Where do I begin to tell you about my dear friend Melissa Haynes?
Before graduating with honours in business at both BCIT and Thompson Rivers University Melissa worked in advertising, and ran a business in Central America.
Her professional began with ghostwriting a column for The Vancouver Courier, as well as a chapter in the award-winning chef's cookbook "Inside the Recipe Box"; Oh, and then there was that time she was a project manager for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. I know, right?
I met Melissa after reading her book "Learning to Play With The Lion's Testicles" (https://www.amazon.ca/Learning-Play-Lions-Testicles-Unexpected-ebook/dp/B00BAH8RA2/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1481578524&sr=1-1&keywords=learning+to+play+with+a+lions+testicles), an autobiographical account of her dealing with grief and loss by volunteering to work at a "Big Five" African Game Reserve.
The book got national attention, with The Ellen Show, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and Ricky Gervais all featuring it on the air.
In March 2017 Melissa will grace the TEDx Stanley Park stage giving a talk named after her book where she'll share valuable life lessons gleaned from her remarkable adventure.
Better still, Melissa has kindly agreed to give us a sneak preview of this by presenting her TEDx talk live for us!
Melissa is a dear, personal friend; and I couldn't be any more thrilled that she has agreed to come and share her story with INSPIRED VICTORIA. Whatever you do, don't miss this dynamic speaker!
Read more about Melissa's remarkable African Volunteer Adventure Here: (http://www.daretobefabulous.com/featured-stories/a-life-long-dream-realized-volunteering-with-the-big-five-in-africa-by-melissa-haynes/)
BONUS PRESENTATION: Being the New Year we'll also focus on the power of keeping our promises with inspiration from the social movement called "Because I Said I Would". (https://becauseisaidiwould.com)
Cost: $10 pp - at the door