Each one of the positions I have held has required this of me, and if it didn’t, I created space for it. I have an innate passion to teach and create change through connection, awareness, and understanding. In the last five years, most of my audiences have been people in the health and social service sector. I have been told that I am a compassionate and dynamic speaker that leave people feeling understood and inspired. I am highly skilled in teaching about complex issues that create resonance not only with the work we do but with our own human experience of suffering and healing. I combine my love of storytelling with the use of cutting-edge research and root it in over 20 years of working in the field of serving individuals and communities. My background in theatre only serves to enhance this experience all while staying very close to the heart.
I have been a regular speaker for Toronto Public Health’s Harm Reduction Trainings and Gaining Ground (Women and Harm Reduction Training). I have spoken at Mount Sinai Hospital and CAMH for anti-stigma initiatives. I have also been invited by several social service agencies to talk about workplace wellness and working with people with mental health and substance use issues. I have recently started to branch out as a keynote speaker and workshop facilitator at conferences across Ontario on themes of Trauma and Addiction as well as Vicarious Trauma and Compassion Fatigue. As a speaker, I am deeply influenced by the work of Dr. Gabor Maté and Dr. Brené Brown and believe strongly that if I can reach your heart it will positively impact you and your work!
Below is a list of the workshops I deliver most frequently. Please feel free to be in touch if there is anything you do not see but are interested in me presenting.
For rates and booking please contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
trauma and addiction: the hidden pain
“Why do we despise, ostracize and punish the drug addict, when as a social collective, we share the same blindness and engage in the same rationalizations?” — gabor maté, in the realm of hungry ghosts: close encounters with addiction
her hidden pain
This workshop serves to explore the unique experiences of women who have turned to addictions of all types in the efforts to cope with and soothe deep emotional pain. It explores research that has focused on women who use substances and is interwoven with stories and case studies to highlight these findings. It encourages us to build empathy and compassion that promote therapeutic relationships that end the silence and apathy that surrounds female survivors of abuse and neglect.
when work hurts: vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue
“The expectation that we can be immersed in suffering and loss daily and not be touched by it is as unrealistic as expecting to be able to walk through water without getting wet.” — rachel remen
the power of connection: breaking down mental health and substance use stigma
“The truth is that you can be struggling and still be loved. You can be difficult and still be cared for. You can be less than perfect, and still be deserving of compassion and kindness.” — daniell koepke