Ode to Wonder is an experiential community, a creative space that socially prescribes acts of curiosity, discovery and gratitude to foster one’s mental well-being. Ode to Wonder is a celebration of the simple things in life, accessible through socially engaging in humanity, art, travel, sports and science - an acronym suited for the expression ‘H.A.T.S. Off’ which depicts praise for taking the time to care for our mental well-being. While crossing paths with innovative and inspiring people, Ode to Wonder will share their stories of adversity, but mainly offer insight into their individual strengths and the resources they used to help them work through life's challenges.
May Ode to Wonder be a contagious remedy for some, offering enlightenment and sharing hope. May it be a dare to dream bigger, believe in oneself that much more. A dare to climb up those stairs, open the door to the rooftop of the world and wonder.
Paula Toledo is a published Singer-Songwriter, Writer, Inspirational Storyteller, Speaker, and Social Change Agent advocating for Mental Health.
MENTAL HEALTH ADVOCATE:
Paula is the founder of the blog and podcast, ‘Ode To Wonder’ which pays homage to the spirit of inquisitiveness, discovery and gratitude while raising awareness and reducing stigma towards Mental Illness. The blog follows her journey as a survivor of her husband’s suicide and aims to affect positive change for all those touched by Mental Illness. When Prince Harry, Prince William, Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle’s Charity ‘Heads Together’ learned she socially prescribed herself through her self-compassion and Mental Well-being ritual she founded, titled ‘H.A.T.S. Off’, they featured her on their blog.
Her contributions have been featured in Arianna Huffington’s (Huffington Post) new on-line media platform, ‘Thrive Global’. She is a Tedx Speaker, Inspirational Storyteller developing content for compassion, and Mental Health Caregiver Correspondent for Global TV Montreal Morning News.
Paula is a published singer/songwriter. Her music has been licensed for TV and Film productions in Canada, the United States and Europe. Her LP ‘Stay Awhile’ was co-produced and mixed by Grammy award-winner David Odlum. ‘Stay Awhile’ was featured on CBC Music and can be heard on iTunes and Spotify. Paula was also a sponsored artist of Larrivée Guitars.
SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY INFLUENCER/BRAND STORYTELLER:
As a Brand Storyteller, Paula’s clients have included Coca-Cola, Whistler Water, Evian Natural Spring Water, Grouse Mountain Resorts, and Kicking Horse Mountain Resorts.
With over 15 years in branding experience, Paula’s expertise is wide in scope. She has produced and managed events, procured sponsorship, implemented digital marketing campaigns, developed new products, led innovation within R&D, Human Resources and Operations, conducted research, Public Relations & Communications, Advertising, Promotions and Content Marketing campaigns. She is now using her collective Storytelling expertise in marketing to help brands develop corporate social responsibility messages and campaigns.