Our 2012 honourees

Abby Tobias

With his incredible talent and entrepreneurial spirit, Abby Tobias remarkably transformed his love for music practiced in his mother’s basement makeshift studio into a successful production and artist management company.

Abby is the President of Sole Power Productions. Founded in 2003, Sole Power Productions is widely recognized as one of Canada’s most popular premier event entertainment and production companies. Abby has personally produced and entertained at over 1,000 events, and Sole Power successfully executes over 700 events annually.

In 2007, Sole Power produced ‘Breakin’ for Cancer’, a unique event that promoted awareness and raised funds while simultaneously breaking world records. Twelve break-dancers at the event landed a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records for “longest break dance”- dancing 24 hours straight.

Abby promotes DJ culture, manages up and coming talent, and provided entertainment services for the 2012 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Abby also founded Scratch Lab, a one-of-a-kind educational facility that teaches people of all ages the art of DJ’ing. The school has been approved by the board of education to offer grade 10 and 11 students high school credits.

As if these two endeavors weren’t enough, Abby is very focused on continuing to diversify and create upscale events and experiences at his venue, Six Degrees.

Abby understands the importance of GIVING back to the community, proudly supporting many charity events and organizations. Abby has worked hard to help not-for-profit galas and events such as POGO, Imagine a Cure for Leukemia, UJA, Covenant House, Camp Oochigeas, Sick Kids Hospital, Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation, Walk for Israel, Children’s Wish Foundation, Hunt For The Cure, Save a Child’s Heart, and many more. “We have established relationships with a variety of charities, and are proud to be a part of the terrific work they do. I can’t imagine not being involved like I am. The success of the charity events that we are associated with are some of the largest motivating factors in my life.”

While he does have a reputation for being a workaholic, Abby does spend as much time as possible with family and friends... specifically a special woman named “Bubby Rose”.

Abby’s advice to young entrepreneurs is quite simple. “I was told on numerous occasions that what I wanted to do wasn’t possible, or shouldn’t be attempted. I believe you need to follow your heart, make educated and logical decisions, and work exceptionally hard. If you want something, then go get it. The entrepreneurial spirit can’t be defined or scripted.”

Dr. Larry

Dr. Larry Librach has been involved in palliative care for more than 30 years and has been building the Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care at Mount Sinai Hospital, from the ground up, for 20 of those years. Dr. Librach has personally helped shape Canada’s approach to palliative care and the discipline of palliative medicine. Dr. Librach’s credentials are vast and impressive, and he is recognized as one of the world’s leading experts in palliative care.

Known and highly respected as an accomplished physician who exemplifies personal and professional commitment and achievement in the field of palliative care, Dr. Librach was the physician leader of the national Educating Future Physicians for Palliative and End-of-Life Care Project (EFPPEC), which introduced curriculum in palliative and end-of-life care to Canada’s 17 medical schools.

Dr. Librach seems altogether too humble, happy and cheerful for a man who has helped change the face of palliative care in Canada, and for someone who commands respect around the world for his incredible achievements.

Dr. Librach has dedicated his life to helping dying patients, and their families. “Working in palliative care is spiritually uplifting. When I’m with people who are reaching for purpose and meaning, it gives my life meaning. I’ve learned that my life cannot be all about work. I have to have time for my family, my friends, and for nature. [My career choice] has given me balance in my life.”

At the end of their lives, he said, people are up front about most things, “and many tell me about their regrets and their need for forgiveness and forgiving. Palliative care is not just about managing pain. We help support their grieving families, and we listen to patients as we accompany them on life’s last journey.”

Dr. Aubrey

Dr. Aubrey Green was drawn to the chiropractic profession because of his dedication to helping others. He is the doctor of choice for many professional athletes, fitness enthusiasts and health conscious individual, helping many people obtain a more fulfilling lifestyle – GIVING people that extra push that can make the difference in overcoming obstacles and achieving personal goals.

Dr. Green’s insight, experience and sheer passion for sports medicine, makes him a sought-after expert in his field, and he has been featured in both print and on television.

Dr. Green’s current professional accomplishments are particularly amazing, considering that he was faced with a traumatic personal tragedy and life shattering loss at a very young age. At age 28, his beautiful wife Brenda, full of love and life, lost her two-year battle with breast cancer.

The challenges and obstacles Dr. Green had to deal with appeared to be insurmountable, but through some very powerful principles, continued perseverance, hope, faith, and belief, and with the love of others, Dr. Green overcame them.

Dr. Green is determined to help others dealing with loss. He is living proof that no matter what people are faced with, they can survive.

Dr. Green believes that “the sun is always behind the clouds. You just have to believe it’s there and it will eventually break through.”

“Don’t give up and always believe. If you truly have hope for a better tomorrow, it WILL come. It happened to me. Think right, be a good person, always want the best for others, and it will happen to you!”

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