2018 Personalities

Special Guest “Paul Zammit”

Paul Zammit, a graduate of the University of Guelph, is the Nancy Eaton Director of Horticulture at the Toronto Botanical Garden.  He is an energetic and passionate speaker who is much in demand and has presented across Canada and in the United States. In recent years, Paul has presented in Germany, Switzerland and Bermuda.  He has appeared on numerous occasions both on television and in print.  For the summers of 2016 and 2017, Paul had a weekly gardening column providing gardening advice on the CBC Here and Now radio program.  In October of 2014, Paul lead a 10 day garden and food tour on the island of Sicily.  In February 2016, Paul and his wife participated in a week of gardening study at Great Dixter in England. In 2017, Garden Making selected them both as two of Canada top 20 shaping gardens across Canada.

Paul has been awarded the Young Professionals award by the Perennial Plant Association.  He is also the recipient of an Industry Service Award.

Chef Paresh Thakkar

Paresh Thakkar is a competitor on the hit Food Network show Chopped Canada. Photo courtesy of Chopped Canada

Paresh Thakkar was a competitor on the hit Food Network show Chopped Canada.
Photo courtesy of Chopped Canada

Chef Paresh, owner of Personal Touch Eatery & Catering was born and raised in Sarnia. After graduating from Wilfred Laurier with a degree in Economics & Accounting and working in that field for a short period, he realized his real interest is in the culinary arts. Chef Paresh returned to school, graduating from the Culinary Management Program at Fanshawe College; he then garnered experience and knowledge by working in various restaurants in Ontario and Alberta.

Chef Paresh worked at Paddy Flarherty’s as well as part-time in an educational role at Fanshawe College while also achieving Red Seal Chef designation under the guidance of Chef Lynne Cotton.

Chef Paresh has created a unique lunch menu as well as creating a unique approach to catering by designing each event on client by client basis. He continues to work on his goal of putting Sarnia on the culinary map and appeared on the TV show, Chopped Canada season 3.


Heide Richard

Heide Richard started working in the family business of Treat Yourself Wellness in 2009. She is a Natural Health Consultant and Health Coach through the I.I.N program at University of New York.   Heide’s passion is to help those looking to improve their current health situation.   She has successfully worked with many clients over the years to achieve those goals.  She is excited to present on the many benefits of Low Level Light Therapy.

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