We believe sharing can change the world.
Our revolutionary mission is to raise awareness, educate, and increase understanding of mental health through storytelling of lived experiences. Through written word in our anthology of mental health stories and informative talks presented in a dynamic and theatrical way, our goal is to highlight the journeys of our hand-selected Brainstormers, in a way that inspires, entertains and educates . Theme and creativity are our specialties, you haven’t seen a presentation like the ones we create just for you and your team.
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Our collection of speakers represent a wide variety of ages, backgrounds, and experiences. Geographically, they span from Ireland to L.A. They are city councillors, grandmas, TV celebrities; they are firefighters, property managers, and high school students.
They are former producers of national television shows, TEDx presenters, Chicken Soup for the Soul contributors, the subjects of Canadian Screen Awards Best Documentary Program nominees.
They are recent inductees into the membership of the Order of Canada. They create charities; they sit on the boards of organizations that make sweeping changes. They are influencers of national legislation, featured guests on Bell Let’s Talk specials and TVO’s The Agenda. But they are more than their collective accomplishments; they are you and me—people living their stories.
They are not peddlers of hope; they are proof of hope. They have discovered purpose in their narrative, and this is a powerful example for those going through similar experiences.
An Evening of Love & Laughter!
Friday, February 14, 2020
Come on out and join us on Valentine’s Day, 2020, for a hilarious night of comedy for a great cause. Paramedic Nat and the not-for-profit organization Brainstorm Revolution are teaming up to bring you an evening you won’t soon forget–and you can feel great knowing that proceeds will benefit RVH’s Mental Health and Addictions Program.
Entertainment will include comedian and actor Deb McGrath, followed by the incredible improv troupe The Yes Men, which consists of Neil Crone, Kevin Frank and Patrick McKenna! Second City Mainstage veterans and household names in the Canadian Television and Film biz, the Men collectively bring over a thousand years of Improv Comedy experience to the table…in dog years. Playfully interacting with the audience throughout their show, an evening with The Yes Men is completely improvised from start to finish. Fast paced, energetic and always hilarious, no two Yes Men shows are ever alike!
Vendors, cash bar, and an optional pre-show Valentine’s buffet, and special hotel rates are some of the extras you can also expect.
Suggested Attire: Business – Formal
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1. PRE-SHOW VALENTINE’S BUFFET IN THE SPYNN RESTAURANT
Holiday Inn has extended a special offer to guests of the show who would like to enjoy their Valentine’s dinner right at the hotel. Guests are required to call in their reservation ahead of time and will pay for their meal directly on the night.
For reservations, please call 705-722-0555 ext. 405. Hurry, as there is limited seating. Meal starts at 6:15 p.m.
Buffet Pricing is as follows:
Adults: $34.95 per person
Senior/Teen: $31.95 per person
Children (12 and under) $17.95 per person
Note: Prices do not include tax or service charges.
2. ROOM DISCOUNTS
Holiday Inn Barrie has also graciously extended discounted room rates for guests of the show for February 14, 2020. Simply call the reservations line at 705-722-0555 ext. 1 or 877-728-6191 and provide the Group Code LAL.
Standard room – 2 double beds $129
Standard room – a king bed with pull-out sofa $129
Executive room – 1 king bed or 1 queen bed with pull-out sofa $149
Check in time is from 3:00 PM
Breakfast NOT included
“Kids eat free” program not applicable with group rates
Effective January 1, 2019, Holiday Inn Barrie will be implementing a 4% Municipal Accommodation Tax on room rates as mandated by the City of Barrie.
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Do you want something truly different at your next event or conference? Brainstorm Revolution Events presents your delegates an empowering session of inspiration, enlightenment and fun through storytelling, music and art that inspires and motivates.
Keep it generic or feature one key topic. We have speakers for every need, and the means to create a personalized, cohesive presentation from start to finish, you simply supply the stage.
- Mental Health
- Workplace Mental Health
- Depression, Anxiety, Schizophrenia and/or DID
- Postpartum Depression
- and so much more
We tailor the presentations to meet your specific needs, age groups, themes, and focus. We are flexible with types of presentations, however, some examples are:
- Opening Acts
- Book Signings
- Keynote Speakers
- Colleges, Universities
- Rehabilitation Centres
- Theatre Events
- Correctional Facilities
- Staff Meetings
- Annual General Meetings
- Professional Development Events
Contact us today for a free consultation.
The greatest weapon against mental health stigma is sharing your story. Our first edition of Brainstorm Revolution is an inspirational collection of true first-person stories that share reflections on love, personal growth, and cultural shifts in the world of mental health. Some notable contributors are Deb MGrath, Canadian comedian and actor; Michael Landsberg, sports commentator and founder of SickNotWeak; and Stephane Grenier, mental health advocate, recipient of the Order of Canada, and author of “After the War.”
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What is everyone saying about our book?
Do you have a mental health story to share? We will be accepting submissions for the next Brainstorm Revolution soon!
“This book really is so cool. It may be weird to say it that way but there it is.
I found myself going through multiple stages while reading, including being impressed with the way challenges were met, heartbroken for some of the personal stories, completely relating to a lot of the expressed feelings, and yes, even sometimes down on myself for feeling like the mild depression, anxiety, and shaming I deal with is no where near comparable to what other people are going through or have gone through.
But that’s exactly the point of the book. It’s not a ‘who had it worse’ competition. We are all dealing with our own sh*t and the biggest takeaway here is that we are not alone. Sharing is a huge step in healing and empathy is vital in understanding ourselves and our loved ones.
So thank you to Courtney, Heather, and Natalie for putting this together and for the contributors who shared a piece of their very personal history.”
“This book is a must-read for anyone who has been impacted by depression, anxiety, addiction, PTSD or other mental health issues. The stories in this book are raw, true, and very relatable…readers journey alongside these courageous storytellers. Reading Brainstorm Revolution is not simply reading a book–it’s living the stories within.
Brainstorm Revolution is structured into three themes: Love, Personal Evolution, and Cultural Revolution. Each theme offers several true-life stories that educate, illuminate and inspire the reader. You’ll cry, you’ll laugh, you’ll marvel at the resilience of the people in this book, and I guarantee you’ll want to talk about it afterwards.
A few of my close friends are psychotherapists and social workers, and they’ve told me they plant to include the book in their reading recommendations for patients.
Disclosure: I am a contributor to this book–but there are 38 contributors, and this review is based on the book and the project, and not my own contribution!”
~ Catherine Kenwell