Planning Big; Living Deeper

Planning Big; Living Deeper

#TEDxCK 2016 Talk

Why does one person seem more driven than the next? For a very long time Susan was highly driven to be successful – and to her that meant accomplishing things, finishing things, getting things done. She had made a plan for her life, and worked hard toward the results she wanted. And then, she had two life altering moments: first a trip to Ethiopia, then, just when she thought she had things figured out again, a diagnosis of breast cancer. Both the extreme poverty she witnessed, and the life altering health diagnosis, completely changed her perspective on life.

She realized it was not the “what” in life that should be driving her, but the “why,” and that, when society ingrains in children the need to be successful, we have it all wrong. To be successful in life we must also be respectful, compassionate, and understanding of others. The good news is, it’s not too late to change – the challenge in life is to figure out the “why”.

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

8:00am - 6:00pm Chatham Capital Theatre
238 King Street West
Chatham, Ontario N7M 1E7

Good morning, coffee, juice and registration begin at 8:00am, talks start promptly at 9:00am



Susan Whelan TEDx Chatham-Kent

About Susan

The Honourable Susan Whelan believes in hard work and the importance of family. Susan was born and raised in Essex County and her first summer job was picking tomatoes on a local farm. Throughout her life, she has had a passion to be involved in the community and has volunteered to benefit the environment, children, and hospitals. Susan has served on the boards of the Windsor-Essex County Children’s Aid Society, the Windsor Essex Alzheimer Society, the University of Windsor Alumni, and the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. She is also a past member of the Metropolitan Hospital Committee, the MRI fundraising campaign, and the Essex Region Conservation Foundation.

Susan has a Masters of Law from Osgoode, a Bachelor of Law from the University of Windsor, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Detroit. Between 1993 and 2004 she was a Member of Parliament, and, from 2002-2003, Minister of International Cooperation. In this role, she was responsible for Canada’s foreign aid program – a life-changing experience for her. In 2005, she returned to the practice of law, but felt a responsibility to do more with all of the experience she had acquired, and the needs she had been exposed to. So, in 2009, Susan embarked on a new career in the non-profit sector, when she was suddenly diagnosed with breast cancer. She stepped down from her role to successfully fight the most important battle of her life.

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