The world around us is constantly changing and so are we.
We respond to events and people around us all the time, but do we respond in ways that help us or hinder us? The challenge is to recognize that each of us controls how we adapt to change.
We must see that we control the ability to inspire the change within. In doing so, we discover that we become more resilient in all that we do.
The Resiliency Path
How do we teach our children to become more resilient and to persevere through life’s challenges?
Sue believes that it starts from home. Our ability to show resiliency has a direct impact on our children – not only now, but for helping them develop powerful tools for their future.
Sue will discuss the 7 Factor Resiliency Framework and show how this model can be used to build a strong, resilient family. Using stories from her own family, Sue will make you laugh and cry as she demonstrates the power of resiliency.
From Code Blue to the Red Carpet
Join Sue as she has a candid talk about her family’s journey from uncertainty, doubt and fear to hope, inspiration and the creation of a growing non-profit organization.
See how the challenges of having a daughter with complex special needs have inspired the community to help her go from a code blue to the red carpet in only 10 years.
You will laugh and you will cry but one thing is for sure you will not want to miss this presentation. You will leave with a greater appreciation for life and a desire to keep going through tough times and challenges. Bring your Kleenex!!!
POP – Power of Parents!
The journey to understanding the “why” began when Sue started sharing the joys and challenges of her journey as a parent, raising her daughter Treva with complex medical special needs and her son being diagnosed in grade 3 as having a learning disability and being gifted.
Through all of this, her questions have gone from “why” to “why not” – Why not me? Why not our family? Sue has been able to discover meaning in her journey. She has been able to turn challenges into optimism with a twist of humour- often joking that Botox is in her near future and many boxes of hair dye.
Join Sue in this presentation as she shows parents how to embrace the challenges in their life and walk away with a greater appreciation for being a parent.
The Perfect Plan
Before Sue’s daughter Treva was born in 2004, she prepared for the Perfect Plan. She bought strollers and clothes and we prepared the nursery. Her initial plan unravelled when Treva was born with an impacting genetic condition.
… but slowly a different plan unfolded.
This presentation is based on her family journey, reflecting the highs and lows. Sue will show how The Perfect Plan became more perfect in ways she never imagined. You will walk away with a greater appreciation for your own life and a reminder to embrace change and challenges.
The Greatest Secret of the Purse
Join Sue as she discusses what she now recently believes is a myth – women having it all. Sue will share how you cannot have it all without the giving power of women. Sue will share how we can be vulnerable and cry and still be strong women.
Sue will speak to how women have supported her and filled her purse full of love, blessings and resources and as a result she is now much more able to contribute to the purses of those around her.
Please be willing to bring your purse and share interactively with this presentation.
R You Being Bullied?
This presentation is geared towards elementary school and high school students, teachers and parents. In this presentation, Sue talks about classroom, playground and online bullying, and ending the use of the “R word” in our society and using people first language.
Sue will share candidly about her daughter Treva’s journey with special needs and her challenges but all the wonderful things that she has accomplished and how we are all more alike than different.
Sue speaks about the R word campaign and get students to sign a contract to not use the R word or bully classmates. Students will leave inspired and with a greater appreciation for diversity and acceptance of differences. Sue believes that inclusion is a recipe for anti-bullying.
50 Shades of Life
From college to career, motherhood to menopause, women deal with a lot of stuff! Throughout her life, a woman faces a number of unique challenges: frenemies, sexism, the gender gap, the glass ceiling, workplace bullying, ageism and more.
Sue calls upon her own experiences battling for equality inside the academic world, the pressures of juggling multiple balls and the often-impossible issue of striking a work-life balance. Women often feel isolated and/or marginalized by their life choices.
Sue speaks with candor and humour about the stages of a woman’s life and the choices each woman makes. The audience will feel validated and empowered by Sue’s examples, and will leave with a sense of purpose and a greater empathy for and solidarity with other women.
Tortoise and the Hare
Are men really from Mars and Women from Venus? While it often seems like we’re from two different planets or speaking two different languages, the “battle of the sexes” is really more about emotional intelligence and communication styles. How we process and react is different, and failing to recognize this often leave women feeling emotionally abandoned and men feeling defensive. Add jobs, bills, kids and in-laws to that mix and things can often get toxic.
Sue shares an inside look into her own 16-year marriage; the struggles and strains of combining two careers, the weight of emotional baggage and the pressures of parenting a special needs child.
In this presentation, Sue outlines practical suggestions for recognizing and avoiding miscommunications that can result in hurt, resentment and discord. By understanding some basic concepts and understanding how to reduce tension, we can increase harmony and intimacy.
Sue’s wonderful husband Randy often makes a “guest appearance” during this presentation.