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This event occurred on
December 5, 2013
9:00am - 1:00pm EST
(UTC -5hrs)
Vaughan, ON

The first TEDx Women event in the City of Vaughan was held on December 5 in the City Hall. This event was simultaneously held in 220 other venues worldwide. It was the third from the series of TEDx events in Vaughan.
Speakers were coming from diverse backgrounds. They were leading change or championing ideas in the fields of Health & Nutrition, Business, Social violence, and Joy of life. While topics were familiar issues of our daily lives but their new perspectives and methodologies resonated with the event’s theme which was “Catalyst for Transformation”.
Carol GREENWOOD, Professor of nutrition at University of Toronto; highlighted the results of her most recent scientific research on the role of nutrition on the brain’s health.
TRACY LEPARULO, Co-Founder at StartMeUp Dago Credit Union, and Executive at Ryerson Entrepreneur Institute, Founder of Traceable Marketing, shared her own initiated works and results in the field of social entrepreneurship in Kenya and for autistic children.
GITA SCHWARTZ, Executive Director of Street Haven, Shared her unique way of resisting to stigma and avoiding violence as the result of it.
ELLEN GÉLINAS, Independent Consultant, Senior Faculty with William Glasser Institute Canada and William Glasser International, showed us how our choices could bring happiness and fulfillment to each one our lives.

Council Chambers
major Mackenzie drive
Vaughan, ON, L6A 1T1
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Carol Greenwood

Carol Greenwood: Nutritional Neuroscientist Professor at the University of Toronto and Senior Scientist with the Rotman Research Institute, Baycrest Health Sciences, Carol Greenwood is a leading nutritionist exploring the relationship between diet and brain health. With over 25 years of research into diet and brain function, she is recognized internationally for her work on the relationship between diet and retention of cognitive function with aging. To bring her science to the public, she recently co-authored Mindfull with Daphna Rabinovitch, a professional recipe developer and media expert, and Johanna Gryfe. Mindfull explores the science of diet and brain health in an accessible format, translates this science into over 100 delicious recipes, provides a multitude of food, nutrition and health tips and debunks many myths and misrepresentations. In her words: “We don't need to see aging as an inevitable loss of function and there is a wealth of information demonstrating the power of wise lifestyle choices in supporting a healthy and active retirement. We know the glass is more than half full and it is time to empower individuals with this knowledge.”

Gita Schwartz

Gita Schwartz is currently the Executive Director of Street Haven – a community service agency in downtown Toronto supporting women experiencing homelessness through a variety of different services. She has been a community activist primarily in women’s issues since her formative years and has been a leader in the non-profit sector for over two decades. As a lifelong learner, she has trained and worked as a Homeopath and a Feldenkrais Practitioner.

Tracy Leparulo

Tracy Leparulo is a 24 year old social entrepreneur and change maker. A graduate from Ryerson University, Tracy has started multiple social enterprises both locally and globally. She is the founder of the StartMeUp Credit Union with provides micro loans to help women start businesses in rural Kenya. Most recently she started a social venture called DoctorMadScience turning an 11 year old autistic boy into a YouTube sensation. Her involvement leading the Ryerson Entrepreneurship Institute allowed her team to help over 300 entrepreneurs and generate over 4 million dollars in economic impact. Tracy currently runs her own online marketing business, and is an active leader within her community focusing on improving public transportation.

Emma Cava

Emma Cava is a singer, songwriter, and choral arranger living in the GTA. Her songwriting style is reminiscent of other artists whose music sits on the border between jazz and other genres. As a jazz vocalist, she draws inspiration from strong female figures in jazz, both vocal and instrumental. Emma is currently pursuing her B.F.A. with Specialized Honors in Music at York University.

Ellen Gélinas

Independent Consultant, Senior Faculty with Institut William Glasser Institute Canada and William Glasser International, and Founding Board Member of William Glasser International During the course of her 60-something years, Ellen has lost and found her sense of humour a number of times! Her career path has included: taking blood, assisting dentists, civilly serving, raising children, chairing home and school, acting amateurishly, volunteering, completing a 20-year BA, early family intervention, instructing, an M.Ed in adult education, counseling, facilitating, 46 consecutive years of marriage, and most importantly, grandmothering! A serendipitous side trip took her to a conference all about the benefits of humour as presented by professionals in the fields of medicine, anthropology, counseling and education. Since then she continues to develop all her workshop and counseling skills to include a balanced approach to life that embraces a healthy and humourous outlook. In her many roles in counseling, adult education and family life, Ellen has learned and now teaches about the impact of living from the inside-out. Her interest in sharing how a life can be changed through the understanding of internal control psychology has spanned the last 25 years. Ellen’s BIG IDEA that she wants to continue spreading for the rest of her life is that “the only person I can control is myself”. She loves to help others understand how to be the change they want to see! Ellen B. Gélinas believes that learning and subsequent personal change occur in a respectful, comfortable, safe and fun environment. Whether in one of her dynamic workshops, or in one-to-one mentoring/counseling sessions, participants always gain from stimulating interaction, relevant information and the joy of both Aha!ha!@ and Aaha@ moments!

Organizing team

Akbari V.

Toronto, Canada