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Event to focus on resilience, discovery and hope

Free event taking place May 8 at Barrie Public Library
2019-04-19 Forrest Willett and Chantel Coward and Peter Jennings
Forrest Willett, left, Chantel Coward and Peter Jennings are taking part in An Evening of Resilience, Discovery and Hope next month at the Barrie Public Library. Supplied photo


Three Simcoe County residents are introducing an event which they believe will inspire people to transform their existence and capitalize on the advantages life offers.

An Evening of Resilience, Discovery and Hope will occur at the Barrie Public Library, main branch, on May 8 at 7 p.m. It is part of Mental Health Awareness Month. Featured will be presentations by international speaker Forrest Willett, mental health specialist Dr. Chantel Coward and happiness expert Peter Jennings.

"The three of us are really pumped about this," says Jennings. "Forrest is such an enlightening, entertaining speaker who inspires people to be positive, do their best and be their greatest. Chantel offers a real depth of wellness expertise through her doctorate degree in clinical psychology, and her experience and expertise is awesome. And as a happiness expert, my role is to share seven secrets to happiness that can change your life. These are tough times we’re living in. People are dealing with stress and anxiety like never before. An Evening of Resilience, Discovery and Hope aims to help you confront life and come out on the other side as a winner. It will be a powerful evening."

Jennings has previously done a number of presentations at the Barrie Public Library, which have always enjoyed popularity and success. The participants premiered An Evening of Resilience, Discovery and Hope at the Orillia Public Library recently, where there was a capacity crowd.

"What a wonderful speaker Forrest is," says Coward, "talking about the near-death automobile accident that left him with a catastrophic brain injury, and how he fought back to create a new, productive, meaningful life: It's an amazing story. And Peter's presentation, blending humour, facts and advice, features some of the 37 people he interviewed from around the world for his book about happiness. He regularly gets “best presentation ever” accolades. My own expertise stems from providing individual therapy for adults, children, couples and families. I like to point out the benefits of emotional resilience: the armour you need for today's world. Together, the three of us will create opportunities for people to enhance their peace of mind."

"I've been fortunate to speak internationally in places like Dubai, India, England, Japan, the Philippines, Guatemala, Mexico and the United States," says Willett. "Everywhere, it's the same: People are searching for ways to overcome the stress and anxiety too many folks face. I think the evening Chantel, Peter and I have planned will go a long way to achieving that goal."

There is no cost for An Evening of Resilience, Discovery and Hope, which is on May 8, 7-9 p.m. at the Barrie Public Library’s main branch, 60 Worsley St. Ample time for audience questions and observations will be included and attendees will have an opportunity to purchase autographed copies of Willett's book, Finding Forrest: A Search for Emotional Success, and Jennings's Why Being Happy Matters.