The Family Camp Talent

Fred Penner

At a recent keynote address to an early childhood education conference, acclaimed family entertainer, singer/songwriter, composer, actor, writer, author, TV host and keynote speaker Fred Penner delivered a simple, yet powerful message. “Never underestimate your ability to make a difference in the life of a child.”

A gentle giant with kind eyes and an undeniable ability to make you feel good about yourself, this musical master brings 45 years of commitment, consistency, and depth to a career that skillfully blends the many genres of performing and communication. Dubbed “Mr. Multi-Media” by Billboard Magazine, his diverse repertoire includes a prolific 12 Children’s Albums, countless energetically packed live shows for throngs of eager audiences across North America, composing the music for APTN/YTV’s Tipi Tales, and writing the score and hosting the TV documentary The Simple Way (focused on the relevant, world-wide topic of voluntary simplicity). He has, without a doubt, established himself as a fundamental part of the North American family entertainment scene. And whether it’s through CDs, videos, books or television, his cornerstone philosophy remains the same: absolute trust that his work can make a difference.

More than the music, the two-time Juno winner ( the equivalent of a Grammy) for Best Children’s Album, Fred Penner’s Place (1985) and Sing with Fred (2004) and eight-time nominee’s body of work is about energy and emotional connection. 


Kellie Johnsen

KELLIE JOHNSEN is a practicing systemic therapy provider on the beautiful, windward side of Oahu Hawaii since 2010. She now serves clients around the Country through video and tele-therapy. A certified Hypnotherapist and Relationship Coach, Kellie believes that every person has the power to design their own destiny when given the tools to find the right answers and the courage to say them out loud.

She uses her knowledge and training in Kinesiology and subconscious intention to facilitate positive changes in her coaching clients. As a former teacher, counselor, and executive, Kellie has extensive experience working with a wide range of individuals including; stay at home moms, top corporate executives, military personnel and even teens with disabilities.

In addition to her private practice, Kellie also works in the Innovation and Experimentation field with the Department of Defense focusing on Human Systems. With degrees in Business and Counseling and advanced degree in Marriage and Family Sciences, along with extensive formal training, Kellie understands how to help you get past your past, identify and communicate your needs, and reach your goals. Kellie’s specialty is helping you identify your strengths and use them to overcome your challenges.

Sheena Grobb

A songbird from the age of two, songwriter at ten, with 3 albums under her belt, a string of nominations and accolades, and over 700 shows across Canada, the US, and the UK, Sheena has quietly garnered a dedicated following of those touched by her voice and music.

“I was introduced to Sheena about a year and a half ago… I literally sat in awe of her with tears rolling down my cheeks. My 12 year old son was simply blown away. She has the voice of an angel and literally reaches into your soul and holds you captivated. You will simply leave a better person than you came.” – Wendy Funk (listener and audience member)

As her music continues to pick up steam, working currently with Nashville Multi Platinum Producer David Kalmusky (Journey, Emerson Drive, Vince Gill), Sheena’s passion for emotional wellness education still remains a primary focus. As a TEDx Speaker, Teacher, and Health Coach – developed from 17 years of living and thriving with Multiple Sclerosis and working successfully with Dr. Tataryn’s acclaimed Bio Emotive Framework with Kim Nozick – Sheena is helping to provide alternative options for people struggling with illness, those looking to feel more connected in their relationships, and anyone looking to develop a greater awareness of themselves.  “I help individuals, couples, and families get on track to where they really want to be… despite the obstacles.  If I can help even one other person feel more connected, authentic, and alive… I’ll have served my purpose.”

When not working on her music and private Health Coaching practice, Sheena can be found sharing her message of Courage and Compassion in schools, songwriting with youth at JustTV Broadway Neighbourhood Centre and Winnipeg Folk Festival Musical Mentors, volunteering for TEDxExchange District, offering event music for Canadian Psychic Medium Lisa Scrivens, hosting retreats with mindfulness expert Keith Macpherson, and writing a book with Kim Nozick about their shared experience with the Bio-Emotive Framework and the transformative role that conscious, authentic relationships can have when faced with physical and emotional challenges.

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.”  – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sheena Grobb
Red Shoe Music Inc.
Cell: 204.952.5426

Keith Macpherson

Wellness expert and leader Keith Macpherson has a big vision. He believes that yoga and meditation can and will be made accessible to everybody on the planet. No matter what body size, age, demographic or gender according to Keith Macpherson yoga and meditation is the entry way to finding balance, health, inner-peace and wisdom.

With his down to Earth personality and charismatic charm Keith has a special ability to motivate the masses and win over even those who might otherwise neglect their health and wellness. As a trained life coach through CTI (Coaching Training Institute, San Rafeal, CA) along with a B ED Degree and extensive yoga teacher training through Moksha Yoga International, Keith Macpherson is poised to be a global leader in community leadership involving health and wellness. His live yoga classes are consistently packed with students along with thousands of online downloads of his instructional videos and Live DVD Series. Not only is Keith a yoga instructor and wellness coach but also offers his authentic gift of live music performance everywhere he goes.

Keith Macpherson believes that music and yoga are the universal languages that bring people together in harmony as one planet. With a strong dream of accessible health and wellness for our global community, Keith Macpherson is truly on his way to fulfilling his vision of a healthier planet aligned mentally, physically and spiritually. 
Keith has spent over 15 years touring globally as a speaker and performer in Africa, Dubai, the UK and United States.

Journey Henkart

Journey is an author, speaker, master trainer and world traveler. She co-authored the book “Cool Communication” with her mom, Andrea Frank Henkart, which is endorsed by Deepak Chopra, Stephen Covey, and Oprah Winfrey, with a forward by John Gray (author of “Men Are From Mars, Women Are from Venus”).

For years Journey traveled internationally facilitating workshops and seminars on communication skills for parents and kids. She has appeared on numerous radio and tv shows internationally, including Oprah. She has been working in the field of communication for 12 years and is currently partnered with a multi-billion dollar health and wellness company, coaching people to reach their goals and live into their full potential.

For the last two years, she has served as an Ambassador for a group of over 60,000 young entrepreneurs. Her passion lies in motivating others to live, love and enjoy life to the fullest. A fun fact about Journey is she can say the alphabet backwards!

Maurice Thibodeau

Co-Producer I Am Festival & I Am Family Camp

About 15 years ago, an eager young man in his early twenties, wrote out a future vision of what his life might look like one day.  Maurice was a business geek with a big heart and after reading a book about the “Power of Focus”, he did a bluesky exercise that had him scribbling down intimate details of what he would be doing, where he would live, and who he would be around.  In an almost eerie set of circumstances and life events, in 2012, one of two people he had shared this vision with, sent him a link to house in the middle of nowhere, it had a pond, a wrap-around deck, and about 7 other exact matches to the picture he had imagined.  It was too strong of a sign to ignore, and three weeks after that email was sent, Maurice and his family found themselves picking up life and moving to no-where MB to answer the universe, and they haven’t looked back. 


Now, in addition to his corporate career as a business strategist, where he’s had the opportunity to lead negotiations with some of the largest companies in the world like Apple and Brightstar, he enjoys putting his energy into community passion projects as co-producer of the I Am Festival and I Am Family Camp.  Maurice loves engaging with people and ideas and takes great pride in producing amazing experiences that move people closer to their true self.  He is a student of life and is continuously surrounding himself with amazing human beings.  On the top of his list of amazing humans he hangs with, include his wife Tracy and his three daughters, Rylee, Fia, and Araya.  He loves ideas, creativity, and forming long lasting relationships that drive value, and expects to have a lot of fun while doing it. 


Tracy Thibodeau, CCP, PMP, CGCP

A mother of three young daughters, International Host of Relationship TV, relationship coach and author of the upcoming book, “The Other Side of Loneliness,” Tracy is on a mission to help young women and mothers unleash the power of the conscious mind. She has been studying the unconscious mind and how it gets in our way for over fifteen years. She learned early on through her own personal life experiences that it’s easier to cope and move forward when you have the support you need. 

Tracy’s path in helping young girls was spurred from the tragedy of a young teenager in BC who took her own life.  As a mother of three daughters, Tracy took the fear and turned it in to action. Her mission is to make sure that no girl ever feels alone in today’s connected world.

As a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) Tracy spent the first decade of her career learning how to get things done and move projects ahead.  Now, armed with the knowledge of how the mind can stop us and how to organize and move forward, she is focused on helping others move forward and reach their goals.

In her downtime you’ll find Tracy working on programs and coaching individuals to help them get unstuck, whatever phase they are at in their life. You can learn more about some of that programming at

Tracy loves to learn and is always taking various continuous education courses to learn about the latest developments in cognitive science, positive psychology and the science of happiness.

Heather McDermid

I am a Certified Yoga Instructor (RYT-500) and have been practicing and studying the ancient healing art of Yoga for over 15 years.  In 2003 I achieved my Yoga Teacher’s Certification from Sandra Sammartino, a respected Yoga Master from BC, who has been my main inspiration all these years.   I believe Yoga is for everyone,  and have trained as a Prenatal Yoga Teacher and  a Kid’s Yoga Teacher.   Recently I have completed Yoga Outreach Training, where the goal is to share Trauma-Informed Yoga with those who would not otherwise have access to it.
The style of Yoga that I teach is mindful and gentle to the body, where the breath is the center and focus. When we work from a place of breath and awareness, our bodies open, our mind becomes peaceful, and prana (energy) is activated to allow deep healing for our whole body.
My teaching practice is based out of my hometown of Stonewall, Manitoba, where I offer classes for all ages.  (from birth and beyond)
Raising a family is at the heart of this journey,  we are blessed with 3 healthy, energetic children…so Yoga really keeps me balanced!
I have a passion for learning,  a love of nature,  and a deep respect for all life has to offer.