Aamena Kapasi

Aamena Kapasi

University of Alberta and Canada FASD Research Network

Aamena Kapasi is a fourth-year PhD student in the School and Clinical Child Psychology program at the University of Alberta. She completed her BSc at the University of Alberta with specialization in Psychology, and her MA in Counselling Psychology at the University of Western Ontario. She has a passion for both researc...

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 Aaron Burnell

Aaron Burnell

Pacific Community Resources Society

Aaron Burnell has over 19 years working with multi-barriered populations as a Youth Worker for 12 years and in the Employment Counselling field for the past 7 years. He is currently the Manager of Employment Services in Vancouver for Pacific Community Resources Society, overseeing the Vancouver Midtown WorkBC Centres a...

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 Adam Ihaddadene

Adam Ihaddadene

Réseau des Carrefours jeunesse-emploi du Québec (RCJEQ)

 Adrien Côté

Adrien Côté

Regroupement Langage Québec

Adrien Côté is the Executive Director of Regroupement Langage Québec, a provincial organization that helps and supports people with language developmental difficulties, aiding him in his work as a Director. Finally, the awareness of his disability helps him to identify the needs of people living with the disability.

 Alex  Chayer

Alex Chayer

Le Mûrier

Mr. Chayer has been Executive Director for Le Mûrier since 2003 and has worked in community organizations for 29 years.Le Mûrier is an organization that improves the quality of life of people living with a serious mental health disorder. The organization provides residential, support and work experience services. Rec...

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 Amélie  Lavoie

Amélie Lavoie

Centre de Formation en Alimentation et Commerce du Québec (CFACQ)

The CFACQ is a Non-Profit Organization (NPO) founded in June 2004 that has provided for more than eight years customized training for students with challenges/limitations (i.e., sensory, emotional, intellectual, physical). It partners with one or more organizations that coordinate projects (e.g., recruitment, follow-up...

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 Anna  Nelson

Anna Nelson

LiveWorkPlay

Anna Nelson is the Team Lead for Employment Supports at LiveWorkPlay and has a wonderfully diverse job that includes intake of new members and leading the job connectors in their roles with members and employers. Anna joined LiveWorkPlay in 2017 and before that worked in a variety of leadership roles in the developmen...

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 Anne Barbusci

Anne Barbusci

Dysphasie Lanaudière

Anne Barbusci graduated from CEGEP (Lanaudiere region) in Social Services work in 2009. Since then, I have been working with handicapped people. My passion is supporting adult clients by helping them make the most of their independence. I have been employed by Dysphasie Lanaudière as a support officer for adult socio-...

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 Anne Hébert

Anne Hébert

Office des personnes handicapées du Québec

Director General at the Office des personnes handicapées du Québec since 2015, Anne Hebert has 30 years of experience with the organization.

 Anthony Berardi

Anthony Berardi

Employment Planning and Counselling

Anthony Berardi, Web and Marketing Co-ordinator for EPC Peterborough and Principal at AB Solutions, has been developing websites, branding and managing social media for over a decade. It is important for job seekers, entrepreneurs and working professionals to utilize their network when identifying employment opportunit...

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 Ashleigh Benson

Ashleigh Benson

Gateway Association

Ashleigh Benson has been with Gateway Association for over three years, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Ashleigh is currently a Manager of Employer Relations, working with people who live with disabilities to find meaningful work, but are out of scope for government supports. Ashleigh helps connect with emp...

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 Bruno Hache

Bruno Hache

Completely Inclusive

36 year old male, diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome at 16 years old. Having worked diverse roles within the field of information Technology and am a mentor for autistic youth in finding/securing employment.

 

 Caroline Hoffart

Caroline Hoffart

Saskatchewan Polytechnic Psychiatric Nursing Program

Caroline Hoffart RPN, B.Ed, MRHD  Caroline is a Registered Psychiatric Nurse (RPN) who completed her Masters of Human Resource Development at the University of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.  She is currently a faculty member of the Saskatchewan Polytechnic Psychiatric Nursing programs.  Her areas of expertise inclu...

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 Chris Cook

Chris Cook

Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL) Antigonish

Chris Cook has worked and volunteered in the field of supported employment for over 12 years. He currently works as case manager and workshop facilitator with Island Employment in Port Hawkesbury and Volunteers on the Board of CACL Antigonish as vice-chair. He is a past Board member of CASE, a registered social worker ...

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 Christine Buchanan

Christine Buchanan

Open Door Group Social Services Society

Christine Buchanan has over 15 years' experience in the field of Employment Counselling & Vocational Rehabilitation with Open Door Group. Christine has developed and provided training on working with persons with disabilities for 10 years.

 Denis Hamel

Denis Hamel

Conseil du patronat du Québec

Denis Hamel brings thirty years of experience in association and government training and workforce development issues. He has been Vice-President, Labour Development Policy for the Conseil du patronat du Québec since June 2017. Mr Denis Hamel holds a BA in Social Sciences (Economics and History) from the University of...

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 Diane Labelle

Diane Labelle

Kahnawake Regional Adult Education Center (RAEC)

Diane Labelle has worked in education for over 35 years, as teacher, consultant, administrator and workshop presenter. She has M.Arts in Political Science, and post-graduate degree in Education and Special Education, and Management. She presently works as the pedagogical consultant of The First Nation Regional Adult Ed...

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 Elissa Zavaglia

Elissa Zavaglia

Miriam Foundation & See Things My Way, Université de Montréal

Elissa Zavaglia is a doctoral student in psychology at Université de Montréal. Her research focuses on psychopathology and suicidality from a prevention perspective, particularly the association between borderline traits and suicidality in adolescents. During her graduate studies, she became interested in interventio...

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 Emmanuelle Ladouceur

Emmanuelle Ladouceur

Action Main-D’Oeuvre Inc.

Emmanuelle Ladouceur has been working since 2010 as a Counsellor helping people with autism integrate into the workplace at Action main-d'oeuvre Inc. – an organization specializing in employment services to people with autism or intellectual limitations. Since 2015, she has worked on various employability projects fo...

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 Francis Charrier

Francis Charrier

Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation and Social Integration

Francis Charrier is a doctoral candidate at the École de travail social et de criminologie (School of Social Work and Criminology) of Laval University. He is interested particularly in the interaction between the professional and personal lives of workers with limitations and the ways life events, environmental change...

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 François Lauzier-Jobin

François Lauzier-Jobin

Association québécoise pour la réadaptation psychosociale (AQRP), Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)

François Lauzier-Jobin is Project Manager at the Association québécoise pour la réadaptation psychosociale (AQRP) and Doctoral candidate in Community Psychology at UQAM under the guidance of Janie Houle. He has a MA in Social Work and is also a contract faculty member and lecturer at UQAM and the Université de She...

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 Garth  Johnson

Garth Johnson

Meticulon

An experienced veteran of the web's startup world, Garth Johnson has an infectious and memorable style that can be attributed to his breadth of experience. Garth is bringing Meticulon his experience as an executive at Fotolia and iStockphoto, both leaders in the ever-changing, dynamic micro-stock image industry with a ...

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 Geneviève Gauthier

Geneviève Gauthier

Association Dysphasie +

Geneviève Gauthier is the person responsible for Pedagogical Support at the Association Dysphasie + and has a MA in Social Work. Her research work focused on the employment of adults with a language development disorder (LDL). During the project, she drafted an employer's guide promoting their integration into the wor...

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 Heath Birkholz

Heath Birkholz

Self Advocacy Federation

Heath Birkholz is a multi-disciplinary social justice advocate. The disciplines Heath is as a practitioner are: arts and grass roots advocacy. In the discipline of grassroots social justice, Heath works as a Community Advocate Coordinator for Edmonton’s Self Advocacy Federation. We provide persons identifying with d...

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 Jasmine Pettigrew

Jasmine Pettigrew

Calgary Alternative Employment Services

Jasmine Pettigrew began working in the non profit sector in 2012 an has always been passionate about empowering those around her in both her professional and personal life. Working with marginalized populations to encourage engagement with the communities around them has been a theme in her interactions and work. Jasmi...

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 Jean Giroux

Jean Giroux

Employment Planning and Counselling

With a career in assessment, facilitation and program design along with education in social media, psychology and cyber-counselling, I help clients from varied backgrounds with job search, networking, career exploration, personal branding and social media management. In collaboration with my colleague, Anthony Berardi,...

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 Jeff Teasdale

Jeff Teasdale

Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL) Antigonish

Jeff has served as the Executive Director of CACL Antigonish since 2011. It has provided vocational Training and residential support for individuals with different abilities for decades. In this role, Jeff has assisted the CACL Antigonish to transform from a Traditional Vocation Center to a Social Enterprise has that f...

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 Jen Soucy

Jen Soucy

LiveWorkPlay

LiveWorkPlay is a charitable organization that helps the community welcome individuals with intellectual disabilities. Jen Soucy is the Manager of Employer Partnerships and her focus is on supporting Federal Government Departments and Agencies to understand the benefits of hiring employees that have intellectual disabi...

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 Jennifer Cuffley

Jennifer Cuffley

Commission de la fonction publique du Canada

My career path includes more than 15 years of experience in various senior positions in the private sector and 10 years in the public service, mainly in HR roles, i.e., staffing and labor relations. Today, I am pleased to be back at the Public Service Commission, in a field that provides integrated and professional ass...

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 Jennifer Fournier

Jennifer Fournier

Calgary Alternative Employment Services

Jennifer Fournier has worked with people with disabilities for over 20 years. She is currently one of the Diversity and Engagement Consultants at Calgary Alternative Employment Services in Calgary. Jennifer is passionate about supported employment and life in general.

 Jo-Anne Mowry

Jo-Anne Mowry

Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work - CCRW

Jo-Anne Mowry is the employment outreach specialist (Job Developer) with the CCRW Partners Program, Saint John NB office. Jo-Anne joined the CCRW team in 2015 and has been very involved with creating awareness, educating employers, and working one on one with job seekers to achieve their employment goal. In her role at...

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 Joy Hewitt

Joy Hewitt

Meticulon

Joy Hewitt brings her vast experience to her role of Chief Employment Coach at Meticulon. Besides Joy's education in psychology and counselling, she's also an experienced Training Facilitator and Trainer Educator whose goals go beyond providing education as she believes in creating awareness to the community as a whole...

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 Judy  Turner

Judy Turner

TEAM Work Cooperative

Judy Turner holds a Bachelor of Human Ecology and was awarded the senate medal of distinction from Mount Saint Vincent University. She specializes in Family Studies, Gerontology, and Disability Management. As well she has a professional certification in counselling, leadership and project management and conflict resolu...

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 Julie Ruel

Julie Ruel

CISSS de l'Outaouais

Julie Ruel is a trained Psychologist and has worked for more than 35 years in health, social services and education areas. She is currently Associate Professor at the Université du Québec (Outaouais), co-chairing the Interdisciplinary Chair of Research in Literacy and Inclusion, and Associate Researcher at the CISSS ...

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 Kathy Padkapayeva

Kathy Padkapayeva

Centre for Research on Work Disability Policy

Kathy Padkapayeva is the National Manager at the Centre for Research on Work Disability Policy.

 Kelly Bron Johnson

Kelly Bron Johnson

Completely Inclusive

Kelly is an autistic self-advocate, author and founder of Completely Inclusive, a company with the aim of teaching businesses how to make their space accessible and accommodating to people of all disabilities and identities. Kelly also sits on the board of Autism Canada.

 Laurence Caron

Laurence Caron

Association québécoise pour la réadaptation psychosociale (AQRP)

Laurence Caron has a MA in Social Work, experience in research, in accompaniment/support, as well as experiential knowledge in mental wellness. He is now project leader and trainer for the stigmatization, recovery and disclosure aspects of mental health for the AQRP. Over the past few years, Laurence Caron has trained ...

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 Laurence Marin

Laurence Marin

ROSEPH (Regroupement des organismes spécialisés pour l’emploi des personnes handicapées)

 Lawrence Poole

Lawrence Poole

Specialized in developing the « creative capital » of leaders for over 30 years, training consultant Lawrence Poole has animated Nature’s management principles for more than 50,000 people. A respected conference speaker, Lawrence has acquired a solid reputation with corporations and associations he’s worked with ...

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 Lisa-Marie Clinton

Lisa-Marie Clinton

Avail Support

Lisa-Marie Clinton, the Founder and CEO of Avail Support, is an international speaker and advocate within the area of independent living and employment for those with a disability. She spent 10+ years delivering Applied Behaviour Analysis interventions for individuals with Autism and other disabilities. From her resear...

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 Marc Lopez

Marc Lopez

L’Arrimage

Marc Lopez has been an employment counselor at L'Arrimage for nearly 10 years. He helps, supports, integrates and reintegrates people with severe mental disorder in the labor market.Since 1976, L’Arrimage has provided specialized services to people diagnosed with mental illness who have serious difficulties in findin...

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 Marcus Jamieson

Marcus Jamieson

TEAM Work Cooperative

Marcus Jamieson is the Client Service Coordinator for TEAM Work Cooperative. Marucs has over 17 years experience supporting adults with various disabilities in developing life and employment plans.

 Marie-Andrée Verreault

Marie-Andrée Verreault

Ministère de l'Éducation et de l'Enseignement supérieur

 Mario Côté

Mario Côté

Carrefour jeunesse-emploi de la Capitale Nationale

I have been working in the field of employability for youth, 16-35 years old for almost 18 years (since 2001); First, as Assistant Director from 2001 to 2010 and subsequently, Executive Director from 2010 to today. Previously, I worked at a community recreation center in Quebec from 1987 to 2001 as the Program Coordina...

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 Matt Jamieson

Matt Jamieson

TEAM Work Cooperative

Matt Jamieson hails from Nova Scotia but he loves to travel and experience new cultures. Although he holds space in the office, you will rarely find him there as he’s well known in the community for supporting people on the job. His career spans twenty years supporting people with disabilities across the country, but...

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 Maureen Haan

Maureen Haan

Disability and Work in Canada Steering Committee

Maureen has been the President & CEO of CCRW since 2012. CCRW is the only national organization with the sole vision of equitable and meaningful employment for people with disabilities, in operation for over 40 years. Under Maureen’s leadership, CCRW has seen an increase in direct program service throughout Canad...

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 Melodie Bourgoin

Melodie Bourgoin

Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work (CCRW)

 Naqsh Kochar

Naqsh Kochar

Refresh Inc.

Naqsh (Nick) Kochar, B.Sc., M.B.A.Strategist. Innovator. Dream-enabler. The energy source that fuels Refresh. Naqsh is many parts a great deal of energy, heart, and generosity, complimented by strategic street smarts, a triple letter business education, and over 2 decades of high level marketing, innovation and busines...

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 Pascale Corriveau

Pascale Corriveau

Les services d'entretien Propret

Pascale Corriveau is the Integration Coordinator at Service d’entretien Pro-Prêt. Having completed college special education and university studies in communication and leadership / management skills, Mrs. Corriveau has 20 years’ experience in intervention, development and coordination of employability and social...

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 Pascale Dubois

Pascale Dubois

Université Laval, Commission scolaire de la Seigneurie-des-Mille-Îles (CSSMI)

Pascale Dubois has been a speech therapist in schools and private clinics since 2009, working with adolescents and young adults with a developmental language disorder or specific learning disability. Pascale is also a Doctoral student in Administration and Evaluation in Education at Laval University. Her research proje...

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 Rachelle Hole

Rachelle Hole

University of British Columbia Centre for Inclusion and Citizenship

Dr. Hole is an associate professor at the University of British Columbia School of Social Work and the co-director of the UBC Centre for Inclusion and Citizenship, the only university based research centre in Canada with a dedicated focus on intellectual and developmental disabilities. She is the project lead for the T...

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 Rakhee Chowdury

Rakhee Chowdury

Miriam Foundation, See Things My Way

Rakhee Chowdhury has been involved in Worktopia since 2017, when the Miriam Foundation implemented a pre-employment initiative for youth with ASD in Montreal. As the program coordinator, Rakhee participated in the delivery of 6 program cycles of Worktopia, supporting over 40 young adults with ASD to develop the skills ...

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 Raymond Gouin

Raymond Gouin

Conseil quebecois des entreprises adaptees

Raymond Gouin obtained a BA in Urban Planning in 1984. His interest in entrepreneurship quickly led him to various positions in local and regional economic development in Lévis and Chaudière-Appalaches regions. After drafting the Chutes-de-la-Chaudière MRC's strategic development plan, he was the Executive Director ...

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 Rebecca  Rackow

Rebecca Rackow

Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA)

Rebecca has a B.A. Honours in Psychology and is a Registered Social Worker with an interest in collaborative research.  For over 20 years she has worked as a caregiver with seniors, youth, and children.  She has also created and developed a recreational therapy company for seniors in Regina, Saskatchewan and a mental...

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 Renate Burwash

Renate Burwash

Gateway Association

Renate Burwash is the Director of Diversity & Inclusion at Gateway Association. With over 15 years of workplace and community inclusion experience, Renate's passion is to promote inclusion and to show businesses the endless benefits to creating a workplace where everyone feels they belong. Renate’s practice is in...

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 Renee LaRocque

Renee LaRocque

Ministère du Travail, de l’Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale

 RoseAnne Gosselin

RoseAnne Gosselin

First Nations Human Resources Development Commission of Quebec (FNHRDCQ)

As an employee of the First Nations Human Resources Development Commission of Quebec, Rose-Anne Gosselin is part of an organization that, along with 30 communities and 4 urban points of services, long-term employment. As a resource person for the community, Rose-Anne has been involved in several cases that assist First...

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 Sandrine Rousseau

Sandrine Rousseau

Association québécoise pour la réadaptation psychosociale (AQRP)

Sandrine Rousseau is Project Manager for the Peer Support Network Program of the Quebec Association for Psychosocial Rehabilitation (AQRP), Quebec's leading mental health organization. She has been working at the AQRP for more than a decade (certified as a peer helper in 2009) and she trains and coaches peer helpers an...

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 Sarah Martin-Roy

Sarah Martin-Roy

Centre interdisciplinaire de recherche en réadaptation et intégration sociale (CIRRIS)

Sarah Martin-Roy is a research professional at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation and Social Integration (CIRRIS) and coordinates the TSAL concerted action team. She completed a Doctorate in Educational Psychology (Laval University) which focuses on the participation of students with intellectu...

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 Shannahn McInnis

Shannahn McInnis

Centre de recherche pour l'inclusion des personnes en situation de handicap (CRISPESH)

Shannahn Mcinnis is a researcher working to develop and promote new dynamic practices in the field of Disability. Following her Master's degree in Inclusive Education, her focus has grown to include practice, policy and research that consider the interaction between development and environments that support or hinder a...

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 Shauna McCallum

Shauna McCallum

Chrysalis

Shauna is a Manager of Social Innovations at Chrysalis, An Alberta Society for Citizens with Disabilities. Chrysalis’s mission is to provide personalized services to assist individuals with disabilities achieve their employment, volunteer and recreation goals. During her 9 years with Chrysalis, she has been involved ...

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 Sonya Lacharité

Sonya Lacharité

SoCare

Ms. Lacharité has more than 18 years of experience in the following fields: specialized support research, integration and job retention, workplace supervision, support for management in businesses and schools, public relations, business and non-profit management, communication, education and R&D. She worked as a c...

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 Stephen Wright

Stephen Wright

Calgary Alternative Employment Services

Stephen has had the good fortune to work in Supported Employment for the last 30 years. His informed practice focuses on developing inclusive strategies for communities. His passion is in developing alternative learning opportunities.

 Tony Labillois

Tony Labillois

Statistique Canada

Tony Labillois is the Assistant Director at Statistics Canada.

 Vanessa Joly

Vanessa Joly

University of Alberta, Canada FASD Research Network

Vanessa is enrolled in the School and Clinical Child Psychology master’s program at the University of Alberta. She has been working as part of the Alberta Clinical and Community-Based Research Team to explore FASD and its possible impacts across the lifespan, particularly as FASD relates to housing, employment, and s...

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 Victoria Maxwell

Victoria Maxwell

Opening Keynote Victoria Maxwell (BFA, BPP*) is a sought-after international (and funny) keynote speaker, performing artist and workshop leader. She lives with bipolar disorder, anxiety and psychosis and has, for more than 17 years, been helping people better understand the «insider’s» experience of mental illness ...

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