Speakers Bureau Program

The program helps participants to speak publicly from their lived experience raising awareness and igniting action about the issues facing people who are marginalized in our community. 

Program Description

Using the Toastmasters’ public speaking model, volunteer experts teach weekly workshops on the art and skill of public speaking. Participants learn how to craft and share their personal stories in front of an audience and are provided paid speaking engagements for community groups and corporate partners.

In Memory of

Renée Roth

The Speakers Bureau Program was initially funded through a generous donation in honour and memory of Renée Roth, who sadly passed away in 2015. Renée was a valued member of Ve’ahavta’s Board of Directors from 2012–2015. She was a much-loved volunteer facilitator with VSA in career development and résumé writing, where she inspired students and championed their success. Renée had an esteemed 20-year career in the radio industry including an Associate Professorship at Humber College where she taught Radio Sales Development.

She is missed by all who knew her.

Booking a Speaker

The Speakers Bureau Program is a unique opportunity to have someone who has lived experience with poverty and homelessness speak to your congregation, school, youth group, or other community group. Having someone from the Speakers Bureau engage with your community can lead to a deeper understanding of the crisis of homelessness in Toronto, fosters empathy, and will motivate your community to act for tikun olam (repairing the world).

There is a $250 fee for this program. We recommend booking a tikun workshop in conjunction with the speaker. This combines an education workshop with a first-person story.

Please complete this form to request a speaker. We request a minimum of two weeks advance notice for booking a speaker.

For more information, contact Mara Behan, or call 416.964.7698 

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