Silver Dinner 2015 Speakers

Each year the Silver Dinner in support of Healthy Minds Canada features memorable and inspirational speakers who join guests to share their personal experiences with mental illness or addiction.

This year, we are excited to have former NFL & CFL football player and now EDGEWOOD Alumnus, Moe Elewonibi, along side Toronto’s own Erin Davis.

Moe will share his inspirational path towards sober living, as he has dealt with and conquered addiction, after which Erin will host a special fireside chat following Moe’s key-note remarks.

To read more about Moe, you can read about him in the premier edition of Phoenix Magazine – he’s the feature story!

Moe Elewonibi grew up in BC and began playing football in highschool. Elowonibi played for both the Redskins and Lions in the National Football League before taking his game to the Canadian Football League in the late 90’s. He was so skilled at the game that during university he was named the top interior lineman in all of the U.S. college system.

However, coupled with pressure from coaches, fans and owners to perform, Moe drank hard, drugged hard and crashed and burned hard. It was during this time that he split into two people; the pro football player and the drug using, night-clubbing addict. Moe’s addiction problem started with painkillers for a potentially career-ending shoulder injury.

Today, Elewonibi is an addictions counselor at Edgewood Treatment Centre in Nanaimo. One of 16 counselors on the clinical team treating the residential inpatients, Elewonibi brings many years of working with at-risk, poverty stricken members of society to the private care therapeutic model offered at Edgewood. Fifteen years clean today, with over a decade of talking the talk in schools, working as a probation officer with street gang units, and eventually employed in a treatment program inside a prison, Elewonibi was a natural fit for the Edgewood ranks. Working at Edgewood is completing a circle of healing.

She would never say so herself, but Erin is something of a legend in Canadian broadcasting. She has continually blazed a trail for women in the industry, having achieved and maintained top ratings for most of her career.

It’s hard to believe, but Erin’s been waking up Torontonians for more than 30 years – first, on the all-news station CKO and, nearly continuously since 1988, on 98.1 CHFI. And in addition to radio, she’s also hosted her own television show and has even done some live theatre.

Erin is a tireless supporter of good causes, including The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, Markham Stouffville Hospital, Plan Canada and The Easter Seals Society, to name but a few and regularly appears as an Mc and Keynote speaker at various events in and around Southern Ontario.