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Details: Do you have any idea what it’s like to live in a refugee camp in the Ivory Coast, quit a stable job to follow your dreams, or compete for a spot in medical school? Now you can find out straight from someone that’s been there, done that and lived to tell you the story. Hear a story and share an experience with one of our inspiring “living books”. Borrow a human book for 30 minutes of open dialogue.

 

Successfully staged in over 27 countries, this is the third time Hart House will be running this popular program.

 

When: Tues., Nov. 26, 2013, from 11 am–3 pm.
Where: Great Hall, Hart House
Cost: Free / Registration required

 


2013 Human Books

 

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Dr. Abdul Waheed Khan

Terrence Rodriguez / Realizing a Dream

Rosalind Silverman / Helping You on Your Journey to Medical or Law School: A Guide for Students and Newcomers

Olena / Yes is More Fun than No

Nova Browning Rutherford / My Life As An Other

Nikki Clarke / You are Always on Time to Start Over

Ms. Bahi Krishnakhanthan / Language of the Heart

Michael Iannozzi / They Were Wrong

Majorie Angel Brown / Blood, Sweat and CRT: Making Meaning as a Black Professional Woman in Canada

Leo Johnson / The Power of One Book

John Michael Etherington / Ways of Knowing – Past, Present, Future

Jaclyn L. Zientowski / Finding Your Path Through Your Heart: True Fulfillment

Ionatan Waisgluss / People, Plants and Place

Honey Novick / Do You Want to Be Heard?

Flavia Cosma / Freedom, Sweet Dream

Gautam Nath

Amjad Tarsin / First Full-Time Muslim Chaplain in Canadian University – No Pressure!

 



Human Book Profiles

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Dr. Abdul Waheed Khan

Dr. Abdul Waheed Khan is an internationally recognized leader in the application of information and communication technology for education and development. He has always championed the cause of empowering people through access to information and knowledge. His journey from a remote village in India to high-profile positions in education, international development, diplomacy and media is an exciting story of a self-made man, a visionary, an institution builder and a dynamic leader. This book is a Passages Canada Member.
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Terrence Rodriguez / Realizing a Dream

Terrence is a 30-year old, straight transgender female to male (Pre-op) who was born and raised in a Spanish and Italian, Catholic family in the Rexdale/Jamestown community. In the past 16 years, Terrence has come out of three “closets” and is now a youth worker in the same community. After receiving multiple requests, Terrence then created a youth LGBTQ+ program in the Rexdale/Jamestown area.
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Rosalind Silverman / Helping You on Your Journey to Medical or Law School: A Guide for Students and Newcomers

Dr. Rosalind Silverman came to Canada in 1996 and earned a PhD at York University and worked for University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine. Involved with over 40 charities, Dr. Silverman received the Top 25 Canadian Immigrant award for community service, which focuses on helping students from underrepresented backgrounds reach their aspirations to become professionals. This book is a Passages Canada Member.
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Olena / Yes is More Fun than No

Olena moved to Canada at the age of 15, completed high school, a B.A. and an M.A. and went on to work for both a city agency and the Federal Government. She then quit and spent the past year freelancing and writing a blog in pursuit of a more meaningful and exciting lifestyle. She hopes to inspire others to have the courage to consider non-standard options and renew commitment to following their dreams. Her story is that of trying new things, going against the grain, and embracing a “yes” policy.
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Nova Browning Rutherford / My Life As An Other

Nova Browning Rutherford is a personal development coach, speaker and on-air personality. An 8th generation Black Canadian, Nova identifies with being mixed race. Her experience of not looking like anyone in her own family sent her on a lifelong search to discover who she is, inside and out. Her search for identity forced her to find commonalities with others. This experience revealed music as a thread to connect others, causing her to work in the music industry, and it developed her compassionate heart.
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Nikki Clarke / You are Always on Time to Start Over

Jamaican-born, Nikki Clarke, started the company, Bead 4 Health, in 2006. She designs and handcrafts organic jewelry for men and women and distributes them online. Self-taught, Nikki began her creating designs for fun. Her pieces quickly got the attention of friends and coworkers, in addition to being featured in Planet Africa and Rogers Television. This year, Nikki was profiled by the Canadian Small Business Women association as the business woman of the month for August 2013.Nikki is also the host and producer of the Nikki Clarke Show which will premiere on Rogers Toronto in January 2014. This book is a Passages Canada Member.
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Ms. Bahi Krishnakhanthan / Language of the heart

Bahi is an enthusiastic motivation speaker and a psychotherapist with a passion for helping people stay connected to their Higher Self and live an authentic life. The Governor General of Canada honoured and presented her with the 2008 Caring Canadian Award and she has also been honoured as a Woman Of Distinction in the Region of Durham in 2005. She has worked through several challenges including cultural, language, gender and other barriers including being a single parent. She was honored as Woman Of Distinction for having personal, business and community success in her life and for breaking down barriers and being a pioneer for younger women. This book is a Passages to Canada Member.
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Michael Iannozzi / They Were Wrong

Michael is a fourth-year student studying French Linguistics who has returned to higher education after an absence due to mental health issues. His experiences of living day-to-day with mental health issues has prompted a desire to share those experiences with others and begin a broader discussion of these issues to the community, where they are often overlooked or ignored.
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Majorie Angel Brown / Blood, Sweat, and CRT: Making Meaning as a Black Professional Woman in Canada

Angel Brown is a Jamaican born woman of colour, grandmother, and social activist who champions equity, diversity and inclusion in all walks of life. Currently a doctoral student at the University of Toronto, Angel is committed to civic engagement. As a mentor, she shares her experiences with new Immigrant Professionals through TRIEC and COSTI in Toronto, yet still finds time to travel internationally for ADRA Connections to perform development service in crisis communities. This book is a Passages Canada Member.
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Leo Johnson / The Power of One Book

While most Canadian teenagers unlocked the internet and learned to drive, Leo Johnson spent eight years in refugee camps in Ivory Coast and Ghana. In 2006, he resettled in Canada as a Government Sponsored Refugee with a vision to empower youth become champions in their communities. As a student at McMaster University in Hamilton, Leo founded Empowerment Squared, a charitable organization committed to education, justice and overcoming conflict, particularly within immigrant, refugee and other underprivileged communities. He has received the YMCA Peace Medal, Top 40 under 40, top 75 immigrants in Canada, and guest lecturer at University of Toronto. This book is a Passages to Canada Member.
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John Michael Etherington / Ways of Knowing – Past, Present, Future

Born in Timmins, Ontario, Mike Etherington was raised knowing the ways of both the West and East Coast Traditions of the James Bay Swampy Cree. He is of Omushkego descent and grew up learning the hunting and trapping lifestyle. It is still vibrant today as it is important for families to teach their kids about the ways of the land. As many have highlighted the importance of a balancing both the traditional and contemporary ways of modern living. Mike feels passionate about carrying forward oral histories such as storytelling to apply as a modern day teaching tool. Presently, Mike works at the Ontario Federation of Indian Friendship Centres which is aimed improving the lives of urban Aboriginals. This book is a Passages to Canada Member.
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Jaclyn L. Zientowski / Finding Your Path Through Your Heart: True Fulfillment

Jaclyn Zientowski, originally from Buffalo, New York, currently studies Theatre Arts in Toronto, Ontario. Her variety of experiences including an internship at a boxing and martial arts Facility, completion of a BSc in Health and Theatre, becoming a Certified Personal Trainer working in the health and fitness field, creating boxing classes, later teaching basic dance and contact improv workshops, hosting improv comedy events, teaching improv, graduating from Second City’s Longform Improvisation Program, performing in New York City and Chicago and producing and directing her very own show and page in Toronto are indicative of her desire to follow her passions, no matter how scary it may be.
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Ionatan Waisgluss / People, Plants and Place

Ionatan Waisgluss is an upper-year student studying Botany and Anthropology at the University of Toronto. He’s worked alongside a wide range of organizations and institutions in order to explore the relationship between People, Plants, and Place, always looking for meaningful connections that can be used to develop and nurture community. When he isn’t studying or working, he often runs workshops, guided tours and other community-oriented events. He is also very fond of writing and the arts.
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Honey Novick / Do You Want to Be Heard?

Honey Novick is a singer/poet/teacher hoping to share her story of a woman who followed a winding path, prevailed through storms and disappointments, including a bout of kidney disease. Honey has dedicated time to a variety of creative and social pursuits, including working as a song facilitator at Sheena’s Place, directing the Creative Vocalization Studio for people looking to develop vocal expression (sound, songs, opinions, ideas) and has performed at the Carnegie Recital Hall and produced a CD of Yiddish and original music.
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Flavia Cosma / Freedom, Sweet Dream

Flavia Cosma is an award-winning Romanian-born Canadian poet, author and translator. She has a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering and studied Drama in Romania. She is also an award-winning independent television documentary producer, director, and writer. She is fluent in English, French, Romanian, and Spanish and produces original literary works and translations in all four languages. Flavia has published twenty-five books of poetry, a novel, a travel memoir and five children’s books. This book is a Passages Canada Member.

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Gautam Nath

Gautam Nath came to Canada as a landed immigrant knowing no one and with no safety net. Two and a half years later, he managed to receive the Top 25 Canadian Immigrants Award in 2011. He has been on national television, print media and radio shows talking to newcomers and helping them adjust to their new home. Gautam serves on several Boards and Committees and is the Founder of the Multicultural Marketing Society of Canada. This book is a Passages Canada Member.

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Amjad / First Full-Time Muslim Chaplain in Canadian University – No Pressure!

After beginning law school and finding the experience to be unfulfilling, Amjad decided to further his Islamic studies and hoped to serve the community. Now, with a Master’s Degree, he is pursuing chaplaincy at The Muslim Chaplaincy of the University of Toronto. According to Amjad, having a full-time Muslim Chaplain at a university is a pioneering moment in Canadian history.

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The Living Library Project is an event designed to create dialogue, promote understanding and reduce prejudice. A collection of “human books” (widely varied in gender, age, and cultural and religious backgrounds) are offered on “loan” to visitors. Facilitated by Living Library Librarians, visitors “borrow” the human book for up to 30 minutes for an open conversation. We hope to promote tolerance and deepen the understanding of social justice, equity and diversity.


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