ARTA is proud to bring you two outstanding Keynote Speakers for our 2024 conference.

Keynote Speaker - Day 1 - Michael Verde

Michael Verde is an award-winning writer, speaker, documentary producer and teacher. He founded Memory Bridge in 2003 - an internationally recognised NGO dedicated to ending the emotional isolation of people with dementia. Memory Bridge’s programs are hosted on three continents and provide ongoing education to caregivers in 14 countries. To date, Memory Bridge has connected over 9,000 people with and without dementia in one-to-one relationships.

Michael has a M.A. in literary studies from the University of Iowa; and a M.A. in theology from the University of Durham, England, where he graduated at the top of his international class. He is currently completing his PhD dissertation at Indiana University in the area of empathetic communication and literature and religion.

Keynote Speaker - Day 2 - Daniel Gray

Recreation Manager, Therapist, and International Speaker, Daniel has over 20 years of experience in the Recreation and Leadership industries, serving as a Recreation Therapist, Manager, Coach, Trainer, and Business Owner. He is dedicated to helping people transform their lives through meaningful connections and experiences.

In his current role at Wintringham, Daniel oversees the recreation program, delivering high-quality services to improve the lives of elderly clients who are homeless or at risk.

Daniel is a passionate educator who believes in the power of effective communication, coaching, and leadership skills. His extensive experience includes working with outreach and homelessness programs. He has established multiple companies and programs to empower individuals globally.

His recent study tour across the UK, Europe, Canada, USA, and Australia enriched his understanding of the industry, bringing valuable insights to his work. With a global perspective, Daniel shares strategies for enhancing mental health outcomes through recreation and creating engaging programs for isolated clients.

Can't attend the conference on the day, or can only attend part of it? If you book into the conference, you will still get the recording (of the day/s that you have booked for), any handouts and a certificate! But, you must be booked to receive these.

Are you able to host a 'hub'? Perhaps your facility/work place has an area where a number of people could attend the virtual conference together? It's a great way to network! Let the office know and we will add your name to our list.

Also contact the office to enquire about group discounts.

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