Date(s) - 09/01/2019
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm



We are pleased to announce that there will be a National Hope Talk Presentation on January 9th at 6:30 pm at Pearson Academy. This presentation is about bringing HOPE as a PLAN regarding mental health issues. 

Their talks stand out because they get to what’s underneath the reasons for the mental health crisis we are in and bring real solutions.  Through storytelling and raw vulnerability, their talks engage audiences and bring hope that we can see change.

Vahen King is an author, motivational speaker, life coach, and yes even an ordained minister. But don’t let those titles scare you, Vahen describes herself as “just an ordinary girl” loving life and seizing every opportunity to empower and inspire those around her!

At the age of 23, one week after her engagement to the man of her dreams, Vahen developed Transverse Myelitis, a virus that left her physically disabled and dependent on the use of a wheelchair. Although Vahen portrayed confidence as she was trying to cope as a person with a disability, her “new normal” was facing feelings of self-doubt and exclusion. Reaching a point of desperation, she realized that she had a choice to make, to be paralyzed by fears and insecurities, or push forward.

In 2017, Vahen King was crowned the first ever Miss Wheelchair Canada, and went on to win Miss Kindness at the Miss Wheelchair World pageant in Poland. Vahen states, “My pain journey has given me a unique platform to help anyone who has ever felt fearful, excluded, or unloved.”