Friday, June 26, 2009


I was quite excited when I learned about this but couldn't say anything until now. Read this:

ParticipACTION Sun LIfe - Inspire the nation launches!

Canadians received a clear message today to "get active" as the ParticipACTION Sun Life - Inpire the nation tour launched in downtown Toronto. A crew of branded joggers ran through the city's downtown core to energize Torontonians to get active and join the physical activity movement. Donovan Bailey rallied bystanders to get moving by sharing his own story about what physical activity and sport mean to him. The event kicks off a nine-week, cross-country tour created by Sun Life Financial and ParticipACTION to energize all Canadians to join the physical activity movement.

Check out this link for more details about the Inspire the Nation Tour

So guess what??????

They will be launching in Ottawa (my hometown) on Monday June 29th and have invited me to be a special guest!!!!!!!!!!

I received an email from the public relations and communications manager, Katherine (super nice!!), at ParticipACTION a little while back telling me they would be launching this new program (The ParticipACTION SunLife Inspire the Nation Tour), and more importantly, "I WAS INVITED TO BE PART OF IT!!!!" I was so surprised and thrilled!!

The president and CEO of ParticipACTION, Kelly Murumets has asked me to join her on stage, along with Olympian Sue Hollaway (who became the first woman and first Canadian to compete in both Summer and Winter Games in the same year, in the 1976 Winter Olymics in cross-country skiing and 1976 Summer Olympics in canoe sprint ) and Canadian Television Celebrity, Farley Flex (Judge from CTV hit Reality Show, Canadian Idol)!

This is the media advisory they sent out..I think this is too cool:

ParticipACTION Sun Life – Inspire the nation tour comes to Ottawa with Farley Flex
City will come alive with active living messages
OTTAWA (ONTARIO) – The ParticipACTION Sun Life – Inspire the nation tour will come to Ottawa on Monday, June 29, 2009 to deliver a clear and simple message to the city – it’s time to get active and move more. The city will come alive with thought-provoking and inspiring “get active” messages on windows, parking spots, ground decals and banner wraps. And a branded jogging pack will run through the city, igniting excitement for physical activity. Before the tour moves on to continue its nine-week, cross-country tour, the public will be invited to visit the “Inspiration Booth” to get a free pedometer and record a video about how they’ve added more movement into their lives. Each video will be made into a ParticipACTION Sun Life commercial that can be e-mailed to family, friends and colleagues. The stories will be uploaded to ParticipACTION’s online Wall of Inspiration and some stories could be selected to be featured in nationally aired ParticipACTION television commercials in the fall of 2009.
Media are welcome to come down and record their own ‘get active’ video.

Kelly Murumets, President and CEO, ParticipACTION
Josée Dixon, Regional Vice-President, Business Development, Eastern Region, Group Benefits, Sun Life Financial
Farley Flex
Sue Holloway, Chairperson of Communications Action Team, Active Ottawa Actif

Special guests: Joania Burnett, featured in ParticipACTION’s ‘Get Inspired. Get Moving.’ television campaign

Game of skip rope
Speakers making “get active” videos at Inspiration Booth
Public interacting with Inspiration Booth
Crew of branded joggers interacting with public
Monday, June 29th
11:30 a.m.
Media registration opens
12 noon
Speaking remarks from presenters
12:20 p.m.
12:30 p.m.
Photo opportunities with speakers
One-on-one interviews with speakers
Photo opportunities with public and of on-site activities
Capital Infocentre (90 Wellington Street – at the corner of Metcalfe and Wellington)
The event will be held outside. Please check in at the media registration desk.

If anyone of you in the Ottawa Area would like to come down and check it out, please do!!! I would love to see/meet you!

That's my big news....

Until next time

Joania (2KMINE!!!)


South Beach Steve said...

How AWESOME! That is totally cool. Congratulations!

Kimmy said...

Oh wow!
That is huge news!!!

I will watch for you on the news! :>

Tanya said...

WHOOOOOOOT WHOOOOOOT We'll be there and I'm bringing your baby boy to come see mommy! He'll see what an inspiration you are to so many people. You have done so much to change your life and your sons already! Keep it up ya!

Kimmy said...

Forgot to add that you are SUCH AN INSPIRATION!

Sean Anderson said...

Very cool!

I wish i could be there!

Very nice honor. You're a weight loss star!

I really enjoy following your success!