Virtual event

County’s virtual event aims to ‘break down prejudice’

Get REAL speakers will explain ways to fight discrimination at the May 26 event

Join us on May 26 between 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. for advice and guidance on how businesses can break down stigma, promote unity, and foster compassion in our communities.

Experts Monica Henao and Jonas Stark from Get REAL will provide insight into ways leaders can address 2SLGBTQ+ discrimination, racism, and bullying.

Through this virtual Ask an Expert session, attendees will earn:

  • Increased knowledge of 2SLGBTQ+ identities, terminology and language to help avoid costly public relations mistakes externally with clients, customers and partners
  • Practical steps and creative ideas on how to improve company culture internally to increase staff retention and performance
  • A chance to work through realistic and personalized work scenarios
  • The ability to ask questions anonymously and get guidance from two highly experienced Get REAL speakers, including a transgender speaker

This is a free event, but registration is required. To register, visit

About the speakers

Monica Henao is Get REAL’s Chief Content Officer and Keynote Speaker. She holds a degree in media communications from the University of Guelph-Humber and brings her multi-faceted experience to Get REAL. Born in Colombia and raised in Canada, Monica embraces all facets of her identity and wants young people to do the same. His passion for human beings – hearing their stories, experiences, struggles and triumphs – gives him the motivation to continue creating and amplifying content that shines a light on the voices we don’t hear every day.

Jonas Stark (he/him) has been a Get REAL speaker since his senior year of high school. Inspired by seeing a Get REAL workshop while a student himself, Jonas joined Get REAL as its youngest facilitator. His work ethic, his skills as a speaker and his ability to connect with audiences across Canada have led him to be a leader within the organization, speaking to tens of thousands of young people in British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario and Nova Scotia over the years. Born and raised in Toronto, Jonas is passionate about mental and physical health within the trans community and, in general, queer youth as a whole.

As a trans man, Jonas is passionate about being a speaker because he believes everyone deserves to feel valid and accepted no matter how they speak. Passionate about systemic inequalities, Jonas is working to complete his bachelor’s degree in politics and public policy.

About Get REAL

Get REAL started as a small student project in 2011 at Western University. As volunteer leaders of O-Week, we have seen great results in tackling homophobic, transphobic and racist language and attitudes one-on-one with our first-year students: countless students switching languages ​​within days and countless others telling us that they felt comfortable being themselves. We wanted to see if our approach – friendly, honest, diverse and based on personal stories – could translate into a workshop for some of our old high schools, and the idea of ​​Get REAL was born.

About the Ask an Expert Series

This session is part of the Ask an Expert series presented in partnership with Simcoe County, Small Business Center of Barrie, Simcoe County and Orillia, South Georgian Bay Small Business Enterprise Centre, Orillia Area Community Development Corporation, Nottawasaga Futures, North Simcoe Community Futures Development Corporation, Community Futures South Georgian Bay, Sandbox Center and Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Center — Georgian College.

To view recordings of past sessions, please visit