Thanks to those you attended the in-person or live stream first date of the Fork Smart Summit.
Despite extremely short notice that Dr. Greger had to cancel due to sickness, we're so grateful that Brenda Davis, R.D., was able to step in and deliver such a powerful talk on: Unleashing the Power of Plant-Based Diets.
"I thank you so very much for your diligence and hard work in the organization of this event. I am grateful to each of you. Brenda Davis was an exceptional speaker and presenter. I feel that you did an exemplary job in procuring Brenda for this special event." - B.A.
"I am writing to thank you for all of the hard work you did to put together such an amazing evening last night. Of course I was disappointed to not be able to hear Dr. Greger speak, but I know these things happen and it is certainly of no fault of yours! You did an incredible job to get such a top notch speaker as Brenda. I had not heard of her before last night. I find that hard to believe now that I have seen her credentials and resume. She was fantastic and I give her full credit for stepping up at such short notice. I am sure it was not easy for her either. The food vendors were also fantastic and we sampled, ate, and took home many goodies. Once again I want to thank you for your persistence in putting this together. It would have been easy to throw in the towel and cancel the whole thing all together. In the end I hope people realize what good information they got and take away a renewed interest in and passion for plant based eating. I know I certainly did." - C.Z.
"Just letting you know that we enjoyed last night's presentation. Although we were surprised when we got there, as we hadn't been online all day, we love Brenda. We were shocked that you managed to get such a high quality replacement so quickly. Kuddos to all of you and Brenda! Great job!" - C.F. + E.F.
"My heart ached for you yesterday with Dr. Gregor having to pull out, with all the hard work you went to (3 years worth!) to make it happen, but Brenda simply knocked it out of the park tonight – I’ve listened to her countless times but tonight her presentation just really hit home. She was/is a brilliant stand-in for Dr. Gregor and I love her to bits for stepping up to help out... Just wanted to pass this on, as one of many who listened in tonight on the livestream ....and to let you know that in my opinion at least, the summit tonight was a great success 😊 Thank you so much!" - P.P.
"2020 forksmart was excellent! I was very disappointed about Dr Greger! Brenda Davis was an amazing stand in. The whole thing was a great time. So glad to have come!" - A.C.
The Summit started in 2017 as a gratitude project to help others get the why and how of disease reversal through a whole plant-based lifestyle. This is Kate's story (the lead organizer):
We are just one family putting on this cost recovery event, as the only Whole Plant-Based Summit in Alberta.
While at the same time, we're all helping Kate to balance a rare terminal illness: idiopathic arterial hypertension with end stage kidney failure.
Thankfully this Whole Plant-Based diet has helped Kate fight to stay alive so far.
In 2017 we took a big risk to put on the very first Summit with Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, using our lung transplant savings.
As a result we've had to institue a strict no refund policy (ticket transfers only):
Ticket sales are final (we will not process any refunds, under any circumstances). However, transfers can be done up until the start of the event.
As on the Summit website, under schedule there is a subject change without notice:
Schedule subject to change without notice.
Despite the last minute cancellation by Dr. Greger due to sickness, we were able to secure a leading whole-plant based expert like Brenda Davis, R.D. - an internationally recognized author of 11 books.
You can still catch Her amazing talk here (from the live stream):
(Unfortately there was an audio malfunction at the beginning of the 2+ hour video due to the Library's audio system, but was remedied as quickly as possibly.)
On the path to move forward, we reached out to Dr. Greger's team who offered the following for all those attendees who were expecting to see Dr. Greger.
See email for details.
As well, you can watch Dr. Greger's talk that he was going to be presenting at this Year's Summit on NutrionFacts.org.
Our priority moving forward is focused on monitoring the COVID-19 virus situation closely, and we'll be updating you as we learn more and it's potential impacts for June 6.
We'll be following monitoring the Alberta Government's guidelines on COVID-19.
Kate, Andrew, and Thomas
We've published this announcement on the Fork Smart Summit website here:
(this does not include the attendee only live stream link and Dr. Greger's free webinar registration link)