I extend heartfelt greetings to all guests who have gathered to celebrate our 2nd annual Brilliant Minded Women’s Organization Gala Event. It’s an exciting time for our organization as we continue to grow, meet and bring inspired people together. We are honored to be able to celebrate the achievements of our amazing Award recipients.

The Brilliant Minded Women’s Organization is extremely grateful to all sponsors and supporters for their generosity, our event could not have happened without their participation. We are happy to have all ends of the spectrum represented and realize the impact of everyone’s participation and the necessity of the roles. We are pleased to provide you with a forum that allows the chance for us to thrive and grow. With your help, we intend to accomplish even more in the years ahead. Finally, a heartfelt thank you, to the 2015 Gala Committee. Your dedication, creativity, and resourcefulness made this evening possible allowing us to create an engaging environment.



Sincerely,

Agata Klimczak

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Rhiannon Traill



Rhiannon is the President & CEO of The Economic Club of Canada. Each year, more than 100 key policy makers and business leaders seek out The Economic Club of Canada to make major keynote addresses. In past years, guests have included such high-profile figures as Senator John McCain; Prime Minister Stephen Harper; Victor Yushchenko, President of Ukraine; Arnold Schwarzenegger, Governor of California. In 2012, Mrs. Traill launched the Annual Voice of Hope awards in Ottawa...

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Theresa Corazon Laurico



Theresa Corazon Laurico is an award-winning mediapreneur, social entrepreneur, speaker and founder of SociaLIGHT. Her work has impacted thousands globally, empowering and inspiring leaders, startups, and entrepreneurs. Her annual SociaLIGHT Conference is called “A Mecca for Emerging Entrepreneurs” and brings together over 1,500 innovators. Past contributors include Sir Richard Branson, Tony Hsieh, Tonya Surman, Bob Proctor and more. SociaLIGHT focuses on business as a force of good and the embodiment of the triple bottom line “People. Planet. Profit.”...

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Company Website: www.socialightconference.com

GUEST SPEAKER

Pierre Lalande



Based in Toronto Canada, and following an early career modelling, Pierre has made numerous appearances in television commercials, fashion magazines and print media for major labels.
At a very early age, Pierre evolved into the beauty industry by designing, owning and operating his own salon, for more than a quarter century. This is where he honed his craft and developed a finely tuned sense for color. While making regular television broadcast appearances in Canada on the Global Television Network, CTV, and City TV as an Image Designer, he focused his talent and energy on developing a sophisticated line of color cosmetics and hair care products. Pierre and the Lalande Cosmetics product line are well known in the United States as a result of his personal appearances and promotions on the Home Shopping Network over the years...

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MASTER OF CEREMONIES

MARGARET MAYE



Today she is an eclectic vocalist, a classical singer with both a great respect for the past and an enthusiastic embrace of contemporary music. Her musical tastes and boundaries have continued to change and to expand. Passionately dedicated to her work, she is always striving for artistic excellence. This versatile singer and actress is constantly challenging her abilities. In her search for communication and artistic expression she had explored and established herself as an outstanding performer in various musical styles and genres.
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SINGER

Jay Harmony (aka Jay Davis)



A college professor with a passion for music, Jay Harmony’s thirst for anything musical was started in the church. As she honed her singing skills, Jay Harmony received numerous invitations to perform at various events in popular venues including the Rogers Centre, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, the CNE and Massey Hall. While performing and further developing her talent, Jay began to infuse reggae beats to her R&B songs that proved to be an instant hit with her growing Fan base.
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DANCER

Trishya Perera



Trishya Perera is an aspiring dancer, choreographer and teacher who found her passion at a very young age. She has been training since the age of four in a range of different forms from classical to urban styles. Specifically in Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Lyrical, Modern, Pointe and Hip Hop. She danced competitively, under the direction of Tammy Roberts, in each of those forms for over four years and has won many awards for her performances on stages across Canada and the United States. Trishya graduated from York University from the BFA honours dance program, which allowed her to continue her exploration of the arts. She continued to compete in Hip Hop with a crew called “StyleWize” choreographed and directed by Lineen Doung, who led them to win First Place at a competition in Rhode Island. She most recently had the chance to tour internationally to Doha, Qatar with Creativiva, performing a childrens musical “The Little Prince”.
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LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Jody Steinhauer



As President and CBO (Chief Bargain Officer) of the Bargains Group, Jody Steinhauer has mobilized her award winning discount wholesale and promotional products company to revolutionize the business landscape.

A winner of the Canadian Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Canada’s Top 40 Under 40, and a PROFIT W100 Recipient, Jody Steinhauer uses her network of resources and leveraged buying power to aid every company and not-for-profit agency that she touches to maximize their buying dollar. Since 1988, Jody has grown Bargains Group from her apartment to a multi-million dollar-a-year business. She is also often sought out for speaking engagements due to her successful entrepreneurial business experience, and has been featured in various media outlets, and is an official Huffington Post blogger.

Pioneering her belief of “giving back makes good business sense”, Jody is a tireless not-for-profit advocate, and the founder of the national charity, Engage and Change, and its two annual initiatives, Project Winter Survival and Project Water. Through these projects, Engage and Change helps thousands of homeless throughout Toronto and Vancouver survive the extreme weather conditions while engaging and enabling citizens of all ages to donate their time to their local community through sponsored group engagement events. Jody and the Bargains Group also supply hundreds of similar projects across Canada.

Jody’s achievements include: Toronto Region Board of Trade’s Business Leader of the Year Award, Rotman Canadian Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Canada’s Top 40 Under 40, Toronto Board of Trade-Business Excellence Award, Kaufman Community Award, FLARE Magazine Volunteer of the Year-two time finalist, PPPC Award for Humanitarian of the Year, Women of Influence Local Hero Award, POWER Mentor Excellence Award, Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Culture Award-two time finalist, Canada’s Profit W100 Recipient, and recipient of the TD Paul Croutch Award.

PHILANTHROPIST OF THE YEAR AWARD
Marilyn Field, M.S.M.



From early family life in a garage to musician and world class educator, Marilyn Field, has spent a lifetime as a passionate advocate for discipline, Action, Responsibility and Excellence in education for Canadian children. Employing artists and teachers to act as mentors, she has engaged 170,000 young people. She is a former student of U of T’s Faculty of Music and OISE. As a young teacher, Marilyn saw the impact of cutbacks in the arts in public schools, especially for children in priority communities. Her response was to establish DAREarts as a charity for children in 1996. From her teaching experience, Marilyn saw that the arts gave kids the tools to realize their potential as leaders. Then they can navigate any life challenges of poverty, abuse or neglect. For 17 years, DAREarts has been her labour of love despite limited remuneration. Her reward is hearing the children say, “I am DAREarts and I am a Leader”: the best paycheque in the world!

DAREarts has become a Canadian cultural education outreach that provides children with an intensive out-of-school immersion in all the arts. Participants, aged 9 through 19, build their confidence, courage and leadership through music, drama, dance, visual arts, architecture, fashion and literature. DAREarts empowers 10,000 children yearly to unlock their potential as leaders and ignite change in their lives and in their communities. International recognition

includes the Nobel Peace Prize’s 100th anniversary where Marilyn conducted a choir of children representing 23 countries. She has also served on the boards of Opera Atelier, Toronto Senior Strings, The Ontario Speech Foundation, Theatre Orangeville and the Esprit Orchestra (Chair) plus Chair of the CD project of the Canadian Opera Company. She has also volunteered with the Stratford Festival, Headwaters Arts Festival and Headwaters Health Centre.


CHARITY OF THE YEAR AWARD
Deborah Bianchi



Deborah Bianchi founded Hats Off 2 Kidz™ as her way of giving back to the hospital that saved her life. Thanks to her tremendous support of family and friends, and Canada’s largest and most research-intensive hospital dedicated to improving children’s health, Deborah today is married with two children of her own. Hats Off 2 Kidz™ has become her trademark for all little kids who have endured many long nights of chemotherapy, losing their hair and having to wear hats or head covers so they can feel better about themselves. This is Deborah’s way of saying it’s okay to take your hat off and show the world that you made it!

About Hats off 2 Kidz™ Hats Off 2 Kidz™ is a charitable organization in support of Leukemia Research for the Hospital for Sick Children. Deborah Bianchi founded Hats Off 2 Kidz™ as her way of giving back to the hospital that saved her life. At the tender age of 10, Deborah was diagnosed with ALL (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia). For 3 years, she endured challenges a child should never be deserving of. Long days of chemotherapy, radiation, endless poking at her veins, losing her hair several times and having to wear hats to cover her bald head. The hospital became her home. At the age of 13, she went into remission. Her prayers had been answered!

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AND GROWTH AWARD
Sabina M. DeVita




Sabina M. DeVita, Ed.D., N.N.C.P., IPSP, CBP has been a long time environmentalist, educator, humanitarian & practitioner. When she became ill in the 1980's, with environmental sensitivities, also known as ecological illness or multiple chemical sensitivities (MCS), she was forced to change her life path dramatically. She experienced many ill effects physically, mentally and emotionally from environmental and chemical toxicities.


Her journey to wellness became her life path to helping others where she pursued a career in the healing arts. Sabina has been in private practice for close to 30 years as an eclectic energy psychotherapist/psychologist, registered nutritionist, doctor of natural medicine and specialized in Energy Kinesiology’s.


She founded the DeVita Wellness Institute of Living and Learning, as well as, the Institute of Energy Wellness Studies- a federally recognized wellness institute. Prior to her doctoral work, she was an educator for many years in the public education system as well as a Guidance counselor of five years in an inner city school assisting troubled & disadvantaged children, along with counseling parents and teachers. Her role entailed many responsibilities in resolving behavioral, learning and emotional issues as those faced today with (ADD, ADHD children).


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She served as a part-time faculty member, instructing at York University and the University of Toronto specifically in training teachers in guidance and counseling skills, child management, adult counseling and multicultural teaching. She left the educational system to pursue higher education at the same time that she was also suffering from her own environmental sensitivities and illness. She began a post graduate program completing her doctoral dissertation on “cerebral allergies” – understanding of Body, Mind and Spirit. It was considered pioneer work in the field of psychology at the University of Toronto. Her doctorate on brain allergies and mental health issues is a rare combination not at all known or considered even to this day. It was the first integrative work of its kind (back in the late 1980’s.) in the field of psychology as well as in environmental & ecological sensitivities. This led Sabina to work with the ‘whole’ person and at deeper causal issues which has also led her to synthesize many holistic/vibrational modalities both as a practitioner and instructor into her private practice & teachings over the years. (These modalities included her being certified in “ Touch for Health”, Professional Kinesiology Provider, Body Alignment, Educational Kinesiology, Three In One, Thought Energy Synchronization Technique, Body Talk, Belvaspata, and color therapy.) Her most involved and on-going studies over the last several years have been with D. Gary Young in the aromatic sciences incorporating Young Living essential oils into her practice, clinic/spa and healing aromatic programs. She founded the only Canadian federally approved school that teaches a full program in aromatic sciences based on the therapeutic uses of Young Living essential oils giving people a recognized accreditation as an Integrated Aromatic Sciences Practitioner.

She was trained and certified by the founder/owner of Young Living, D. Gary Young, in 2007 in Ecuador as a Raindrop Instructor. She sought for government approval upon her return for the Raindrop Technique along with the Neuro - auricular technique program which were both accepted. She has dedicated a great amount of time to empowering, enriching, and enlightening others on our planet with building a strong team in her Young Living business. She has achieved Diamond Level recognition while still practicing, directing, teaching, lecturing and conducting book tours.

Dr. Sabina DeVita is also an established author, having published six books: “Electromagnetic Pollution” , “You Were Born To Dance With Ease”, Emotional Freedom Facelift” “Saving Face Now into its’ 3rd edition, “Vibrational Cleaning” and “Your Right To Know: Vibrational Cleaning Guidebook”- her latest and most passionate publications. Her Real Green Essentials – making women healthier© program was born out of her ardor for the environment and became one of her platforms in order to promote, educate and to further the mission of greening every home, making them safe havens along with raising consciousness! It has become her Real Green Essentials© Environmental initiative for a healthier planet. Her humanitarian endeavors have led her to organize and direct a top-class peace movement in downtown Toronto in May 2015 with her team of CORE leaders, presenters, artists and performers.

POLITICAL LEADERSHIP AWARD
Her Excellency, the Mayor of Mississauga, Bonnie Crombie




On October 27, 2014, Bonnie Crombie was elected Mayor of Mississauga. Prior to her election as Mayor, Bonnie served as the Ward 5 City Councillor, and previous to that, as Member of Parliament for Mississauga-Streetsville.

Before entering public service, Bonnie enjoyed a twenty-year career in business. Bonnie worked for two Fortune 500 companies, including the Walt Disney Corporation and the McDonald’s Corporation. She successfully practiced public affairs at the Insurance Bureau of Canada and was later self-employed as an independent public affairs consultant. Bonnie was also a founding partner of Cargo Cosmetics. Outside of her work in the public and private sector, Bonnie has an extensive record of community leadership and volunteer service. Former mayor Hazel McCallion asked Bonnie to serve on the Mississauga Mayor’s Taskforce on the Arts; Bonnie was subsequently elected as Vice Chair of this working group committed to finding sustainable funding for arts and artists. She has also dedicated her time to various charitable and not-for-profit boards, including: the Credit Valley Hospital Foundation; Peel Region 11th Division Police Community Liaison Committee; the Canadian and Ontario Brain Injury Association; and Arts Umbrella.

Bonnie has an MBA from York University’s Schulich School of Business and earned a Corporate Director’s Certificate from the Institute of Corporate Directors at the Rotman School of Management. Bonnie attended St. Michael’s College at the University of Toronto, earning an Honours Bachelor of Arts in political science and international relations. Bonnie also studied French immersion at the Paris Sorbonne University.

In January 2012, she was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for her work in the community. She and her husband Brian have raised three children, Alex, Jonathan and Natasha, here in Mississauga. Bonnie speaks conversational French and Polish.

BEST COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD
Anna Lopes



Anna Lopes is a full time property / warehouse Manager for a large printing company in Markham for over 30 years. She is a very compassionate and caring person who is full of life and love. Her greatest passion in life is to make a difference and to touch the hearts of all children that need a simple hug. She is also very creative in event planning and making magical moments happen. She is the founder of a nonprofit organization called Million Dollar Smiles …Giving back to Society, which she has been running for over 8 years by volunteering most of her spare time . She has brought many smiles and hugs to children dealing with life threatening illness. She and her volunteers whom she call her Angels have delivered over 200 full size teddy bears to children that needed a hug at Christmas time. The charity also builds playgrounds for the children in their very own backyard. They have built over 81 playgrounds in the last 6 years and built 56 playground in 2015. Her mission in life is to create a world of giving and contributing to our community.

BEST COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD
Marcia Brown



Marcia Brown founded Trust 15 Youth Community Support Organization in 2011. She started her career with the Toronto District School Board as an Educational Assistant in 2005. She has been working diligently to educate, mentor and inspire the young men and women in her community ever since.


Marcia recognized that there was a significant need in her community for a place where youth could come and feel safe and accepted, and receive much needed support. So she decided to walk from door-to-door in the neighbourhood asking parents if they would allow their children to participate in this enriching after-school program.


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“I live in this community and I realize there are a lot of issues and not enough positive programs to help young people.” Earning the trust from the community and the 15 girls that showed up on the first day the program started, led to the name, Trust 15. Marcia was awarded the Premier’s Award of Ontario for Teaching Excellence Support Staff (2011), Urban Hero Award for Education (2011), The Women of Honour Award (BBPA) (2012), Rotary Club of Toronto-Youth Impact Award (Individual Category) (2015)

Trust 15 is a not-for-profit organization that provides inner city youth in the Rexdale/North Etobicoke area with programs that promote and facilitate positive behaviour, creative expression, and cooperative working skills. We exist to give ‘at risk’ kids in our community the social and educational tools to succeed in society. This is accomplished through mentoring and positive role model intervention.

Every week, Trust 15 opens its doors to 120 youth in the community through our Ladies on the Rise, Girls on the Rise, and Men of Distinction after school drop-in programs. We provide a safe, nurturing space for these young people to discuss and find solutions for real life issues surrounding self-esteem, conflict-resolution, abuse, violence, peer pressure, and family life. We connect youth with mentors, professionals, and community leaders who network with the group members, teaching them crucial tips for success and inspiring them to believe in themselves, their talents, and their futures.

MARIA MARTINI RESILIENCE AWARD
Helena Kameka



Helena Kameka is President of the Canadian Centre for Abuse Awareness, a national, charitable organization that helps over 200,000 people every year. She has been a strong administrative influence within the agency since April 2008. Coming from a corporate background in marketing and advertising, Ms. Kameka is currently helping to transition the charity to a new level, which will enable it to help even more people and in more ways than ever before.

Previous to her corporate experience, Helena Kameka enjoyed much success as a musical artist. A two-time Canadian Country Music Award winner and Juno nominee, Helena toured around the world and also performed on numerous radio and television shows including “Good Morning America“, and has also had the pleasure of working with people like Shania Twain and Roch Voisine. She performed for United Nations soldiers between 1991 and 1995 in Bosnia, Egypt, Cyprus, Israel, and Germany.

Helena has been very involved as a volunteer in men’s and women’s prisons for the past 14 years, as well as a spiritual healing and recovery workshop for adult survivors for the last 8 years with Ellen Campbell. She is a Certified Practical Minister and is also the Worship Director at her home church.

ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT AWARD
Maria Nowotarska



Polish theatre, television and film actress. She graduated from the Cracow Theatre School, and then for 33 years performed at the Slowacki Theatre in Krakow, playing many important roles in the repertoire of comedy and drama. She also played in television and films. One of her most important roles was that of Andrzejowa Korczyńska in the film adaptation of the famous Polish novel “At the Niemen River”.


Maria Nowotarska immigrated to Canada as a recognized Polish actress and settled in Toronto. After one year she had created a theatre called The Salon of Poetry, Music and Theatre, which over 24 years staged more than 100 performances. The Salon has become the largest, longest running, and the richest in the number of performances of any Polish theatre abroad. Its repertoire consists of music, songs, dance, poetry and prose. The performances which range from dramas, musicals, cabarets to theater’s pieces often include a large cast.


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The theatre plays are one of the most important trends in the Maria Nowotarska’s Salon. They consist of a series entitled “The Great Polish Women – Emigrants”. They were written by Kazimierz Braun who is an acclaimed play writer and lecturer at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He wrote them specifically for Maria Nowotarska and her daughter, also an actress, Agata Pilitowski. Braun has already written seven plays in this series: “Helena – the Story of Modjeska”, “American Dreams”, “Radiation” – the Story about Maria Sklodowska-Curie, “Tamara L” – the play about Tamara de Lempicka, Pola Negri, “Ordonka’s Secrets” and “Karolina Lanckoronska” (in preparation). They tell the stories of Polish women who, through their determination, persistence and passion reached the fame and enhanced not only Polish, but also the world’s culture. “The great Polish women – emigrants “ as well as with several other shows, such as that devoted to the works of great Polish Nobel Prize winner – poetess Wislawa Szymborska, are touring across Canada, the United States, South America and Europe. The performances are also translated into: English, Portuguese, German, French, Spanish, Italian and Greek. Maria Nowotarska for her achievements has received many medals and awards: Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland, Golden Cross of Merit, Medal of the Senate, Golden Medal Krakow 2000, Medal of Merit of Polish Culture, Silver Medal Gloria Artis, Golden Medal of the American Institute of Polish Culture, Diploma of Senate of Canada Foundation, N.W. Turzanski Award, Award of Adam Mickiewicz Foundation, diploma of W. Reymont Foundation and the title of Woman of the Year in 1995.

VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR AWARD
Jolanta Morgenstern



I came to Canada in 1981 and started my adventure into the new world by having the opportunity of obtaining a job as a travel consultant which resulted with me working with the Polish community. On the other hand I had very emotional interest in the artistic world that started when I was a child. That was one of the reasons I got very quickly involved in polish artistic community by arranging groups for different polish events like art exhibits, promotion meetings for writers, poets, travellers etc. This knowledge and experience has enabled me to have a valuable relationship with Polish politicians, actors, writers and various artistic people.

Being elected President of Polish Canadian Society Of Theatre has been an honorable award. Although I find my travel consulting still plays a major role in my life. I am excited and proud with my volunteer accomplishments within the Polish community.

I feel my achievements since arriving in Canada have been valuable throughout my life together with meeting a variety of people, helping them and increasing the relationship between Canadians and Polish Society.

VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR AWARD
Leslie Silvestri



Leslie Silvestri has been working in the health care sector for over 25 years as a nurse. She is a well sought after consultant provincially, offering support and advocacy to families while respecting the individual personally and their bodily integrity. Attention to detail and reflective practice has been a very important part of her delivery of service and knowledge.

Leslie is a co-host of the radio show Living in Synergy featured on Connect me radio. The hosts of this show strive to bring all the parts of life together to make you whole- focusing on health and wellness.

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Outside of her work in the healthcare sector, Leslie has an extensive record in nonprofit and community leadership and has held chair positions for various organizations. Her passion is instrumental in creating awareness and a voice for mental health and assisting in dispelling the stigma associated with it. Currently Leslie is working to eradicate poverty among families in Peel. She is a founder of the Fight the cold coat drive and is an active member of the Mississauga Arts Council.

She is currently a representative for the Dufferin Peel Catholic District School Board as a Special education advisory council. Leslie is a director on the board of the Learning Disabilities of Peel Region. She has a vast knowledge working with the community partners as well as children, youth, adults and seniors.

Leslie and her husband Carlo have raised three children Brittany, Kristen and Jacqueline.

SELF DEVELOPMENT AWARD
Joan John



Came to Canada a visitor from Jamaica, enrolled in College but could not afford the Overseas Student fees. Visitor Status then turned into that of Illegal Immigrant for a number of years worked at various jobs from cleaning, babysitting, seamstress, trainee designer & the retail Industry. Through resilient and perseverance Joan survived that chapter of her life and because of the struggles that she had faced

Joan then went on to work on the inside and outside of the Legal system because of her experience of also being in the Legal System. Joan has risen from the gutters of discrimination, intimidation and Systematic Justice to obtain Education qualifications as follows:

  • Diploma in Restorative Justice from Queens University
  • Certificate in Addiction Studies from Centennial College
  • Certificate in Adjudication - Boards and Tribunals from The Society of Ontario Adjudicators and Regulators
  • Certification – Refugee Studies York University
  • IBA York University - Political Science
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Joan work ethics are classified as extraordinary she is currently:

  • The President and founder of The JunCtian Network a not-for-profit Organization that facilitates and Foster growth for Small Business, Entrepreneurs and Professionals
  • The President and Lifestyle Consultant of Joan John Audacious Solutions that provides services such as Home Staging, Catering, Personalized shopping & Wine consultation
  • Motivational speaker with Historica Canada
  • Member of the Diversity and Inclusion Charter of Peel
  • Board Member of the Peace Life Ministries
  • White Horses primary School - St. Thomas Jamaica

Joan has constantly given back to her Community she is the main sponsor of her Alma Mater in Jamaica The White Horses Primary School providing them with School Supplies every Year. She works closely with the Principal Mr. Lanceford Grant and was the Guest Speaker at the 2013 Graduation Ceremony in Jamaica.

Mother of two (2) children a daughter currently in York University and a Son in Sheridan College. On June 6th 2015 the Diversity Advancement Network awarded her with the Black Canadian Role model Award.

STUDENT OF THE YEAR AWARD
Joanna Klimczak - Rhode Scholar



Joanna Klimczak, a native of Niagara Falls, is an entrepreneur with a passion for leveraging business, technology and innovation to solve social problems. In high school, following her term as Miss Teen All Canadian, she created Hand in Hand, an organization that adopted two villages in India and Sierra Leone and operated in eight countries to empower youth and help children around the world gain access to education.

Later, she studied International Management at McGill. During that time, she co-founded MyVision, a global student network mentored by Nobel Laureate, Muhammad Yunus, aimed at cultivating social entrepreneurs. Its members challenge students to rethink business as usual, and they provide students with the tools they seek to build companies that change the world. Founded in 2012, in three years, the network has grown to having over 2000 members, powering thirteen social businesses, in seventeen chapters, located in ten different countries. Upon graduating in 2014 at the top of her class, Joanna received the Scarlet Key Award for her research and resulting co-creation of an academic Concentration in Social Business and Enterprise. Meanwhile, she became a business analyst at C432 management-consulting firm, where she provided high-level strategy development and business planning support to institutions, companies, and individuals interested in making a difference through private sector investment and job creation in Haiti. Moreover, Joanna speaks five languages, is a competitive dancer and an avid runner, having recently completed a half marathon on the Great Wall of China.

As a whole, these experiences led Joanna to being honoured with a coveted Rhodes Scholarship on which she is now studying law at Oxford University.


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GLOBAL EXCELLENCE AWARD
The Honourable Ms. Hazel McCallion



McCallion was first elected in November 1978, and is the longest-serving mayor in the city's history, having served for 36 years at the time of her retirement in 2014. Early in her career, a psychic predicted that she would only last for one term of office. Instead, she was a successful candidate in 12 municipal elections, having been acclaimed twice and re-elected 10 other times. Her supporters gave her the nickname "Hurricane Hazel" because of her outspoken political style.

McCallion began her political career in Streetsville. Her first campaign was in 1964 for the position of deputy reeve. It was unsuccessful, and she later considered herself to be a victim of dirty tricks. Having later been appointed as the chairman of the Streetsville Planning Board, she was elected as deputy reeve in the 1967 election and was appointed reeve in 1968. She was elected as Streetsville's mayor in 1970, serving until 1973. The Town of Streetsville was amalgamated with the Town of Mississauga and the Town of Port Credit to form the City of Mississauga at the beginning of 1974. McCallion advocated unsuccessfully to preserve Streetsville as a separate municipality. In the 1976 municipal election, McCallion won her seat on Mississauga council by acclamation.

By the time she was elected mayor of Mississauga, she had sat on virtually every committee in Peel Region and the City of Mississauga. She has also served on the executive of many federal and provincial committees and associations.

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Mayor of Mississauga

McCallion was first elected mayor in 1978, defeating popular incumbent Ron Searle by about 3,000 votes. She had been in office only a few months when the 1979 Mississauga train derailment occurred, where a Canadian Pacific train carrying toxic chemicals derailed in a heavily populated area near Mavis Road. A large explosion and fire ensued as hazardous chemicals spilled. McCallion, along with the Peel Regional Police and other governmental authorities, oversaw the evacuation of the city. Despite having sprained her ankle, she continued to hold press conferences and update briefings. There were no deaths or serious injuries during the weeklong emergency, and Mississauga gained renown for the peaceful evacuation of its then 200,000 residents.

During McCallion's terms in office, Mississauga grew from a small collection of towns and villages to one of Canada’s largest cities, much of which occurred after the 1976 election of René Lévesque's Parti Québécois government sparked an exodus of Anglophones and corporations from Montreal to the Greater Toronto Area.

McCallion was easily elected throughout her career as mayor, with no serious challengers coming close to unseating her. She never campaigned during elections and refused to accept political donations, instead asking her supporters to donate the money to charity. Her final term as mayor, won in the election of October 2010, was her twelfth consecutive term. She announced during her final term that she would not be running for re-election in the 2014 municipal elections and endorsed mayoral candidate Bonnie Crombie to replace her as Mayor. Crombie defeated former city councillor and federal cabinet minister Steve Mahoney to win the 2014 municipal election. In 2012, McCallion was the third highest paid mayor in Canada, with a salary of $187,057.

In a first-person account for Canadian magazine Confidence Bound, McCallion credited her faith with giving her energy, and said she still does her own household chores. "Housework and gardening are great forms of exercise and keep one humble."

On her 90th birthday in 2011 McCallion was assessed by Dr. Barbara Clive, a geriatrician, who stated that "at 90 her gait is perfect, her speech is totally sharp and she has the drive to still run this city. She’s the poster child for seniors"

MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT AWARD
Magdalena Gessler



Magdalena Gessler née Ikonowicz (born July 10, 1953) is a Polish television personality, restaurateur and painter. Gessler is known for presenting TV programme Kuchenne rewolucje (Polish version of Kitchen Nightmares) and judging in MasterChef. Born in Poland to an Italian-Polish father Mirosław Ikonowicz and a Russian mother Olga Borkowska, Magda Gessler grew up in Sofia. Her father was a journalist and mother was a chef. In 1972 Gessler settled in Madrid, where she graduated from Academy of Fine Arts. In the 1980s she married German journalist Volkhart Müller. After his death Magda Gessler returned to Poland and married Polish restaurateur Piotr Gessler. Her current partner is a Polish - Canadian doctor, Waldemar Kozerawski. Gessler has three children: Tadeusz, Mikołaj and Lara. Her restaurants include: Zielnik Cafe, U Fukiera, Słodki... Słony, Ale Gloria, Venezia, Jadka (all in Warsaw), Polka in Żelazowa Wola and Kryształowa in Katowice.

MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT AWARD
Danuta Domurad



CEO and Founder of Reverse Aging Clinic since 2007 Danuta Domurad, began working in nutrition, weight-loss and reverse aging field in 1993.

She had attended and finished T. Harv Eker’s Peak Potential Training courses: Millionaire Mind, Gorilla Business School & Never Work Again and Train-the-Trainers course to learn how to assist clients with overcoming their conditioning and patters to help them heal emotions and traumas to heal the physical body.

She is a CEO Space Entrepreneur Graduate and lifetime member. CEO Space is the biggest & most known to Investors Networking Platform in USA.

She finished 2 level course with Think and Grow Rich Institute which is a part of Napoleon Hill Foundation for personal development and excellence and she is on a way to become a coach with this Institute.

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Danuta is an expert in the nutrition & weight-loss field having coached for 18 years. She started her Reverse Aging Clinic in 2007 pioneering in Quantum Medicine based on the principles of quantum physics which stands for Spirit & Mind over Matter. Thoughts creating Emotions creating Blockages creating Diseases, which is simply a condition of the body being not at ease. She created a very Unique One Stop to Wellness place of complete Ambiance and Serenity. A place when you can forget about the fast speed world and quite the mind and emotions. Starting with healing music, defused in the air First Grade Essential Oils, from finding the cause of health obstacles and then through proven detoxifications with sophisticated technologies, raindrop therapies, reflexology, crystal healing, vibrational therapies using Quantum Biofeedback, pulsed magnetic therapies, proven diet changes and superfood supplementation and the most powerful of all: the power of intention. Taking clients on the journey to complete health she is educating them about all the principles which are governing life on every level.

She is passionate to find all the natural and beneficial ways to heal by integrating the spirit, mind and the body. Her clinic offers very safe and natural solutions. Even beautification is done using well known in Hollywood electro-magnetic and multimedia radio frequency treatments to naturally lift the skin, eliminate wrinkles, melt fat tissue and cellulites.

Danuta has, for 18 years, spoken on a radio program multiple times per week sharing her knowledge and insights regarding weight management, nutrition, health rejuvenation and Quantum medicine educating people about natural ways to heal.

For many years she has appeared on several TV polish programs to talk about health rejuvenation promoting alkalinity and peace of mind versus acidity and lack of cell oxygenation, toxicity and pathogenic infestation, stress and emotions which are causing all the degenerative diseases.

Since 2007 she is practicing in Quantum Medicine using Quantum Biofeedback Technology. Since 2011 she is a candidate of International Quantum University for Integrative Medicine in Honolulu, Hawaii to become a doctor.

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