This year Veg Vic will be running the speakers zone called Vegan Voices. Sponsored by Northcote Natural Therapies, the talks at World Vegan Day educate and inform the public about issues such as sustainability, access to nutritious food, the ethics of our food choices, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, saving water, reducing waste, animal treatment and exploitation, reducing food miles, increasing biodiversity, the environmental impact of animal industries, fitness and the economic issues regarding human food choices.
A former elite junior kayaker, Andrew was clinically depressed and as far from his earlier success as he could be in 2015, tipping the scales at 151kg, when in a moment of clarity he realised the root cause of his problems was a food addiction. Aided by a degree in sports science and interest in nutrition research, the Melbourne husband and father decided that the humble spud could hold the answer. The story of his decision to treat his addiction by quitting food (almost) entirely quickly went viral and had world media in a frenzy.
Anna Weatherlake is an animal activist, eco-warrior, traveller, food enthusiast and journalism graduate. After a number of years working in the media industry, Anna found herself packing her suitcase to make a move to England where her partner, Australian cricketer Peter Siddle, was to be based for six months. On the other side of the world and without a job, Anna decided to combine her passion for animal rights and her love of writing and launch Earth by Anna, a lifestyle blog dedicated to cruelty-free fashion, beauty, food, travel and the environment. Now, Earth by Anna reaches 100,000 readers annually and aims to encourage and inspire people to live a more compassionate and cruelty-free lifestyle. A lifelong vegetarian before turning vegan five years ago, Anna spends most of her time in Melbourne with her partner, four dogs and five chooks.
Bonnie is co-director of Vegan Wares. She grew up with a passion for science, then worked in public relations for clients like Microsoft, Department of Human Services, Breast Cancer foundation and more. After years of searching, she finally found herself at home at Vegan Wares. She has a passion for sustainable & ethical fashion, production and consumption, and believes that educating the next generation is the way to turn the whole world vegan.
Clare Mann is an Australian-based vegan psychologist, best-selling author and passionate animal advocate. She consults with clients all over the world to help address the personal and social challenges of being vegan and living in a non-vegan world.
She runs public and in-house training programs in communication, team-building and ethical leadership and is Editor in Chief of the digital business magazine Ethical Futures: Conversations that Matter, which champions initiatives that are profitable and successful, without abusing people, the environment or animals.
Douglas Leith has been involved in animal issues from promoting veganism to saving ducks to demonstrations for over 25 years and vivisection (animal experimentation) has been his primary focus. Since becoming aware of the terrible cruelty and later the non-predictiveness of animal research for humans and its counter productivity historically and presently as well as the enormous animal welfare implications he has presented information in this regard at the Animal Activist Forum, Cruelty Free Festival, World Vegan Day, Institute for Critical Animal Studies (Oceania), World Event to End Animal Cruelty (Melbourne) and at MacQuarie and Sydney Universities. He seeks public debate on the subject of animal experimentation and is pleased to see an increasing level of awareness amongst activists and the public of the fact that basing human medicine on other species is bad for animals and humans and of the scientific methods which should immediately replace it
Jason Carstens is a passionate vegan of twenty-eight years. 2016 will be his eleventh consecutive year as voluntary M.C. of WVD as he has honed his skills over many years on the stand-up comedy circuit. He has been a committee member for several years and has assisted behind the scenes for the event for many more. Jason is a firm believer that veganism is a gift and that it is a duty to share it, once having been blessed enough to have received it.
Mark has had extensive experience researching vegan health issues. He regularly presents talks on health and nutrition on behalf of Vegetarian Victoria. As well as being President of Vegetarian Victoria, Mark is a founder and Director for World Vegan Day Melbourne. He has spoken at many major events around the country. Mark has also been interviewed on many popular radio stations, such as the ABC, Radio National, 3AW, 3MTR, 3RRR, 3MDS, 3CR and newspapers such as The Age and The Herald Sun.
Tammy Fry Kelly
Tammy Fry Kelly is a passionate ambassador for all things sustainable, green, and good for the planet, your body and your plate. Her over-a-decade experience at the helm of marketing at Fry’s Family Foods (an International Producer of Foods – also sold in Coles & WW in Australia) is guided by nutritional expertise, a love of fitness, love of the environment and outdoor lifestyle. Enabling others to live a happier and more energetic lifestyle through plant-based nutrition is the cornerstone of her passion. She is also the director of Meat Free Mondays AUS and South Africa where she promotes a flexitarian lifestyle as one of the major solutions to unsustainable food choices, global warming and awareness of the cruelty we see in the industrial production of animals in factory farms.