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Mona Lam-Deslippe calls them “the Nathan community”.
The group consists of friends, co-workers and other associates of her son, Nathan Deslippe, a London entrepreneur and community booster found dead inside his core apartment last summer.
That tight-knit community is inviting the public to join them Saturday at Springbank Gardens for a day-long event promoting some activities and causes about which Deslippe was most passionate.
“I think that the focus is on what Nathan has come to represent,” Lam-Deslippe said of the Inspire community expo.
Nearly two dozen people — all of whom knew Deslippe — will lead sessions on everything from yoga and organic eating, to mental health awareness and salsa dancing.
“It is purely through this community connection that this has come about,” Lam-Deslippe said. “And everybody . . . involved in the event is connected in some way.”
Known for his colourful bowties and creative drive, Deslippe made a big mark on London is his 27 years. He worked as an account manager at Voices.com, a London-based company that provides voice talent for commercial purposes, while moonlighting as a yoga instructor and certified life coach.
The Catholic Central graduate was working toward his dream of opening a wellness centre that offered yoga classes, life coaching and served craft beer.
Lam-Deslippe said it has been a difficult year for the family since her only son was found dead in his 18th-floor apartment at Colborne and York streets on Aug. 28, 2016.
William Joles, 28, was arrested at the scene and charged with second-degree murder. Joles had been staying with Deslippe since returning to London two months earlier following a stint out west.
Joles also was charged with forcible confinement, assault and uttering threats, charges stemming from a related event.
A preliminary hearing for Joles is scheduled for Sept. 18 in the Ontario Court of Justice.
Following Deslippe’s death, his family established a memorial fund in his name to raise money for local charities.
IF YOU GO
What: Inspire! a community expo
When: Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Springbank Gardens
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