ABOUT THE TALK

Our inability, as a community, to thoughtfully and knowledgeably engage in conversation with the victims of trauma has stopped us from helping support, or even save, the people we care about the most. It stops us from being the best friend, sister, brother, boyfriend or girlfriend we can be. Next time you are in class, or at your family gathering, realize that statistically someone in the room has endured physical, sexual or violent trauma. The reality is at some point in our lives we, or someone we know and love, will be affected by trauma — and then challenged by its two most prevalent forms of aftermath, depression and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. While we can’t change the statistics about trauma overnight, we can change them overtime by igniting a culture shift about how we perceive and talk about trauma.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

An entrepreneurial tour-de-force. Devon co-founded Blo Blow Dry Bar, a first of it’s kind franchise concept, born from her second year University project, which has grown to 19 locations across North America. At 25, she is the Canadian Youth Business Foundation’s youngest ever mentor. Devon’s been dubbed ‘The Business Mind’ as one of Canada’s Top 13 Bright Young Things in FLARE magazine, has been named ‘Hot 20 Under 30’ by Chatelaine Magazine for their 2011 Women of the Year Awards and represented Canada as 1 of 30 delegates at the G20 Young Entrepreneurs Summit in Nice, France this past Fall. Canada’s National Post called her “an adventuress and big-picture-thinker [who]…doesn’t cut corners”.