Guest Speakers

Opening Remarks

Headshot of Sylvia Jones

The Honourable Sylvia Jones

Solicitor General of Ontario

Monday, November 4, 2019

9:05 am – 9:30am

Sylvia Jones has served as the Member of Provincial Parliament for Dufferin-Caledon since 2007. Currently she is serving as Solicitor General where she is focused on ensuring Security for the People. Previously she focused on job creation and celebrating the people of Ontario as the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. Sylvia also served as the Deputy Leader of the Official Opposition from September 2015 to May 2018. Since being elected in 2007, Sylvia has introduced many pieces of legislation that have been adopted into government legislation and have become law, including the Social Assistance Statute Law Amendment Act, the Aggregate Recycling Promotion Act and the Respecting Private Property Act.

Sylvia has lived in Orangeville for over 30 years with her husband David. They are proud parents of two children.

Opening Ceremony

Elder Little Brown Bear

Ernest W Matton, (Athehsa Niohkwá:rita:a) (Elder Little Brown Bear) – Is a respected Métis Elder, and  spiritual ambassador who blends Traditional teachings with mainstream information to provide holistic healing approaches for Indigenous and non-Indigenous community members and professional disciplines. He is a seminar speaker and group facilitator in the areas of Trauma/Addictions/Mental Health, grief, suicide, conflict resolution, forgiveness, mediation, anger release, and Building Healthy Relationships. He is a helper and guide who inspires living in today’s hectic world, bridging culture and professional disciplines to assist people in finding what works with his years of experience in the field, Little Brown Bear makes wellness practices and spirituality simple. Drawing from his academic background, vast work and personal life experiences, he focuses on what works to bring balance and inspiration to everyday life. He is a graduate of Canadore College and Brock University. He is a member in good standing with the (CACCF) Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation and (OACCPP)  Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists,