A week from today I have been invited to speak at a new type of forum in Halifax sponsored by an organization with a long history of bringing stimulating speakers, thoughtful community and life-giving formats to participants. I have long been aware of the Chautauqua movement. Google it and you will learn of their rich history. I have watched countless speakers’ series on YouTube at the Chautauqua events held in New York. They are as inspiring as they are stimulating.

Next Saturday is their first event in Atlantic Canada. I am honoured to be one of the speakers. Here are the others:

Whole Lives Holiday - An Afternoon of Celebration!

Saturday, November 26, 2016; 1pm – 5pm

Bella Rose Arts Centre; 283 Thomas Raddall Drive, Halifax, NS

1)    Moving Forward: A Personal Story of Hope, Recovery, and Determination Author, Wayne Gillis

2)    Helping Tomorrow’s Artists Today!  Nova Scotia Talent Trust - Chair, Adrian Hoffman Cellist, India Gailey Opera Singer, Katie Cochrane

3)    Toastmaster’s Youth Leadership Project  DTM Division F Director, Wayne Turner DTM Past District Governor, Wayne Mercer

4)    So Much So Good in Community Theatre Local Award-Winning Playwright, Karen Waterfield

5)    “Heard on the Street 1914” - Bedford Players’ Katherine Tufts, Jill Curley, and Sandy Mitchell Mini-drama taken from Karen Waterfield’s award-winning play, “Isabella,” inspired by true events prior to and around the Halifax explosion.  “We look in on Kate and Edna in November 1914, when Halifax is teeming with theatrical entertainment, women are working to get the vote and men are heading overseas as Canada enters WWI.”

6)    Resiliency Across Generations - Lively and thought-provoking panel discussion about “Heard on the Street 1914” Coach Professionals, Delphine du Toit, Dianne Gaudet, and Roxanne Walsh

7)    The Gift of Being Truly Known Rev. Kevin Little

8)    Intergenerational Engagement - Valerie White, RSW Exec. Director, Angus Campbell – Caregivers Nova Scotia

I have some free tickets to give out to Bethany folks who might want to go to some or all of the events. Tickets are also for sale at the door for $10 for an individual and $15 for a couple. Opportunities to learn and grow are everywhere. I am delighted to have Chautauqua in Atlantic Canada.