Melanie’s goal is that her audience will be profoundly touched, equipped and inspired to make an impact in the world around them.
As one who shoots from the heart, Melanie exudes warmth as she openly shares her life journey to inspire others to be unwavering in the face of adversity.
What First Responders and helping professionals are exposed to and experience on the frontlines takes its toll on all aspects of their lives as well as the public they serve. Sadly, the impact of these traumas and stressors accumulate and can become very toxic resulting in burnout, illness, short term disability, reckless behavior, divorce and increasingly suicide.
The tireless work and selfless sacrifice caregivers provide is often overlooked and underappreciated. We strongly believe these seminars will not only educate but ignite a renewed passion and commitment to a possibly dwindling motivation to serve.
The highlights for me were the emotions felt through Melanie and her presentation. I learned that it’s ok not to be “ok”. We can all relate to the lessons learned and they are 100% applicable personally and professionally. I am so glad I came. It was heart-warming, yet very eye-opening.
Ashley Lavigne – Support Worker, Cornwall, ON
Amazing seminar! Thanks for keeping it real.” Your life experiences impacted me the most! I realize I need to be more open. A true eye opener. Leaving with increased awareness and reminded of the importance of listening and practicing empathy. You definitely communicated the seriousness of PTSD.
Reviews from SD&G First Responders
This inspiring and thought provoking presentation is geared for leaders, employers and staff. Melanie shares strategies that will help you create a sustainable and thriving work environment where employees are committed, valued, and engaged. This presentation will be customized to meet the specific needs of your organization.
Your seminar was so inspiring! Fantastic job! You showed us the importance of working together as a team. I feel 100000 time better having listened to you!”
Britanny, Support Worker, Glengarry, ON
Your message is extremely real, relatable and applicable to ALL areas of life! Your talk makes us reflect on so much. I feel enriched and reminded of the importance of taking care of myself and motived to change my ways at work. I loved your message on team work. So many good concepts on how to be a better leader and a better person. You make me want to improve myself so I can bring change to someone else’s life.”
Reviews from Glengarry Community Living
The purpose of this workshop is to equip, inspire and refresh those who give of themselves to the care of others. It provides insights and tools for burnout and compassion fatigue prevention as well as strategies for maintaining a healthy team.
Wow! This seminar really exceeded my expectations! Your seminar made way for much stirring and self-reflection in a good and much needed way! It’s refreshing to hear a presenter use “real life” examples to validate and bring home the lessons. You helped me realize that to be resilient professionally I need to be healthy personally. I realized I need to start taking better care of “me”. You helped us see that its ok to sometimes need to take a step back.
Reviews from Prescott Russell Social Services, l’Orignal, ON
All presentations are customized to meet your needs and are geared for parents, teachers, and students from grades 7-12. Presentations can be anywhere from 30 min to 2 hrs in length. Speaker costs vary depending on length and frequency of presentations given.
Many students came to see me after your presentation in tears! They appreciated and loved how truthful you were with them. We can try to teach them some of the things you talked about but nothing is better than someone sharing their life story. Thank you Melanie, it really hit home with so many students!
Natalie Gravel-Groulx, Teacher and OSAID Advisor at North Dundas District High School
As leaders and employers, neglecting work/life balance can have serious repercussions on your business. Higher absenteeism, increased spending on disability claims, low employee morale, are just a few examples of the negative impacts of poor life management as a leader.
This presentation is an invaluable resource for families and individuals who have experienced a personal loss or a community wide crisis. The purpose of this seminar is to provide helpful techniques to individuals on how to care for themselves and others who are suffering.
I was most impacted with the idea that we are all human and struggling in our own way. The most impactful was the piece on self-care and the importance of asking for help in order to combat compassion fatigue. I really appreciated your authenticy and the hope expressed that our situation can get better.
Gisele Roy, Grief Facilitator, Bereaved Families, Cornwall, ON
I felt this presentation was solely for me! Reassured in knowing everything I’m experiencing is “normal.” I really appreciate learning “what to say and not to say” to hurting people.
Carol Bellware, Alexandria, ON
Reminded that we all grieve our losses differently and we all have a story that is uniquely ours. I am leaving enriched and greatful for a very worthwhile evening. Thank you!
Kelly Bellware, Secretary, Montreal, QC