AALT Conference 2017 - Bringing It All Together

Banff, Alberta
Thursday, April-20-17

Friday Keynote - Laurel Vespi

Laurel Vespi, is a professional speaker and award winning author who shares her expertise in mindfulness and life enhancement strategies with individuals, businesses and organizations. As the principal of stone circle coaching, she brings to her clients more than thirty years of experience as an educator, consultant and group facilitator helping people living crazy busy lives make their days more manageable and meaningful. Her 3 P approach is a simple and down to earth way to experience mindful living at its best. Laurel is a professional Member of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers, has a Master of Education degree, holds a Professional Certified Coach credential from the International Coach Federation and is a Certified Lifestyle Meditation teacher.

The Power of One

Everyone wants to feel that they are making a difference but sometimes we question the impact that one person can have. In this empowering and inspirational keynote address, Laurel shares a simple formula for creating the kind of impact you want to have in your family, workplace, community or the world. You will leave inspired to make a difference and confident in the impact you are already having and motivated to make an even bigger difference through your actions and attitude.

Saturday Keynote - Judith Graves

Award-winning writer and screenwriter Judith Graves loves tragic romance, werewolves, vampires, magic and all things a bit creepy. A firm believer that teen fiction can be action-packed, snarky and yet hit all the right emotional notes, Judith writes stories with attitude. She lives in northern Alberta and when she’s not writing, she works as a library technician in an elementary school library.

Judith is also Co-Publisher of, and an Acquisitions Editor for, Leap Books, LLC – a small New York-based press she runs with award-winning and best-selling young adult author Shannon Delany.

Judith is a member of the Writers Guild of Alberta, the Canadian Children’s Book Centre, Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, International Thriller Writers, the Horror Writers Association, and tours with the Young Alberta Book Society.

Website: http://judithgraves.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/judithgraveswrites
Twitter: https://twitter.com/judithgraves

Sunday Keynote - Jennifer MacFarlane

Jennifer MacFarlane has obtained certificates in Yoga, Meditation And Hypnosis. Throughout her life, she has had a calling to understand the connection between the mind and how it creates our reality. She has herself experienced the transformation that understanding the power of one's owns thoughts can bring, and wishes to help others experience the same revelation. She is a bestselling author, inspirational speaker and transformational mindset coach.

Her book “Think, Create, Jump: 11 Proven Ways to Create a “Hell Yeah” Life (The Only Limitations are the Ones in Your Mind)” will be the focus of her keynote on Sunday morning.

As Jennifer states: “Did you ever notice that in this world we celebrate super powerful, super successful people: gurus, superstars, TV personalities, top chefs, bestselling authors, singers, the best of the best. The problem with “looking up” to these influential figures is that we forget to celebrate our own successes. This book is for all the people in the world who have fallen into the trap of living for everybody else while simultaneously forgetting their own passions. This is it! This is your time to stand up and live a soul-charged life that feels good!”

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Special Events and Sessions  

President’s Reception

Come join Karen at the President’s Reception as we celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday! Wear your Canada colours and come for an evening of fun, lots of laughs, and some Canadian Trivia. Bring a team or form at team at the Reception for an opportunity to win some prizes. Appetizers are included. This event will have a cash bar.

Friday Night Activity


Saturday Night Banquet

Saturday’s banquet promises to be an energized and entertaining event starting with tributes to AALT award recipients and finishing up with a magic show.

Chris Visser Magic

Silent Auction

Spanning two days this year, the very popular silent auction is back again, and will run from Friday, April 21st to Saturday, April 22nd.  Auctions will be closing on both days, so be sure to get your bids in early and claim your winning items at the end of the day!

There are already some fabulous and exciting items to bid on but there is always room for more! If you have an item to donate to the Silent Auction, contact conference@aalt.org

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Annual General Meeting

AALT AGM is scheduled for Saturday, April 22nd, 2017 at 11:45 am. The AGM package will be available at www.aalt.org and from the AALT Secretary at secretary@aalt.org.

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