A passion for compassion – is this the real Burlington? Seven speakers will be here in May to tell you why it`s important.

By Staff

BURLINGTON, ON  April 27, 2012  Does Burlington have a “Passion for Compassion”?  Spencer Campbell certainly thinks so and is putting his time,  energy and some of his money where his mouth is.  He has organized the first ever TEDxBurlington event.

TED’s are places where “ideas worth spreading”  get put out by recognized speakers.  Each presentation is short, less than 15 minutes.

The event, scheduled for May 27th at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre.  Speakers include:

A leader in reducing maternal mortality in African developing countries Dr.Chamberlain is expected to show the difference compassion in action can make.

Dr Jean Chamberlain – distinguished McMaster Medical Professor and Founder of www.savethemothers.org  (focused on reducing maternal mortality in African developing countries)

Patrick O’Neill – CEO of www.extraordinaryconversations.com  and leadership expert who has been involved with, among others, the Middle East Peace Process

Michael Jones – a Juno nominated Pianist who will in part perform during the session and ask us to explore the heart of our own creativity

Josh Nelson – a childhood cancer survivor. Three years ago from a wheelchair Josh asked the Sears National Kids Cancer Ride cycling team to ride for him until the day he could ride with them.  Last year he cycled for that noble cause – from Vancouver to Halifax with the same team.

Scott Graham – local author, speaker who focuses on helping kids develop character, confidence and budding leadership

Trish Barbato guides people on career and leadership issues. She will tell you why you just have to be passionate about what you do.

Trish Barbato – author of “Inspire Your Career” and a recognized authority and speaker on career and leadership topics.

Arthur Flieschmann – With his daughter Carly co-wrote “Carly’s Voice: Breaking Through Autism”. One of the first books to explore firsthand the challenges of living with autism.

For information on TEDxBurlington please visit (www.tedxburlington.com) or email us at info@tedxburlington.com  attention Spencer Campbell.


In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.

Our event is called TEDxBurlington, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxBurlington event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group.

The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.

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