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"Everyone has a voice deep down inside them, a voice that says “shine”. Some have loud voices, while some have quiet ones. Some people’s voice is so quiet they never get to hear it, while those that do may choose not to listen. Unfortunately, only a few decide to act on this voice, the stars who influence others to listen themselves."
Find your Little Voice


My Little Voice inspires me…

chapters event contest

That’s right book lovers, we have a contest that’s perfect for YOU!

With our March 15th Chapters Launch fast approaching, we wanted to create a contest that combines our love for reading, the inspiration found in our book AND the newest home of Little Voice!

The contest is simple:

1. Take a photo of yourself demonstrating how your own little voice inspires you;
2. Share this photo with us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram; and
3. Be sure to tag Little Voice and hashtag:


Each photo will grant you one entry into our grand draw giveaway! Photos taken live from our March 15th event will also qualify – so…

Join us then and have your cameras ready!

Official Rules:

1.The #MyLittleVoice Contest (the “Contest”) starts at 9:00:00 a.m. on Friday February 27th, 2015 (the “Contest Start Date”) and ends at 11:59:59 pm on Sunday March 15th, 2015 (the “Contest Period”). All times listed are in Eastern Standard Time (EST);
2. The Contest is open to all of Canada and the United States;
3. To participate in this contest, you must be following Little Voice on either Twitter, Facebook or Instagram to qualify.

Photo Entry Rules:

4. Your photo entry must:
a) show how your little voice inspires you;
b) be posted directly to your social media account and include the designated hashtag and tag @LittleVoiceBook;
c) be your original creation, and be a photograph taken solely by you. Reproducing, modifying, enhancing or altering a third party’s pre-existing work does not qualify as your original creation;
d) not have been published previously, used commercially, submitted to another competition or contest, or won any other award;
e) be in “good taste” and in keeping Little Voice’s brand image and must not be explicit or offensive, as determined by Little Voice, in its sole and absolute discretion; and
f) not be libelous, threatening or harassing.

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2015 Walk for Memories

The Alzheimer Society Walk for Memories is a province-wide event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and education. Held annually in more than 65 communities across Ontario, this inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to help support people living with dementia.

Author Amanda and Illustrator Samantha joined hundreds of others in this year’s
2015 Walk for Memories!

"Cause I would walk 500 miles, and I would walk 500 more!"
“Cause I would walk 500 miles and                     I would walk 500 more!”

With your help, the Little Voice Forget Me Not Team was able to raise $564 dollars in support of the Alzheimer Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County!

Alzheimer Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County

I was so honoured today to walk for my grandmother, Teresina Bernardo. She was 67 years old when she was officially diagnosed with this disease. Having lived with Alzheimer’s for over 19 years, she now finds herself in the final and more difficult stages of this disease.

Teresina Bernardo, grandmother to Author Amanda Bernardo.
Teresina Bernardo, grandmother to Author Amanda Bernardo.

The topic of Alzheimer’s has always been an emotional one in my family. It would be difficult for any family living with this disease to describe it. However, I recently read an article that truly took the words right out of my mouth; the article read: “The more I lose my mom to Alzheimer’s, the more I experience how painful it is to miss someone who is sitting right in front of you.” That’s just it, typically when we lose someone we have a chance to say goodbye, to mourn and to heal. Yet, with Alzheimer’s you don’t really get that. You say goodbye after each conversation and watch as this disease slowly strips you away from your loved one’s memories. You see someone you love disappear even though they are standing right in front of you.

Today, for the first time, I was surrounded by so many others who understood what it meant to live with Alzheimer’s disease. To see so many people together in one room, fighting for the same cause, was truly inspirational and I am truly truly honoured to have been a part of this initiative. Being part of today’s event gave me hope for a better tomorrow. It inspired me to continue fundraising, advocating and doing whatever I can to help bring awareness to this disease and the funding needed to finally find a cure!

This was my first year walking, but it most definitely won’t be my last!

– Amanda Bernardo, Author

Author Amanda & Illustrator Samantha Walking the 2015 Walk for Memories!
Author Amanda & Illustrator Samantha Walking the 2015 Walk for Memories!

Today was a reminder of how Alzheimer’s disease has touched the lives of so many people. When I saw such a big community of people come together to walk, I was overjoyed with their positive spirits and hopes that someday, with much fundraising, we will find a cure!

Walking alongside Amanda today was truly wonderful. Ever since we launched Little Voice she has wanted to give back in some way or another to our community. I was 100% on board when she chose to help the Alzheimer’s Society. I knew why Amanda chose to donate to this cause, but today I was fortunate to have Amanda share with me her grandmother’s story. I am so proud to join her on this journey with Little Voice to now support this community we are so thankful to be a part of!

I look forward to walking many more kilometres in support of this amazing cause and I encourage you all to donate if possible or join us on our walk
next year!

  – Samantha Clusiau-Lawlor, Illustrator

Amanda and Samantha circled the track 25 times and walked a total of 5 kilometres!

The Alzheimer Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County had over 600 walkers present, with 82 teams and … drum roll please … raised

$253, 000 DOLLARS!

A BIG thank you again to all those who donated!

Little Voice and Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson
Little Voice and Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson

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T’was the weekend before Christmas


T’was the weekend before Christmas and all through the mall
Shoppers were hurrying, they had to buy it all!
They looked at their lists, but still couldn’t find…
A copy of Little Voice, but they wanted it signed!
With only 5 days left, what would I do?
To top it off, I have to bake too!

When out in the parking lot arose such a clatter.
I peaked out the door to see what was the matter.
Away on the left, I saw a Little Elf.
I could have sworn it was the Elf on the Shelf!

I raced to my car, I was down to the wire.
And noticed he had left a colourful little flyer.
Little Sweets it had read, Monday on Preston!
A chance to buy Little Voice, it seemed it was destined!

But as I kept reading, my eyes grew real wide!
“Get Little Voice and some sweets on the side!”
Valentina’s Sweet Treats would save me from baking!
I was so excited, my legs started shaking!

I jumped in my car, no need for the mall!
I would just head to EVOO, they had it all!

See you Monday, December 22nd from 7:00-9:30pm!

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Little Sweets


Little Voice is very excited to announce that we’ve added one last event to our roster before the holidays! BUT, this isn’t just any ordinary event.

We are very happy to be hosting this next event alongside another local Ottawa company, Valentina’s Sweet Treats, for what we like to call Little Sweets!

Join us on December 22nd from 7:00-9:30pm at EVOO Greek Kitchen for your chance to pick up a copy of Little Voice AND a box of your favourite treats, perfect for any holiday get together!

Book a reservation for dinner and stay for Little Sweets!

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Come grab a cup of Joe!

We are very excited to be hosting our first Ottawa book launch tonight at Stella Luna Cafe! Bundle up and stop by between 6:30 and 9:30pm to pick up your copy of Little Voice!
Keeping with the festive season and the snow underway, we thought what better way to get excited than with a poem:


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GivingTuesday: Little Voice Edition

Today marks GivingTuesday, a global day of giving!

Most people know about Black Friday and Cyber Monday  … now get to know the best day of them all GivingTuesday!


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Here at Little Voice, we are huge supporters of local small businesses – not just because we ourselves are a small business, but because we truly believe in strengthening the economic base of our communities.

Alyssa Gregory’s article The Importance of Shopping and doing Business Locally perhaps says it best:

More and more, people are being encouraged to shop locally. This movement isn’t just a fad, and it has benefits that reach beyond keeping small mom and pop retailers afloat in a difficult economy. The more choices you have, the better the deals you can find. Small businesses encourage competition in the marketplace in a way that mega-corporations just can’t. Because local businesses help grow the economic base of your community, the dollars you spend have a domino effect. In many ways, that money will eventually find its way back to you.

On November 29th, Shop the Neighbourhood!

November 29th is the Shop The Neighbourhood event to promote local commerce! Better known as #shopthehood, this event is a free national initiative of Yellow Pages which supports small businesses and reminds Canadians how local shopping makes a difference in all our lives.

Check out the great deals in your participating city!

Ottawa has a great selection of registered small businesses! To see them all, visit the official Shop the Neighbourhood deals page here!

From apparel to groceries, beauty and wellness, home and garden, sports and fitness, computers and electronics, travel, kids and babies, restaurants and entertainment, there is truly something for everyone!

So, on November 29th … #shopthehood!


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Book Launch | Release Dates

After a year in the making, we are very pleased to announce that Little Voice has officially hit the printers. We are very pleased to be working with Imprimerie Gauvin, a Canadian printing house, whose knowledgeable staff have ensured the highest of standards in high-end digital printing.

With deadlines in mind, we are now happy to share our official book launch dates – subject to any printing delays. For those of you who have selected to pick-up your pre-order, you can now do so at one of our three book launches below:

In Ottawa…


Stella Luna – Ottawa, ON
Located at 1103 Bank Street
December 10, 2014 – 6:30pm to 9:30pm


 Raw Sugar – Ottawa, ON
Located at 692 Somerset St. W
December 15, 2014 – 5:00pm to 7:00pm

In Hamilton…


Croatia Restaurant & Sports Bar – GMR
Located at 166 Green Mountain Road East, Stoney Creek ON
December 12, 2014 – 7:00 to 9:00pm

If you have not yet pre-ordered your copy of Little Voice online, we will have copies of Little Voice for purchase at each event – quantities may be limited.

We are also pleased to announce that Little Voice will be at the Babbos Cuccina Italiana
Holiday Shopping Event!

This event is not a pick-up location but a chance to purchase
Little Voice in person among other great vendors and gift ideas!

For more information visit Babbos Cuccina Italiana online!


We thank you so much for all your support and
look forward to seeing you at each event!

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Little Voice The Ebook



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It’s Official!

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It’s official, as of today you can pre-order your copy of Little Voice!


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