Dr Valerie (Vimalasara) Mason-John MA (hon. DR), is an award winning author of 8 books, including Eight Step Recovery Using The Buddha's Teachings to Overcome Addiction. She is a TEDx speaker, the co-founder of Buddhist Health and Wellness and the chair person of Vancouver Buddhist Centre. She has developed mindfulness-based courses for addiction, and is developing a mindfulness-based course specifically for people of color. She is an international speaker on health and wellness, and offers training in the field of leadership, anti bullying, restorative justice, mindfulness and kindness.