Comedy with a rejuvenating purpose.
For Susan Stewart, humour is a healing salve for those of us in the high-stress, demanding profession of communications and public relations.
“There are so many healing aspects of laugher. Physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually; the act of laughter is healing itself,” says the Toronto-based comedian. “The goal is to infuse the humour with messages that help people foster better health by seeing the lighter side of life.”
A greeting from comedian Susan Stewart
On June 6, 2019, Susan will share her witty philosophy about how to approach life during a keynote performance at the IABC London chapter’s Ruby Jubilee: Celebrating 40 years of Impact and Inspiration.
“We are breaking with tradition this year,” says IABC Celebration Director Roxanne Beaubien. “The Ruby Jubilee is not only about recognizing excellence in communications; it’s also about honouring the Chapter’s past and celebrating the joy of laughter.”
Susan first started in stand-up comedy about 20 years ago but took a hiatus when she struggled with anxiety and major depression. She moved to the HR field but eventually made her way back to her first love.
“I was asked to put together a funny presentation about wellness for a conference,” she says. “My life really changed that day. I realized I could do comedy with a purpose.”
With the demands of a career in communications “you don’t know what’s coming at you,” she explains. “You are dealing with the external world on a dime.”
With that in mind, she will speak about the need to “create space and time for things that boost your mood, lift your spirit and get you out of you head and back into your body and the present.”
And, laughter helps to achieve that.
In addition to Susan’s performance, the Ruby Jubilee will feature a special look back at the Chapter’s four decades of impact with past president, Diny Dalby, and the winner of the Outstanding Communicator Award will be revealed.
There will be lots food and refreshments, and the chance to catch up with friends and colleagues during the reception before and the party after, featuring a great D.J. You will also have the chance to win one of several door prizes and everyone will receive a personal copy of Susan’s latest book, “You Gotta Laugh: Wit And Wisdom About Not Taking Life (Or Yourself) Too Seriously.”
Thank you to our silver sponsors The Marketing Department (TMD) and Fanshawe College, bronze sponsors Freemans Audio Visual and the Corporate Imaging Centre and many event sponsors!