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Thank you to Royce Ashcroft and Imari Denise with Noor 17 for hosting the Inaugural Sarasota Veg Fest.
VeganEvan“Do My Choices Really Make A Difference?”
VeganEvan is a passionate and talented young animal advocate committed to creating a healthy, compassionate, and regenerative world through his amazing work as Co-President of Animal Hero Kids, Spokesperson for Solutionary Species, as well as through his own personal ideas and strategies for animal activism.Animal Hero Kids is an all volunteer organization with a mission to empower children to be teachers and advocates for a solutionary lifestyle. VeganEvan has inspired many through his powerful speeches and knowledge. At only 7 years old, Evan has the potential to change the world through the incredible influence he has already had on people he’s met. In fact, Evan is in the process of starting up his own non-profit organization, called VeganEvan’s Mission with the intent of informing public schools to take animals off the school lunch menus! VeganEvan has spoken in front of large audiences at several major events throughout Florida, including Central Florida Earth Day and Gainesville VegFest. He has been awarded the Russell Simmons Creative Animal Hero Kids Award, and in 2016, he earned PETA’s Cutest Vegan Kid award. Evan, his mom, and grandmother are true solutionaries (people who choose to be a part of the world’s solutions) and have put in an extraordinary amount of effort toward the vegan movement. The 3 of them recently started up a new business called 3GV designs (3 generations of vegans) and are using their products to support animal sanctuaries and solutionary organizations all throughout the country!Evan is excited to be a part of this year’s Sarasota Veg Fest!
Jill Edwards“10 Amazing Benefits of Plant-Based Diet”
Jill is a passionate advocate for a Whole Foods, Plant-Based diet to heal the body, prevent animal suffering, and nuture the planet. Jill received her BA in Education from the University of Michigan and MS in Exercise Science from Oakland University. She is a certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist through ACSM (American College for Sports Medicine) and has a certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from the Center for Nutrition Studies. Jill has attended Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn’s Heart Disease Reversal Program at the Cleveland Clinic and has over 8 years of experience helping patients recover from Cardiac and Lung Events in Cardiopulmonary Rehab. She currently is the Senior Program Manager for the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and is a Public speaker/Educator.
Scott David“The Importance of Undercover Investigations”
Scott David worked for two years as an undercover investigator for Compassion Over Killing, filming hard-hitting footage that exposed animal abuse at three slaughterhouses across the country. Now retired from the field, he spends his time assisting with the research and support COK’s current investigators need to expose animal cruelty. After getting his master’s degree in Applied Ecology, he taught students about animals and the environment in an after-school education program.Learn More
Jaimela Dulaney, MDJaimela Dulaney, MD“Achieving Optimal Health Through a Plant Based Lifestyle”
Dr. Jaimela Dulaney is a plant-based cardiologist and primary care physician in Port Charlotte, Florida and is affiliated with multiple hospitals, including Bayfront Health Port Charlotte and Bayfront Health Punta Gorda. She received her medical degree from West Virginia University School of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years. She had her residency in internal medicine and fellowship in cardiology at the University of Pittsburgh.Dr. Dulaney is a graduate of the eCornell Plant-Based Nutrition Certification. She is also an endurance athlete and has ran over 25 marathons and 5 Ironman races. Dr. Dulaney teaches plant based nutrition as a means to reverse lifestyle disease and eliminate the need for medication. She has a plant-based wellness podcast that has 10,000 downloads a month with the largest area from Florida. The podcast name is Jami Dulaney MD Plant Based Wellness Podcast. She speaks frequently on her ability to reverse disease through plant-based nutrition. Her nutrition classes are open to the public and are free to her practice members. She is the mother of a human daughter, two rescue dogs daughters, and a rescue cat son. Or as she prefers; they rescued her.