“Melanie’s gift as a storyteller draws every person into an interactive experience of her life events. It’s as if we are there with her in her failures and victories along the way. Her natural passion and sincerity capture the hearts of young people in a way that few others can. Students can relate to her no-nonsense, tell-it-like-it-is way of relating. What a treasure!”
Vivianne David, Alexandria Area Director, Youth for Christ
“What a great reminder that just being there for someone can be enough to help them. My take home lessons, was the reminder that I am human first and that I need to talk with my wife more openly about work experiences. Thank you for sharing your story, it brings home that it will get better.” Steve Clark – Firefighter, Montreal, QC
“Wow! This seminar really exceeded my expectations! I really enjoyed your presentation and greatly appreciated the honesty and powerful message! 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 be more conscientious of my reactions towards my clients and what they are going through. You helped me realize that to be resilient professionally I need to be resilient and healthy personally. You taught us to never give up, no matter what life throws at us. 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
“We definitely hope to have the privilege of hearing you speak again! You shared your message to First Responders from our county and gave us applicable tools to help us face everyday challenges. You spoke about the importance of talking about our emotions after difficult calls and how it’s ok to not be ok. You shared the critical role of communication and helpful tips on how to best support our spouses in uniform. We were inspired by your honesty, courage, compassion and love. You have impacted our family in showing us that life is not always rosy but it’s so worth fighting for and we thank you for that!” Claude & Tina Paquette – Firefighter and wife, from the North Glengarry Fire Department
“It would seem that your presentation eclipsed all the others! What I liked the most was Melanie’s focus on self-care, and the sharing of her personal story and experience with what she was presenting. Melanie’s presentation on resilience was so very meaningful. Melanie was so honest and her message so important sharing her sorrows and regrets - these are aspects of our culture that need much more air time. You (and your presentation) were clearly a hit. I think, for many, it was the right message at the right time.” Reviews from the Dundas Basic Income Forum
"Thank you for your excellent presentation on Saturday! It was so inspiring and encouraging! Thank you for being so transparent with us!" Renée Clavel, Québec, QC
“Melanie Willard was excellent! Best message ever!!” Very informative leadership skills! I loved the presentation, as it brought me so many applicable and positive tools! I am leaving on a cloud looking forward to impact my workplace for the better!” (Reviews from the GIAG Employers Breakfast).
“Melanie became our principal instructor & organizer of conferences coast to coast. She is a take charge leader with a strong sense of responsibility to be sure that whatever she does is delivered with excellence. She is an effective speaker and trainer who is well received by those investing in her training. Many people have been equipped with the trainings and resources to respond to different types of crises that are present in our world today”. Kevin Stagg - Billy Graham Association of Canada –Calgary, AB
"Thank you for such a wonderful presentation. You have such an authentic message! I am leaving enriched, equipped and encouraged!" Jason DeRoche – Assistant Pastor – Montreal, QC
"At your training, your transparency and vulnerability struck me immediately. It made me feel more open and honest about my own pain and inadequacies while being more open to myself and others at the same time. As though listening to you speak was healing to me." Laurie Perdersen - Cochrane Pregnancy Care Centre
"Thank you for your excellent presentation! Your vulnerability and authentic message made it so much more than just information sharing!" Sylvie Pelletier – Youth for Christ – Dorval, QC
"I have learned a great deal from your courses & seminars and find myself applying the principles of emotional and spiritual care in my family, work and church." Sylvia Adourian, B.A., CSP - Toronto ON
"You have no idea how blessed we were to hear you speak! We have been enriched and totally inspired by your presentation!" Pierre Alain Lefrançois et Andrée Legault / Québec, QC
"A huge thank you for your outstanding presentation!" Claire, Québec, QC
"I heard so many comments from others who were totally blessed by your presentation! As for myself, I have acquired new tools that will help with my role as a counselor and my faith has been encouraged! Your walk with God is contagious and you exemplify true courage! Thanks again!" Luc Vallée Québec, QC
“As a team manager Melanie consistently demonstrated strong character and leadership as she fulfilled her responsibilities to develop and manage a national network of crisis trained chaplains. I believe much of her success was because when people were around Melanie, they always felt valued and important thereby, building a team that was very loyal to the mission, organization and to her personally. Melanie is also a wonderful public speaker who served as a training instructor and public spokesperson for our ministry”. Jack Munday – Billy Graham Evangelistic Association – Charlotte, NC
If you are looking to inspire and ignite the hearts of your team with compassion and the tools to walk alongside those experiencing trauma, Melanie will deliver just that. She is a woman of incredible compassion, love and grace for all people. She has a huge heart for the vulnerable and the hurting. She is a gifted leader and mentor and you just feel peace and comfort in her presence. Angelika Fryklind - Samaritan's Purse - Calgary, AB
“Melanie pioneered the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team in 2006, growing the team of 1 person to approximately 250 volunteers. This in itself is a testament to her ability to lead, teach, instruct, coach, and mentor. Although recently retired from the Edmonton Police Service as a Sergeant I have led many teams over my 11 years as a Supervisor and leader and Melanie’s leadership was on par with any I have experienced or seen with the Edmonton Police Service. Merle Doherty, Retired Edmonton Police Sergeant - Now Billy Graham Rapid Response Team Manager – Calgary, AB
Melanie was able to recognize the pulse of who I am and draw the best out of me. She truly values and loves the people she wants to help.Her materials were well presented and covered all and everything needed to run a team. Melanie was honest and non-judgemental in recognizing my personal strengths and weaknesses and gave us space to make mistakes and learn from them. Melanie is trustworthy and lives her life with honesty and integrity. She “walks the talk” and has earned the right of authority and respect of others. As a leader she has vision and is able to articulate the steps to achieve the goals.
Patricia Kanwischer –Retired RCMP Victims’ Services – Surrey BC
Melanie is very knowledgeable & compassionate in her approach to training and caring. Melanie brings a lifetime of personal experience to her teaching and coaching. She lives and exudes what is being taught and remains a confident and mentor in my current role. Paras Persad – Lead Chaplain – Calgary Police Service
We were always impressed by the personal care Melanie extended to us. Her sensitivity to people experiencing traumatic events was enhanced by her practical knowledge of trauma and her strong desire to minister to the whole person.
Don & Judy Prince / Retired pastors- Kitchener ON
Melanie is a true inspiration. As a manager she was always encouraging and 'listened' with discernment, which is a special gift she has. I have learned a lot from her as she was such an example of 'Christ in you, the hope of glory.' Melanie has a sense of discernment that is rare. Because of this quality, I feel she is well able to provide excellent spiritual and emotional care. She is a treasure and has been a real blessing to me in the short time I have known her.
Donna Cochrane – Moncton, NB