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Commit to Self-Care and a More Balanced Life Series


Three dynamic speakers - Susan Sommers, Debra Joy Eklove, and Kirsten Bedard - share their tools and insights for managing stress and accessing innate well-being through nutrition, exercise, and spirituality. They are co-authors of a new book, Love Your Body…Embrace Your Life! (Balboa Press/Hay House Publishing, June, 2016). Leave with renewed clarity, fresh resources, and a simple plan of action to help you to make a commitment to self-care and a more balanced life. Staff are welcome to attend one session or all 3.


IGNITE YOUR FITNESS, with Susan Sommers
January 24, 12-1:30 p.m. ODLC Room 610

  • Are you a Structured Soloist, Creative Designer, Spirited Adventurist or Competitive Performer? Gain a better understanding of your unique fitness and health style by taking our FIT Motivational Style Questionnaire ™.

  • Discover the fitness tools and activities that are compatible with your natural fitness style and the motivators and detractors you need to consider.

  • Learn simple strategies for incorporating movement and exercise into your life on a daily basis


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Susan Sommers is a two-time Marathoner, walking seven and a half hour races at 61 and 63 and has competed 30 races since the age of 50. She is co-author of Power Source for Women: Proven Fitness Strategies, Tools, and Success Stories for Women 45+ (BPS Books, 2010). Susan is a well-known speaker in North America who was featured at an International Women’s Day event in Jaipur, India in 2015. Susan is the President of her own communications firm, Susan Sommers + Associates, and has taught marketing and media relations courses at the School for Continuing Studies, University of Toronto, since 1992.



IGNITE YOUR NUTRITION, with Kirsten Bedard
February 27, 12-1 p.m. ODLC Room 610

  • An eye-opening introduction to blood sugar and weight management and an insightful discussion about eating and energy.

  • Examines the distilled science of the relationship between blood sugar and energy levels.

  • Learn simple strategies for eating for balanced blood sugar in the midst of busy living.


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Kirsten Bedard, Bsc. Nutrition, ACE : One of Canada’s most knowledgeable nutrition and exercise coaches and the founder of Ladylean.com. Kirsten devises, and helps her clients to implement, science-based strategies to effectively fuel their bodies to maximize mental and physical performance—whether at work or at play. She has integrated her vast but precise knowledge of food chemistry, exercise science, and the workings of the body into a clear and simple approach to eating and exercise, which has helped her clients transform their lives and propel them forward. Her new book, Read this Before you Diet, is a direct, is no-nonsense, guide to the three principles of weight loss, which will be released in 2016.



IGNITE YOUR SPIRITUALITY THROUGH BREATHING AND MEDITATION, with Debra Joy Eklove
March 24, 12-1 p.m. ODLC Room 610

  • Recognize the importance of lifestyle, breathing, yoga and meditation as tools to impact body, mind and spirit.

  • Find out about exciting new studies that show the positive effects of meditation and breathing on depression, memory loss, and the indicators for Alzheimer’s disease. Scientific studies and other resources (www.aolresearch.org www.thetruthaboutmemoryloss.com )

  • Learn simple and effective practices for breathing and meditation.


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Debra Joy Eklove, B. Comm., M.Sc., CAE: Debra’s passion is improving people's lives and welfare and she has done this work managing not-for profit organizations, as an energy medicine practitioner, as a teacher and a singer. Her CD of original music is called a process to heart. Debra is a Member of the Board of Directors of the Art of Living Foundation Canada, and Immediate Past President. She has B. Commerce from McGill University and a Masters in Economics from the London School of Economics. She is a Certified Association Manager, an Ayurveda nutrition consultant, and a teacher of  the TLEX corporate program and the Art of Living Happiness Program, Art of Meditation and Yoga.