Let’s Talk: Breaking the Ice: Embracing Authenticity in Dating

February 11, 2024, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm (EST)

Online via Zoom

This panel session will feature four persons who stutter from different age groups and backgrounds. There will be opportunity for audience members to interact with panelists and others during the event.  

Registration is required for this Zoom session. The session will be recorded, so if you can’t make it on the 11th, you will be able to view it at your convenience. The link to the recording will be provided to all those who register within two weeks of the event date. 

Registration is only $10.

It is February, and love is in the air! Join us for a panel discussion which will delve into the often-overlooked topic of dating for persons who stutter. Panelists will candidly share their own stories, including highs and lows, and even humorous moments, as experienced. We extend a warm welcome to everyone, regardless of current relationship status or relationship preferences. There will be time to ask questions and to share your own dating experiences if you choose. Together, we will create a safe and non-judgmental space to explore the beauty of authenticity amidst the journey of dating.  

Meet the panelists:

Anna Nissen, a Speech-Language Pathologist based in Montreal, will moderate this session. Her expertise and passion lie in empowering people who stutter and their family members. By understanding the broader aspects of their lives, Anna supports individuals in building self-confidence and celebrating their uniqueness.

Bhavna Bakshi, real estate agent and inspirational speaker, is well-known in the stuttering and sexual abuse communities. Through her platforms, Bhavna empowers others by sharing her journey to self-acceptance and stuttering success with persons who stutter and with the public at-large. Her words unite and remind people that every voice matters. 

Daniel Allen Cox is the author of I Felt the End Before It Came: Memoirs of a Queer Ex-Jehovah’s Witness, shortlisted for the Grand Prix du livre de Montréal and named a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2023. Daniel’s essays have appeared in The Guardian, The Globe and Mail, Electric Literature, and The Malahat Review and have been recognized by the National Magazine Awards, Best Canadian Essays, and The Best American Essays. He is the author of four novels and he spoke at the 2023 Canadian Stuttering Association conference. 

Myriam Fauteux is a person who stutters who is on the Board of Directors of the ABC (Association Bégaiement Communication). Myriam wants to give back to the stuttering community because it helped her tremendously.   

David Marcotte is a pediatric physical therapist based in Montreal as well as a person who stutters. On his path to becoming a physical therapist, he overcame both obstacles related to communication as well as physical restrictions. He strives to encourage a more inclusive and understanding society through his work. 

Listen, and join the conversation on Sunday, February 11 from: 

3:00 PM to 5:00 PM Eastern Time
4:00 PM to 6:00 PM Atlantic Time 
12:00 PM to 2:00 PM Pacific Time  

Reserve your front row seat now! Can’t make it? No problem. Register and you will be able to view a recording of the session at a more convenient time. 

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