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Julie has been enthralled with nature since she was a little girl, making doll food with flowers, inspired by her Grandfather who loved gardening. After a role as an event coordinator at Nortel Networks' head office, she pivoted to roles as a landscape designer, a horticultural therapist and a botanical artist. Then, introducing the joy of nature to children has been most gratifying, providing them with hope for the "vision" of the future.

As a former Canadian Horticultural Therapy Association board member and conference coordinator, I wish to promote the benefits of horticultural therapy to all populations, for those suffering from brain injury, dementia, Alzheimer's Disease, children with cerebral palsy, those suffering from addictions, and those with many more health challenges.