Inspiration 2015! Celebrating with Music, Travel, Dance and Writing!



Inspiration 2015 will be a fun and inspiring evening.  Mags Magazine and Gems of Saint Lucia will be hosting you personally.  You will be inspired by our special guests.

Join us for this special event on December 18th, 2015.
Venue:  St. Anthony’s Banquet Hall
Time:  7:00p.m. – 11:00p.m. 
Refreshments and drinks will be served.
Tickets:  $25.00
You can book your ticket on Eventbrite 

Nubia Cermano: Nubia is a settlement worker with the Catholic Centre of Immigrants.  She is very well known and respected in the community for having a heart of gold, a home which is always open and enough that can always be shared. Music is her soul and if you know Nubia, you would most likely know her as a musician as well.

“I love music.  It is my life.  If I am sad, I listen to music.   I think that if people knew what music can do for the soul, we would all cope better with the stresses of life.”

She is one of the most caring individuals you can meet and delights in helping others over come their challenges.  Every Friday afternoon, you can find her teaching dancing classes at the Catholic Centre of Immigrants. “Let us dance the sadness away instead of crying about it.”

The Executive Director from Catholic Centre for Immigrants describes her as: “She is a hidden gem in our midst. Thank you for shining a bright light on her many gifts.”

Lisa Anna Palmer

Lisa Anna Palmer:  Lisa will be  sharing her insights about leaping out of her comfort zone to make her dreams come true. She is a contributing author to the collaborative Amazon bestseller “365 Ways to Connect with Your Soul,” with her entry entitled “Leap Towards Your Dreams!

Since launching Cattelan Palmer Consulting in 2011, Lisa Anna Palmer has helped hundreds of people as a Certified Passion Test® Facilitator, career and leadership coach, and workplace consultant. She is dedicated to helping people live passionate lives and create aligned careers that work for them and doing her part to make the World a better workplace. She is also the author of the upcoming book entitled, “Light a Fire in Their Hearts: A New Leader’s Guide to Igniting Employee Engagement.” She also developed a program entitled “My Next Career Move,” for post-docs and scientific professionals.

Lisa believes in giving back to the community and volunteers at the World Skills Employment Centre and was recently asked to join the Ottawa Chapter of the Women in Leadership as Program Leader for Mentorship and Inclusion.

Lisa is sharing her insights about leaping out of her comfort zone to make her dreams come true. She is a contributing author to the collaborative Amazon bestseller “365 Ways to Connect with Your Soul,” with her entry entitled “Leap Towards Your Dreams!

Nile Groove







Nile Groove, an accomplished Ottawa-based and culturally diverse 6-piece Reggae, R&B, and Funk band have been burning up the music scene with its distinguishable sound and style, performing fresh, energizing, and infectious original and cover music since its 2012 beginnings, live and on the airwaves.

Following the recording and production of their debut single  “Without You” released in 2014, and their full-length debut album “Uncovered” released in 2015, Nile Groove is on the rise as their music has gone global.

 Featured as “Artists to Watch” in the 2015 April-June edition of Boston-based Skope Magazine, featured in numerous interviews and live performances on the airwaves including CBC Radio, CKCU FM, CHUO FM, and global satellite radio stations worldwide, this versatile band continue to groove top regional festivals, special events and community events, private functions, and legendary nightlife live music venues.

Inspired by legendary Reggae, R&B, and Funk artists while making its own unique mark in their genre fusing elements of Ska, Soul, and Pop with Reggae Funk, and R&B, Nile Groove continue to show its talent and prove that they are indeed a true groove machine. 


Hani Rached:  Business Owner, Paradise Auto Repair 2004 Inc. (Hani is far left on the picture with his team)

“I have been in business for many years. I have never had to advertise. On a weekly basis, I get a new customer and I have been able to maintain my old customers.”

Hani runs a full service garage on 825 Campbell Avenue Ottawa with a multi-cultural staff. In the same way that he never advertises, he has also never had to recruit mechanics formally. “Recruitment by word of mouth is better. All of the people whom I have hired have been referred to me by friends and customers.” His five staff are from Lebanan, Iran, the Philippines and Canada. He also has a female mechanic on staff which makes him feel happy to embrace gender equality. He takes great care to treat his staff and his customers respectfully so that the work environment is healthy and positive.

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Meeting with Mama Sarah Obama – Highlights of our trip to Magical Kenya

In November 2015, Wilson and I spent ten days in Magical Kenya where we attended the 40th World Congress of the Africa Tourism Association.  What we experienced was magical and because there were so many touching and inspirational moments, I  will be blogging over the next few days to give you a snapshot of moments which inspired me, especially as it relates to the theme of Mags Magazine.. ‘Live Your Future Now’.

Meeting the Mama Sarah Obama: 


I met with Mama Sarah Obama, the only living grandparent of President Barack Obama, whose dream is to live her legacy to make sure that there is adequate educational resources to support underserved and at-risk youth in Kenya.  Although she herself is illiterate, she has spent her lifetime helping  orphans and impoverished families feed and educate their children. After years of feeding and clothing children orphaned by HIV/AIDS, Mama Sarah established her foundation with the goal of making a larger impact on their lives.

I met with six young women who attended her session at the conference, and asked them about the impact which Mama Sarah had on their lives.  Here is what they had to say:

“Our lives have changed a lot mostly because girls were denied that opportunity to attend education but through the Mama Sarah Obama Foundation, we have reached University level and we are grateful for Granny’s kindness and caring heart.”  Mercy Oyuongo

Isn’t this amazing!




What legacy do you want to leave behind?

Think of how your talents, skills and passion can make at least one small change to the lives of those around us… or who may be in a faraway land!

Live Your Future Now…  Follow me to see the next inspirational story from Kenya!



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