2017 Speakers

2017 Expert Speakers:


Mark Cullen
Canada’s Gardening Guru

The New Canadian Garden

In partnership with Trail Community in Bloom, we are proud to host Mark Cullen as the Keynote Speaker.  A best selling author, writer and consultant for Home Hardware Canada, Cullen aims to help horticulturalists of all skill levels.  Mark’s presentation will focus on his new book The New Canadian Garden.  He will explain how we garden differently from 20 years ago and how new gardeners are influencing us in profound ways with food gardening and biodiversity.

Judy Banfield
Mountain Baby
Judy Banfield Parent and Life Coaching

Parenting for Your (and Your Children’s) Sanity and Well Being

Judy Banfield has a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, is an Achieve Today Certified Life Coach, and the founder and owner of Mountain Baby.  She is here to help you feel better about yourself as a person and more confident and secure as a parent.

Aaron Ander
Natural Path Healing

Mental Health, Nutrition and Childhood Anxiety

Aaron practices Holistic Nutrition and iridology in Nelson, BC and specializes in supporting people experiencing anxiety, depression, and other psychological disorders with diet and nutritional supplements.  His presentation will focus on the effects of refined sugar and processed food on our brain and nervous system.  We will learn how to support the mind by addressing some common underlying health issues that can be fixed with diet alone.


Rebecca Horkoff
Free Rein Equine Assisted Learning Facilitation Center

The Healing and Teaching Power of Horses

After 28 years a being a registered veterinary technician, Rebecca needed a change of atmosphere.  Using horses to help people develop life skills resonated within her.  So in September of 2016 Rebecca headed off to Strathmore, Alberta and became a certified facilitator for Equine Assisted Learning Building Blocks Curriculum.  Her presentation will focus on the healing and teaching power of horses and how they can guide you to the next chapter of your life.


Caitlin Sproul

Experience Ketone Energy

Caitlin Sproul has 4 years of experience as a personal training specialist in Calgary, Alberta and now has a passion for educating the public about the power of ketones.  She works full time with Pruvit with the mission to help people optimize their human potential.  Caitlin’s presentation will focus on what ketosis is, what exogenous ketones are, and how adding ketones into your lifestyle can improve your quality of life. 


Dr. Jeffrey J Hunt
Hunt Naturopathic Clinic

Naturopathic Medicine

Dr. Hunt graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in 1993.  He has been practicing in Trail, BC for the last 23 years.  His practice has been family based, treating both acute and complex chronic illness.  Dr. Hunt’s presentation will focus on the guiding principles of Naturopathic Medicine. 

Sean Melvin
Gaia Janitorial Services

What Does Clean Really Mean?

Sean Melvin has B.Sc. in Environmental Sciences and is a graduate of the Integrated Environmental Planning Technology program.  As a successful environmental entrepreneur, Sean helps people and organizations successfully solve many different environmental challenges.  His presentation will focus on the question “What happened to using water to clean?” explaining the how to and why’s of changing our dangerous cleaning behaviours.


Meredith Messett
REST ASSURED kootenay floats

Floating for Your Well Being

REST ASSURED kootenay floats provides a rejuvenating float experience in a serene, spa-like facility.  The ‘Float Cabin’ is filled with only 10 inches of super saturated pharmaceutical grade (1000 pounds) Epsom salt water that allows a person to float effortlessly on the surface.  Meredith’s presentation will focus on the latest trend in health and wellness, floating, and how it can reduce stress and relieve chronic pain.


Joanne Belanger
Yasodhara Ashram

Yoga and Meditation Practice

Padma (Joanne Bellanger) is a long-time teacher and resident of Yasodhara Ashram. Her depth of personal experience and joyful nature support people in accessing their own inner wisdom. Yasodhara Ashram is open year-round on the East Shore of Kootenay Lake, just 5 minutes from the Kootenay Bay ferry. Canada’s oldest yoga retreat and study centre, the Ashram invites people of all ages and backgrounds to discover the promise of yoga.


Jeanine Powell
Earthy Organics

Organic Farming – Good for Our Planet

Jeanine Powell studied at SFU and completed a degree in science. She then trained as a horticulturist hoping to teach about the therapeutic effects of gardening.  Jeanine supplemented her horticulture diploma with permaculture training and loves to teach about farming and organic food production.  Her presentation will focus on why we should support Organic Farmers and why Organic farming is good for our planet.

Mark Slessor
Performance Fitness

Health and Fitness: The Key to a Happier Life at Any Age

Mark’s father first introduced him to bodybuilding when he was only 11 years old, and since then he had always dreamed of owning a gym. Two years ago Mark purchased Performance Fitness and has recently started competing again. He also studied contest preparation and has been helping many of his gym members compete (and win!) over the past few years. 


Amy Rennette
Barks and Recreation Pet Services Inc.

Brain Games for Your Dog

Amy Jones is a certified dog trainer at Barks and Recreation. She has a passion for positive reinforcement training to enhance both the physical and mental well being of her clients. Her demonstration will focus on the importance of your dog’s mental and physical well being.


Jayne Doxtater
Spa Caldera

You’re Never Too Old to Become Younger

Jayne Doxtater is the owner of Spa Caldera (formerly Estique) located in Rossland. A Licensed Esthetician, Aromatherapist, Reflexology and Pain Management Therapist since 1980, Jayne specializes in skin & body care, as well as health and wellness services and products.

Betty Offin
Betty’s Worms

Squirmy Start to Spring

Hi!  My name is Betty and some call me the worm lady.  I have taught in elementary schools for more than 25 years.  I have heard it’s said that you don’t get something from nothing… but I disagree when it comes to my squirmy hobby.  Yes!  Composting costs nothing but a little time and the reward is beautiful black soil to feed your plants.  Vermiculture is my healthy lifestyle habit.  Oh, and did you know that a group of worms is not a herd or a bunch… It’s a SQUIRM!


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