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Awards and Recognition Evening
Shaw Centre, 55 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
November 20, 2019

Laugh It Off And Bring It On

A few years ago, inspired by her own recovery from depression, Jessica Holmes trained as a wellness coach and re-committed her life to discovering what creates lasting balance and fulfilment. In this funny and inspiring presentation, Jessica shares hilarious and meaningful personal anecdotes about career, family, stress and mental health to help others reignite their spark. 

Jessica presents her insights in a funny, interactive way that is rarely seen on stage, complete with songs and impressions. She discusses the latest discoveries in the field of positive psychology, how to turn your embarrassments into punch lines, and measurable ways to achieve greater fulfilment and happiness in work and life. It’s the perfect mix of comedy and wellness. Audiences are motivated to set the bar higher for their personal happiness. 

Jessica Holmes, Celebrated Comedian, Author, Mental Health Advocate

Jessica HolmesBeloved comedian Jessica Holmes has been a perennial favourite on Royal Canadian Air Farce for 15 years, and has brought the house down opening for giants such as Ellen DeGeneres, Russell Peters, Jerry Seinfeld, and Oprah Winfrey. Her hilarious take on life’s challenges as well as her unique knack for skewering celebrities (including Nikki Minaj and Celine Dion) have audiences in stitches. 

Behind the laughter though, Jessica – like millions of Canadians – has struggled both with post-partum depression and, as she puts it, “regular, run-of-the-mill, garden-variety depression”. Hoping to help end the stigma around mental health issues, she openly shares her personal stories with the humour she’s known for, bringing light – and laugh-out-loud laughter – to what can often be a dark topic. Jessica’s funny and inspiring new book, Depression The Comedy: A Tale of Perseverance was published in 2018, and takes readers deeper into her mental health journey with validation and warmth. 

As a performer, Jessica’s productions have garnered her a “Platinum Award” at The Worldfest International Film Festival, and nominations for Gemini Awards and the prestigious Tim Sims Scholarship. She stars in her own program, The Holmes Show, and has also starred in the films Welcome to Mooseport, Citizen Duane, and Moonpoint. She recently appeared in the pilot for The Communist’s Daughter, which won the JFL ComedyPro competition this summer, and continues to perform comedy across the country.
**The cost of the Awards and Recognition Evening ticket is included in each Workshop registration, but a ticket is not automatically provided. As space is limited, the box must be checked off on the registration form to receive a ticket if you wish to attend. (Limited tickets available)
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