National Speakers Bureau
LifeCanada National Speakers Bureau provides expert speakers to address the life issues for your gala event, banquet, university or high school classroom, or any other venue where you need our expertise.
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PRESENTING OUR SPEAKERS:
Mr. Pavel ReidPavel Reid is the Director of Catholic Family Services of the Archdiocese of Vancouver. Pavel grew up in Vancouver and has also lived in Washington DC, Toronto and South Africa. Professionaly, Pavel has led diocesan offices in prolife, family, young adult and evangelization ministry; which prompted him to get a masters degree in theological studies and another masters in divinity.
With a passion for communicating the Church's teachings, Pavel has appeared on TV news and current affairs programs, radio and in print representing the Archdiocese of Vancouver, the Archdiocese for the Military Services and other organizations; has taught college and not for credit courses on theology and evangelization; and has lectured widely at parishes, schools, colleges and at conferences of priests and laymen on theological, bio-ethical and evangelization topics. Pavel also is engaged in community leadership, serving on the boards of a handful of Catholic and secular organizations. And last but not least, he enjoys running, hiking and travel.
Ms. Cristina Alarcon
Cristina Alarcon is a community pharmacist living and working in Vancouver. She is a clinical instructor of pharmacy practice for the faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of British Columbia, and holds a masters in Bioethics from the University of Navarre, Spain.
The second of six children,she was born in Madrid, Spain, immigrated to Canada with her family at the age of seven, and grew up in Ottawa, Montreal, and Vancouver. Passionate about her work, Cristina has spoken out in the media and written in defense of human life and the rights of conscience for healthcare professionals. She has 22 lovely nieces and nephews.
Dr. John Patrick, PhD
Dr. John Patrick retired from the University of Ottawa in June 2002. He had been Associate Professor in Clinical Nutrition in the Department of Biochemistry and Paediatrics for twenty years.
Dr. Patrick's medical training was in London, England. He has done extensive research into the treatment of childhood nutritional deficiency and related diseases holding appointments in Britain, the West Indies and Canada. He has worked in Central Africa assisting in the development of training programs that deal with childhood protein-energy malnutrition.
Dr. Patrick now lectures throughout the world working for the Christian Medical and Dental Society in Canada and the Christian Medical and Dental Association in the United States. He speaks frequently to Christian and secular groups and is able to communicate effectively on moral issues in medicine and culture and the integration of faith and science.
Dr. Patirck supports the Canadian Registry of Hippocratic Physicians. The objective of which is to provide a mechanism for identifying practitioners who practice or are preparing to practice Hippocratic medicine, and to bring together practitioners who have an ethical consensus. It also enables practitioners to group together in order to have more influence and impact in their practices, their hospitals, and their communities.
Jackson Doughart is a graduate student at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, where he is completing a master’s degree in political studies. He previously earned his Bachelor of Arts at the University of Prince Edward Island in Charlottetown. Mr. Doughart contributes to the Holy Post religion blog on the National Post website and freelances editorial pieces on a variety of subjects related to politics and culture, which have been published in the National Post, The Charlottetown Guardian, and The Cadre. His book about the politics of abortion on Prince Edward Island, entitled A Refuge for the Unborn, was published in 2012. He is also a policy advisor for the Canadian Secular Alliance, a non-profit public research organization that advocates the separation of church and state.
Natalie Hudson Sonnen
Natalie Hudson Sonnen is the Executive Director of LifeCanada and has a wealth of experience in the pro-life movement. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts from Thomas Aquinas College in California, a Graduate Business Diploma in Business Management from Capilano College, and a Masters in Social Communications from the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, Rome, Italy.
Natalie has worked for years bringing the message of life into university and school classrooms. She was the executive director of Toronto Right to Life from 2002 – 2007, and Director of Education for Signal Hill from 2007-2009.
She recently married John Paul Sonnen in Rome in 2011, and they had their first child, a baby girl, on October 29, 2012.