Lindhout to speak of lessons learned

Amanda Lindhout is returning to Sylvan Lake as headline speaker at the new Building Bridges: Strengths Development Series, on Mar. 13.

Amanda Lindhout is returning to Sylvan Lake as headline speaker at the new Building Bridges: Strengths Development Series, on Mar. 13.

An award winning humanitarian, social activist, public speaker and writer, she will speak at the Fox Run-Mother Teresa multi-campus beginning at 7 p.m. with a book signing to follow.

“In this inspirational talk, Lindhout will move beyond the 15 months of unimaginable hardship she endured as a hostage in Somalia to remind us of hidden lessons that can be discovered through adversity,” said Ryan Veldkamp, community development coordinator with Sylvan Lake FCSS, in a media release. “Lindhout alights on the positive and leaves the audience with a fuller understanding of the freedom we can all experience when we embrace compassion.”

Building Bridges is a community collaboration with Sylvan Lake Seniors’ Association, Sylvan Lake Family Violence and Bullying Coalition, and the Town of Sylvan Lake and Summer Villages Family & Community Support Services (FCSS).

The group is working on a ‘strength development series’ that will host various presentations in Sylvan Lake, helping to build capacity within the community. The theme of resilience, the ability to “bounce back”, will be front and centre in Lindhout’s presentation.

Tickets for those 13 and older are available at Sylvan Lake Seniors’ Centre and the community centre for $15.

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