Blake & Dave
Before the creation of My Life Online, Dave and Blake traveled to elementary schools across Canada with their bullying prevention program, “Acoustic Opera”. The show had one main message: “The things that make you weird are the things that make you awesome.”
After delivering Acoustic Opera over 500 times, Blake and Dave evolved their message of appreciation and empathy to life online. Today, “My Life Online” is a worldwide education platform that includes in-school workshops, Media Literacy curriculum, and programs for parents in an effort to bring students, educators, and parents together on the topic of Social Media.
By the year 2020, 1 million students will have experienced the “My Life Online” message.
Tammy is a group fitness/laughter yoga instructor & dancer/coach originally from Saskatchewan now residing in Toronto. Her zest for life and love of movement are her inspiration to assist people in seeing how awesome they truly are inside and out! When Tammy is not sharing My Life Online she’s volunteering her time with Youth programs, blogging and doing some acting gigs on the side. She also loves to cook and go on adventures with her boxer Hudson and Sheepoo Zoey.
Brandon (aka 'Fergy')
Brandon “Fergy” Ferguson is a passionate young entrepreneur excited to prove that millennials can move mountains. Fergy devotes his time to entrepreneurial adventures which include fostering his own media development company, honing his craft as a motivational speaker, and collaborating with local multimedia artists to promote cultural expansion and engagement in his home town, Hespeler Ontario. When not behind a camera or microphone, Fergy can be found competing on the nearest dodgeball court, cheering for the Blue Jays with his girlfriend, or enjoying a cup of tea with his 18 pound cat named George.
Avec plus de 80 conférences par année et plus de 10 ans d’expérience dans les écoles primaires et secondaires, Yanick Côté est le conférencier jeunesse tout désigné ! Tout à la fois conférencier, chanteur et comédien, Yanick Côté offre des conseils tangibles pour améliorer sa vie et se sortir de différents problèmes. Il montre aux jeunes le chemin qui l’a mené au succès et à la réussite dans tous les aspects de sa vie.
Joanna has always had a passion for continuous learning and personal growth. As an educator in the Dufferin Peel Catholic District School Board herself, she hopes to inspire students with positive learnings and help them bring out their own inner greatness.
Jon Farmer is a storyteller and educator from Owen Sound, ON. He believes that stories have the power to change the world by changing the way people see it and he’s dedicated to sharing stories that promote compassion and non-violence. When he’s not sharing My Life Online he’s hosting the folk radio show Georgian Bay Roots, and exploring opportunities to make the world a safer place through art. He’s also a decent lawn bowler and a lover of pie.
Stephanie is a public speaking coach and trainer from Los Angeles, California. She pursues a life of being unapolegtically herself and encourages others to do that same. When she’s not sharing the My Life Online message, she’s training young professionals and teaching youth public speaking skills. She also loves her tiny kittens and random dance parties!
Mark Wilkinson is a life enthusiast, gratitude guru, and yoga teacher who adores his work as an inspiring speaker. He feels incredibly lucky to bring messages of hope and compassion to students of all ages, wherever he goes. Thrilled to collaborate with My Life Online, he spends his free time volunteering, smiling, playing sports, and singing the national anthem at NHL and CFL games. Heck yes!
Mark Wilkinson est passionné de la vie, un fou de gratitude, et prof de yoga qui jouit de son travail en tant qu’orateur inspirant. Il se compte infiniment chanceux de porter des messages d’espoir et de compassion à des étudiants de tous âges partout où il va. Ravi de collaborer avec My Life Online, il passe son temps libre à faire du bénévolat, sourire, jouer à des sports, et chanter l’hymne national à des matchs de la LNH et de la LCF. Ben ouais!
Best known as the face & creative producer of HGTV’s She’s Crafty, multi-nominated TV host & award-winning producer Wendy Russell’s other credits include event speaker, writer, actor, DIY expert, decorator, professional organizer & home stager. With over 20 years in the film & television industry, she most recently worked as the Décor Producer and On-Air DIY Expert on CTV’s The Marilyn Denis Show. Wendy has also written for Canadian Living Magazine, The Globe & Mail and Homes & Living Magazine. As a presenter for MY LIFE ONLINE, she is pursuing her lifelong dream to speak at schools and inspire kids to make this world a better place for themselves and others.
Wes Kerr is an outdoor and adventure enthusiast. Originally from Newburgh Ontario, he currently resides on the east coast in Halifax, Nova Scotia. His passion for helping others be their best selves is a huge driver in his involvement with My Life Online. When he’s not promoting a healthy active lifestyle with a strong connection with nature, he’s educating people of all ages on environmental awareness, outdoor preparedness, and earth stewardship. He understands the value of social media, and hopes to impress it’s function as a tool for life, rather than an activity in itself. He hopes to inspire youth to create meaningful connections with people, and promote positive and productive lifestyles both on and offline.
Shane Alvares is a devoted husband and father of 3 beautiful children. He is a self-published author and lives in Ajax, Ontario. Shane enjoys empowering and inspiring today’s youth through the My Life Online Workshop. During his downtime Shane is am avid reader, music lover and pretty decent on the basketball court.
Dr. Blake Brandes is co-founder of Motivational Millennial and co-host of the Motivational Millennial Podcast. Blake received the Marshall Scholarship, one of the most competitive postgraduate awards in the world, which he used to complete his Master’s and PhD on hip-hop and global youth cultures. An international keynote and TEDx speaker, Blake helps Millennials and people who care about Millennials step into their power to create meaningful change in their lives through coaching and workshops.
Blake also delivers unique hip-hop motivational assemblies at schools and universities across the country.