Former CFL Player Orlando Bowen to Address Young Professionals in Oakville

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Former CFL Player Orlando Bowen to Address Young Professionals in Oakville
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Danielle Leonard

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Danielle is the Communications Coordinator for Oakville Chamber of Commerce, and manages their internal and external communications, including disseminating news to the public and the media. She is a graduate of both the Western University and Ryerson University.

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Motivational speaker and former CFL player, Orlando Bowen, will share his journey in overcoming adversity and using his passion to found and lead his youth leadership organization, One Voice, One Team at the Harbour Banquet & Conference Centre on Thursday November 19. The Oakville Chamber of Commerce‘s Young Professionals and Entrepreneurs Group (YPEG) has partnered with PwC to welcome Chamber members and non-members to come hear his inspirational story and enjoy networking among their professional peers.

Renowned for motivating his audience to find their passion and use their gifts to serve, the former Argonaut decided to dedicate himself to serving communities after a very challenging period in his own life. Over a decade ago, he was savagely beaten by two plainclothes police officers. They planted drugs on him and charged him with assaulting police and possession of drugs. Although he was soon acquitted, he was forced into early retirement from his CFL career due to a concussion he suffered during the beating. The ordeal nearly destroyed his reputation and many of his friendships. However, he maintains the experience made him a better man and was what compelled him to found and lead One Voice, One Team – an organization that empowers youth to become leaders.

Avery Haines of CityTV speaks with former CFL player Orlando Bowen. Bowen was assaulted and framed by police for drug possession. He has since found the power to forgive the men who put him through hell.

“We hope this event inspires young professionals to bring passion and positive change to their professional lives,” explained YPEG Chair and Chamber Director, Jennifer Kazmaier. “We are excited to welcome Orlando Bowen to Oakville to share his incredible story.”

YPEG engages young professionals and entrepreneurs between 18 and 40 years old through connection, collaboration, and learning opportunities that enhance and support the Oakville business community. This event is open to chamber members and non-members of all ages.

Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased through the website or by emailing Ticket prices are $35 plus HST, and includes appetizers, networking, and features a cash bar.


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