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Three Decades of Education, Support, Social Activities

Saturday November 19, 10am-5pm
Medford Leas, One Medford Leas Way, Medford, NJ 08055

Please join us for festivities that include:

  • 100% Plant-Based (Vegan) Luncheon (included with admission!):  Catered by Medford Leas.  Menu:  Lentil Loaf, Stuffed Portabellas, Quinoa Cranberry Stuffed Acorn Squash, Beet Blend, Broccoli, Asian super food salad, Corn & Black Bean Salad
  • Dessert from Whole Foods Market, Marlton:  seasonal and vegan
  • Morning & Afternoon Tea & Coffee
  • Keynote Speaker:  Victoria Moran, Author, The Good Karma Diet, Main Street Vegan, Creating a Charmed Life; Director, Main Street Vegan Academy; Host, Main Street Vegan Podcast;
    Subject:  The Look-Great, Feel-Amazing, Change-the-World Lifestyle
    Your genes aren’t the half of it: you can look and feel lighter, younger, and more alive than you did at twenty if you learn how to make healthy living practical, natural, affordable, and fun.  It can be – with the Look-Great, Feel-Amazing, Change the World Lifestyle, a holistic program to manage your mood; move your body (without wishing you were somewhere else); eat colorful, compassionate, glorious food; and get on the detox bandwagon so you can live in radiant health despite the stressors and pollutants of the 21st century.
    This fast-moving presentation treats familiar topics in ways you’ve never heard before, with lots of laughter, and relatable true stories that make the information stick.  The speaker is not only a certified Holistic Health Counselor (HHC, AADP), she walks the walk – keeping off a 60-pound weight loss for over 30 years and exuding the vitality and exuberance you can realize for yourself by putting these simple principles to work in your own life at your own pace.  This isn’t about perfection: it’s about loving every day of your life.
  • Featured Speaker:  Lee Hall, LLM, Author, On Their Own Terms, Capers in the Churchyard.  In 2014, Attorney Lee Hall earned a Master of Laws in environmental law with a focus on climate change.  Lee has been interviewed for Allegheny Front Environmental Radio and Alternet on the diet-climate connection, and teaches at Widener University - Delaware Law.
    Subject:  Heat & Serve?  The Impact of a Typical Grocery List on Global Greenhouse Emissions.
    In this informative A/V presentation, Lee will discuss what scientists are calling a “protein shift” from animal-based to growing crops direct for people — and how tonight’s dinner matters.  Puts common “green” myths to rest and includes practical kitchen-stocking tips.
  • Featured Speaker:  Janine Motta, Programs Director, Animal Protection League of NJ (  Employed by APLNJ since 1989, Janine has handled almost all aspects of the organization (including fundraising, bookkeeping, outreach, public presentations, and overseeing many programs).  With an acute sense of purpose, Janine uses her passion, professionalism and dedication to further the mission of APLNJ.
    Subject:  But can they suffer?  The case for extending our circle of compassion to animals.
  • Featured Speaker & Cooking Demonstration:  Patrecia Schwailik, CCA, EFT-ADV.  Patrecia is an educator with more than 20 years of experience, working daily with special needs children, helping them overcome their disabilities while teaching them reading and mathematics.  She understands the effects nutrition has on children and has seen dramatic results with children affected with ADD/ADHD and other learning disabilities.  She regularly educates children and their parents about the positive effects and benefits of good nutritional choices in her “Healthy Cooking and Nutrition Classes for Kids”.  Patrecia began her personal health journey when she was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 1992.  She found that healing was a physical, spiritual, and emotional journey.  Nutrition was one of the most integral aspects of her healing.  Her search led her to organic foods, macrobiotics, a vegan diet, and a holistic lifestyle.  She is a certified nutrition consultant, a graduate of Christina Pirello’s School of Natural Cooking and Integrative Health Studies, an EFT-Advanced Practitioner, and a Certified Clinical Aromatherpist.  For two years she had a regular spot on the “Morning Show” on WSNJ 1240 AM.  Above all, she is grateful to be cancer free for 21 years.
    Subject:  Practical information for those in transition to a plant-based diet.
    Demo:  Bursting with Flavor Soups, FAST!  Easy Blender Tortilla Soup and Creamy Carrot Ginger Tofu Soup
  • Cooking Demonstration:  Christine Scalfo, HHC, AADP.  Through her own personal health crisis and healing through dietary changes, Christine now helps others by bridging the gap between what you should be eating, and actually eating it.  She does this through diet coaching, private and group cooking classes, personal chef services, and workshops and lectures. She is certified as a holistic health counselor through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, certified in Plant-Based Nutrition through the T. Colin Campbell Foundation, a member of the United States Personal Chef Association and is Servsafe certified.
    Demo:  Chocolate Pudding and Carrot Cake Smoothie
  • Cooking Demonstration:  Christina Martin.  Christina has worked at Philly restaurants, including Vedge, is a chef instructor at JNA Institute of Culinary Arts, and teaches community education cooking classes at Atlantic Cape Academy of Culinary Arts.  She is also on the Chefs Council for AtlantiCare Growing Green program and has her own business, Cooking to Nourish, that teaches people how to lead a healthy lifestyle through a plant based vegan diet.  She is on the radio every Saturday morning as part of the 2Chicks and a Chef radio program on SNJ radio 1240am, 99.9fm, was featured on the cover of Independent Restaurateur magazine, and was named one of the top 10 Instagramers to follow in Philly for healthy food by Philadelphia Magazine.  She has a business degree from Rowan University and a culinary degree from Atlantic Cape Academy of Culinary Arts.  She is an advocate for plant-based healthy vegan food and green living and promotes local, organic, gmo-free, and seasonal ingredients.
    Demo:  Pumpkin Pie Bars and Almond Date Shake
  • Panel:
    • Moderator: Dr. Janet Erickson.  VSSJ founder & president.
    • Heather Kristian.  Heather is VSSJ's secretary, and has been a vegetarian for over half her life.  This includes a seven-year stretch as a vegan, during which time she had a fully-vegan pregnancy, and is raising her daughter as a compassionate vegetarian.  Writing and activism will always be her first loves, especially at the grassroots level.  She can speak to life as a vegetarian/vegan in an omnivorous house, joys of veg pregnancy/parenting, and challenges of working with volunteers.
    • Freya Dinshah.  Freya is president of American Vegan Society (AVS), a lifetime vegetarian, and vegan for fifty-four years.  She is editor of American Vegan magazine, and author of Apples, Bean Dip, and Carrot Cake: Kids! Teach Yourself to Cook and The Vegan Kitchen.  She serves as nutrition educator and teaches basic cooking skills to children at after-school programs in southern NJ.
    • Eric Nyman.  Eric is propietor of Wildflower Earthly Vegan Fare restaurant, which has been open in Millville, NJ since 2011.  He is the organizer of Vegstock Vegan Festival, a free educational event to integrate and inspire vegan living.  Eric has been vegan for nearly 10 years, holds a BA in Philosophy from Montclair State University, is a Vegan Information Point for the American Vegan Society, and recently co-hosted a four-week vegan cooking class.
    • Dr. Horatio (Raysh) Daub, MD.  Raysh is a physician in South Jersey specializing in Geriatrics.
  • Music:  Lou Giunta, Ph.D., CHt. - Jazz, Standards, and Pop Music. Warmly known as “Dr. Lou”, he is a career Educator, Hypnotherapist, author, trainer, speaker, and musician.  He regularly presents seminars and workshops for students, teachers and parents.  His new book, The Secrets of Total Teaching, has received rave reviews from educators all over the country.
  • Master of Ceremonies:  Barata El.  Barata El has a B.A. in theater arts and since age fourteen has been writing universal poetry—poems with which anyone from any culture can identify.  Barata is a former law enforcement officer in the NJ Department of Corrections.
  • VSSJ Presentation
  • Silent Auction
  • Vendors
  • Book Sale
  • Book Signing by Authors
  • Mingling
  • Gifts for Everyone:  Cookies from Nomoo and Alternative Baking Company; Snack bar from Raw Revolution and Seed/Nut/Fruit mix from Eden Foods; “Famous Vegetarians & Their Favorite Recipes: Lives & Lore from Buddha to the Beatles” book by Rynn Berry (donated by AVS); “Easy Vegan Recipes” booklet from Compassion Over Killing; reusable shopping bag from Mom's Organic Market; maybe an additional item or two (a total value of over $20!)
The value of lunch, dessert, coffee & tea, and your gifts is over $40, which covers the cost of a member admission!  And that doesn't include the education and entertainment!

Click here for a sneak preview of our silent auction, and more information about our 30th Anniversary Celebration.

Registration starts at 10am, programs begin at 10:30am.

Seating is limited.  Please note:  this event is adults only.

$35 for VSSJ members and Medford Leas residents,
$45 for non-members.

*** Regular admission has sold out.  We may have limited admission tickets available that include speakers, vendors and the silent auction only (no lunch or giveaways).  Send an email to for info or to get on a waiting list. ***

For more info:, 609-848-VEG1 (8341).

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Speaker & Demo listing

  • 10:00 Registration begins (available all day)
        - Music - Lou Giunta, tea, coffee, snacks, silent auction, vendors
  • 10:30 Welcome, announcements
  • 10:45 Speaker: "Veg 101" - Patrecia Schwailik
  • 11:25 VSSJ Presentation - Dr. Janet Erickson, VSSJ President
  • 11:45 Speaker: "But can they suffer? The case for extending our circle of compassion to animals." - Janine Motta
  • 12:15 Lunch, silent auction, vendors, music
  • 1:00 Cooking Demo: Easy Blender Tortilla Soup and Creamy Carrot Ginger Tofu Soup - Patrecia Schwailik
  • 1:45 Recognition and VSNJ Presentations - Dr. Janet Erickson, VSSJ President
  • 2:00 Keynote Speaker: "The Look-Great, Feel-Amazing, Change-the-World Lifestyle" - Victoria Moran
  • 3:00 Silent Auction wrap-up, tea, coffee, snacks, music
  • 3:30 Speaker: "Heat & Serve? The Impact of a Typical Grocery List on Global Greenhouse Emissions" - Lee Hall
      - Cooking Demo: Chocolate Pudding and Carrot Cake Smoothies - Christine Scalfo
  • 4:10 Panel Discussion: Dr. Janet Erickson, Heather Kristian, Freya Dinshah, Eric Nyman, Dr. Raysh Daub
      - Cooking Demo: Pumpkin Pie Bars and Almond Date Shake - Christina Martin
View the schedule in a tabular format

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