speaking at WE Day, multiple events for Me to We, Jack.org, Niagara Public Health and various schools and organizations within Ontario while also being an ambassador for LIVE A Great Story and Worth Living. In 2015 she raised and donated $10,000 to Free the Children to build a school in Kenya and her work and stories have been published by Stigma Fighters, The Mighty, in various newspapers, in two books and for Me to We. In 2017 she was nominated for an Ontario Colleges Premier’s award for her mental health advocacy and philanthropic work.

Please visit Justine’s website www.justinemcneil.com

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Ashley Quackenbush

Ashley goes by the stage name DJ Scratchley Q.  Ashley was born and raised on Manitoulin Island, Ontario. She currently works as a professional DJ for a variety of events. She has a passion for sharing her story in order to end the stigma associated with mental illness and to educate others on the importance of speaking out about mental health and seeking help. Ashley combines her love of music and knowledge of mental health to share her personal journey. She has created a series of online music mixes called “Worth Living BPM Therapy” found on mixcloud. Ashley is an ambassador for Worth Living and is the Worth Living official DJ. She has spoken at WE Day Manitoulin and for private events. She is also a Jack Talks speaker with Jack. Org. She has been featured in numerous news articles for mental health advocacy and volunteer work. In her down time Ashley enjoys digging in the crates for vinyl records and traveling. She has volunteer traveled to Tanzania, Kenya, Ecuador and the borderlands in Arizona. Ashley believes that music is therapy.

Ashley has just completed 20 presentations for Jack.org in  Manitoulin Island, Sudbury, and Timmons, Ontario.

Facebook: DJ Scratchley Q

Instagram: DJ Scratchley Q

Twitter: DJ Scratchley Q

Music Mixes : www.mixcloud.com/DJScratchleyQ

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Kim  LaMontagne

Kim shares her personal story of being a high functioning business woman balancing a career and family while fighting (and hiding) major depression, anxiety and persistent suicidal thoughts. By sharing her story, she helps individuals find the courage, power and strength to accept and love who they are and rise above the fear, stigma and shame of mental illness and talk openly about it.  Kim fought her battle alone because she was afraid of stigma. Especially in the workplace. No one should suffer alone.

Presentations

National Alliance of Mental Illness, New Hampshire Chapter – “In Our Own Voice” Presenter

Presentations include:

April 2017 – St. Joseph Hospital (NH) Parish, Nursing students

May 2017 – Nashua Community College (NH), Nursing Class of 2017

May 2017 – National Alliance of Mental Illness (NH), Family to Family advocacy meeting

June 2017 – Southern New Hampshire Medical Center (NH), Behavioral Health Unit

July 2017 – Southern New Hampshire Medical Center (NH), Behavioral Health Unit

October 2017 –NAMI NH staff meeting

October 2017 – Panelist at the Greater Nashua Public Health Annual Meeting and Integrated Behavioral Health

November 2017 – St. Anselm College Mental Health Awareness class

May 2018 – Parkland Medical Center Behavioral Health Unit – Support group

May 2018 – Stand By Me Conference for Bedford Middle School at Southern NH University

Additional presentations:

June 2018 – Mental Health in the Workplace – Walden University, Business Development Summer Sales Summit


Cat Davis

Cat is a 22-year-old student at the University of Virginia majoring in Cognitive Science with a concentration in Neuroscience. She was diagnosed with Bipolar 1 disorder in 2017 and has since become an advocate for mental health awareness and education.

Before Cat was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, she was misdiagnosed with depression. She was institutionalized twice before being correctly diagnosed and given the proper medication and treatment. Cat now aspires to continue the mental health conversation, educate the public about the signs and symptoms of bipolar disorder, and advocate for the research of mental illnesses, which she believes will inevitably lead to more correct diagnoses.

Cat became an Ambassador and writer for Worth Living in May 2017. As well as on Worth Living’s website, Cat has published articles about bipolar disorder on iam1in4.com, selfgrowth.com, mental-health.alltop.com, and her blog www.highrisk1.wordpress.com She also has used platforms such as TEDx and The Human Library Organization to share her experiences through public speaking.

Cat is the Director of Worth Living USA and recently established WL Charlottesville, VA.

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Shannon Pierangeli

Shannon is an event planner who focuses on creating event experiences for fitness and health-related businesses. A graduate of the University of Ottawa, she has a degree in Human Kinetics and a Bachelor of Education which allows her to combine her passion for fitness and health education as she inspires others to pursue an active lifestyle. Her website showcases her event history and features a blog addressing hot topics in the fitness and health industry. Shannon is an avid runner and will be launching a podcast called Run For Your Life with a Phoenix-based blogger, Melissa Kahn, which will share stories about the power of running and fitness in maintaining mental health.

Shannon will present on maintaining good mental health and the role running and an overall healthy lifestyle play.

Website and blog www.merakieventplanning.com


Dawn Marie Bornheimer
Dawn is an industry leader with a unique combination of interpersonal, business, and strategic skills. Her 17 years of professional experience have taken her from classroom teacher to world-class sales and marketing executive. A contributing author and frequent speaker on the topic of leadership, Dawn strives to help support young girls and women to find their voice. She works closely with emerging leaders to help them lead with their WHY and intention as they step into the next best version of themselves.  She believes that through mentoring and being mentored, we all play an essential role in our individual and collective success.