Motivational speaker Balarama Holness comes to Ottawa International Book Expo in July


Former CFL champion, motivational speaker, community organizer, and author, Balarama Holness will be headlining the Ottawa International Book Expo scheduled to take place in July 2023. Holness, known for his work in Montreal's Black and Caribbean communities, has been a leading voice on issues of race relations and social justice.

His talk at the Ottawa International Book Expo will centre around his recently published book "Eyes on the Horizon: My Journey Towards Justice." In the book, he reflects on his upbringing in Montreal, his activism, and the impact of social injustice on marginalized communities.

Holness has been featured in numerous publications, including Forbes, which highlighted his approach to embracing discomfort and taking risks as a key factor in his success. He has also been recognized for his work with Montreal en Action, a community group focused on promoting greater representation and equity for Black and other marginalized communities in Montreal.

The Ottawa International Book Expo, the largest bilingual and cross-cultural literary event of its kind in Canada's capital, provides a platform for diverse voices to be heard and celebrated. Holness' talk is a perfect fit for the event, as it highlights the importance of diversity and inclusion in our communities. His message of empowerment and social justice is sure to resonate with attendees at the event.

In his talk, Holness will share his journey towards justice and explore the challenges he faced and the lessons he learned along the way. He has a personal journey that is intimately intertwined with the social history of Canada, Quebec, and the United States. As an advocate for social change, he leverages his own life experiences to educate others about the current and historical manifestations of racism, and to promote the creation of a more equitable, peaceful, and just society. Holness is deeply committed to helping others understand how humans should coexist and thrive together, and to building a better world for future generations. His insights and perspectives are sure to inspire attendees, and his message of hope and empowerment is especially relevant in today's complex and ever-changing world.

The event will take place at the Horticulture Building at Lansdowne Park, a vibrant and bustling hub in the heart of Ottawa. Attendees will have access to a variety of activities, including book readings, workshops, and a book fair, making it a must-attend event for anyone with an interest in literature.

In conclusion, Balarama Holness' appearance at the Ottawa International Book Expo is a rare opportunity to hear from a powerful and influential voice in the world of social justice and community activism. His book Eyes on the Horizon is a must-read for anyone looking to learn more about these issues and gain a deeper understanding of the impact of social injustice on marginalized communities.

The Ottawa International Book Expo is the perfect platform to hear Holness' message of hope and empowerment firsthand. Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to connect with authors, publishers, and fellow book lovers, and to be a part of the vibrant literary community in Canada's capital.