a SPECIAL LIVE EVENT on Thursday April 19th, 2018 IN TORONTO!


Building on the success of last year's Art of Belonging event, we are super excited to present our second annual P4P live event! Once again we've invited a group of diverse, passionate speakers to share their thoughts and personal stories related to the theme of resiliency.

When we think of the individuals, families, allies and advocates who strive to create good lives and inclusive communities for all people, they are nothing if not resilient. In other words, they have oodles of ...

stamina   grit   pluck  flexibility   guts   finesse   courage   savvy  fortitude   drive   creativity  resourcefulness   bravery  competence   skill  gumption  substance  brawn  capacity   backbone   moxie   persistence   humour   ingenuity  resolve  tenacity   constancy  adaptability  optimism  determination  ability  stick-to-itiveness ... and the list goes on!


The ART OF RESILIENCE event will be held at the Streetcar Crowsnest Theatre. The evening will conclude with an on-site reception and live music, complimentary snacks, non-alcoholic beverages and a cash bar.

We will webcast this event live for our P4P partners organizations, communities and families across Ontario. 

TIME:  7:00 P.M. TO 8:30 P.M., reception to follow

PLACE:  Streetcar Crowsnest Theatre, 345 Carlaw Avenue Toronto, Ontario M4M 2T1

COST:  $20.00







P4P is proud to present this year's event host, Ted Kuntz
Ted is a psychotherapist, critically acclaimed author, community activist, and father of a son with significant disabilities. Much of the wisdom Ted shares in his counselling, workshops, and consultations didn't come from his formal training, but arose from parenting his son Joshua, who taught Ted how to take full advantage of the gifts and opportunities life offers. Learn more about Ted and his journey toward finding peace and developing his resiliency here: Peace Begins with Me



Janice Bartley is a woman whose life has been driven by the word “No”. When told she can't do something, she does it anyway. When presented with an opportunity, she will never say no. Janice Bartley lives resilience every minute of every day.  Janice is a graduate of the The MothSHOP Community Education Program and speaker for the Self-Advocacy Association of New York State.



Valerie Tih has over 20 years experience as a speaker, presenter and facilitator of spiritual retreats and educational workshops. She conducts parenting courses on Positive Discipline & the Enneagram. She teaches Junior Kindergarten at a private school in Toronto and, as a Parent Coach, assists families seeking to create peaceful homes.  Valerie is an active advocate in the Down syndrome community and is passionate about building connections, spreading kindness and choosing joy.


Helen Ries and her brother Paul Knoll live in Ottawa. When their parents passed, Helen and Paul found themselves in the role of supporting each other. Paul is recently retired from the Government of Canada; Helen is a consultant, co-leader of a national siblings movement, and is a strong advocate for and has successfully impacted policy change in Ontario.



Jerome Bouvier lives in Langley, B.C. He is currently the executive director of an award-winning not-for- profit ACCESS Youth Outreach Services, author, activist, public speaker, facilitator, race horse trainer and husband. The insights he shares through his presentations, trainings, program development and public speaking come from his lived experiences and overcoming a tragic, life altering accident that left him a paraplegic. Jerome viewed this accident as a “gift” that guided him to a “purpose" that has served him for over 28 years, and assisted him with inviting people to embrace the power of the human spirit. Learn more about Jerome's journey, unbreakable spirit, and what it means to be resilient through his book, “UNBREAKABLE: The Power of the Human Spirit".



Paul Robitaille has a profound belief in the power of community building—a belief fueled by his experiences working with Métis, Inuit and First Nation Youth from across Canada. Each day, Paul witnesses the transformative effects of (re)connecting with family, friends, culture and the land. The pattern is clear: healthy, resilient individuals build healthy, resilient communities; healthy, resilient communities raise healthy, resilient individuals. Each of us has an important role to play in creating this 'snowball of resilience'. Each of us has the power to create transformative change in our own lives and in the lives of others.