Keynotes, Author Readings, Community Appearances
I have given public presentations and have spoken at book club gatherings, libraries, retreats, and to organizations, associations, businesses, schools and church groups on writing-related and inspirational topics.
Subjects include environmental and social activism, mentoring, living with passion, personal and spiritual development and conservation. I have also spoken extensively on the subject of my book, Sanctuary: The Story of Naturalist Mary Majka, as well as my involvement with a recent creative writing project in Haiti.
I am happy to attend book clubs, however do ask that at the very minimum, I’d appreciate an honorarium to offset travel costs.
Any of the following keynotes can be tailored in content and length to suit the needs of your event or I am happy to craft a presentation that will suit your purpose or event theme.
Please e-mail your request to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will respond with my fees and general booking details.
Inspiring Change: Grassroots Activism
While the general public may often view acts of grassroots activism to be dissension and disruption aimed at politics and power, I see the healing substrate of it: a common ground where communities are growing stronger with attitudes of compassion and care. I will be sharing some of my own experiences, here and abroad, as well as the challenges faced by those who resist and why social activism is a critical element to society.
Living a Legacy
Each of us has been uniquely shaped, first by genetics, and then by life experiences and people who have touched our lives. Most times, we have no control over what happens to us. But it is our choice whether we allow these influences to shape us for the better or the worse. It’s our choice whether we use and share the gifts we’ve been given, or whether we hide them beneath self-doubt and fear of failure.
During this slide show presentation I discuss the influences on the life of Order of Canada recipient, Dr. Mary Majka, and how those experiences helped shape the woman she became. I show how each one of us has the ability to influence the lives of others in our daily walk, thus creating our own legacy.
Who Might You Be? Finding your True and Best Self
Are you living true enough? Or, is the real you waiting impatiently below the surface? What if you believed your innate creativity and life experiences were inextricably tied to your life purpose? Would you choose to live differently?
Too often women lose themselves in the busyness of life and careers and family. Women transitioning through the middle of life often reach a breaking point, choosing out of desperation to walk away from their past routines and start afresh.
In this keynote address for women, I share my own ‘mid-life melt-down’ and what I did to reboot a stagnant life into one filled with joy and purpose. As well, I’ll share the lessons I learned while researching the biography of Order of Canada recipient, Mary Majka who, in the middle of her life, built a rich, purposeful, and influential life. This keynote will inspire listeners to examine the power and possibility dwelling within their own lives.