Gill was selected for the group photo shoot due to his striking resemblance to Bon Jovi and, even more importantly, for his spiritual wisdom. At 45, he dedicates his time to a charity in Africa, aiming to make a lasting impact on the lives of underprivileged children.

As a kindergarten teacher, Gill finds deep fulfillment in inspiring his young students, leading him to seek more spiritual depth and transition to a simpler lifestyle.

Additionally, he shines as the lead singer of the band Symbios, which is currently creating an album. Gill embodies the balance and harmony of masculine and feminine energies, making him an exceptional choice for our group photo shoot. Go, Symbios!

Calendar Month – December 2013 (Group Photoshoot)
Group Photo Title ‘On the Twelve Days of Christmas…’

Gill’s Inspiring Message

Hell-oh! Salut!

Please allow me to introduce myself.My name is Gilles Mongeon. I am a single man, a proud Canadian, and in my many adventures trekking the globe, I have lived in many wondrous places, including South America, the Caribbean, and most recently, eastern Africa (Nairobi and Lamu island, Kenya). I speak five languages and simply love life! 

I have a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy as well as two college degrees in social work. I am an educator currently teaching kindergarten at a French school in Kanata and an avid athlete.

I am also a writer, a human and animal rights activist, an artist/musician singer-songwriter,  as well as a world traveler philanthropist as “Head of Happiness” for my private international development project and charitable organization called [Peace~Works!]. It is my purpose and endeavour to create a positive “pay it forward” mission and motto toward a worldwide shift in consciousness for all. 

Someone once told me to get a life… and I did! Realizing my dreams through risk, courage, and curiosity for travelling the world while helping others help themselves and creating kinships and connections is what drives me. It has always been about striving for so much more than what’s on the surface and finding what’s on the inside. Seeing the truth about the world for myself. People, politics, cultures, and impulses have opened my heart and exposed my soul to endless journeys and passionate possibilities. I find myself again through fascination in seeing the world through the eyes of a child. I am an open-hearted warrior of the light & dharma devotee whose sole purpose is magical/mystical moments within the lifecycles of the universal energy- Music is my one mystical, magical mantra and a unique universal form of communication that transcends all borders.

In the summer of 2011, I was performing a live show with my band [Junktion] at a friend’s private party (Gilles Duford, the calendar shoot’s location owner) and met Jo-Anne Landriault. That’s when an exciting new chapter in my fabulous life was writing itself, and a path of opportunity presented itself. Furthermore, I feel connected and drawn to these amazingly successful and positive people.  Jo-Anne approached me and asked if I would be interested in participating in a special project she was creating, and the rest, as they say, is history! I have the honour and privilege to be the first male in the first edition of the Women’s Expressions calendar! I am especially proud of what this organization stands for and represents, and I had an absolute blast, highlighted by tons of fun creating the calendar all together. It empowers women with positive energy with a remarkable crew of volunteers, administrators, technicians, make-up artists, etc. More importantly, the great causes they represent and support solidify the nucleus of this great group of supreme soul sisters and brothers!

I feel as though this is only the beginning of something great, with so much more to come. Jo-Anne Landriault and company are building and putting forth a unique vision of an innovative and effective business model at the service of women who have built and continue to build this country, their/our communities, and future considerations while building foundations for their families and friends toward a common goal. It is so inspiring and refreshing to witness ordinary people doing extraordinary things that they believe in and back up with actions rather than words and their hearts. They are realizing their dreams for a prosperous life for all involved. I feel enriched and appreciative to know and work with such devoted visionaries and gurus of good!

It is easier to truly find your purpose and dare to live your dreams when the universe conspires to give you what you need if you allow it and read the signs. Karmic kudos to Jo-Anne and her team that has done just that in creating, and many thanks to them for sharing it with me and us all! 

PEACE be upon you and yours on this journey of life~ 

Follow your heart! Peace & Love to one and all!

Mille mercis à tous! 


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