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Authentic Living Fundraiser: Impact People. Share Back.

Authentic Living - Impact People. Share Back.

by Linda Kowalski and Amanda Knight

September 26, 2019 at 5:00 PM – 9:30 PM MDT

Join us for an evening of powerful learning from a team of dynamic YEG experts who will each share with you unique perspectives, tools and tips for living an authentic life by taking back your power in your health outcomes, life, work and relationships!

Price includes light refreshments, door prizes, networking and music.

All net proceeds go to our benefacting charity (see below), therefore tickets are non-refundable, however they are transferable.

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Dr. Ganz Ferrance is an International speaker, author, entrepreneur, and award-winning psychologist. He is the former Public Education Coordinator and former Vice-President of the Psychologists’ Association of Alberta. Since the early ‘90’s he has been helping individuals, couples, families, and corporations beat BURNOUT, reduce their STRESS, improve their relationships, and enjoy more success.

Dr. Ganz’s deep belief in “positive psychology” helps you be your best self. He presents his information in a straightforward, down-to-earth, no-nonsense way. He prides himself on being a fellow “work-in-progress” and does not present anything that he has not personally put his blood, sweat, and tears into.

This approach has made him sought-after in media and as a public speaker. He has a monthly spot on CTV and 630 CHED, has been interviewed on Good Morning Canada, in Psychology Today and Ebony magazines as well as many other radio, TV shows and publications.

Dr. Ganz enjoys all sports, hiking in the mountains, and reading about quantum physics, history, and spirituality. He holds a black belt in karate and is currently studying Aikido. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada with his wife and two children.

Dr. Nicole Wilson

Dr. Nicole Wilson is a learner, researcher, and educator. Her passion lies at the intersection of psychology and human resources, where she sees meaningful work, working with great people, and continuous learning as being conditions for success and wellness.

Nicole’s research looks at employees’ experiences of bad behavior—rudeness, disrespect, and harassment—particularly from their customers.

Nicole has worked in human resources consulting for 5 years and has taught leadership development and university courses for over 10 years. Recently, she started as a post-doctoral fellow with the Faculty of Engineering to lead research supporting a goal of increasing underrepresented groups in engineering.

Dr. Mikolaj Raszek

Dr. Mikolaj Raszek is founder and owner of Merogenomics Inc., a consulting company based out of Edmonton helping clients with private access to whole genome sequencing and related technologies. Merogenomics Inc. specializes in cancer DNA profiling, DNA testing for undiagnosed diseases, prenatal screening and sequencing in healthy asymptomatic individuals for preventative assessment.

Dr. Raszek did an undergrad degree in genetics, doctorate degree in biochemistry and postdoctorate work in agricultural genomics, all completed in the beautiful capital of Alberta.

Mikolaj is passionate to educate about genome sequencing, or how we can look into our DNA code to gain important medical insights. Luckily for him, he loves studying science so starting a consulting business in breakthrough scientific technologies seemed like a next logical step.

Bernadette Iahtail

Bernadette Iahtail is a registered Social Worker, an advocate, researcher, writer, film producer, an entrepreneur, a wife, mother and grandmother. Her greatest achievement is co-Founding of Creating Hope Society, a society created to bring awareness of Aboriginal history, specifically to inform Canadians of the ongoing ripple effects of Residential Schools, the 60s and 70s child welfare scoop and today’s Millennium child welfare. Bernadette pushes the envelope of the CHS Declaration “An Aboriginal home for every Aboriginal child in care by 2025”.

As a professional her values are “equality, diversity and inclusion.” In her personal life, her values are “respect, trust, honesty, fairness" and she stands up for what is right. Her spiritual life is understanding that every being wants to be heard, loved and open in finding solutions.

Bernadette has a long distinguished record of achievement and has demonstrated to be an exceptional leader. She is talented, savvy and dedicated to building relationships within the Indigenous and non-Indigenous community.

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5.00pm Doors open, light refreshments, music and time for networking

5.30pm Welcome

5.45pm Creating Hope for the Future for all Indigenous Children and Youth: The Executive Director of our benefacting charity shares how her personal story and healing journey led her to co-found the Creating Hope Society, and how she discovered why there is a need for creating a safe space for children and youth to heal, why allies are so important, and why now she is asking 'Where do we need to go from here?' Bernadette Iahtail, Co-founder & Executive Director, Creating Hope Society of Alberta.

6.20pm How to Beat Cancer (Before it Arrives): In this fascinating and light-hearted exploration, discover what causes cancer and what science says you can do to minimize its development, from your body to your soul! Dr Mikolaj Raszek, Founder, Merogenomics Inc.

6.50pm Break

7.00pm How Rude! How to Handle Disrespectful Behaviour at Work: Learn how sticking to the issue, rather than the person, is essential for resolving conflict, seeing the other person as a human deserving of respect, and how staying curious is key to preventing broken trust and relationships. Dr Nicole Wilson, Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Alberta.

7.30pm Break

7.40pm The ME Factor: Discover how burnout causes low performance, how and where you are depleting yourself (and what to do about it), smart decisions you can make when you are under pressure, and how to have successful relationships without giving away the farm! Dr Ganz Ferrance, award-winning psychologist and YEG media personality.

8.20pm Door prizes and closing remarks.

8.30pm Networking and music.



Sierra Jamerson

Sierra Jamerson has been described as "an open channel of musical expression of the highest order" a "true performer; a “bright up and coming artist" and a "fresh sound in Canadian music". With climbing vocals and locked in grooves, Sierra's authenticity often moves audiences to tears. Sonically, she is frequently described as "Lauryn Hill, Alicia Keys and Erykah Badu all wrapped into one, with something you can't quite describe added." Her message is one of peace. Lyrically she is raw and honest, tackling themes of self-love, body image, the environment, spirituality, heartbreak, passion, and equality. Her songs are derived from a wisdom beyond her years, and the desire to uplift all audiences, but especially to empower other young women.

Sierra has performed with many notable international artists, including Mavis Staples, legendary Motown group The Drifters, Madagascar Slim and Josh Groban. And she is more than just a singer. She is an advocate, speaking out often in support of the people she shares community with. When she is not teaching or creating music, she hosts free workshops for women and LGBTQ youth and is a passionate voice on behalf of Indigenous and African-American issues, especially those that impact women and children.

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Linda Kowalski

Linda Kowalski is a practicing critical care RN of 39 years. She presently works at the Stollery Hospital with the Complex Pediatric Therapies Follow Up Program for children who have had complex open heart surgery. She is involved with doing the extensive Research to improve outcomes with these children.

Linda has been very active over the years in sports, broomball, soccer, ball hockey, and focuses on running at present. She has a passion to make us aware of the need for a healthier, balanced lifestyle and feels there is a strong need to educate on the present state of our health, particularly of our upcoming generation, our children.

Linda is very passionate in inspiring healthy living to help make a difference and to leave a legacy of bridging the gap with whole food nutrition in prevention of disease and sickness. She is most excited about being aligned with the Juice Plus company for 20 years that has clinical research conducted by researchers at leading universities and hospitals worldwide and published in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

Amanda Knight

Amanda Knight is passionate about creating great workplace cultures by supporting HR professionals and business leaders to implement an integrated approach to culture change that builds an inclusive workplace.

As a senior HR professional, leadership coach and trainer, Amanda helps leaders recognize that leadership is a privilege, not a right, and that dignity and care sit at the heart of diverse, inclusive and equitable organizations. She has worked with hundreds of leaders across a broad range of industries over the last 20 years to help them transform the way they show up, how others experience them, and how they can then influence the people they lead to bring their best selves to work.

An early pioneer of emotional intelligence in the UK, Amanda co-authored ‘Applied EI’ published by Wiley in 2006, and built ‘The SRQ’, an emotional intelligence-based assessment tool that helps individuals explore their ability to truly connect, influence, and empower through the lens of non-judgment of self and others. She is currently studying to become an accredited diversity coach through the US-based Coach Diversity Institute and is writing her second book on the inclusive workplace and the leadership privilege.

Amanda is a Board Member of our benefacting charity, the Creating Hope Society.


All net proceeds from this event will be donated to the Creating Hope Society of Alberta, a non-profit focused on breaking the child welfare cycle of indigenous children by supporting, advocating for and educating indigenous mothers and fathers.



Event Sponsors

Date and Time

Thursday 26 September 2019

5:00 PM – 9:30 PM MDT



Wingate By Wyndham Edmonton West

18220 - 100 Avenue

Edmonton, Alberta T5S 2V2


Refund Policy

No Refunds

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Organizer of Authentic Living Fundraiser: Impact People. Share Back.

Linda and Amanda are Edmonton entrepreneurs, passionate about supporting others to build healthy minds and bodies through educating about nutrition, mindset change, and spiritual development.

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