Partners for Planning - Art of Resilience
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Celebrating the power of bouncing back ~ and moving forward!

On April 19, 2018, P4P presented our second annual live event, ART OF RESILIENCE, featuring five diverse presentations, by the individuals below, sharing their unique perspectives and experiences related to the theme of resilience.

This very special evening took place in Toronto at Crowsnest Theatre, and was also webcast live for over 100 P4P partners, families and communities across and beyond Ontario. 

Event host Ted Kuntz (below) connected with each of our remarkable speakers to bring to life their unique messages about the power of resilience. Ted is an author, psychotherapist, activist and father. Much of Ted’s wisdom arose from parenting his son Joshua, who taught Ted how to take advantage of the many gifts and opportunities life offers. 


"Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.”  ~ Albert Einstein


Helen Ries and Paul Knoll  |  Gifts, Gratitude & Growth

When their parents passed away, the life Helen and her brother Paul once knew changed suddenly. Through trials and tribulations, honest self-reflection, and a deep commitment to one another, Helen and Paul found a way to support each other. Paul is recently retired from the Government of Canada; Helen is a consultant, co-leader of a national siblings movement, and is a strong advocate for and has successfully impacted policy change in Ontario. Helen’s website is To join or learn more about the national sibling movement, email

Janice Bartley  | 
PUSH (Push Until Something Happens)

Janice Bartley is an inspirational woman whose vocabulary doesn’t included the words “No” or “Can’t”. When Janice saw her siblings leave home and create lives of their own, Janice decided she too wanted a life of her own. With humour, persistence and an ever-present smile, she found her way. Janice shares her journey to create a life of joy, friendship, and purpose. Janice is a graduate of the The MothSHOP Community Education Program and a speaker for the Self-Advocacy Association of New York State.

Valerie Tih  | Life after the Big Surrender

Some people get to live comfortable and predictable lives. Not Valerie Tih. Through an incredible journey of change, challenges, and eventually surrender, Valerie acquired incredible strength and wisdom. Her journey to transform grit into gifts enables Valerie to live a life filled with gratitude and meaning. Valerie has over 20 years experience as a speaker, presenter and facilitator of spiritual retreats and educational workshops. She teaches Junior Kindergarten and is a Parent Coach for families seeking to create peaceful homes. Valerie is an active advocate in the Down syndrome community. Valerie’s website is

Paul Robitaille  |  How Can I Help?

Paul Robitaille was trained in the natural sciences. However, after experiencing the transformative power of the Métis community, Paul re-directed his energies toward examining how communities can transform individuals, and individuals can transform communities. The wisdom Paul acquired from nature is that we all co-exist and impact one another. Paul is a member of the Métis Nation of Ontario, and has a profound belief in the power of community building - a belief fueled by his experiences working with Métis, Inuit and First Nation Youth from across Canada. 

Jerome Bouvier  | The 3-Hour Decision

When Jerome Bouvier crashed into rocks while water skiing, his life changed forever. A severed spinal cord forced Jerome to make a decision. With determination, reflection and gratitude, Jerome transformed his accident into a gift that has guided him to realizing the power of the human spirit. Jerome is executive director of an award-winning not-for-profit ACCESS Youth Outreach Services, author, activist, public speaker, facilitator, race horse trainer and husband. Jerome’s website is

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