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Theme: When Entertainment Acts

This event occurred on
March 27, 2013
3:00pm - 5:30pm EDT
(UTC -4hrs)
Hamilton, ON

These accomplished people have experienced events that brought detours in the paths of their lives, leading them to combine entertainment with making the world a better place. Where your passion inspires your work and your work inspires your passion, and your role in the world expands to new heights.

Parks Canada Discovery Centre
57 Discovery Drive, Hamilton, ON
Hamilton, ON, L98L 8B4
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Eric Walters

Author, lecturer, Eric Walters enjoys continued success in his young adult fiction novels, but his life changed while researching a novel, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, he discovered some unsettling facts about a town in Kenya. This detour led him to change that world for the better. He founded and runs "Creation of Hope". Presently over 400 orphans are being provided with a services which include food, school fees, uniforms, tools, beds, livestock and the construction of two children’s residences in the town of Kikima.

Rick Green

Former member of the popular Canadian comedy troupe, "The Frantics" and cro-creator of the "Red Green show", one of the top Canadian comedies of all time, Rick Green is celebrated as one of the biggest names in Canadian entertainment. When he was diagnosed with ADD after one of his children was found to have it, his work took a new turn. Writing and directing an award winning documentary called "ADD and loving it?" he became a major advocate for ADHD. He's currently writing a book with Dr. Umesh Jain called "ADD stole my Car Keys".

Sapphire Singh

Sapphire Singh is a self-taught fashion artist with an Honors BA in Art History from McMaster University. Since high school she has been involved with the local environmental community combining her passions - the earth and the arts - to produce creative opportunities for learning and engagement. As co-founder of Revolution Wear and City of Hamilton Farmers’ Market Presentation Coordinator, Singh uses common everyday activities like our basic need for food and clothing to interrogate norms, pose questions, and construct alternatives. She facilitates fashion events, workshops, presentations and other interactive DIY programs on everything from clothing reconstruction and stencil art, to organic gardening and other practical homestead skills.

Blythe McKay

The day that Blythe failed physics, her life-long dream of become a veterinarian was crushed. Initially devastated, she enrolled in a new program at UBC which combined agriculture with culture. This took her to Sweden for a year long exchange where she first learned about Farm Radio. Her passion for this lead her on MSc work doing field research in Ghana. Today she has found her dream job at Farm Radio international, linking her experiences in Ghana - as farmers are entertained and informed at the same time through the medium of radio and the language of entertainment.

Organizing team


Burlington, Ontario, Canada
  • Patrick Hanson
    Co-Organizer (Professor)
  • Jameson Taylor
    Associate Producer
  • William Potter
    Associate Producer
  • Joseph Mamone
    Co-Organizer (professor)