Cameron Odam (Guest Speaker)
Cameron Odam will be speaking about the mental health struggles that existed beneath the surface of his accomplishments. Cameron, a 28-year-old Stittsville native, grew up playing hockey. He spent four years in the OHL before playing varsity hockey for University of Guelph, where he completed his engineering degree at age 26.
After graduating in 2016, he was in a life-changing car accident. The permanent damage to his hand left him unemployed, making his drug and alcohol abuse hard to ignore. New coping strategies were needed. After getting help, Cameron realized his issues were much deeper than the substance abuse that was apparent to the eye. Clean and sober for over a year and a half, he’s now taking on life with a new, positive perspective.
Prabhjot Sumra (Guest Speaker)
In 2013, Prabhjot was over 220 pounds and had no goals or ambitions. She would often spend her time cooped up in her room being depressed.
After a near death experience that left her in a coma, Prabhjot lost 70 pounds and began public speaking, teaching anxiety workshops, and Bhangra (Indian Folk Dance) to help other youth struggling with mental heath and substance abuse.
Prabhjot will be sharing her journey from struggles to positivity which lead her to start a successful Instagram feed called My Ottawa Life to help empower others.
Her mission in life is to spread awareness about the dangers associated with substance abuse, especially fentanyl and help others overcome cultural barriers to end mental health stigma.
Beverley Mahood is a successful singer-songwriter, actress, model, and television host. Beverley Mahood is a dynamic entertainer, highly recognized musically for several solo albums and also for the award-winning trio “Lace” produced by David Foster. As an artist, Beverley’s history includes several CCMA Awards, 5 Juno Nominations, 5 albums and a couple of Christmas Albums. TV shows (Pick A Puppy), movie roles (Changing Seasons), songwriting credits (Celine Dion), exclusive performances (G8 World Leaders, CDN/USA Troops, Royals), time as a celebrity model for Bootlegger and a commitment to community (Slaight Music Humanitarian Award) are a few other highlights of her career to date. Born in Belfast, Beverley is a proud Canadian ~ "I can’t wink, I can’t whistle... but I love my hockey!"
Kenny Munshaw is a Canadian Singer/Songwriter/Musician who was born in Toronto, Ontario. He performs about 200 plus shows a year and has produced and worked on numerous musical projects over the years. His performances include playing for Prime Minister Stephen Harper and President Barack Obama with Beverley Mahood at the G8 Summit in Huntsville, and also writing for groups like "The Tenors" to garner attention for organizations like "Big Brothers and Big Sisters". He has written and played on many of the top commercials on Toronto’s 680 radio and coined the first original song (with Jake Leiske of Farmers Daughter) for Justin Bieber that helped garner the attention that projected him into the global spotlight. He also wrote the Terry fox them "Run Terry Run" at 17 years of age. Currently, Kenny lives in Savannah, Georgia where he writes and performs and tries to spend his summers in Muskoka, Canada.
Paul Wilson & The Academy Choir