Avantika Mathur-Balendra, BSc, MSc
Avantika is a public health professional and researcher whose life changed when a puppy, Simba, entered her life. She began her search to understand what he was thinking, how he was feeling, and what their purpose in each others’ life was. Her search led her to intuitive interspecies communication, which became instrumental in her personal healing and spiritual journey. She is a graduate from the University of Waterloo (BSc. in Health Studies) and McMaster University (MSc. in Global Health), and is currently involved with intuitive interspecies communication research at the University of Saskatchewan. She also leads research and content development at a corporate training company on the topics of governance, business ethics and sustainability. She’s a second generation Indian-Canadian millennial who hopes to create awareness about the spiritual relationship between all living beings on the planet. She is passionate about restoring these sacred bonds, and exploring concepts like collective consciousness, reincarnation, dharma (soul purpose), and soul contracts.
Dr. Barbara Shor, DVM
Barbara has loved and worked with animals all of her adult life. With this love for animals, and her background in ethology, or animal behavior, and professional dog training, she began veterinary school at Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 1983. After working for some time in private practice, and then completing a prestigious residency program in non-domestic animal medicine, Barbara fulfilled her lifelong dream of living and working in East Africa for a full year. Upon her return, and after working in private practice for a couple years, she realized that there is more to animals than simply their physical presence. They are sentient, conscious, wise, loving beings. To honor this calling, she became an animal communicator and has worked since with private clients and their companion animals. She also has had a thriving speaking and teaching career, and in 2010 published her book Soul of the Wild: Intimate Messages from the Hearts and Souls of Elephants and Whales. She is currently writing an updated version of this book. It will now be a series of books, beginning with Elephants. Barbara is passionate about sharing with others what she has discovered over her many years of experience - that animals have much to share with us and that we are all truly connected.